Emma Hogg

The beauty of literature lies in its sheer vastness.

When an art form is comprised of countless categories, groups, and genres, you’re bound to find a facet of it that piques your interest. Books are the perfect example of this.

Want to keep yourself entertained on a long flight? Grab a gripping novel or a touching memoir. Want to get back in touch with your spiritual side? Find a self-help book that tickles your fancy.

Want to learn a new skill ahead of your job search? Buy the right how-to book and you’re sorted.

For A Life I Choose Founder Emma Hogg, however, books are more than a set of pages enclosed between two covers. They have served as companions on long walks, business mentors, and wise entities ready to make life a little bit easier.

MaltaCEOs.mt caught up with Emma to learn more about the books that defined her personal and professional life. This is what she had to say.

What role does reading play in your day-to-day life?

Before my son was born, I would wake up an hour earlier than I needed to just so I could begin my day with a book! I absolutely love reading. It’s one of my favourite things to do! I don’t wake up an hour earlier than I need to anymore – my son wakes me up way before I’m ready to – but, thanks to audio books, I read while I take him for walks. 

What are the books that have left the biggest impact on your work-life? Why?

I loved The Sell by Fredrick Ecklund. It really encouraged me to overcome the fear of being salesy, and to just allow myself to be myself with my clients. Making sales became way easier after reading that book.

This is Marketing by Seth Godin taught me a lot about how to communicate my message in a way that is real and authentic.

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein; it’s not a business book, but it helps me to ride the wave when times get tough and to trust that things will improve as I work towards my outcomes.

What are your favourite books of all time? Why?

The State of Affairs by Esther Perel – it’s saucy, real, and heart-felt.

Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins – incredibly motivating.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – it’s dark and so messed up. It’s funny.

You by Carolin Kepnes – I love a good anti-hero.

What is one book you think everyone should read? Why?

Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson. It was a game-changer in my relationships. It taught me about what other people and what I need. Since reading, my relationships go smoother on the whole.

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