9 Secrets to Thriving

I dedicated three years to researching the key strategies that make us resilient. During that time, I travelled over 35,000 miles around the world to interview 50 of the world’s most resilient people. I call them our ’50 Thrivers’. Each of these Thrivers had faced adversity, but rather than be diminished in the face of trauma, they bounced forward to live a life that was deeper and more meaningful than before. I was lucky enough to spend hours with these remarkable people, in a bid to understand if they had insights that you and I could apply to thrive in our own lives, regardless of the minor – or even the more significant challenges – we might face. I found that we can all live by 9 key principles to empower us to grow in the face of all adversity, large or small. In my book ‘9 Secrets to Thriving’ I share the inspiring stories of the 50 Thrivers and their practical insights so that you can apply them to thrive, just like I have.

The True You

Do you feel as if you are not quite living up to your full potential, that you are overly concerned by what others think of you? Do you sometimes lack confidence, or feel overwhelmed by the demands of life or underwhelmed by its’ rewards? If any of that is true for you, The True You is the book for you!

Having coached hundreds of leaders over the past 20 years on goals related to their work and life, I’ve found that these feelings and tendencies usually come from living according to our conditioning, rather than living authentically. Being clear about who you are authentically is the key to building confidence and self-acceptance and obtaining clarity about the contribution you are able to make at work, in life and in your relationships. That’s the process I write about in The True You. I set out the steps for discovering who you truly are so that you can feel calmer, happier and more fulfilled. I also share the golden rules for building great relationships with others, and how to overcome anxiety and fear, and remain resilient for the rest of your authentically lived life.


Mastering the patterns and habits of our thought processes is key to success in life and business. The True You will give you the insights and tools you will need to develop strong relationships, which are key to enjoying your life. It will help you free yourself from habits that are not serving you, and build new ones.

Paul David Walker, adviser to CEOs and founder of Genius Stone Partners, author of Invent Your Future: Starting With Your Calling, Unleashing Genius: Leading Yourself, Teams and Corporations and three other books.


Gentle, yet powerful beyond measure, Emma helps you understand who you think you are and why, then takes you on a journey to uncover who you really are. Lifting your mind to a vantage point where you can see your entire life and the people in it with fresh eyes, dissolving any thinking that holds you back from living the life you desire and the one you came here to live. The True You is a classic—it will inspire you to see your world in a very different way.

Elaine Kennedy McIvor, author of The CheerLeaders & Vampires in Your Life

This is the sort of book you will treasure and keep coming back to. It is filled with powerful ideas and techniques that remove stress and make your life easier and more joyful.

Clare Moore, author of A Buyer’s Guide to Business Coaching.

If you want to get to know people better, especially yourself, you must read The True You. If you think you don’t need to read this book . . . then you definitely need to read it! The author, Emma J. Bell, is without a doubt one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, and when you read this book you will clearly see why.

Wendy McQueen, founder and CEO, Artisan Cheesecakes

A refreshing, thought-provoking read. Emma shares her personal experiences and practical insights for individuals who truly want to develop personal relationships through growth and inspiration.

Nicki Donaldson, Chief Executive, Fife Housing Association

The True You is fantastic – a great development tool, guide and companion – and useful no matter at what stage of life’s journey you find yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Joyce White, Chief Executive, West Dunbartonshire Council

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