Launch of All-New Personal Excellence Book: Volumes 1 & 2

Personal Excellence Book - The Very Best of Personal Excellence

Hey everyone! :D Today I’m super excited to announce the launch of the all-new Personal Excellence Book, Volumes 1 and 2! :D

What is Personal Excellence Book?

Personal Excellence Book (PEBook) is the collection of the all-time classics at Personal Excellence. First published in Jul 2010 with 120 articles, there has since been a second edition released in Dec 2010 (130+ articles), celebrating the 2 years of excellence at PE.

Personal Excellence has since grown immensely with over 300 articles today, and I thought it’s now high time to release another compilation of the classics – as celebration of the soon-to-be third year of excellence! :D

Since there’s now a huge volume of material at Personal Excellence given that it’s almost been 3 years of growth together, it’s no longer feasible to put everything in 1 book. Hence, I’ve decided to release PEBook as individual volumes, whereby each volume will contain classics marked by the year they were published!

Introducing: All-New Personal Excellence Book!

As of today, you can now officially purchase the all-time classics of Personal Excellence in 2 volumes – Volume 1 and Volume 2. Volume 1 consists of 101 best articles of Personal Excellence in 2008-2009 (celebrating the first year of excellence), while Volume 2 consists of 101 best articles of Personal Excellence in 2010-2011 (celebrating the second and third years of excellence)!

The 101 articles in each volume include (a) all-time reader favorites at Personal Excellence in the respective years (b) bonus articles that have never been published on Personal Excellence before! Some of them are guest articles which I’ve written on other blogs, which I’ve tweaked and improved for PEBook. Others are all-new articles exclusively written for PEBook only. All in all, there are a total of 33 bonus articles, which means plenty of new material for you to read, on top of the all-time classics!

How’s that for an overload of personal excellence goodness? :D Now you’ll have everything you need to achieve excellence, and more!

(*Note that PEBook Volumes 1 and 2 are pdf ebooks and not physical books, as ebooks make for easier distribution and is a more environmentally friendly channel.)

A quick glance at the Table of Contents…

Personal Excellence Book, Volume 1

Personal Excellence Book: Volume 1

101 Best Articles of Personal Excellence – first Year of Excellence

(articles with asterik* next to the titles are bonus articles that have never been published on PEB

Purpose & Meaning

  1. Are You Sleepwalking Your Life Away?
  2. How To Discover Your Real Purpose in Life, Part 1: How To Find Out If You Are Living Your Real Purpose Now
  3. How To Discover Your Real Purpose in Life, Part 2: Why Should You Have A Purpose? Here’s 5 Solid Reasons Why
  4. How To Discover Your Real Purpose in Life, Part 3: Why Earning Money Is Not Your Real Purpose (And How To Know What Is)
  5. How To Discover Your Real Purpose in Life, Part 4: Two Important Things that Led to My Discovery of My Real Purpose
  6. How To Discover Your Real Purpose in Life, Part 5: 6 Things to Consider Before Discovering Your Purpose
  7. How To Discover Your Real Purpose in Life, Part 6: Discover Your Purpose in the Next 30 Minutes
  8. How To Discover Your Real Purpose in Life, Part 7: Living in Alignment with Your Purpose

Awareness & Growth

  1. What is Your Consciousness Level? Map of Consciousness
  2. 15 Ways To Raise Your Consciousness* (bonus content)
  3. Discover Your Values* (bonus content)
  4. You Always Have A Choice
  5. Get Your Big Rocks In First
  6. Increase Your Mental Clarity In Just 15 Minutes
  7. Write A Letter To Your Future Self
  8. The Future Prediction Exercise* (bonus content)
  9. Create Your Life Handbook
  10. Blind Spots In Personal Growth
  11. Living in Liberation
  12. How To Create Real Change In Life: Address Root Cause vs. Effects
  13. Finding Your Inner Self
  14. If Your Life Was A RPG, What Type Of Character Would You Be?
  15. You are the CEO of Your Life
  16. The Myth of Perfectionism, Part 1: 10 Ways To Tell If You Are A Perfectionist
  17. The Myth of Perfectionism, Part 2: 6 Downsides of Perfectionism
  18. The Myth of Perfectionism, Part 3: How To Overcome Perfectionism: 8 Simple Steps

Goals & Success

  1. 6 Important Reasons Why You Should Set Goals
  2. 101 Things To Do Before You Die – Creating Your Bucket List
  3. How To Achieve Any Goals With Success, Part 1: Goal Achievement: Introduction
  4. How To Achieve Any Goals With Success, Part 2: Goal Achievement: ESPER
  5. How To Achieve Any Goals With Success, Part 3: Goal Achievement: Establish
  6. How To Achieve Any Goals With Success, Part 4: Goal Achievement: Strategy
  7. How To Achieve Any Goals With Success, Part 5: Goal Achievement: Planning
  8. How To Achieve Any Goals With Success, Part 6: Goal Achievement: Execution
  9. How To Achieve Any Goals With Success, Part 7: Goal Achievement: Review
  10. Keep Your End Objective In Mind
  11. Is Your Goal Worth 30 Minutes of Your Time Every Day?
  12. Skills Development
  13. Leveling Up
  14. 10,000 Hours To Develop Talent
  15. Quitting To Win
  16. Using Your Environment to Achieve Your Goals
  17. To Get What You Want, First Admit You Want It
  18. Know your WHAT first, then Devise your HOW
  19. Not Getting What You Want? Time To Change Your Actions
  20. 25 Useful Brainstorming Techniques

Cultivate Habits

  1. Cultivate Life Transforming Habits in 21 Days
  2. Waking Early: Why I Wake Up Early (And 9 Reasons You Should Do So Too)
  3. 21 Tips To Wake Up Early
  4. Quitting Soda: 5 Reasons To Quit Drinking Soda (& How To Do It)
  5. Improve Your Posture: 5 Benefits Of A Good Posture (& 13 Tips To Do It)
  6. Being On Time: 17 Tips To Be On Time
  7. Meditate: 10 Reasons You Should Meditate
  8. How To Meditate In 5 Simple Steps
  9. Vipassana Meditation 10-Day Course
  10. Lose Weight: 25 Of My Best Weight Loss Tips

Emotional Mastery

  1. 55 Tips to Manage Work Stress
  2. [Delete] Button
  3. How To Overcome Fear, Part 1: 4 Reasons We Should Overcome Fear
  4. How To Overcome Fear, Part 2: Uncover the Root Cause of Fear* (bonus content)
  5. How To Overcome Fear, Part 3: 9 Steps To Overcome Fear* (bonus content)
  6. Do You Dread Growing Older?
  7. Materialism Breeds Unhappiness
  8. How To Overcome Disappointment, Part 1: Why Disappointment Is Good
  9. How To Overcome Disappointment, Part 2: Are You Letting Your Disappointments Destroy You?
  10. How To Overcome Disappointment, Part 3: How To Deal With Disappointment
  11. How To Overcome Disappointment, Part 4: My Experience with Disappointment and How I Overcame It
  12. How To Be The Most Confident Person In The World

People Skills & Relationships

  1. You are the Average of the 5 People You Spend the Most Time With
  2. Are You Emotionally Generous?
  3. Are You Looking For A Relationship To Complete Yourself?
  4. How To Deal With Energy Vampires: 8 Simple Tips
  5. How To Deal With Dishonest People

Productivity & Getting Things Done

  1. Become the Master of Your Time
  2. Put First Things First
  3. Boost Your Productivity in 50 Ways
  4. Law of Diminishing Returns
  5. How To Overcome Procrastination, Part 1:  Why Overcome Procrastination?
  6. How To Overcome Procrastination, Part 2: Procrastination – Symptom of An Issue
  7. How To Overcome Procrastination, Part 3: 1st Root Cause – Lack of Desire
  8. How To Overcome Procrastination, Part 4: 2nd Root Cause – Fear
  9. How To Overcome Procrastination, Part 5: How To Overcome Procrastination
  10. How To Overcome Procrastination, Part 6: 11 Practical Steps To Overcome Procrastination* (bonus content)
  11. Self Discipline is Overrated
  12. How To Achieve More With Less in Life, Part 1: The 80/20 Principle
  13. How To Achieve More With Less in Life, Part 2: Why You Should Not Resist 80/20 Principle
  14. How To Achieve More With Less in Life, Part 3: Apply 80/20 to Your Life Now in 3 Simple Steps

Passion & Dreams

  1. Passion or Money?
  2. The Howling Dog Story
  3. How To Overcome Fear Of Loss And Pursue Your Dreams
  4. Pursuing Your Passion With No Money
  5. Passion Paycheck

Motivation & Inspiration

  1. 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Volume 1
  2. 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Volume 2
  3. 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Volume 3
  4. 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Volume 4
  5. Declutter Your Home in 8 Easy-to-follow Steps
  6. How To Create an Inspirational Room


  1. Why I Openly Share My Life With You, The Media And The World
  2. End of 2008: Reflection, and Moving Onward to 2009 :)
  3. 2009 Reflections: 2 Biggest Things I Learned, 15 Key Highlights and A Big Thank You To You

Personal Excellence Book, Volume 2

Personal Excellence Book: Volume 2

101 Best Articles of Personal Excellence – second-third Years of Excellence

(articles with asterik* next to the titles are bonus articles that have never been published on PE)

Awareness & Growth

  1. 101 Ways To Live Your Life To The Fullest
  2. 101 Important Questions To Ask Yourself in Life
  3. 101 Ways To Be a Better Person
  4. How Are You Faring In Your Life Now? – The Life Wheel
  5. Are You Putting Any Parts of Your Life On Hold?
  6. Are You a Self-Help Junkie?
  7. How To Know What You Want To Do In Life
  8. How To Break Out Of Recurring Patterns In Life* (bonus content)

Goals & Success

  1. 10 Surefire Ways To Live Below Your Full Potential* (bonus content)
  2. 30 Ways To Live a Life of Excellence* (bonus content)
  3. 7 Habits of Highly Excellent People* (bonus content)
  4. How To Finish What You Start: 10 Important Tips
  5. 9 Immediate Tips To Stay Focused on Your Goals*  (bonus content)
  6. 7 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting What You Want (And How To Address Them)*  (bonus content)
  7. 5 Essential Steps To Deal With Rejection*  (bonus content)
  8. 6 Timeless Principles To Deal With Resistance And Excel in Life* (bonus content)
  9. When Goals Stop Working
  10. 58 Noteworthy Resolutions For The New Year
  11. Why I Do Year End Reviews (And 6 Important Questions To Ask Yourself in Your Review)
  12. Which Area Of Your Life Do You Want To Transform This Year?

Cultivate Life Transforming Habits

  1. Is Your Routine Empowering You?
  2. 21-Day Lifestyle Revamp Program
  3. 14 Tips To Successfully Cultivate New Habits* (bonus content)
  4. Be TV-Free: Top 10 Reasons You Should Stop Watching TV
  5. Dressing: 5 Quick Tips To Dress for Success* (bonus content)
  6. Manage Emails Effectively: 11 Tips To Effective Email Management
  7. Run Barefoot: 10 Reasons You Should Start Barefoot Running
  8. 45 Tips To Live a Healthier Life
  9. Recipe: Delicious Veggie Vegan Wrap
  10. Raw Recipe: Summer Fresh Salad

Fasting Series

  1. My 21-Day Fasting Experiment
  2. My Fasting Logs: Days 0 – 21
  3. My Post Fast Logs: Days 1 – 4
  4. My Fasting Review
  5. Fasting Update: 1 Month Post-Fast
  6. 12 Tips To Achieve Fasting Success
  7. Your Fasting Q&As, Answered

Emotional Mastery

  1. 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way
  2. 60 Things To Be Grateful For In Life* (bonus content)

People Skills

  1. 10 Useful Tips To Make New Friends
  2. 8 Simple Steps To Overcome Shyness* (bonus content)
  3. 7 Ways To Instantly Meet Like Minded People* (bonus content)
  4. 10 Keys To Becoming a Better Communicator* (bonus content)
  5. 13 Tips To Be A Better Listener* (bonus content)
  6. 10 Ways To Earn the Respect of Others* (bonus content)
  7. 7 Tips To Tackle Naysayers in Your Life
  8. How To Say No To Others – The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need
  9. 8 Helpful Ways To Deal With Critical People
  10. How to Handle Negative Feedback in 6 Simple Steps* (bonus content)
  11. How To Deal With Rude People – Co-Workers, Associates, Customers, Managers, etc
  12. How To Deal With Rude People – Part 2
  13. How To Deal With Rude People – Part 3
  14. 9 Useful Strategies to Dealing with Difficult People at Work* (bonus content)


  1. How To Have More Best Friends in Life: The Heartfelt Guide
  2. Why I Parted Ways With My Best Friend of 10 Years
  3. How To Move On From A Relationship Part-1: How I Moved On From A Heartbreak – My Journey With Love
  4. How To Move On From A Relationship Part-2: How I Moved On From A Heartbreak – Heartbreak and Sadness
  5. How To Move On From A Relationship Part-3: How I Moved On From A Heartbreak – Forgiveness, Closure and Moving On
  6. How To Move On From A Relationship Part-4: Top 12 Signs It’s Time To Move On From A Relationship
  7. How To Move On From A Relationship Part-5: 10 Steps To Move On From A Relationship
  8. How I Found Peace in My Relationship with My Parents, Part 1: A Child’s Wish
  9. How I Found Peace in My Relationship with My Parents, Part 2: A Pervasive, Widening Gap
  10. How I Found Peace in My Relationship with My Parents, Part 3: Revelation and Happiness
  11. How To Improve Your Relationship With Your Parents: A Delicate Guide
  12. 10 Things To Stop Doing in Your Relationships* (bonus content)

Productivity & Getting Things Done

  1. The Best Productivity System There Is
  2. The 8 Habits of Highly Productive People
  3. The Not-Do List: 9 Things You Need To Stop Doing* (bonus content)
  4. Law of Diminishing Returns
  5. 22 Useful Freeware You Will Definitely Find Handy
  6. Why We Have Slumps And How To Get Out Of Them
  7. 12 Useful Ways To Get Out Of Ruts* (bonus content)
  8. Why You Should Take a Digital Break (and 6 Steps To Do So)* (bonus content)
  9. 7 Important Steps To Avoid Burnout* (bonus content)
  10. 18 Ways To Work Smart (vs. Just Working Hard)
  11. How To Get Started When You Don’t Feel Like Working* (bonus content)

Passion & Dreams

  1. How To Discover Your Ideal Career: Your Message and Your Medium
  2. How To Start When You Have Nothing
  3. 6 Steps To Getting Started With Something Totally New* (bonus content)
  4. A Guide To Pursue Your Passion With Success: 14 Essential Steps* (bonus content)


  1. Million Dollar Tip #1: Money is Value
  2. Million Dollar Tip #2: Leverage on Your Current Skills
  3. Million Dollar Tip #3: Address a Need
  4. Million Dollar Tip #4: Scale Up Your Work
  5. Interview: Salad Stop! – Providing a Healthy and Tasty Meal Alternative for Modern People
  6. Interview: Delcie’s Desserts – Delicious, Healthy Vegan Delights
  7. Interview: Udders – Artisan Ice Cream Created with Care and Dedication
  8. Interview: Citrusox – Trendy Legwear that’s Fashionable, Comfortable and Affordable
  9. Interview: Dann’s Daily Cafe – Offering You Wholesome, Healthier Pescetarian Delights
  10. Interview: Millionaire Entrepreneur Derek Sivers of CD Baby Fame
  11. Interview: Groupon Singapore – Acquired for $24 Million in Less than 1 Year
  12. Interview: Brownice – Amazing Vegan Ice Cream Like No Other

Motivation & Inspiration

  1. 10 Powerful and Inspiring Graduation Speeches You Don’t Want To Miss
  2. 15 Amazing Commercials That Will Inspire the Greatness in You
  3. 15 Beautiful, Inspirational Wallpapers For Your Desktop
  4. 25 Most Inspirational Songs of All Time
  5. 8 Important Personal Development Lessons To Learn From Inception
  6. 12 Meaningful Movies With Important Life Lessons To Learn
  7. 9 Proven Ways To Charge Up Your Motivation* (bonus content)


  1. My Letter To All of You
  2. My Review of 2010 (Big Thank You and Onward to 2011!)
In line with this new release, I’ve retired the old version of Personal Excellence Book (which was sold between Jul ’10 to Sep ’11).

Top 10 Reasons To Get PEBook: Volumes 1 and 2

Here are the top 10 (out of the many) reasons why you should get PEBook Volumes 1 and 2!

  1. Your one-stop handbook for growth. With 101 in-depth, content rich articles per volume, you’ll find Personal Excellence Book your go-to source for personal growth. The table of contents lists all the articles that links to each respective article in the book, making it easy to access the content. Not only that, the articles are arranged such that the ideas build off best from the previous article to the next. This is very useful especially since it may be hard to know where to start.
  2. Timeless strategies and tips. Readers of the blog will know I believe in writing timeless content that applies regardless of where we are in life or what we’re doing. You’ll find the content to be relevant and applicable whether it’s now, 1 year later, 5 years later, 10 years later or even 30 years later. The strategies and tips in this book will never become outdated, making them invaluable.
  3. Permanent ownership over your favorite articles. All the reader favorites of the blog are selected specially for each volume. In the past year, several readers have asked me if I’ve a book compilation of these articles as they like to own/read their favorite content. Now you can – and you don’t have to worry about losing access to your favorite content at Personal Excellence ever!
  4. Never seen before bonus articles. Both Volumes 1 and 2 come with bonus articles that cannot be found anywhere on PE, spanning across a range of topics from people skills, relationships, goal achievement, awareness and growth, productivity, cultivating habits, and more. Some of the articles are over 3,000 words long, which is much longer than the average blog article (about 1.7k words). That means more content to aid you in living your best life!
  5. Great reading experience. I’ve invested considerable time in the design of the book – from the cover, layout, formatting, to the pictures that accompany the articles. This is to make your reading experience enjoyable. Powerful, timeless content + Nice design = An ebook you’ll want to read over and over again!
  6. Personal excellence on the go. Being an ebook, you can read this on your mobile phone and ebook readers. Read PEBook on any of your devices that support pdf documents – be it iPad, iPhone, your notebooks, etc! Now you don’t need to connect to the net/blog just to get your daily dose of personal growth advice!
  7. High value for money. As the blog readers will know, I take pride in producing only the highest quality work and wouldn’t release anything unless I’m absolutely sure of its quality. The articles in each volume contain the best of the best lessons, strategies and tips in my life that are essential toward living a life of excellence. Add that with the timeless nature of the content and it’s clear why the value of each volume is immeasurable.
  8. Very affordable. Each volume comes packed with 101 in-depth articles, with the articles costing barely 2-3 cents each (per volume). Just to quote a couple of readers (out of over 500 people who have bought the book to date):

    This is a real bargain in exchange for a handbook that has the power to help you become more conscious, take action on your dreams and create more results in your life, among many other invaluable outputs. The contents are invaluable and worth many, many times its cost, and this can be attested by thousands of readers around the world.

  9. Immediate access. After you make the purchase (via Paypal or Credit Card), you’ll be led to the download page immediately. There is no delivery fee, no waiting time, nada. Just check-out, make your payment and in a matter of seconds you’ll be reading the book in the comfort of your room.
  10. Allowing me to continue writing more free content for you. I’ve been writing relentlessly at Personal Excellence ever since I started the blog 3 years ago, and I’ve never asked for a single cent from anyone for the work I do here. Personal Excellence Book is the first product I’ve launched at the blog, and remains one of the few products I produce/sell here after 3 years of blogging.Many of you have asked me at one point or another if there’s anything you can do to contribute in my cause. This is a great way to support me and get an extremely high value guide for your growth in the process. If you appreciate the effort and advice that I dispense freely at the blog, it’ll be very much appreciated if you can show your support by buying both Volumes 1 and 2! The money I earn from PEBook will support me so I can continue to write free articles for you at the blog, produce more high quality personal development products/services and reach out to even more people in their journey of growth.

Special Offer: Get Both Volumes *Now* and Get 15% Off!

That’s not all – As with every new releases I have on PE, I want to reward all readers for continuously supporting the blog and reading it through all these years.

Personal Excellence Book Volumes 1 and 2 are already incredible value-for-money investments (only 2-3 cents per article on average). Without a doubt, you should most definitely get both volumes together, as part of your long-term investment for your growth.

To encourage everyone to start working on your growth right away, I’m giving a 15% discount for those who purchase Volumes 1 and 2 together. Simply key in the coupon code excellence at checkout.

Personal Excellence Book is a collector’s item and must have for any loyal reader of Personal Excellence. If you’ve benefited from any of the articles here at PE, then you must get your copy. This is the perfect opportunity to get the all-time classics at Personal Excellence in a one-stop guidebook – It’ll undoubtedly be a critical tool for you in your growth.

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Download Personal Excellence Book Volumes 1 & 2 Now!

Limited Offer: Upgrade for existing owners of PEBook

For the loyal readers who have purchased a copy of PEBook since it was released in Jul 2010 – thank you so much for your support in the past year! Your purchase has helped to fuel my business – allowing me to write at Personal Excellence and give away my best content for free.

Those who purchased the old PEBook (anytime from Jul 19, 2010 to Sep 20, 2011) will have a one-time chance from now till 24 Sep, 4pm (GMT +1, London time) to upgrade their current copies to the new PEBook Volumes 1 and 2 at a special top-up price. You should have received the email with the coupon code by now – check the Paypal email you used during your previous purchase.

This option is only valid for a limited duration, so be sure to grab hold of the opportunity! Please do not share the coupon with anyone else as it’s exclusive only for the past buyers of PEBook, as a special thank you for your ongoing support.

Moving forward, I’ll releasing new volumes every year/every other year as Personal Excellence grows. It’ll be exciting to churn out new volumes of PEBook year after year, as it’s a mark of the growth of PE. :D

Update Sep 25, ’11: The upgrade offer is now over! You can still purchase both volumes at a great offer of 15% off. Simply key in the coupon “excellence” at check out. Thank you for your ongoing support! :)

Get Your Copy of Personal Excellence Book Now!

Now that all this is said, grab your copy of Personal Excellence Book: Volumes 1 and 2 now and get your discount of 15% off via the coupon excellence! I’ll love to hear your feedback once you’ve purchased your copy. Let me know if you’ve any questions in the comments area! :D

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  • Sean

    Been wanting to get my hands on this for quite some time now, looks like the 2first will finally be the day I get it! Looks great Celes :)

    • Celes

      That’s great Sean – let me know how you find it after you get them! :D

  • Charles Cave

    Will these books be in a landscape format similar to the previous editions or will you have other ebook formats – EPUB or MOBI (for Kindle) ?

    • Celes

      Hi Charles! Yes, they’ll be in the same landscape format. The release format for Volumes 1 and 2 will be pdf only. I’m planning ebook formats for future releases though (probably sooner than later).

      That said, the formatting has been revised for improved reading experience on ebook readers. Font has been increased (from 11.5pt to 13pt now), while the pictures have been reduced vs. current PEBook version.

  • Matt

    Looking forward to the release. Have any of the articles in the upcoming volumes 1 & 2 been updated or modified from their first postings or has everything been kept in it’s original state?

    I’m glad you decided to keep everything in landscape format. When I first downloaded one of your free ebooks a year ago I had not ever seen a pdf like that and I wondered why it was in this weird format. Then I realized, “Oh, because that’s how my monitor is shaped.” :mrgreen:

    Now whenever I download an ebook pdf in portrait mode I always wish it was formatted in landscape. Maybe I would feel differently if I had an ebook reader or tablet computer though.

    • Celes

      Hey Matt! :D Yes, some of the articles have been updated from original version in PEBook. I continuously revise the blog articles (anything from correcting spelling/grammar to revising paragraphs of text), but with PEBook it gets a little tricky since everything is already saved in the ebook. I’ve taken the chance to update the articles with the upcoming release.

      I’m glad you appreciate the landscape format. When I first saw the landscape format in an ebook, I thought it was queer, but after using it for a while I found it very easy to scroll/read (on a PC/notebook). Since the original PEBook was landscape, I decided to keep it that way.

      For upcoming ebooks like 30BBM, I’ll likely use portrait. The BIB guidebook will probably be in landscape since I suppose people will probably be reading it on PC/notebooks while working on their blogs.

  • Dannymath

    i will def get this. i can read pdf files on my ibooks app on my iphone. :)

    • Celes

      Sounds great! Let me know how it looks on your iphone. :D I don’t have an iphone or ipad so haven’t had the chance to see how the ebooks look like there.

  • Ngee Key

    Thanks Celes, been waiting for this announcement.
    Glad the waiting time is over.

    And yes, I agree that e-books in the landscape mode are better in terms of reading.
    Perhaps only guidebooks can be in Portrait mode.
    All my e-books that I am creating now will be in Landscape mode.

    Thanks and looking forward to your two volumes.

    Ngee Key

    • Celes

      Thanks for your support Ngee Key – I appreciate it! Look forward to your feedback when you get the 2 volumes. 2 more days! :D

  • Ariane

    Excellent Celes !

    I am looking forward to the launch !

    I will let you know how it reads on my smartphone (with Adiko app).

    • Celes

      Great – thanks Ariane! :D

  • techlib

    I am a big fan of you! I used to read your blog regularly… Awaiting for the moment 21 Sep, 4pm London Time ;)

    • Celes

      Thanks a lot techlib! 24 hours left before the release! :D

  • Gordon

    Hi Celes, its priceless and timeless content! I will be keen to get both volumes

    I love the way it all comes together structurally and strategically – some great insights for my own blog.

    • Celes

      Thanks Gordon! :D It’s definitely a must-have and collector’s item for any reader of PE. Let me know how you find it after you get your copy. :D 5 hours to launch!

  • Glenn

    Hi Celes, apologies, obviously I’m far too late mentioning this, but I have a suggestion I was just reminded of whilst reading advantage 6 above. It would be great if the links within the articles that link to other articles, would link to those actual articles in the ebook itself rather than to the blog. That’s the one big problem I had with the original. If I was reading it on my phone, those links wouldn’t be an option. Then if I clicked on any whilst reading on the computer, every time a security dialog box would appear asking me if I wanted to open the link externally, and if clicked yes, the link would open in Internet Explorer which I don’t use. As a result, for most of this year I’ve actually been reading most of your articles on the blog itself which has provided a more pleasant reading experience with articles linking to one another, your index and reader favourite pages.

    The only alternative for the ebook would be to find that article listed in the contents. But with the books split into two now, it will mean having to check both ebooks if an article in one book links to an article that’s included in the other ebook without having to resort to reading it on the blog. This might be easy enough when reading on a computer using Acrobat reader with the contents listed on the left, but for mobie devices and tablets this would take a lot more effort going back and forward between the cuerrent artice you’re reading and the contents.

    Another suggestion would be to completely remove all links from the ebooks so that readers aren’t removed from that book reading experience. I think this would probably be the best option. No links at all. Imagine reading an ebook version of a well known book such as The Hobbit and finding links within the story itself that link to Peter Jackson’s website where he talks about making the movie? He might have a lot to offer there, but as soon as you click on that link, you’re then immediately in web browsing mode rather than book reading mode. With no links, the only option readers have will be to read the book without distractions. And I have found myself that those links in articles can be very distracting! I hope this makes sense?

    • Amanda

      Your idea is really great. I totally agree. :) Hope that Celes will make it so in the next edition! :) Or even better, this!

    • Celes

      Hey Glenn – thanks for your feedback! :D You’ve raised very valid points and these were actually the same things that I was seriously thinking over when I was creating the book last year. The reason why I kept the links is because it’s an easy way for the reader to look for more information if he/she chooses to; there’s always the option to ignore if one prefers to continue reading. I personally find the links pretty useful actually – when I’m connected to the net and on a web browsing mode, I do click on them to get more information. Otherwise if I’m reading it offline, I just ignore the links accordingly and focus on the content.

      I did consider having the links direct to the articles *within* the book, but the problem now that the material is in different volumes is that some articles will still have to be linked over to the blog, which then makes it confusing (having links within the book and outside the blog). In the end I kept the links to the blog because I continue to update some articles at the blog on an ongoing basis, so readers can easily see the latest versions at the blog if they want to.

      FYI – the links to the bonus articles link to within the book by the way, since they can’t be found on the blog. One thing I do is I just hover over the link (which shows me whether it’s linking within the book/outside the book), which then helps me determine if I’m going to click it now or check out the link later on.

      My best suggestion would be to ignore the links if you’re reading from a mobile device, where it’s difficult to click back/forth with different screens. I’d say it just takes some getting used to? For example, I never found the links distracting, probably because I just mentally tune them out when reading.

  • Edward Leonor

    Hi Celestine… Still searching these books. any available store here in the Philippines?

  • Bob

    Hi Celes,
    I would love to upgrade from PEBook1 at a special top-up price” How can I order as I haven’t found an email with a coupon code and I’ve checked all the Paypal email I could find as you have suggested.
    I look forward to your reply.
    Kind regards,

    • Celes

      Hi Bob!

      1) What paypal email did you use to purchase Personal Excellence Book previously?
      2) What was the invoice / transaction number? You should have received an email receipt along with your purchase in the past – the details can be found inside.

      • Bob

        Hi Celes,
        Thank you for your help.
        1.) The paypal account and email used to purchase the PEBook has been closed.
        2.) I found an old email with the the original transaction id was: 1UV92650RS3144647 made around 24/2fifth July 2010.
        I look forward to you reply.
        Kind regards,

        • Celes

          Hey Bob,

          No problem! I’ve found and tallied with the old transaction – just added your current email (Bob**** @ gmail) to the newsletter list for past pebook buyers. You’ll be receiving an email with the code very shortly (in an hour). Let me know if you still don’t get it! :D

          PS – Thanks so much for your ongoing support – I really appreciate it!

          • Bob

            Hi Celes,
            Thanks for your email. I’ve purchased the new PEBOOK and it is full of motivational and informative material. I am enjoying reading the articles which are not any where else – Keys to becoming a better communicator and Ways to instantly meet like minded people.
            I would love to see a kindle version with links to articles within the books.
            Your path of excellence is an inspiration for us to follow.

            • Celes

              Thanks so much Bob for your kind feedback! :D I will look into releasing a kindle version with links within the book for the next version. Many readers have feedback about wanting kindle versions, so it’s quickly becoming top on my priority list now, esp with more people getting kindle these days.

  • Chestnut

    Just downloaded Volume 2, and I’m pleased! The range of topics is far beyond what’s in typical self-help books, and Celes has a knack for giving clearheaded, well-thought-out advice that’s beyond her years. It’s great to be able to open this during a spare minute to remind myself of good habits.

    Some of the bonus articles are really good–not just rehashes of what you can find in her other articles. Even for the free content, I think it’s good to support Celes. Hopefully her travels this year will help her write even wiser articles for us in the future.

    • Celes

      Thanks for your support Chestnut! I appreciate it. :D I’m glad that you like the bonus articles – I made sure they had unique value vis-a-vis the other articles before including them in the book.

      Regarding free content, I recognize that some may not be willing to spend money if some of the content is already given away free on the blog, but ultimately I see the real value of the book as a one-stop shop to get access to the personal growth lessons in life. All the material inside the book comprises of timeless strategies, so they can never expire regardless of whether we are reading them 1 year, 3 years, 5 years or 10 years from now. This makes it a timeless investment for growth.

  • Cj

    Really do enjoy your columns, Celes, truly inspiring. However, an ebook is nearly the same as reading your blog (wonderful as it is!), and a hard copy vs. a soft one would make a much nicer and more easily accessible read for many, not to mention a wonderful gift. Hope you will seriously consider this thought. All the best!

    • Celes

      Hey Cj, thanks for your feedback! :) For sure, I’m planning a hard copy book in the future, though for a different book. It’s not feasible with PEBook itself as (a) there are over 850 pages for Volume 1 and 1,160 pages for Volume 2, so not only is it impractical to have it printed for both cost and logistical reasons, it’s also not environmentally friendly (b) part of the value of the PEBook comes from the inbound links that redirect you to other related articles (c) Given that a lot of the loyal readers at the bog are increasingly digitally wired, with tablets/phones/ebook readers, the ebook format suits most for them.

      That said, many readers have expressed interest in getting hard copies of my work, so it’s really a matter of time before I release a hard copy version with one of my next books. On an ongoing basis though, ebook is probably going to remain the dominant distribution format, because of the same reasons I shared above.

  • http://gmail Claire R

    That is a logical point. We can look forward to a third volume in the future! Wow.

    • Celes

      I anticipate at the rate of new articles at the blog now, a third volume will probably be due in 2013 (with the fourth and fifth years of excellence). So Volumes 1 & 2 will pretty much be the mainstay personal growth tools for the next 2 years, till Vol 3 is out. Look forward to endless new volumes moving forward. :D

  • Ngee Key

    Hi Celes,

    There is only one word to describe your two volumes of books and that word is Amazing :)
    The information, articles and your selfless sharing how to live your best life comes to me at the right time.

    There are so many Personal Development books out there, but none of them come close to it.
    In fact, I found a lot of these other books in the market provide little value but more on their advertising of their other services or books.

    I believe you are on the right path and please continue your good deeds and your selfless sharing. Your contribution to the society is going to impact a lot of us out there who are seeking to live their best life.

    I just shared this great news with all my friends on FB, LinkedIn and Twitter, hoping that they can learn how to live their best life too with purpose and meaning :)

    Once again, thanks with appreciation.


    Ngee Key

    • Celes

      Dearest Ngee Key, as I’ve been repeatedly telling you on my Facebook page, I really appreciate your kind support and supportive comments about my work and what I’m doing. I feel very blessed to have acquainted with you somehow over the internet and look forward to getting to know you better moving forward. Your words mean a lot to me and I’ll continue to share my best material moving forward, as I’ve been doing in the past 3 years. :D

      • Ngee Key

        My greatest pleasure Celes. I feel happy to support those who make a change in people’s lives, just like I have support from you as well. It is amazing and a blessing to me too on how we get acquainted somehow on the Internet. Guessed the 6 Pixels of Separation does work :) Definitely look forward to know and support each other to continue to share our best ability for the benefit of others :)

  • Tatt

    Thumb up!! I’ve already bought the couple set, thank you for your great work :)

  • Charles Cave

    Just bought the upgrade and what great value – the two volumes have a total of 2,014 pages! I will start reading and applying the new articles. Well done for such a magnum opus.

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