Book Review & Giveaway: The Personal Excellence Book

Update: The winners have already been chosen for this giveaway. They are:

  • Connie Browning
  • Matt Child

A while back I published a post called 60 Things to Be Grateful for in Life that was written by a talented, insightful writer. Celestine Chua had previously contributed a post called 6 Timeless Principles to Deal with Resistance and Excel in Life.

This combination of topics speaks volumes about Celes. She has the uncanny ability to motivate people to pursue their dreams while also inspiring them to be present, grateful, and humble.

Before starting The Personal Excellence Blog, Celes had a successful corporate career that left her feeling unfulfilled. She took a risk that would terrify most people, leaving that security to start The School of Personal Excellence.

Since then, Celes has built a blog with 10,000 subscribers and garnered significant media coverage

In her nearly two years coaching clients, conducting peak performance seminars, and blogging, Celes has created a vast resource of articles about finding your purpose, forming smart habits, pursuing goals,ย  managing emotions, and developing people skills.

To say she is a thorough writer would be an understatement.

Celes explores potential obstacles and effective techniques in explicit detail, building upon her own experiences and offering practical tips you can apply right now, no matter where you are in your own personal development.

She has no fear when it comes to putting herself out there. This is clearly her greatest passion in life, and she goes all in, all the time.

After exploring the different parts of her site, I was immediately impressed by Celes’ commitment to her purpose. As someone who runs a frequently updated website, I can appreciate the time and attention that takes–and I publish a lot of contributions from other writers.

Somehow with her busy coaching schedule, Celes has found the time to not only build a personal development road map of epic proportions, but also respond to reader questions to help them apply what they’ve learned.

The Personal Excellence Book, an eBook available on her site for $24.95, is the culmination of her efforts over the last two years. It includes 110 of the best articles from her blog and 10 never before published articles.

And it’s massive.

I must admit that at first I found the prospect of a nearly 800-page eBook overwhelming. However, when I saw the table of contents, I decided the book would be a wonderful resource to access over time as I needed assistance in the specific subject areas.

I can say with absolute certainty Celes is one of the most inspiring bloggers online today. She is fearless, dedicated, passionate, and wise beyond her years. Her writing helps you establish your own personal excellence, whatever that means to you, so that you can live a life that feels fulfilling and meaningful.

Mark Twain wrote,ย “Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

That’s Celes. If you enjoyed her contributions here, you will find her eBook motivational, empowering, and perhaps even life-changing.

To win a copy of The Personal Excellence Book:

1. Comment below.

2. Enter your email address for the new Tiny Buddha List.

For an extra entry, tweet:

RT @tinybuddha Review & Giveaway: The Personal Excellence Book

You can enter until midnight on Sunday, September 12th. I will choose two winners using Randomizer and announce them on Monday, September 13th.

Please Note: This is an eBook, meaning you will receive a PDF file, not a physical book.

FTC Disclosure: I receive complimentary books for reviews and interviews on, but I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. I am an Amazon affiliate, meaning I earn a percentage of all books purchased through the links I provide on this site.

About Lori Deschene

Lori Descheneย is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha onย Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Lmimama8

    This book, The Personal Excellence book sounds amazing!! I would so love to win a copy of it!!

  • Herbert Hb Lui

    Looks really swell, would love a copy.

  • wealthbender

    I wish I get a copy of this book. I am training myself to spend more time reading books and I really think one will enthuse me a lot.

    Just in case I win, will you ship to the Philippines? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Laura

    I would LOVE a copy of this book! I am a life learner and have LOTS to learn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kim

    I would LOVE a copy of this book! I am a single Mom who took a chance in leaving her corporate career to work in a small business =)


  • Man, this does look like a good resource. <3 Would love to be considered by the random number generator.

  • Kristen R

    If that isn’t a stellar recommendation, I don’t know what is! I’m in the middle of trying to embark on a major life change- new job, new home, new life. I think this ebook would be the perfect companion to my big adventure!

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  • I want this book!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kathi

    As I am actively on a journey of self re-discovery, this book looks like a fantastic source of information.

  • Thesunriseproject

    I’m not scared of 800 pages. O_o

    Going to check out her site now….thanks!

  • Susan

    Sounds like my kinda book.

  • Susan

    Sounds like my kinda book.

  • I don’t know how you do it…but you really pick awesome books ๐Ÿ™‚

  • scienceben

    800 hundred pages sounds like my kinda challenge.

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  • Heidi

    Even though I would prefer a book off the computer screen, this still sounds like a very good read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • bobbie

    I’ve added her blog to my “Where I go” list on mine ~ having her book would be the icing on the cake!!!

  • Thanks for the review Lori, will definitely check this out as I love her articles on here!


  • Barbara

    This sounds like just what I need right now!

  • Looks like a great read!!!

  • Condetia12

    We all have to step out of our comfort zone to excel, Lori is leading the way! Thank you

  • Matt Child

    My comfort zones always need stretching, and occasional removal. This book is welcome advice for every goal ahead

  • Didn’t know you were a girl ๐Ÿ˜€ However, great work, congrats to the anniversary and keep it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Javier

    I want to be agreat person!

  • Stephencarboni

    I don’t remember how I found you but the tweets are great

  • Looks like a great book!

  • Magalud

    WOW. What a great book. I’m looking forward to read it.

  • Great

  • Adriana

    Really inspyring!

  • ang

    love books like this and will enjoy reading this one as well.

  • should be interesting

  • bvp663

    Downloaded the preview and it looks like a great book! Would love to read the full book!

  • Hayley_stovin

    I need inspiration to “put myself out there”. Looking forward to the read!

  • Thanks so much Lori for such a wonderful review and testament! ๐Ÿ˜€ The new site redesign looks wonderful and definitely the start to bigger growth at TB.

    Thank you to all TB readers for your wonderful comments too. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions regarding The Personal Excellence Book – it’s the culmination of my best writings, and I’ll be releasing version 2 sometime later this year (everyone who buys the book will get v2 automatically free). All the best to the 2 lucky TB readers who get the book.

  • Kate

    I NEED books like this to get me back on the right track and focus on living the good life for myself and the people I surround myself with.

  • What a great quote from Mark Twain. Too often people focus only on themselves – and yet we are stronger and achieve more when we support and collaborate with each other.

  • =]

    sounds pretty awesome! i cant wait to read it!

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  • Sherry

    Another amazing book! I hope I can win one!

  • Ninja

    Sounds like a really good read!

  • Apryl

    Sounds awesome! Pick me (please)!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the book review and loving the new design. :]

  • Connie Browning

    I agree with Samantha. You do pick Awesome Books! I enjoy reading your in-depth reviews & opinions too. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • lin

    Loving her 30 day challenge. Would appreciate something to follow up the experience. She has a gift!!!

  • Daphne

    Sure sounds as if this is an fantastic book!

  • Allison9034

    Oh goodness, I could really use a book like that!

  • Pam

    Sounds like something I could use.

  • sciencegirl

    Thanks! I could definitely use this right now…a perfect opportunity.

  • ash

    love the title, personal excellence, living your best life… always so much pressure to do more! Sounds like the book might promote a little more acceptance of who we are. love it.

  • Denisemarie639

    Another book I would like to add to my personal library.

  • Khuong

    I really want to try this book !

  • hope | paper relics

    i would love to win a copy!

  • Erin Hill

    If someone wrote 800 pages of inspirational material, I have MUCH to learn from them. Thank you for bringing Celes to my attention –she sounds like an “Evolver of Great Things”.

  • Anne S

    Ever since I stumbled upon Tiny Buddha – I have been able to accept my life changes as things have happened – losing a job as a teller to become a flight attendant, and then almost making it through the training and fail with a week left to go.

    While I was on my job hunt I left reading your website as a personal reward after I applied to jobs I would have liked.

    I strive for excellence each day and stay in present moment… this book would be an asset to anyone.

    Thanks to TB for inspiring all of us.

  • Humble Stumble

    I love the new look of the website! Thank you so much for inspiring and enlightening me in the past few months.

  • Victoria

    This book sounds amazing! Sign me up for the draw ๐Ÿ™‚

  • There are books I feel I have to have or at least read when I see them. This one will be added to my Book-buy-list tomorrow (I don’t have it right now with me). Thank you.

  • Limegreenpeach

    This looks fantastic! I love reading TB – very inspiring!! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rahul

    To be able to make yourself excellent in life is a lifelong struggle, so getting to know yourself better always helps. would love to have a copy of this book.

  • Eph

    Wonderful! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • monu

    tb u r awesome thanx

  • Terry

    I would love to get a copy!

  • Coach2xl

    I am of the belief that things happen for a reason, that the Universe is always there and providing, even when that is in a form we are not expecting or comfortable with… or on our planned time frame. I have just embarked on a new personal journey to really define my purpose. As a trained Coach and a Human Resources professional, I am always looking for resources, This is an exciting knock at my door, to be present and open to abundance in any form it comes.
    Thanks again for sharing!

  • Kim

    I love your site! It always seems to feed me with the right advice at the right time. I struggle with depression and am really working to keep my head above water doing various positive things for my health. I’m proud of myself when I manage to keep my life in balance and everything is working together. This sounds like a resource that would help me tie everything together and I would be thrilled to win it and have it in my ever-growing library of quality reading!

  • Leo_online88

    I want this book thanks

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  • Theresa J

    I am a big fan of The Personal Excellence Blog. Celes offers such great advice.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a big fan of Celestine’s blog; I look forward to hearing that much from her.

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