40 Best Nonfiction Self Improvement Books
From the likes of classic authors such as Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie, to new thought leaders such as Brene Brown and Adam Grant and somewhere in between such as Malcolm Gladwell and Tony Robbins, here are 40 best self-improvement books of all times. (This post may contain affiliate links and I may earn from qualifying purchases.)
In my opinion, Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People should be everyone’s bible, or on every work station. This book is a guide to improve all areas of your life from work, to relationships to life principles.
By becoming effective, you not only become a more productive person but create an impact on your life and the lives of those around you. You create better relationships and simply leave everything that you touch better than before when you interacted with it.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to. It will transform your life in various ways. Get the key ideas from this book in this 19 minutes summary on Blinkist here.
Napoleon Hill interviewed some of the most successful people of his time and was happy to share with us his findings. Published in 1937, the beauty of this book is that the teachings apply even in today’s world.
The money-making skills and techniques are the same. The same kind of discipline required to get things done then is the kind of discipline required today; well, with a bit more of distractions.
A friend recently told me the biggest lesson she got from this self-improvement book is about commitment. The book narrates a tale whereby an army had to burn all the ships when invading new land, showing that they had no intention of backing out.
This lesson taught her that to move forward she had to go in with everything she got and make a full commitment. With this mentality, she created her own sanitary products company that’s doing great. If you haven’t read this classic, you really should. The lessons are immeasurable. Listen to the key ideas from this book in 18 minutes on Blinkist here.
Now, Discover Your Strengths is a self-improvement book focusing on helping you discover what you are good at. Research has shown that most of the people that succeed in an area because they embark on something they are good at, have an interest in, and they are passionate about.
Often, we think our talents are as good as how well you can sing in tune or how well you can hold a tennis racket. We don’t realize that being good at persuasion can be a strength that can move mountains for us. We don’t acknowledge that persistence is maybe just the strength you need to get what you want.
Now, discover your strengths will help you discover some of the best elements about yourself that you didn’t think are strengths. Want to discover what your strengths are? Read this and use the Strengths Finder to know more about what you are good at and how you can use it to your advantage. Get the key lessons from the book in this 10 minute summary on Blinkist.
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Slowly and steadily we are learning that talent and IQ may not be sufficient for success. Instead, you need more discipline and emotional intelligence. We need emotional intelligence to commit to our goals, to self-regulate and motivate ourselves, and most importantly take charge of our feelings and behaviors.
Daniel Goleman discusses five elements of emotional intelligence which are; self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.
Learning emotional intelligence will help you improve the quality of your life by knowing yourself better, regulating yourself and taking charge of your emotions before they control you. Emotional intelligence will help you motivate yourself and achieve intrinsic motivation. It will help you become more empathic to understand others and to create healthy relationships all around you.
If you want to take charge of your emotions and feelings, this is the book for you. Check the book summary I wrote on the same. Alternatively, read this 10 minutes summary on Emotional Intelligence on Blinkist; text and audio available.
Dale Carnegie’s knowledge and insight on how to deal with people is pure gold. How to Win Friends and Influence People is not about how to manipulate people to like you, but about creating relationships with others. In today’s working environments, managers rise to the top because they are good at strategy, but fail to stay there because they have poor people skills.
Dale Carnegie shows us how we can create relationships with others, at work and home, by simply coming to their level, being empathic, and making them open up to us.
This self-improvement book is a must-read recommendation for leaders, business people, partners in relationships and simply anyone that wants to form healthy relationships all around them. Improve the quality of relationships you form by adding this gem to your reading list.
This book changed my life. As an introvert, I always felt the need to belong and of course, this was not working for me. The author, an introvert, discusses how our current world is not friendly for introverts.
Schools make kids to work in groups. Grading in colleges heavily relies on how much students participate in a class or their groups. In the workplace, the loudest person that can push their point across is the one that gets heard.
Open offices are becoming more popular and while this happens, a lot of introverts die inside. What about the person that has a lot to say but is not comfortable speaking above others?
What about the person that is most productive while working alone? What about the introvert that would rather send reports on email and would die before they stand in front of the group and make a presentation?
Introverts like me needed this book to understand why we behave the way we do. Extroverts need this book to understand their introverted colleagues, spouses, children, bosses, and subordinates.
Read this book, and it will change your life. Get the key lessons from this book in this 16 minutes summary on Blinkist.
When we are awed by a sportsperson or a music artist, we think, ‘wow! He/she is so talented!’ In Peak, Anders Ericsson argues differently. He argues that what made Kobe Bryant a great sportsperson was practice and a lot of it.
He argues that what made Mozart so great was the practice he put in playing the piano ever since he was a kid touring with his father. The author of Peak introduces the term deliberate practice.
This is a type of practice intended to learn any skill that can be learned. Even you can pick up a set of golf clubs today, set out to deliberately practice and become the next Tiger Wood.
What Ericsson is trying to say is that talent has little to do with achieving extraordinary things. It has much to do with practicing. Of course, the younger you start when you practice, the more you increase your chance of becoming a world-class expert in this area.
The book introduces a Hungarian psychologist that made chess grandmasters out of his three daughters. Want to learn anything or want to create an expert out of your child? This book is for you.
Read or listen to the key lessons from the book in this 10 minutes summary on Blinkist here.
Angela Duckworth is a management consultant turned educator turned psychologist. Reading her book, Grit, introduced me to Anderson Ericsson who I discuss above and Carol Dweck who I will discuss later.
Just like Ericsson, Duckworth explains that talent and ability are just a small part of what contributes to success. Instead, effort and practice are the elements that make people great at what they do. Duckworth interviews experts in different areas, from spelling bee champions to record-holding swimmers.
In her book, she discusses that first, these people are passionate and interested in what they do. They then put in massive amounts of effort and practice on their skill to become great at it.
Most importantly, they are persistent. They persist on improving their skill over a long period of time until they become experts at it. If you want to improve on persistence and hard work, this book is just what you need.
According to Duckworth;
Talent X Effort = Skill
Skill X Effort = Achievement
As you can see, effort counts twice.
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Adam Grant is just what the world needs right now, a non-conforming psychologist and encouraging other non-conformists. From what I have learned so far, from authors such as Duckworth, Anders, and Dweck, psychologists offer great explanations as to why we behave the way we do.
Their explanations are backed up by an understanding of psychology. In originals, Grant explains how non-conformists move the world, in their own different ways.
For example, great people don’t achieve success by taking forever working on their masterpiece to bring it to perfection. Instead, they do a lot of work, create different products, and somewhere in this high number of products made, a masterpiece lies there.
Another lesson I got from this book is how we view procrastination. The constant warning is that procrastination is not good for productivity. This is true, but what if we look at procrastination differently.
What if we understand procrastination as an incubation period for ideas? The more we procrastinate, the better our ideas become? If you want to see a whole new way of thinking, I highly recommend this book. Read the key insights from Originals in this 13 minutes summary on Blinkist.
Dr. Wayne Dyer addresses a great number of issues that we struggle with, that stand in the way of our happiness. He identifies these as our erroneous zones.
Lack of motivation, procrastination, and laziness gets in our way of productivity. Anxiety, worry, and guilt get in the way of our happiness and living a full life.
This book uses Albert Ellis’s rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) to help us remove ourselves from the situations that hold us back. Using these therapies, you can get past your worries, anxieties, guilt and make a better person out of yourself.
Daniel Kahnemann makes you think twice about why you think the way you think. He breaks down our thinking into two systems; system1 and system2. System 1 is the kind of thoughts that rush quickly to our minds, usually are fast, instinctive and emotional.
On the other hand, system 2 is more deliberate thinking and more logical. It goes past our emotional reactions and gets to the detail of the analysis.
This book will explain what lies behind some of the decisions you make and how this affects your life choices. Gaining such an insight into your thought process can be impactful to help you take better charge of your life.
This is a long and highly engaging book, but you can get the 13 key ideas from the book in this 19 minute summary on Blinkist.
I have reviewed this book several times and will continue to mention it as one of the best self-improvement books out there, and yet one of the most underrated.
John Maxwell is majorly a leadership author and speaker. In this book, however, he takes a personal approach to help us shed light on areas of our lives that we can take charge of and transform our lives.
The book starts with how looking at our attitude and adjusting it accordingly can help us perceive the things that happen to us differently and take control of our lives.
He further mentions how discipline, priorities, and commitment is what we need to meet the promises we make to ourselves. He provides 12 essential steps you have to consider every day when making decisions, and the ripple effects they have on our lives.
You can read my summary of the 12 elements here.
You know that book that completely changes the way you think? This was it for me. It made me check my ego, confront my beliefs and rethink my mindset.
Carol Dweck discusses the difference between having a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. People who have a fixed mindset think that ability is fixed. If someone is smart, they simply are and they excel because of how good they are.
People with a fixed mindset think that people who are not so smart remain so, and their ability cannot be improved. As a result, people with a fixed mindset don’t put in the effort because, why bother? Things will not change.
They spend their time trying to prove how smart they are and if they think that they are not smart, they don’t put in any effort at all.
On the other hand, people with a growth mindset don’t believe that ability is fixed. They believe that everyone can learn anything and that life is a learning process. They don’t put so much thought into proving how intelligent they are. Instead, they are happy to learn.
As a result, growth-minded people tend to be more open-minded, persistent and they are the ones that make significant changes to their lives because they are constantly open to learning.
I reviewed the book here; you can read the summary and see why I recommend the book. No time to read? Get the 9 key pointers from this 13 minute summary on Blinkist; available in text and audio form.
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works Why it Matters, and What you Can Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal
Self-control is a huge factor in our lives. It influences whether we stick to that diet or whether we drop that bad habit. Self-control determines how good we are when it comes to sticking to the habits we have committed ourselves to.
Without self-control, we might as well be living in the jungle, with no rules at all. We can eat anything that we want without caring about how it affects our bodies. We can smoke all we want and engage in all the life-harming bad habits.
The Willpower Instinct explains how we can use self-control to get what we want out of life. Do you want to lose that weight? You need self-control. Do you want to break that bad habit? You need self-control.
Check out this book and it will change your willpower and help you stick to better habits, drop bad habits and take charge of your life. Listen to the book summary on Blinkist here.
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This is the ultimate read when you want to get unstuck and start moving in your desired direction. Marie Forleo is simply communicating the message that you can figure every situation out, even when it seems that you can’t.
It is all a matter of attitude. This book tells you to take power into your own hands and solve your own problems. First, you need to stop playing the victim and define what you want your life to be.
Live authentically, on your own terms by choosing who you want to be and being that person. Then, decide what you do and go for it. This book is just what you need if you have been contemplating for long about doing something and you haven’t got started.
Take that first step by checking out the book. Read the 9 key ideas by Marie Forleo in this 15 minutes summary on Blinkist.
Brene brown preaches courage and vulnerability. Braving the wilderness is about having the courage to be yourself. You cannot be your authentic self if you don’t know yourself and accept yourself for who you really are.
This level of knowing yourself, or self-awareness, comes from being vulnerable and opening yourself inside out to explore yourself.
In this book, Brown uses her life lessons to show you how you can stop trying so hard to fit in, but instead, allow yourself to be you. It teaches you to trust yourself more and to turn life’s challenges into positives, rather than allowing yourself to be consumed by all the wrongs that are going on in the universe.
Are you tired of trying to fit in and want to get the courage to stand to be your authentic self? Start by reading this book or check the 7 key ideas on this Blinkist Summary.
If you want to understand motivation, read Dan Pink’s books. This book is largely about intrinsic motivation, and what really motivates us. I learned about Dan Pink from his Ted Talk and I remember the quote that caught my attention was ‘chance favors the prepared mind’.
In Drive, Dan Pink discusses three elements of motivation. These are; autonomy, mastery, and purpose. When you have the desire to direct your own life, this motivates you to take life in your own hands.
When you have the urge to get better at something, you are motivated to constantly work on improving yourself.When you have a purpose, you yearn to do something large than yourself and this motivates you.
These elements lead you to become intrinsically motivated, which I have discussed in a previous article. Blinkist summarizes the 9 key ideas from this book here.
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I am new to mindfulness and meditation, and Gabrielle Bernstein is just what I needed for this. I first learned about her after watching super soul Sunday talk above in which she discussed her struggles. She felt the need to plan for everything that was to happen in her life, according to her plan.
She planned when to publish a book when to have a baby when to go on tour, and all the kind of planning do in our lives. What happens when things don’t go according to the plan? What happens when the baby does not come within your allocated window?
This book is simply about letting go of what we cannot control and letting the universe worry about that for us. This is easier said than done, but Gabby provides steps to help us release and surrender, and let the universe take charge.
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Worry occupies a huge portion of our lives, more than we would like to admit. We worry so much about the future that we don’t appreciate the present and all that it is offering. We also think about the past, and the mistakes we have made we have made in the past that we allow guilt to shadow our present.
Eckhart Tolle takes a spiritual approach to show us that life is a series of the present moment and often, we miss them because we are focusing so much in the past or the future. He also shows that we experience pain because we resist things that we cannot change.
To free ourselves from pain, we need to observe our minds without judgment and focus on the present, knowing it is there for just now. If you want to develop a habit of living more in the present, I recommend this book to help you appreciate now and worry less.
Get a summary of Eckhart Tolle’s key lessons in this Blinkist summary.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Self-doubt kills more dreams than ignorance does. The best of us are held back from what they want to do because of self-doubt. We constantly doubt if we are good enough. We care so much about what others will think of our efforts and kind of wait for approval from others to get what we want.
In this book, Jen tells you to stop caring what others think of you and focus on yourself. She wants you to figure out what you want and start taking step steps to get it.
While at it, don’t think too much about how you will get there. Overthinking increases self-doubt since every time you look ahead, the future seems unrealistic.
You have to change your habits and change those around you if they don’t support your efforts. You are a badass, and you will become a better one when you read this book.
Get the key ideas from this book in this 13 minute summary here.
There are two kinds of people, those who can’t stand Mark Manson and those who wonder where he has been all this time. His unapologetic nature claims all this controversy. I do like his way of thinking.
Mark Manson is not shy to tell you that it is time you picked your battles. If you obsess over everything that happens around you and make it your personal responsibility to concern yourself with all life events, then you will be miserable.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is not about not caring at all, it is about choosing what to care about. Picking your battles is something I have discussed in 3 thoughts that could completely transform your life.
Read about that and read my summary of The Subtle Art here. Alternatively, read or listen to the key pointers by Mark Manson on this Blinkist 15 minutes summary.
Don Miguel Ruiz proposes the four principles to live by. These are; be impeccable with your word, don’t take things personally, don’t make assumptions and always do your best.
This book shows how when growing up, we were taught to conform to rules set by society. As a result, we spend our lives trying to conform as opposed to being our true self and this stands in the way of our authenticity.
To live according to the four agreements, we need to know who we really are and choose how we want to live. We need to not take things personally but break the old agreements and choose our own agreements, our own set of rules on how we want to live.
Listen to this book on audible and take charge of your life. Read or listen to the summary of the 4 agreements here.
We met and loved Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love as she took on a journey to find herself. In Big Magic, the author discusses issues faced by most creative people, especially fear.
She breaks the big magic into six sections which are; courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. Gilbert, a creative, offers insights on how we can unleash our creativity in spite of being afraid.
Like other authors such as Stephen Pressfield in The War of Art and Adam Grant in Originals, Elizabeth Gilbert shows us how we can coexist with our fears and still go ahead and create and produce.
Simply, she is advising you to permit yourself to create, even when creativity does not come so easily. Blinkist summarizes the key ideas from this book in 12 minutes here.
Dale Carnegie oozes of wisdom, and just as I recommend his other book on building relationships, I recommend this too on worrying. We worry too much, and often, we worry about things we cannot control.
Worrying robs joy out of our lives. The time we spend worrying would be spent doing something more productive. In this book, Dale Carnegie offers advice to help us deal with worrying.
The first step is to ask, can you do something about it? If the answer is no, then quit worrying? What help will worry do? If you can do something about it, then quit worrying and start coming up with a solution.
Read this book and learn some awesome strategies to help you deal with worry and live a happier life. Get the key lessons from this book on Blinkist in this 19 minute summary.
I listened to this audiobook and loved it so much that I went ahead to buy the paperback. Charles Duhigg shows how the habits that we develop can change our lives.
Once you make good habits a routine, you no longer have to try so hard to work on something positive. Incorporating habits into our systems makes them part of our life and doing the right thing becomes an effortless practice.
Duhigg shows how we can use habits to improve all areas of our lives. From becoming more productive, quitting bad habits such as smoking, dieting, and even in organizations to create a positive environment and work culture.
I recommend this book if you would like to drop some bad habits or adopt some healthy habits. This summary on Blinkist contains the main 10 ideas from the book. Check it out.
Ekhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now, takes a spiritual approach to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. This earth that we live in, as much as we love it, is the cause of our problems.
Our societies, religions, and media are hurting us more than we think. A New Earth is Tolle’s guide to help you create a better earth for yourself by taking charge of your mind.
He guides us through religion and how we cannot lay all our hopes on it, because religion causes a lot of problems in the world. He also shows us how we should not overthink situations as it stresses us even more.
Further, Tolle teaches us how accepting things as they are, rather than stressing over them, can make us love our lives more. Read the book summary in 12 minutes on Blinkist.
Tony Robbins is one of the most known faces and voices in the field of personal development. In this book, he teaches us how we all have potential, and all we need is to tap into it.
When we want to change our situation, we need to make the decision and take action. It takes deciding what we want to focus on and deciding that we will do what it takes to achieve the world we desire.
Like a lot of other personal development authors, Robbins tries to help us shift from fear, and focus more on taking action. Fear will always be there, and if we focus on it we will never get anywhere.
On the other hand, focusing on action takes you a step forward, moving you past your fears. If you want some inspiration on believing in yourself, start with this book and take on from there.
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl talks about his experiences in camps during the holocaust. Robbed of his freedom and basic dignity, Frankl had to learn to focus on his mind, focusing on finding meaning in his suffering so as not to be beaten and destroyed by his circumstances.
Frankl wrote this book after surviving camp and introduces logotherapy.According to Frankl, lacking meaning in our lives causes mental health problems. When you find meaning, you find a reason for your suffering and this helps bear through life more positively.
This is a must-read self-improvement book for everyone who wants to find meaning in life and find a reason not to give up but look forward to the next day. Blinkist summarizes key lessons from this book in this 15 minutes summary.
Our problem is not ignorance, our problem is inaction. This is a quote by Dale Carnegie but this book by David Allen is basically focuses on this quote.
Our lack of productivity and doing the things we want to do is not caused by our lack of knowledge, but by not taking action. If only we acted on all the things we want to do, we would achieve all that we want to, or at least most of it.
In this book, Allen teaches us how to manage time, and move from planning to action. My favorite lesson from this book is ‘to start shipping’. If you are making products and you are not ‘shipping’, no one will know about your product.
However, when you start ‘shipping’ them out, then your intended audience or customers will know about your product or services. Start shipping and get things done and use this book to guide you through these steps. Get the 14 main ideas from this book in this summary.
I love Malcolm Gladwell. I love how he thinks. I have read Outliers about four times now and still intend to reread it this year. In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell addresses the real forces behind the success of outliers.
We often see great achievers such as Bill Gates and we think that it is by sheer chance or simply how great they are that they got to the top. Gladwell shows how having a support system, the right timing, the right conditions, and other factors contribute to the success of outliers.
For example, Bill Gates succeeded in his industry first because, he was exposed to computers at an early age, an advantage his age mates didn’t have around that time.
He had a support system; his parents were financially capable of supporting him in his endeavors, with his mother playing an important role to introduce computers in his school, an advantage many schools didn’t have at that time.
Bill Gates also created Microsoft at the beginning of the internet era, so the timing was just perfect. This is not to belittle how brilliant Gates is, or how hard he worked. It is to show that success is a factor contributed to by other factors.
If you like to read a beautiful kind of thinking, check out this book. No time to read? Listen to the 10 key ideas from Outliers on this Blinkist Summary.
This book also by Malcolm Gladwell looks into the psychology of snap decisions. Sometimes, all we need is to look at a situation and make a decision or judgment about it.
Sometimes, this can be right and other times it can be wrong. A psychologist can tell how long a couple will last by interacting with them in under a minute. On the other hand, some people have made quick judgments from short interactions and ended up being terribly wrong.
Blink shows how you should listen to your gut feelings. Sometimes snap judgments are more right than careful deliberation. Trusting your instincts may be just what you need to make the right decisions.
Read the 15 minute summary of Blink here.
Make your bed by William H. McRaven is about how simple habits can change your life. The first thing you do in the morning can determine the direction your day takes. This book encourages you to pursue your goal and change the lives of others.
Success, according to McRaven, is a combination of willpower, discipline and mutual support. To succeed, don’t do things alone but seek support. He encourages us not to mourn that life is not fair, but to use failure to make us stronger.
You get what you want by daring more, standing up to hurdles on the way and rising to the occasion. If you want to learn how simple habits can change your life, add this book to your reading list.
Brian Tracy shows how self-discipline transformed his life, and how you can use the same discipline to transform your life as well. I agree with the author when he says you don’t have to be born a star, in riches or with special skills.
Anyone can get what they want as long s they apply self-discipline. Often we keep saying that someday we will do something, but we never quite get to it. Self-discipline is what separates those who do and those who don’t.
You can apply self-discipline to achieve success, improve your character, responsibility, personal excellence, and happiness. Personal discipline can help you overcome your fears, become more persistent and achieve your goals.
Brian Tracy goes on to explain how personal discipline is applicable in leadership, business, sales, money and time management. Read the key pointers from this book in this 13 minutes summary.
In the 21st century, we live in a very distracted world. This era of smartphones, the internet, laptops, television, and streaming services, there are so many things to do and easily available. If we are not careful, we may never get any meaningful work done.
Cal Newport shows how we can achieve success in deep and rare work. Often, we spend so much time on shallow work such as replying to emails, making presentations for work and the like.
We never seem to have time for deep work such as finishing a project, a book, publishing a paper, or thinking or developing new ideas.
In this book, Newport offers practical solutions on how we can incorporate some deep work into our days. By blocking off time for deep work, removing distractions and other pointers, we can get the deep and rare work done and project ourselves to our desired direction.
I summarized the book here, you can read all about it or listen to the summary of key pointers from the book on Blinkist here.
This classic from David Schwartz is built around one main concept, believing in yourself. Many other self-improvement books have come along after this classic was written. Many have touched around the same topics as well, but Schwartz’s original thinking is still worth a shot.
Written in 1959, this book encourages us to be open to new ideas, to be open to learning and constantly focus on bettering ourselves.
Rather than grumbling about all the things that are going wrong, Schwartz encourages us to change our mindsets and focus on finding solutions rather than finding excuses.
If you feel that you need to take action and you are not proud of how much complaining you have been doing recently, then check this classic out! No time to read? Check out this 15 minutes summary of the book.
We have seen a lot of books focusing on how improving our habits improves the quality of our lives. Atomic Habits is also focused on helping us break our bad habits and adopt good habits. The author, James Clear, shows us how small and incremental everyday habits and routines lead to massive and notable changes over time.
The cue, craving, response and reward habit patterns shows how habits are formed. Further, to create new habits, we need to simplify them into easy, attractive and satisfying steps to make sure that they stick and we fall off the wagon.
Simply put, this is about how simple habits create a compound effect on the quality of your life. Listen to the key ideas from Atomic Habits in this 13 minutes summary.
Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
I am currently bingeing on Brene Brown to learn more about vulnerability and how being vulnerable makes us stronger. In this book, Brown shows how we can bounce back from failure. We can embrace the setbacks in our lives and rise stronger failure after failure.
Brene Brown studies shame, and one biggest reason we are afraid to fail is that we are afraid of being ashamed. In this book, she encourages you to fall, get up, and try again. Listen to this 16 minutes summary of the key lessons from Rising Strong.
As I mentioned, Brene Brown is all about vulnerability. In this book, she encourages us to be vulnerable and how this can help us find joy, love, and passion. We may see being as vulnerable as a weakness.
In reality, it takes massive courage to be vulnerable. The emotional exposure we face is not optional and choosing to own and engage our challenges gives us the courage to face all that’s happening around us.
This book further shows us how to identify shame and rise above it to achieve joy and fulfillment. I encourage you to read Brene Brown’s books for an insight into yourself and rise past shame. Listen to the book summary here.
Are you creative? This is just the book you need by your bedside. Stephen Pressfield wrote fiction and screenplays. He decided to write this non-fiction to address the challenges faced by creatives like himself. Most importantly, he addresses fear and self-doubt.
Most creatives struggle from fear and self-doubt. Pressfield breaks down how fear and doubt leads to resistance, and the more you give in to fear, the most you let it stand in the way of making art.
To increase productivity, creativity, fight procrastination, and fight self-sabotage, make sure you read this great and real book. As you read, you feel Pressfield is describing your challenges as a creative in every sentence and want to know how you can change that person in the mirror.
Read the 9 key ideas from this book summarized here.
This classic by Norman Vincent Peale talks about something I preach every day; positive thoughts and beliefs and having a positive attitude. Your world is a reflection of how you see it. If you think about all the things that are wrong with the world, that’s all you will see and vice versa.
In this book, the author shows you how to believe in yourself, have a positive attitude, create your own happiness, stop complaining, expect the best out of life and go and get it. He shows you how to worry less and solve personal problems.
I recommend this classic for anyone looking to improve their view of life and improve their attitude. No time to read? Listen to this book’s summary here.
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