Personal development has been a huge passion of mine for years now. I was reading the self-help books before it was cool, in an effort to better understand myself and to push myself out of my comfort zone and into my fullest potential. I think of life as a work in progress; I’m not yet where I want to be but I am closer than I was yesterday. If you feel there’s more to life for you than your current situation, you may want to check these out. These are the books that have helped me along my journey.
1. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough by Adam Smiley Poswolsky
This is by far my favourite and one I re-read pretty regularly. I highly recommend this book to any Millenial who is unsure about which path to take towards finding meaningful work. There is tons of practical advice, interesting case studies and clarifying questions/exercises to help move you forward. If you know that you want more from your work than just a paycheque, this is the book for you.
2. F**k it, Do What You Love by John C. Parkin
I love this philosophy because it works both ways: fuck it, I’ll do it or fuck it, I’ll let it go. Definitely an interesting read. It’s basically about incorporating more of what you love into your daily life and possibly making it a business. If you have a hobby that you’ve always thought about turning into a side gig or full-time venture, now may be the time to test it out. There’s no time like the present. There’s a good mix of practical tips and personal anecdotes with resources for more in-depth work.
3. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
I won’t lie, I was pretty skeptical about whether I would enjoy this when I found out it was about shame and vulnerability. However, it’s definitely a must read. It really hits close to home. Its insightful perspectives on shame and vulnerability will likely change while reading it and everyone will find parts of themselves in the stories shared in these pages. I know I did. You will very likely come out with a better understanding of yourself.
4. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
There’s so much more to life than money and power. ” If we define success by money and power, it’s like sitting on a two-legged stool — you’ll topple over, and more and more people are toppling over.” Thrive is about how to redefine success to include a third metric — based on four pillars of wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving.
5. Unfuck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
This book is basically advice from your blunt best friend. No sugar coating, straight to the point and probably not what you want to hear but definitely what needs to be said. Sometimes we all need a little tough love.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
This is a must read for anyone interested in improving their everyday habits to achieve longterm goals. Small steps can snowball and create the momentum needed to get massive results. All it takes is for you to start, then it takes consistency. Before you know it, you’re living a life more aligned with your dreams.
Are there any personal development books that you highly recommend?
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