Self-Help Books You Won’t Mind Reading in Public
We sifted through recent life-improvement books and found the can-do strategies to help you become more successful, calmer, happier, more focused and more connected to others-and to yourself this new year.
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
This is a book about the multifaceted aspects of success and how there’s a lot more to it than being smart and working hard. “Outliers” is a must-read title if you’re looking for some self-help literature that’s focused on the subtleties and nuances that contributed to the success of icons like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle almost needs no introduction at all. His books can be considered as being one of the books that influenced the collective thinking of people from all walks of life. His books have caused a a paradigm shift in the lives of millions by teaching us how to remain rooted in the present momnt, and let go of our mindless worrying. All this positive change comes into fruition through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness, he explains, ‘consists of moment to moment non-judgmental awareness. It is a technique that alleviates depression, increases emotional intelligence and develops compassion’.
Awaken the Giant Within, Anthony Robbins
Life coach, Tony Robbin’s methods are often considered unconventional, but, he still gets the work done. In this book, he breaks down the jargon in Cognitive Theory (the study of mental processes, and all the things that we can do with our minds) into small, chewable pieces that we can understand. He gives incredible motivation on how to lose weight, find financial freedom and how to let go of self-defeating thoughts, and people.
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ takes apart a lot of myths and clichés about the creative process. She instead shows us how to engulf ourselves in what we love and confront what we fear though our mindset, actions, and patterns to reach a healthy balance of being opportunistic and passionate.
The 50th Law, Robert Green and 50 Cent
Co-authored by Robert Greene (48 Laws of Power) and rapper 50 Cent, the 50TH law tackles fear, and its hold over us. They argue that in order to conquer fear, we must switch sides, which is to say, hat you should go out and court difficult situations. By so doing, this creates some kind of therapeutic effect, which makes us anticipate fear and consequently develop strategies to fight it once we come face to face with it.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Robin Sharma
This book tells the tale of Julian, a lawyer largely dissatisfied with the current state of his life. In a bid to stop his life from spiraling out of control, he travels to a distant land, presumably India, in a bid to reclaim his lost spirituality. In the process he unearths wise and but forgotten truths about the meaning of life, the vapid nature of material wealth, and most of all, how to live each day one breath at a time.
The Power, Rhonda Byrne
Australian television producer Rhonda Byrne, whose monumental 2006 bestseller The Secret laid bare the law of attraction, “the law that determines the complete order in the Universe, every moment of your life, and every single thing you experience.” The sequel, The Power further explains this law of attraction. For instance: Researchers in several countries, she writes, “have discovered that when water is exposed to positive words and feelings, the energy level of the water not only increases, but the structure of the water changes, making it perfectly harmonious … When water is exposed to negative emotions, such as hate, the energy level of the water decreases and chaotic changes occur.” Read More!
Chicken soup for the Soul: Tough times, Tough people, Jack Canfield
Sometimes, books understand us more than humans ever will, with that in mind, Chicken Soup is the “go to” book line for emotional support during demanding times. It sounds a bit cliché to say that ‘Tough times won’t last, but tough people will’ but it doesn’t diminish the truth of this statement. This book is essential for when you need some help overcoming adversity.
Lean in: for Graduates, Sheryl Sandberg
Lean in: for Graduates, includes the original text as well as six additional essays by other career experts, ranging from “Find your first job” to a step-by-step guide to salary negotiation. Just like the first version, it encourages women to “sit at the table,” take risks, and conquer their professional fears.
Happy Reading! Happy 2016!