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5 Must-Read Self Help Books

mindset Nov 11, 2020

To get the most out of life, self-growth is vital.  Some of the smartest people in the world say that we should all continually strive to improve ourselves, no matter who we are or where we are in life.  After all, no one is perfect.  It takes a healthy, well-balanced individual to become a successful and influential leader.  So, we’ve compiled a list of the five best self-help books out there.

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Negative emotions can be debilitating in so many ways.  Despite whether it is anger, jealousy, grief, hopelessness, resentment, or fear, this toxicity can prevent us from reaching our full potential.  In this book, Tolle teaches us how to transform our suffering into peace.  As our egos are the cause of these yucky feelings, the author uses examples and exercises to demonstrate how we can liberate ourselves from our egos.

Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish and Other Self-Care Rituals from Nature by Rani Shah

Did you know that even jellyfish stop and take breaks?  That’s why they’re one of the world’s most energy-efficient animals.  And the oyster?  It produces pearls through its immune response to sand that has become lodged in its tissues, in much the same way something beautiful is generated through the overcoming of adversity.  In this enjoyable read, the author draws connections between nature’s incredible phenomena and human self-care rituals.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This one is for any artist or visionary that has ever struggled with a creative block.  However, as innovation is key to success and leadership, the advice it provides can be applied by anyone actively pursuing a career.  Gilbert takes a straightforward and inspiring approach to explain the many challenges posed to our creative flow, as well as how to develop the right attitude and habits to avoid, overcome, and maneuver through these obstacles.

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In this book, the author introduces the idea that humans tend to both overemphasize causation and to see the world as being more explainable than it actually is.  Taleb explains how we often attribute an outcome to a particular source, skill, or explainable reasoning, when, in fact, it may have been chance, fate, or luck.  It’s an important read for risk-takers and risk-avoiders alike and can help readers to be more open-minded.

The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

The four agreements identified by this author are like a secret recipe for surviving life.  Anyone who has read this book will likely tell you that if they could just master these four easy things, they’d be much more satisfied with life and encounter far less stress as they live it.  Ruiz has found a way to simplify the human experience.