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I feel like reading books is becoming a forgotten art in the age of the internet. And that makes me sad.
As a kid, I used to read books all the time. But then around middle school the internet became a big thing in my little life and I began reading more random internet junk than actual legitimate literature. It’s like when I discovered Jack In The Box for the first time in college and it became my go-to food source. Fresh and healthy vegetables, be gone! Obviously, that wasn’t a great time in my life.
Now that I’m out of collage and I’m no longer being forced to read anything I don’t want to, I’ve rediscovered my love of reading for relaxation and entertainment rather than watching TV or scrolling Instagram. Funny how that works, huh?
If you’re in a hurry to get your self-help going right now, then here’s the speed version of this list. Grab one (or two 🙂 ) of the books below in ebook format and you’re off on your self-improvement journey!
Girl, Stop Apologizing
If you haven’t already read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, then girl, I don’t know where you’ve been. Girl, Stop Apologizing is a worthy follow up and it’s just as inspiring and touching as its big sister.
Consider this the modern girl’s inspiration handbook. Big Magic tosses the idea that “Inspiration” is some kind of ghost that wisps into our lives when it wants to, and therefore we can’t control it. Instead, it shows us how to use what we have around us to get inspired.
If you’ve ever read The Secret and felt like you were left stranded in the woods knowing that you must start a fire, but your guide neglected to tell you exactly how to do that, then this book is for you. Super Attractor is all about manifesting the life that you want, and it gives practical steps you can do in order to accomplish your dreams.
Like Super Attractor, Judgment Detox gives practical advice for an often theoretical problem. When you judge others, your judgments and conclusions have nothing to do with them. It’s all about you. In this book, you’ll learn how to improve your self awareness and heal your heart.
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” If you’re not accomplishing all the things you’d like, it’s not because you are a failure. You just don’t have the right systems in place! Atomic Habits offers tools and techniques to help you replace your ineffective habits with productive ones.
If you’ve ever wondered why it feels like you’re doing so many things everydamnday but still nothing gets done, this is why. Deep Work explains the difference between work that gets you by and work that gets you places. It sounds so simple and self-explanatory, yet it’s a critically underrepresented philosophy when it comes to why we do the work that we do.
Everything is Figureoutable
Everybody faces setbacks. Yet why is it that some people come roaring out the end of the tunnel and figuratively fly away, while others crawl out the other end with their faces smashed into the ground? Everything is Figuroutable helps you deal with setbacks in a way that strengthens you and makes you even more badass than before.
Popular is about understanding yourself. For me, the word “popular” is triggering and brings me back to an unpleasant time in my life, high school. Needless to say, I wasn’t “popular,” at least in the way I wanted to be. But that’s not a bad thing. Wherever you stood in the social hierarchy, this book will help you understand where that places you today and how best to proceed with what you’ve got.
Talking to Strangers
We don’t have all the information, so our minds fill in the blanks, often to our detriment. When it comes to others, these “filled-in-blanks” manifest as judgments that may or may not be accurate representations of the person. Communication with others is vital to our success and survival, and yet we get it so horribly wrong. Talking to Strangers evaluates the strategies we currently employ to understand others, and suggests better ones.
Talk Like Ted
Many of us avoid public speaking as ferociously as we avoid Brussels sprouts, myself included. I tell myself that speaking is unnecessary because I can just write instead and my work will “speak for itself.” Talk Like Ted analyzes some of the most successful TED Talks to help you improve your communication, public speaking and persuasion skills.
Braving the Wilderness
The world we live in today is hyper-connected, yet lonelier than ever. We are so connected that it’s like we depend on the world to reflect a mirror image of ourselves back to us in order for us to see ourselves. The wilderness is a metaphor for our uncharted lives that we tend to shy away from in favor of living in your comfortable, mutually accepted reflection. In Braving the Wilderness, you’ll learn how to navigate today’s connected world without your losing your true self.
It’s about fairness. Fair Play is a guide to help families divvy up responsibilities based on factors that have nothing to do with gender. The practical advice is good, but I think the real kicker of this book is the theoretical aspect. Even if the practical steps aren’t relevant to your life in this moment, progressive discussions about gender roles help shape our expectations going forward.
That’s all for now!
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