According to Wikipedia, A self–help book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers in solving personal problems. The books take their name from Self–Help, an 1859 best-seller by Samuel Smiles, but are also known and classified under “self–improvement“, a term that is a modernized version of self–help.
Today I am going to feature my Best 5, Self-Helps books, which really helped me change my perspective towards certain things. These are the books I wouldn’t mind re-reading again and again.
The 4-Hour Work Week
by Timothy Ferriss
Publication Date: April 24th, 2007
Page Count: 416 pages
Opening Sentence: “Is lifestyle design for you? Chances are good that it is.”
This is among the best self-help books I have ever read. This book doesn’t tell you ‘What Success is’ and theoretical sort of blah blah. It kicks your butt and makes you go after what you want. I can never get enough of this book. Just read some quotes from it below:
Risks weren’t that scary once you took them.
There was practically no risk, only huge life-changing upside potential.
The fishing is best where the fewest go.
There is just less competition for bigger goals.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail better.
You won’t believe what you can accomplish by attempting the impossible with the courage to repeatedly fail better.
Two truisms to keep in mind:
1. Doing something unimportant well doesn’t make it important.
2. Requiring a lot of time doesn’t make a task important.
Don’t call it a problem, if you can avoid it.
If everyone is your customer, then no one is your customer.
This book is a very very very must-read!
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You are a Badass
by Jen Sincero
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: John Murray Learning
Page Count: 256 pages
Opening Sentence: “You can start out with nothing, and out of nothing, and out of no way, a way will be made.”
Quote: “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
A seriously funny book that weaves humor and real-life, take charge advice together to make you awesome! Overall, the book is witty and honest and offers some great ways to improve your life.
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
by Mark Manson
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 224 pages
Opening Sentence: “Charles Bukowski was an alcoholic, a womanizer, a chronic gambler, a lout, a cheapskate, a deadbeat, and on his worst days, a poet.”
Quote: “Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.”
The book teaches you to prioritize your life. To value only the things that matter to you, and to discard the rest. As Mark writes, “In my life, I have given a fuck about many people and many things. I have also not given a fuck about many people and many things. And like the road not taken, it was the fucks not given that made all the difference”.
The best thing I liked about this book is how it doesn’t preach about positivity and motivation. It doesn’t try to sell you the old “feel-good-about-yourself” shit. It teaches you to be honest. It tells you it is okay to be mediocre, to be in deep shit, as long as you accept it, take responsibility for it, and make honest efforts to come out of it.
Anyone who wants to change their life will find this book extremely helpful, refreshing, and effective. And, you don’t necessarily have to be a self-help book lover. Read this book to use your fucks wisely (both literally and figuratively).
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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Page Count: 288 pages
Opening Sentence: “Once upon a time, there was a man named Jack Gilbert, who was not related to me – unfortunately for me.”
Quote: “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
Basically all the good advice you have ever heard of becoming a productive creative person all in one book. A creative living guide to life by following your happiness.
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The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brené Brown
Publication Date: August 27th, 2010
Page Count: 160 pages
Opening Sentence: “Owning your story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
Quote: “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
A book that comes along at just the right time and really hits you! The whole book provide a guide that is actually based on research and thus the science helps you in seeing the bigger picture. The message of this book is “The greatest challenge for most of us is believing that we are worthy now, right this minute. Worthiness doesn’t have prerequisites.”
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