The self-help market is full of books offering advice to those hoping to kick-start their personal growth. If you read all of the books available, you wouldn’t have time to apply any of their advice to your real life, so it makes sense to be a little bit more discerning in the self-improvement books that you choose to read. Even if you have never read a book on self-growth before, you can start to improve your life by following the suggestions in these books, and you won’t have to do a lot of research to understand what these writers mean.
7 Habits of Highly-effective people
This book, by Stephen Covey, is the perfect place to start. It is often used by business trainers to kick-start creative people and sales teams, but in fact it can be just as useful for self-improvement for those outside of big business. Covey applies his 7 habits to everything that his readers want to achieve, and suggests that you need to have a fundamental re-think about the way you see the world, and your place in it. Rather than just being an ‘effective’ person, you can benefit hugely from the self-improvement content of this book.
Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into stepping stones for success
John C Maxwell has written a book designed to deal with the most difficult of situations for those on the self-improvement path: failure. Struggling to achieve something, even after you have worked really hard at it, can be disheartening, and can also make you forget the other principles of self-growth. Maxwell shows readers how to accept failure, to learn from it, and then to move away from it towards a more successful life.
Switch: How to change things when change is hard
If you have been trying to grow, but are struggling with those fundamental changes that allow you to move forward with your life, this is the book for you. Chip and Dan Heath offer strategies for making changes in a world where emotions tend to overwhelm the rational, and where knowing that you need to change doesn’t always make it easier to bring about that change.
Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness
This book by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler addresses the issue of self improvement head-on by dealing with the issue of bad decisions. They discuss how the world presents choices to us in a manner that makes it hard to resist those bad choices, and what you can do to overcome it.
Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking
This is one of the best books for people who feel pressured into becoming ‘lively’ or ‘outgoing’ both in business and in the work environment. Part of self-growth is accepting yourself as you are, and Susan Cain’s book helps those who are not the extrovert type. By reading this book, introverts can learn coping strategies to help them become stronger and feel better about their emotions.
By selecting only a few good books to read in the self-help niche, you can start putting the advice from them into action in both your personal and business life.
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