If you’re like the old me, the thought of reading a self help book is, well, embarrassing to say the least. “I don’t need to read those books, those are for crazy people!” I would tell myself!
When I started my first business adventure, I was advised by my coach to start reading them. I was hesitant, but I decided to give it a shot. My first one was the Compound Effect. After reading that, my perception on life shifted so radically, and I was hooked on self help!
If you’ve never given it a try, here’s a good place to start! I have read much more than these over the last year, but these are a few of my favorites.
Pick one that speaks to you personally, and you’ll be hooked the way I was!
1. Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters
“There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives readers practical, honest, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.” – Jon Acuff
2. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
“You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.” – Jen Sincero
3. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
“We tend to hold on to resentment because we feel like the nitwit who wronged us doesn’t deserve forgiveness. Meanwhile, the only person being punished by your resentment is you. Forgiveness is about you deserving peace, not necessarily about others deserving your forgiveness. You are allowing nasty thoughts of nasty things to take up precious space in your mind. If you love yourself, you’ll end your own torture and let it go.” – Jen Sincero
4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
“Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.
Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only impossible, but destructive: attempting to tear it out unravels everything else with it. To try to avoid pain is to give too many fucks about pain. In contrast, if you’re able to not give a fuck about the pain, you become unstoppable.” -Mark Manson
5. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
“We each have a unique path to walk in this life, and there is a reason that yours is unfolding the way that it is. Embrace your journey and look for the lessons. Believe in divine timing and know that what’s for you will not pass you.” – Alwill Leyba Cara
“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”
– Sophia Amoruso
7. The Compound Effect
“It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.”
– Darren Hardy
“The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.”
– Jeff Olson
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