There’s always a point in our lives when we feel like we are drowning, and we desperately seek help or advice. But guidance from our loved ones, no matter how well-intentioned, isn’t always enough. There are times when we seek detailed manual-like books on how to approach the quagmires of our life, and that’s when we turn to Self-help books. These days, it’s so easy to access those. We just need high speed internet, Kindle, and an Amazon account before we tap on the eBook we want to read.
But which one? After all, there are a gazillion on the market.
Well, to help you find the right one, we’ve compiled a list of self-help books that may bring you valuable advice to handle varied tricky situations in life.
- Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson
“If you do not change, you will become extinct!”
This book serves us a cardinal lesson about change and adapting to it. Despite being the most intelligent species on the planet, we have the tendency to get stuck in rigmarole because we refuse to accept change and over-complicate things. The book is extremely short and written as a fable, the reader supposed to infer their own lessons from the story. It wistfully reminds us of the time when we were kids and grandma used to teach us important lessons through fables.
2.Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson
Crucial Conversations does a great job in aiding us with strengthening our personal and professional relationships. Dialogue is the most elemental aspect of developing any relationship. Too often, when we face conflict we find ourselves stuck in the haze of rage and hurt and end up aggravating the situation. This book helps us and others steer towards a reasonable dialogue to achieve constructive end results.
3. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
After the phenomenal popularity of this book, Covey published the 8th Habit and The 7 habits of Highly Successful Teens. These 7 habits, if implemented, will be of great worth in every aspect of our life. The first three habits constitute of Private Victory, the habits we can develop internally to improve ourselves; the other three constitute of Public Victory that involves others. Lastly, he discusses why we must constantly devote our time to invigorate ourselves i.e. ‘Sharpening the Saw.’ Continuous improvement will enable us to perfect each of our habits.
4. Declutter Your Mind by S. J. Scott
This book can prove a powerful tool in helping us gain control of our mind. Instead of relying on external forces that steer our happiness and moods, we must depend on our own selves for mental well-being. To help us achieve this, Scott explains the four mental habits that will declutter the mind. Scott then goes on to provide us with some useful strategies that can enable us to develop these habits.
5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
As you can gauge by the title, this book is quite unusual but really blunt and straightforward as if it’s speaking to your heart. The book has a no-nonsense approach to life and advocates the same: instead of wasting our time in caring for too many superficial and inessential things in life, we should focus on what’s significant and meaningful to us. It’s the key to living, not necessarily happy, but a good and productive life.
6. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
Putting off a task for later, but ending up doing it five minutes before the deadline, while bursting with stress and worry, on top of which the task isn’t completed properly – does that sound familiar? Well, procrastination adversely impacts the lives of countless everywhere, pumping regret and guilt into their consciousness. Tracy gives us really simple and pragmatic advice on tackling procrastination by ‘Eating the Frog’ i.e. doing the most onerous task first. This book is a great motivator for procrastinators and is most likely going to turn them into doers.
7. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is indeed a magical read. Gilbert encourages us to let our creative side bloom despite things getting tough. It doesn’t matter if we get recognition by Oprah or make it to the best-selling list, the important thing is to let ourselves create, let our fears and passions exist together. The ideas may be just plain common sense, but Gilbert’s relaxed and conversational tone resonates with our hearts for a long time after we finish reading the book.
8. Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Brown teaches us valuable lessons through thousands of her stories over the years. Rising Strong is about picking ourselves up after failures and not letting those letdowns hold us back from trying again. It’s about accepting our vulnerabilities and understanding that being vulnerable does not imply weakness, rather revealing your discomfort and fears takes real courage.
9. Grit by Angela Duckworth
Duckworth is touted to be an expert on ‘grit’, which the author defines as focused persistence. The book tells us it’s not talent or intelligence that are crucial elements in personal success, rather passion, resilience, self-discipline, and perseverance. We only need to decide on a goal and keep going on, lack of skills or intelligence wouldn’t matter much then, for everything you need to accomplish your objective, will begin to make its way into your experience.
10. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
The book is simply written so the reader doesn’t have to be a psychologist to comprehend it. Being aware of our emotions and that of others as well as having the ability to deal with them is absolutely essential. Unfortunately, not many of us have that skill. Bradberry lays out several self-awareness and self-management strategies that are really critical in living a salubrious life.
How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.