Reading is extremely beneficial to our well-being. I am a firm believer in the concept that any success achieved in life is due to the information that you consume daily. Self-help books are a very 21st century phenomenon among business professionals and teens as it changes your personality, perception about the world, and who you are as a person. They force you to ask some exceptionally good questions about what you want out of life and who you are and want to be. This form of introspection makes you a more responsible person, develops resilience, and allows you to maintain a positive outlook. You will start to take care of your body, relationships, career, finances, friends etc. After investing my time with self-development books for the past 6 years, I personally made the choice to associate myself consciously only with people who have high standards. Lastly, reading these books provide the most value when you implement the lessons or ideas you learned from them and apply it to your life.
The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolie
I love this book because it teaches the foundations of meditation as well as how to detach from your past/future thoughts, how the only thing that exists is the now, how to stay present, and how time traveling essentially brings us so much pain that’s unnecessary. This book can truly transform your thinking and perspective on life. This book is for those who are having a lot of difficultly detaching from the past or your future thoughts.
Be Obsessed or Be Average, by Grant Cardone
Honestly nothing is impossible, nothing. You can overcome your condition and limitations. You can become the person who does things rather than someone who waits for a miracle to become a millionaire or to win the lottery to pay for college or whatever. You can be extraordinary by accomplishing many ordinary things every day, little by little you will get to where you’re supposed to be but the key is to think differently than the average person and act on.
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
This book is one of my all-time favorites! Its short and to the point. It’s for those who don’t have much time to read a gigantic book on a busy schedule. The Four Agreements is based on ancient Toltec beliefs which are agreements we make with ourselves that are not good for us such as thinking of ourselves as stupid, ugly, and so on. The Four Agreements helps you break those old views and helps you really look at yourself to become a healthy happy human being. The book does not have religious overtones or hard to read concepts so it’s an easy read for anyone!
You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
The tittle of this book may seem a bit crass but don’t judge a book by its cover. When you read it, you will literally hear a very loud voice, making you laugh and relate to a lot of things that the author tells you through her own struggles with life but it won’t end there. The author will call out your B.S (ex: your sloppiness) She encourages you take action on the parts of your life that need fixing, all while reminding you that you’re are a badass! Jen Sincero talks briefly about gratitude, manifestation, trusting your intuition. She also gives you a lot of tasks to do, thinking prompts that can shake anyone ’s subconscious way of thinking. It’s one of my favorite books and one of my first self-help books. Reading this book is like talking to a friend who’s helping you build the self-confidence you need to deal with all your life challenges.
Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki
This book is not about Finance, it’s about how we look at Finance. you will be surprised to discover how awfully wrong you were all this time and how little we know about such an important aspect of our lives. It addresses the longstanding conventional myths about education, money, jobs and their interplay in our lives. It can literally transform your life, and I am not exaggerating. It is the most well-known book when it comes to learning how to earn passive income which in my opinion is the best way to achieve financial freedom. He will show how a rich person handles money differently than a poor/middle class person. i.e. what does he do with the money he earns; and how spending habits drastically vary among these three. It opens your eyes to the fact that ‘go to school, get good grades, find a good high paying job’ does not necessarily guarantee financial independence. If you do go by the age-old principle, you will find yourself in the biggest trap of your life and you may never know that you are in it. Make use of the most powerful asset that you are gifted with which is ‘your mind’. If given proper education and training, it can provide you wealth far beyond anyone could ever pay you.