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10 Best Self-Help Books

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

Any book is a self-help guide if you can take something from it
Kevin Smith

How many times do you promise yourself that you’ll read self-help books to improve your mindset, increase your motivation and help you focus on success?

But you never get around to it because you never have the time…

Well, if you’re self-isolating at home, there’s never been a better time to get through some inspirational tomes and polish up your grey matter!

Here’s a list of ‘must read’ 10 best self-help books to advance your self-development journey:

If you’re looking for kick-ass, straight talking, laugh-out-loud motivation, take a look at this New York Times bestseller. Sage advice delivered with a giggle and a big dollop of hit-home truth. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero – Get your copy here:

Can an Instagram guru deliver on the promise to show you how changing the way you think, feel, speak and act, will begin to change your outer world? The answer is – yeah baby! Part biographical and part tried-and-tested techniques, Vex King shows how to overcome adversity and learn to overcome the fear that’s holding you back. Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness – Vex King – Get your copy here:

This book has been described as a candid, no-bullshit blueprint for living your most amazing life. That description is spot-on. Overcome lurking self-doubt and meet your dreams head-on. Noor Hibbert tells-it-as-you-need-to-hear-it. Just f*cking read it! Just F*cking Do It: Stop Playing Small. Transform Your Life – Noor Hibbert – Get your copy here:

What’s the One Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? Now that’s a question that will get your brain cells fired up and thinking! This book will narrow your focus down to what’s important and show you how to eliminate distractions. Trust me, you need to read this book, it’s one of the best self-help books out there! The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller – Get your copy here:

The way we live and work is changing rapidly, yet many remain stuck in outmoded thinking. This book is vital reading for you if you’re having a ‘mid-life career crisis’ or think you’re too old to have a new vocation. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what is the greatest thing you would dare to dream? Read and achieve. Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life – Brian Tracy – Get your copy here:

And the next book because… Well, who wouldn’t want to? If you feel trapped in a job that sucks the life out of you, and frustrated because you know that you’re capable of more, plus you’ve realised that a J.O.B. equates to ‘Just Over Broke’ and you’re struggling to make enough money, this book will give you practical tips to find ideal business idea that will be the best fit for your talents and values. Sack Your Boss: The Ultimate Guide To Escape Your 9-5 – Christian Rodwell – Get your copy here:

If you think being vulnerable is a sign of weakness – think again! Dr Brené Brown gently but firmly challenges that belief. She shows that vulnerability is a strength, but we are taught to close ourselves off from that strength. If you wonder why you feel disconnected from others and experiences, and have lost your sense of self and purpose, you’ll learn how to open up, be authentic and vulnerable – and live with true strength. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Dr Brené Brown – Get your copy here:

If you moan that you’re not ‘a creative’, then this is the kick-in-the-pants to halt the excuses to create your own personal masterpiece. Whether it’s writing a book, sculpting a work of art, or creating your perfect career, Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray and Love (my favourite film!) explains how creativity isn’t an inherited special gene. Instead, it’s a process of patience, practice and a sprinkling of magic. A beautifully written book that will inspire you to take a journey of exploration into what you’re truly capable of. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert – Get your copy here:

Do you start a project but give up at the first hurdle? Are you struggling with ‘imposter syndrome’ and feel crushed at even a hint of criticism? Has everything gone tits up and you’re not sure how to climb out of the pit of failure? Do you have great ideas but grapple with lack of time and money? If the answer to any of these questions is a big fat ‘Hell Yeah’, then you lack a simple but vital belief about life – everything is figureoutable! Read this book and learn how to instil this fundamental belief. You’ll be glad you did. Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo – Get your copy here:

If you’re sick of the daily grind, making a profit for someone else, living your life on their terms and schedule, and generally feeling that life is passing you by – fear not! In this book you’ll learn to create a business that fits your personality and values like a glove. Not only that, you’ll also learn how to work less and earn more, and discover how to market without the yukky sales pitch. Chock full of practical tips and all-important business details, this book will lead you by the hand to build the business you desire from the ground up. Chillpreneur: The New Rules for Creating Success, Freedom, and Abundance on Your Terms – Denise Duffield-Thomas – Get your copy here:

So, now you have the choice of ten best self-help books, why not treat yourself to the latest Kindle to read them on? You’ll have all your reading material in one place, available at any time, to dip into. What’s not to love? Get your Kindle device here:

I hope you enjoy my recommendations. Please let me know about your ten best self-help books – drop me a line, so I can read them and maybe include them in a future list!

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