Lately I have been searching for paths toward self-improvement, whether it be in health or finances, I feel an urge to up my game. When it comes to self-improvement, I like to go to books for guidance.
Unlike what all the self-help books claimed in the late 20th century, we know there isn’t a book that will show us the light at the end of the tunnel or suddenly fix all our problems. It’s the advice and stories of many books pieced together that will help us get to the other side.
After sweet hours of reading throughout the month, I have found a few books that have deeply inspired me to reevaluate some of my life habits, thought processes, beliefs and everything in between. Hopefully some of them will find a way to your bookshelf.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
Ever since I finished The Untethered Soul, I haven’t stopped talking about it. I have been recommending this book left and right. Although many would consider this book to lean on the spiritual side, it is for everyone. It will meet you at where ever you are in life, whether you’re deep into your spiritual practice or haven’t a clue where to begin.
Singer helps us understand what is hindering our limitless potential by telling us the truths of the universe so we can live unhinged, untethered. What is that inner voice in our head? Why do we sometimes feel like we can conquer the world and other times barely manage to get out of bed? What has fear been doing to us? Singer explains.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
This book was appealing to me at first sight because (as much as I hate to admit) I give too many f*cks about everything. I thought this book would just give me a few good laughs but turns out, there is a lot of candid truth in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Mason challenges society’s definition of a life worth living and how to choose the f*cks we give.
Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon
I only buy physical copies of books if they are ones I want to keep with me for a life time. Steal Like an Artist is one of these books. I think every creative soul should have a copy at hand. Kleon brings clarity to what is originality and how creativity can be cultivated. There are few words in this book yet you become deeply inspired. Every time I loose the spark for creativity or hit a dead end, I come back to this book to rejuvenate my perspective.
Deep Work by Cal Newport
I was introduced to this book when I was listening to a podcast episode by The Minimalists. I find it hard to focus for hours at a time and produce good work that requires deep thinking. I think much of it has to do with hopping our attention from one thing to another like email to social media to texts. We feel busy, but have we really produced anything of value? Newport explains deep work, why we need more of it and how it can be done. After a snip-it of this book, my approach and perspective on work has completely changed.