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  • The Best Self-Improvement Books to Read This Summer

    | 2020-07-14

    self-improvement books

    The summer might not be turning out how you expected, but take advantage of the extra time to read one of our 7 favorite self-improvement books. Self-improvement can permeate through every part of your life, from personal relationships to business opportunities, self-esteem and confidence.

    A big part of self-improvement is believing in yourself and your goals, which can feel difficult given the state of the world. No matter what areas of self-improvement you'd like to work on, each of these books can make an impact.

    Try this: tomorrow wake up a half-hour earlier and listen to one of these audiobook while taking a walk. Or set aside 30 minutes before bed tonight (no phone, no TV) and read. Adding a little bit of self-improvement to each day can support your journey.

    So... which books should you read?


    1. How to Win Friends and Influence People

    how to win friends and influence people

    "Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude."

    How to Win Friends and Influence People is a motivation powerhouse. It can inspire you to go after what you want in life, then improve upon that. This book helps you focus on being positive and make the best out of any situation.



    2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    "If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself."

    Start thinking of yourself as a 'success'. Stop doubting your ability. If you have trouble believing in yourself, pick up this widely successful book by Stephen R. Covey. He explains how once you start believing you are a success, you will start achieving success. It starts with an attitude shift, which admittedly can be difficult since people tend to be hard on themselves. The book outlines ways to change your thinking habits to live life more effectively. Up for the challenge?



    3. Start With Why

    Start With Why

    "The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas. The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen."

    Simon Sinek spent a great deal of time studying the worlds greatest leader. He discovered a common thread: they all think, act, and communicate in the same way, and it's completely different than the rest of the world. He refers to it as "The Golden Circle." This format of thinking and acting creates the environment for revolutionary ideas by inspiring other people instead of themselves. If you're in a position of leadership at work, Start With Why is an absolute must-read.



    4. The Power of Positive Thinking

    The Power of Positive Thinking

    "The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised."

    The name is in the title: think positive to feel your best. The Power of Positive Thinking is like a manual for living. Take the practices Norman Vincent Peale outlines and practice them in real life. Don't just read the book and go back to autopilot. We love this self-improvement best-seller because it gives the reader real, actionable exercises. And they work. If your goal is to feel more happiness, get more motivation, and finally go after your dreams... well, here's your chance to take the first step.



    5. Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich

    "The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat."

    Think and Grow Rich is referred to as being the original motivation book. Originally published in 1937, its principles have been revised and updated for the 21st century but the core value remain the same; you are the master of your own destiny and you can make your future what you want it to be. This book teaches you to set a goal and then act. Learn some of the money-making secrets that inspired business magnate Andrew Carnegie.



    6. The 4-Hour Work Week

    The 4-Hour Work Week

    "For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time."

    We LOVE this quote from Tim Ferriss book The 4-Hour Work Week, because we all tend to feel like there will be a perfect time to make a big change. Well, there isn't. For so many people, that change relates to work. Have you always wanted to be free of the humdrum 9-to-5? Have you wanted to create your own life of luxury and work when you want? The 4-Hour Workweek is proof that these dreams are tangible. But the first thing we have to understand is that the timing will never look perfect. You're no longer allowed to complain about your work unless you're doing something to change the situation. Yes, reading this book counts as doing something.   



    7. The Power of Now

    The Power of Now

    "Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life."

    They say depression is a sign of being lost in the past, and anxiety is a sign of being lost in the future. As humans, it's difficult not to become preoccupied with looking back or forward, but this Eckhart Tolle book will show you how vital it is to be here, now. The Power of Now focuses heavily on making the best of and living in the present moment. Tolle recommends taking action to start living the life that will bring you the most happiness, and the trick isn't behind you or in the future. A great book for reclaiming your life and peace of mind.


    Add these titles to your summer reading list and share your new successes with us on Twitter. Happy Reading!



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