Self-Help Books Everyone Should Read

Updated on July 30, 2018
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Reim is a guitar player who loves reading and writing. She also aspires to become the best version of herself.

Books are valuable tools to learn and grow. In just one book, you can learn so much information and for only a tiny price compared to school or college. In fact, you don't even need teacher to learn about a particular subject.

Take Elon Musk for instance. He is a well-known book-worm and he taught himself a pretty complex subject by just reading books. Some people throw the excuse that he is just a genius and whatnot. The thing is, we call any one who is better than us in something a genius. This way, we make it easier not to feel bad about ourselves or even make any effort to become better.

Anyhow, if you do want to become the best version of yourself and learn how to live your life to its fullest, these self-help books are a must-read.

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle

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Are you always stuck thinking about the past or fretting over what will happen in the future? If this is your problem, then this book is for you. Most people waste their lives thinking about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. When you face-palm yourself on how stupid you were to miss that TV show or how stupid you will look when you go to the prom, you are doing nothing but wasting time. Time you will never get back. That's why you need to get yourself out of this habit. You need to be mindful of the present. The Power of The Now can be the cure to this issue.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F-ck - Mark Manson

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My first impression of this book was not quite positive. I thought that it's just a troll book or something, and I decided to read it just for the sake of it. But boy, was I wrong. This book is truly a gem. It made me realize how much of an excessively-attention-giving person I was. Every chapter gave me a flashback on silly situations where I could have given little to no attention to, on situation where I could have spared myself unneeded stress and headache.

After I finished reading this book, I wished it never ended. I wanted more. It was this good. So if you are that type of person who throws a tantrum on petty things, you must read this book. You will feel so much better and less-stressed. You will feel like a different person!

Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki

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Have you ever wondered why rich people are rich and poor people are poor? Let me guess, are you thinking that the latter are lucky and the former are unlucky? Well, not an uncommon answer, but not the best either. Screw it; actually, it is the worst answer you could ever give to this question. And the reason is in this very book. Poor people are not poor because they are unlucky, and the same case is with the upper class.

This book is about the author himself showing what separates the poor and the rich by comparing his biological poor dad to his best friend's rich dad. I'm really itching to spoil this book for you right now, so you better go and read it before I go out of control.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

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This one is a good self-improvement tool. I took my time reading it to grasp each habit clearly and properly. Needless to say, most people fail to abide by the 7 habits mentioned in this book, and they are as follows:

1- Being proactive: Proactive people take action. They don't wait for something to come to them; they go and get it themselves. It's highly likely that you are procrastinating on some task or chore right now. Got an assignment due next month? Go and do it now, or, at least, start doing it now and gradually finish it up. But don't leave it to the last minute. Save yourself some stress. Besides, you never know what might come up next month and rob your attention towards it. Better safe than sorry.

2- Having a plan for the end beforehand: Have you ever seen an author write a novel without knowing how it's going to end? Well, I'm not gonna lie and say that there's none, but it's extremely rare to find such kind of writers. And most cases, they are bad ones. Starting something without knowing how it's going to end is a perfect recipe for failure. Now you might be thinking about businesses. Right. You never know what the destiny of a business is, and the answer is in this book.

3-Prioritizing: This particular one reminded me of how Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter Series [SPOILER ALERT] believed that getting expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is worse than dying.The 7 Habits explains how tasks that are important but not urgent should be your priority. It's kinda the same idea as the assignment example given in number 1.

4-Win-Win situations: We all like to win, don't we? We get this kind of proud feeling when our foe loses, be it in an argument or a bet. But what if both parties won? The 7 Habits explains that in depth. And hey, be prepared to throw your ego in the trash before picking this book up.

5-Listen, then talk: If there's anything humans are good at, then it's no doubt being quick to judge. Believe it or not, we can be faster than a cheetah when it comes to throwing judgmental comments at others. But it's because of this trait that our world is so messed up. Because we happen to be exceptionally good at something exceptionally bad that we have racism, sexism, or whatever issues that the planet Earth is undergoing right now.

6- Team up: Even though we are social creatures, we have trust issues. We like to do everything on our own. We think that others are not good enough. This, in itself, is a problem. The problem is not in others; the problem is with your selection. If you go and pick up a random co-founder from the streets to start something, then you may as well kiss your still-unborn business goodbye.

7-Never stop improving: What do you reckon will happen if you go 48-hours straight of minimal sleep and constant studying? You would think that you are ahead of your classmates, right? Not until you're in the test center, staring blankly at your exam paper and realizing that you have forgotten everything you had studied. Quite a shock, indeed.

That was just a very tiny peek on what to expect from this book. I tried to keep it as simple and brief as possible so as to not spoil the quality experience that you can get from this book. It's just that useful.

What do you think?

Have you read any of those books before? If so, what's your opinion on them? Share in the comment section below!

© 2018 Reim Ossaily

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