What do you do to motivate yourself? What do you do to grow? How do you expand your interests, discover new things that excite you?
I prefer to read. I’ve always loved burying myself in books. While text books aren’t really my thing – sadly, since I do have to read a lot of those for uni – self-development books are definitely what gets me motivated and excited to improve myself, try new things and basically start changing my life to make it exactly what I want it to be.
So here are a few of the books I’ve read recently; books that changed my perspective a bit or even a lot, and drove me to actually make some changes in my life. I know the title may seem exaggerated but, believe me, this blog wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the books below.
4 self-development books that changed my life
You Are a Badass by Joe Sincero
I’m listing this one as the first book because it’s everything you might want from a self-development read. It’s witty and not too serious but, at the same time, gets to you with the very well-directed tips and advice, actually giving you the motivation and confidence to do what you’ve been thinking of doing for a long time.
So, no matter where you are in life, what your goals are – or if you have no idea what they might be – this book is going to give you ideas and tools to make some changes. And it’s an easy and fun read, too!
The 100$ Startup by Chris Guillebeau
This one is quite specific as it focuses on career development, namely entrepreneurship, but it was such a game changer for me. This book is actually what drove me to start this blog with the idea that I will slowly but surely turn it into a business along the way.
Even if it doesn’t sound like something you might be interested in, give this book a shot as in the end it’s about motivation to finally take action and do what you want instead of constantly waiting for the right moment.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
At the beginning I wasn’t sure whether I liked or feared this book, to be completely honest with you. Vulnerability is never a fun thing to discuss, read about or face but it’s so so necessary in order to know and understand yourself, your actions and reactions, and generally how you deal with life and other people.
Compared to the other two, this one isn’t a super easy or pleasant read but it’s worth facing your fears and maybe topics you don’t necessarily want to think about.
Alright, this last one isn’t a book but a podcast – it’s kind of a spin-off of a book though, so it practically counts, right?
Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert
To be honest, this should be at the top of the list but since it differs a bit from the rest, it’ll serve as a great ending to this post.
These podcasts gave me such a creativity boost as well as inspiration and motivation! Liz Gilbert talks to real people, like you and me, about problems they are facing in terms of their creativity. The characters are so diverse yet I could relate to most of them – or even if I couldn’t, just listening to them talk and discuss their issues was still always a great learning experience.
So go ahead and start on those podcasts right now because they are available for free on Liz Gilbert’s website! And did I mention they are so incredibly versatile and useful? Well, what are you waiting for? Go on, they’re magic (get the pun?), I promise!
I really hope that some – if not all – of these books will be as helpful to you as they were to me. Let me know in the comments what your favorite self-development resources are, there's no such thing as too many great sources of confidence and inspiration, so let's share!