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It’s obvious that the book market has been inundated in the last twenty or so years with self-help books. I’ve read a fair few of them myself. I went through a phase where self-help books were almost the only kind I would read. Thankfully, I’m back to fiction, but I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite self-help books, the ones that have truly improved my life when I’ve used the techniques within them.
Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely idolize Lin-Manuel Miranda. He can do almost no wrong in my eyes. This book, an illustrated compilation of largely encouraging tweets from the creator of brilliant musicals like In the Heights and Hamilton, is a delightful little read. Still, there is real wisdom in the bite-size messages. Definitely worth reading and returning to again and again.
This is the original book that changed my life, once I implemented some of the practices in it. Though it seems too good to be true – you read it like, things can’t be this easy – it is true. The Secret appears in almost every religious tradition, and is even supported by quantum physics. Give it a shot – it’s a great introduction to a theoretical law of the universe.
Everyone, practically, has heard of Sincero’s original work, You Are a Badass. Though that book is an excellent one and worth reading, I preferred You Are a Badass at Making Money. As a college student, making and saving money for the future and for the present is incredibly important to me. Sincero loosely mentions a few of the ideas in The Secret, but the books are different enough from one another that they’re both worth a read in their own right.
These are the self-help books that have really improved my life, once I used the techniques they mentioned. They’ve uplifted me, taught me, and equipped me to improve myself and my life. I hope they do the same for you. If you have any favorite self-help books, please leave them in the comments below!