One of the best ways to change your life is by reading, reading exposes us to worlds and ideas that we’ve never seen or thought of before, it takes us out of our daily lives and into the world of “what could be”.
I’m sure you’re thinking along the lines of Harry Potter or Game of thrones, but I’m actually talking about the self-help section of the bookstore, but before you click away hear me out just for a second.
“Self-Help” books have massively changed since the 80’s and 90’s, while they still do focus very heavily on positivity (because nothing good will ever happen if you don’t think it will happen), but it’s become more about self empowerment (I wish this was the genre name rather than self-help), especially for woman, were learning we can and should be in the work place, we can and should earn our own money, and we can and should be in charge of our own destiny.
So I thought I would take you through my top 10 Self Empowerment books and tell you how they changed my life!
You Are A BadAss by Jen Sincero, is always going to be number one on my list, I think I’ve read it about 10 times and listened to the audio version about 6 times. Not only can Jen really capture your attention with all of her hilarious stories of her younger days living in the big city, but she also taps deep inside you, to that area of self doubt that you try to keep hidden from the world, she rips the lid off and then asks “What the hell you’re going to do about it?”.
This book genuinely made me look at myself, all the self destructive habits I was trying to ignore, the inability to truly commit to myself and my path, and it made me want to be better, this is why it’s the first book a recommend to people, it’s so relatable and it actually makes you want to be better for yourself not anyone else.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is probably one of the most read personal development book on the market, it’s filled with wisdom for living a very fulfilled life, it also touches on dealing with other peoples thoughts about you and how that really isn’t any of our business, a great read for the social influencer out there.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma is the perfect way to dip your toe into the personal development genre, this isn’t a typical “self help” book as its actually a story, there isn’t any homework, there isn’t any preachy moments, it’s just a nice story that makes you stop and think.
Girl Wash Your Face By Rachel Hollis is a recent addition to my list of favorite books. Rachel has a great way of telling really thought provoking stories from her own life, with so much humor but she still gets her message across.
The 5am Club By Robin Sharma is another new addition to my collection, and while it too is a story rather than your typical self help book and from time to time it can be a little cheesy, I have to say it really does inspire you to get up and get sh*t done. It’s one of those books that you walk away feeling really excited to create a new routine for your life.
I hope these books find their way into your favorites as well, and I would also love for you to leave a comment with your favorite books from the self help, personal development, personal empowerment, whatever you want to call the genre.