25 best books on self-improvement you need to read before you turn 25
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25 Best Books on Self-Improvement You Needto Read Before You Turn 25
I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book. I was baffled. At thatmoment I realized my fate was not set in stone. I could become my own drill master andcoach. The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome. All I had to dowas listen to that voice that aspired to climb higher and higher. Every time I committed to anew challenge I knew it was going to be outside my comfort zone, but after enough iterations, Ialso knew it will not just be part of my repertoire, it will be part of me. I just turned 25, andwhile I acknowledge some inherent dangers in the concept of self-improvement, I still believein the beauty of self-directing your life. This is why I am sharing with you 25 Best Books onSelf-Improvement You Need to Read Before You Turn 25!
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1. Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And OtherProvocations - Seth Godin
This book is a masterpiece, and unlike most self-improvement books,this one targets an infinite array of areas in which you can, andultimately must, improve. With its ruthless honesty and genuineinspiration, Godin makes you ponder the difficult questions youwouldnt ever dare to ask yourself. The result is a completely newperspective of the world- a fresher, more vibrant perspective,packed with new and bold possibilities. If you need a friend thatunderstands, a boss that forces you to venture deep in your non-comfort zone, a wise guru that tells you what needs to be left behindand a sage that proclaims the coming of a new age, then look nofurther; you will find these shrewd voices all tied together in thismagnificent book. Make sure to get this one.
2. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chancein Life and in the Markets Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Perhaps it is the fact that randomness played such a significant rolein my years as a poker player that I find this book utterly important.We often attribute skill where there is only luck; we confusecorrelation with causation and we underestimate the incredibleeffect small changes can have. This book and my time at the tablesgave me a perspective I unfortunately rarely encounter inothers: you can do everything right and still lose, or do everythingwrong and still win. It is thus not about the outcome; it is about youractions that have lead you there. This important message is centralto many of my decisions I make in my life and this book by Talebhelps you develop such a perspective so you will be able to live in aworld one cannot fully understand, where the results are not always
clear markers of performance and where chance seems to play games with our fates. Stopbeing fooled by randomness!
3. The 48 Laws of Power Robert Greene
I read this book in a time where I thought power was something Ishould attain. Power for powers sake. And while I disagree with myformer self on this point, the fact remains that power is very real, itforms the invisible scepter of all hierarchical relations around us.I still recommend this book; I believe it is important to know howpeople use power for their own benefit and what to do to protectyourself from certain abuses of power. Besides the fact that allstories in this book gravitate around power, it contains many lifelessons, amazing historical anecdotes and, if read in a certain light,the ability to use power for good. From Caesar to Goethe, Sun-Tzu toMachiavelli, this eye opening book spans a wide range of human
development. If you, like me, would rather be interested in something less egotistical, perhapsGreenes latest book Mastery will suffice (I havent read that one myself). Another great book inthe same style, but this time around, covering a wider scope, and, perhaps, something that willmake the world make a better place.
4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: PowerfulLessons in Personal Change Stephen. R. Covey
The title of this book doesnt capture it all. Covey shares with usseven habits one should adapt to become truly effective in whateveryou would like to achieve. Of course, it is not as easy as it sounds.He stresses the fact that we need to go through a paradigm shift afundamental change in how we perceive the world and ourselves.This book can be read as a guide, with practices and everything, togo through the stages in order to make such a shift happen. Partshock-therapy, part ageless spiritual wisdom, Coveys book ispacked with wisdom that actually makes a difference. And, as Imentioned, dont let the title of the book fool you; it is about muchmore than just becoming more effective. It is about becoming awhole integer person who not only seeks the best in oneself, but also
in the people around her. A must read for anyone who feels there is always something left tolearn.
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5. The Psychedelic Explorers Guide: Safe, Therapeutic,and Sacred Journeys James Fadiman
While finding a book on psychedelics in a list of books on self-improvement might come as a surprise, I believe any metaphysicaldistinction between tools such as books, meditation or moleculeshold no ground and they should all be solely judged on their merits.And the merits of certain chemical keys, used in a constructive way,are perhaps bigger than any book in this list. The PsychedelicExplorers Guide will teach you how to prepare yourself and yoursurroundings, what and how much to take, and what do do whensomething goes wrong, so you can safely enhance your thinking,creativity, introspection and emotional balance. This bookcontains everything you need to know about using psychedelics as atool for self-improvement while drawing on extensive scientific
literature and personal wisdom. A must have for the beginning and experienced psychonautalike.
6. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinatingand Get More Done in Less Time Brian Tracy
We all know how that destructive downward spiral feels. We have todo some big task, of which the thought alone triggers resistance, notsure how and where to begin and feeling overwhelmed before westart; we get easily distracted to get rid of that feeling, only tosuddenly realize that hours went by- precious hours- and then findourselves in the same position as before, still not knowing where andhow to begin, but now, feeling guilty on top of it which expressesitself in more craving for distraction. Ad infinitum. To break this spellof procrastination before it paralyzes us, Tracy advises us to Eat ThatFrog, to set our priorities straight, deconstruct larger tasks intosmaller ones, learn when to tackle the big frog first or to start outwith something else. Tracy is truly a motivational writer, and while I
wished he had gone a bit deeper into the psychological reasons why people procrastinate, it isstill a must have for anyone who wants to break the spell and get shit done.
7. Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 UneditedEdition Napoleon Hill
A from 1937, this book by Hill is a masterpiece. Dont bother withthe edited versions since they all omit important and controversialinformation: some historical, and some pertaining to the goal of thebook, which is to think and grow rich. The word rich might imply thatthis book is all about material gain, and while it certainly covers thatarea, it is about much more than that. Perhaps the first explicitmention of positive thinking, on how to care not just about the cashin your pocket, but also the thoughts in your head, this book hasbeen able to withstand the destruction of time. It covers all thebasics from planning, decision making and persistence, to the moreadvanced techniques as auto-suggestion, transmutation and whatwe can learn from fear. This is not a grow rich book, but a timeless
guide to find out what actually matters. As it says clearly in the beginning Riches cant alwaysbe measured in money!
8. The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power ofthe Focused Mind - Alan Wallace
In a world that is dominated by ever stronger technologies designedto grab hold of your attention, a way to empower yourself is to bringthat attention back to where you want it to shine. This book offersjust that; in The Attention Revolution, Wallace describes the path toattaining Shamatha, a buddhist meditation state of mind that is freefrom any flickering of distraction. It is a hard and long path, probablynot possible for us to reach in this lifetime. However, even getting tostage two or three will make everything in life easier. A wonderfulintroduction to meditation, The Attention Revolution will inspire you totake on the challenge and see what training your mind can actuallyachieve. Once you have achieved such a level of focus you can putit to use to open your heart with the practice of The Four
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