Top 3 Great Self-help Books That Will Change Your Life
Look, the internet and the world is full of self-help books and other content. As a multi-billion dollar industry, it’s safe to say there’s a lot of advice out there. Some of that advice is good, and some of it is bad. So we decided to help you zone in on some of the best advice around relating to improving your life, your work and your general well-being. So here are three of the best self-help books to help you live a more productive, fulfilled, and balanced life.
1. Atomic Habits
Written by James Clear and published in 2018, this awesome book is a simple read and provides a very specific thesis: That success is not achieved by one or a few large tasks or activities, but a culmination of small daily tasks done in a systemic way that build up over time and create amazing large-scale positive change. As human beings we often discount the amazing impact of what small little daily tasks can do. It really is a lifestyle change to gain a new epic lifestyle.
Clear uses the analogy of ice melting in a room. If the temperature in the room is below a certain threshold, the ice won’t melt, and if you heat up the room one degree at a time, the ice won’t melt, but once it reaches a certain heat, the ice will all melt in one go. The same goes for your success. Each small task adds another degree to the room, and one day the ice will melt all in one go and you’ll have the payoff for those smaller things you contributed. But what makes this book amazing is that he also provides details on how to design systems to help you improve your life and set up your life in a way to make the smaller, daily tasks more habitual.
2. The Five Second Rule
This book has a simple thesis: if you have an instinct, you must act on it in five seconds, or your brain will kick in and cause you to procrastinate and not do what you need to do. We all suffer from resistance to do what we perceive to be difficult tasks, but often those fears surrounding the difficulty of a task or how we may fail at doing it are completely unfounded and if we just GET STARTED we’ll soon realize that doing good work is not that difficult.
So next time you want to start working on a new hobby, gaining a new habit, start a new project, or eat something healthy, make sure you take action within five seconds to get the ball rolling. It doesn’t always have to be the full action in five seconds, but you should start the steps towards doing something, and that will kick things off, and once the train leaves the station, you can’t just take it back and you’ll be well on your way to a better life.
3. The 4-Hour Workweek
Released for the first time in 2007, this one swept the world by storm and made Tim Ferris really famous. There’s a very specific roadmap in here about how one can live a life working four hours per week, but if we boiled it down to two simple things, it’s this: First you have to define what you think success is. Freedom to do what you want when you want is how this book defines success. So if you think success is being a billionaire, while this method may get you there in the future, it’s not exactly the premise of the book. The book focuses on redefining success through measuring time as a resource and has become really popular with digital nomads who love to work and travel.
The second part worth noting that this book focuses on heavily is outsourcing. the reader is encourage to outsource as many tasks as possible digitally to people all over the world, especially in areas that have a weaker currency, so they’ll pay less for services rendered, and can then resell projects at a premium, or package the work into a new offering. This methodology has worked for thousands of people around the world, and it’s worth looking into, but just don’t expect a miracle overnight. You still have to put in the work to get there.
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