I’ll be honest with you guys – I’m not sure when it became acceptable for people to start reading self-help books again. I feel like the last time this was cool was the “Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul” era, but I would sincerely like to thank whoever brought the self-help book trend back. Because hot damn.
In the last year I’ve had six jobs, two apartments, two cars, and no money. So you could say I was in desperate need of some self-help. When you’re that down in the dumps, it’s easy to get stuck there. But with the help of a few really good books, I was able to stay motivated and more importantly – stay sane. Here are the four books that have made it possible:
- “You Are a Badass,” by Jen Sincero: Served up in 27 bite-sized chapters, “You Are A Badass” is full of (hilarious) inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises and the occasional swear word. It really makes you dig deep to identify and change your self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that are stopping you from getting what you want. By the time you’re finished, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love and how to use ‘The Force’ to kick some serious ass.
- “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside,” by Kelly Cutrone: One of the first ‘self-help’ books I read out of college, Kelly spelled it all out in the title – no one cares if you’re crying. This is the real world and this is business, so suck it up, stop making excuses, and start going after what you want. In the most brutally honest way, she lays out all of your worst habits, ripping them apart and making you realize that she (and the rest of the world) don’t have time for them. Buck up sister, this is one kick in the crotch that will stick with you for a while.
- “#GirlBoss,” by Sophia Amoruso: I honestly didn’t know that there were so many ways to feel empowered. Sophia Amoruso is the epitome of a Girl Boss, and this book teaches you exactly how she did it. Taking you through the ups and downs of her life both personally and professionally, you see that it’s not easy to be successful – but it’s the grit, grace, and faith that are going to get you through.
- “The Defining Decade,” by Meg Jay: So I’m technically in the process of re-reading this book, that’s how awesome it is. I read it for the first time about three years ago. The premise of this book can kind of be guessed from the title: it’s all about the importance of a decade. More specifically, the importance of your twenties. Within the pages, this book lists out the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and explains how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during your twenties than at any other time in adulthood – if we use the time wisely.
I can only hope that these four books can impact your life like they did mine. Do you guys have any books that changed your life? Let me know!
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