In the U.S. alone, $10 billion is represented by the self-improvement industry. And it’s a really hot genre. There are literally hundreds of self-improvement books, each and every new release selling like pancakes. With this bombardment of various self-improvement books, choosing one can be quite a challenge. For your convenience, allow me to share a few of my favorites. Here are my top books for self-improvement.
Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations – Seth Godin
Simply a masterpiece, this book is not like any other. While most self-improvement books focus more on superficial changes in life, Godin is more open-minded, targeting infinitely wider and deeper areas for improvement. The best thing I like about this book, and its author, is that it is ruthlessly honest. But I find that totally indispensable in improving the self. Being honest to oneself and pondering on the toughest questions you typically would evade and dare not ask yourself is the first step to self-improvement. You’d be surprised by the results, which include a totally fresh, rejuvenated and novel view of the world.
Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science
If you’ve never heard about of Ayurveda, then it’s high time you start reading and learning about this wonderful art and science. With Vedic roots, Ayurveda is an infinite and sophisticated system covering the science of life and its balance. Its holistic approach covers specific physical health concerns, mental stress management, and lifestyle and diet changes, all aiding in the restoration of balance in your life. Dr. Claudia Welch made good use of this Ayurvedic approach to further understand and improve women’s health in particular. Her book is well-presented, showcasing her deep understanding and on-point research about the very nature of the female body, and its yin (sex) and yang (stress) hormones.
Who Are You? Discovering Your Real Identity
This one tops my list. Finding this wonderful book is like finding a gem amidst broken glass. Among the hundreds of self-improvement books in the world, this one addresses the most basic questions about yourself.
Authors of other so-called self-improvement books offer self-made advice on improving yourself by changing how you look and sound, plus bits and pieces of lifestyle changes here and there, all for the sake of boosting self-esteem. So much is written already about self-improvement, but no one actually knows about the real self that needs improving. All that is taught and suggested are improvements on the superficial aspects of the self, such as your physical health and appearance.
Shedding a few pounds, changing your hair, having your teeth fixed, working on your voice and public speaking skills, and learning the art of influencing others are only a few of what self-made gurus on self-improvement teach. But following these is like taking painkillers for cancer. It’s like treating the symptoms of the disease instead of getting at the root cause.
The Who Are You book makes up for what other books lack. It has a multifaceted approach in addressing the essential and most basic knowledge about you as a person and your relationship with others and the rest of the world. From this book, you’d be surprised at how much you will learn, realize and actually apply in real life. After reading it, you will learn how to truly and deeply improve yourself, not just on a superficial level but on a transcendental platform. The knowledge generously shared by its esteemed and unparalleled author, Chris Butler, applies to everyone and not just to a particular profession, gender or status in life. And by everyone, I mean every single person in the world regardless of age, nationality, gender, religion or beliefs.