There are moments in life when support from a friend, love from your family, an embarrassment from your boss, or a life insight from your grandma, pushes you out of your comfort zone to embark on an adventure in the woods, a journey beginning from your past into your future.
There are hundreds of incredible books written that’ll twine all these voices together to accompany you on a ride. However, I’ve managed to list my four favourite books belonging to this genre, the four books that connected to me & helped me define answers to questions I’ve asked myself. There’s a possibility you might come across a few aspects in these books boring, probably because you’ve already found your way through them. But I’m sure you’ll find numerous insights inspiring enough, that’ll help you align yourself to your goals.
“You have to try and find motivation, rather than wait for motivation.” – Revant
Reading this book felt like having a conversation with a friend, who has a really, really (emphasis on really here), good sense of humour.
It’s an Indian Self-Improvement book, written by an Indian, for Indians – probably the first of its kind. If you’re a big Bollywood fan, you’ll most certainly bump into movie references & witty statements tucked neatly with a deep meaning.
His thoughts & opinions are something you’d very likely relate to because it’s written keeping the current scenario of our country in mind. The author is just like you & me, he’s not some wise, old human with inspiring theories about life; he’s a young fellow with rich experiences of his own, who chose to not go to IIM even after being accepted in the university, so he could write this book.
It’s a guide, literally – for the youth of this country. The author very precisely cuts through unnecessary diction and sheds lights on issues that a lot of young adults face such as, managing finance, time, setting your life goals, career, professional and personal life; everything under the umbrella of comedy.
It’s a must & ‘mast’ read for all the Indians out there, especially the younger generation.
“If we’re not the one driving our dreams forward, who is? If we don’t figure out how to change jobs, eat healthily, date, fall and stay in love, who will come save us? No one. But, then again, no one should, right? They are, after all, our dreams.” – Lauren Handel Zander
The title of this book is pretty self-explanatory, and I’m sure you’d agree. Like many great authors of this genre, she does not coddle her readers. Instead, she’s blunt & unambiguous.
The book has a unique place in the shelf of self-improvement books because it does not provide you with an instructions-filled manual, instead, it pushes you to stand in front of a mirror, and asks you to dig deep within yourself.
So if you’re one of those who are ready, to be honest to themselves, to look back & fix all the loose ends from the past, to own up to their mistakes, & take charge of their happiness & their future, then this book will help you take the plunge.
Being a life coach herself, she has put forth life lessons of her own and inspiring life stories of her clients that’ll help you reflect on yourself and take responsibility of yourself because that’s how you can move forward in your life without allowing anything pulling you back.
It’s natural for humans to blame others, to point fingers, but I believe this book will turn out to be an eye-opener for many readers out there.
“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.” – Napoleon Hill
Written in 1937, this book has been deemed the #1 success book of all time for decades now. Don’t be mislead by the word “rich” in the title, the author does focus on finance at times, however, a huge chunk of this book travels beyond the material gains of this universe.
Since it was written an eternity ago, there might be moments where the author’s writing style may either hook or tip-off a few readers of today’s world, however, it is packed with pragmatic insights, philosophies, and boils down to one thing at the end of the day, and that is – knowing your goals & having an obsession to fulfil them, or as he says, ‘the burning desire’.
It’s a book you must read if you’re ready to get your ‘want’, whether it’s success, money, or happiness – it’s a rich that you need to start thinking about. And once that commences, this book will act as a roadmap for your journey, leading you to the “rich” destination of yours.
“As you love yourself, life loves you back. I don’t think it has a choice either. I can’t explain how it works, but I know it to be true.” – Kamal Ravikant
I believe it’s very essential for an individual to love themselves, especially when we’re a part of society which constantly tries to pull us down. It takes years for one to understand how to love oneself unconditionally, but maybe they’re just over complicating a simple concept? This is where the book comes into the picture.
There’s a beauty of self-love inked on the pages, and how important it is to commit to loving yourself every day of your existence.
The author puts great emphasis on this “mantra” that changed his life and encourages his readers to say it every day, “I love myself; I love myself; I love myself.”
It’s a quick read for readers who’re always rushing to the end, but it’ll require an enormous amount of patience to read between the lines, to understand the depth of each sentence, and that’s exactly where the magic lies.
Remember you’ll come across many books sitting on the shelves, waiting to impart knowledge to you, however, it’s you who needs to begin by asking yourself if you’re ready, ready to work on your life, to fix it & to move forward. It’s the first step that needs courage, the rest will simply follow.
Not always will you find a book in the first go that’ll talk to you, connect with you and that’s okay. It takes time, from one book to another, it’ll take you some time to find that one book that helps you grow into the best version of yourself.