It’s good to be a better version of ourselves whether it’s our thoughts, looks, or behaviour. All of this is achievable by having a good source of knowledge and constantly looking out for the same. Here are some good books for self-development:
1. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
This book contains a wide range of historical stories right from the era of Caesar to Machiavelli to depict the lessons of self-development. Although the book focuses on only “power” yet, it delivers lessons that are necessary for life. All of us need to know how people exploit power to benefit themselves as well as dominate others.
The author of the book states that power is the ultimate factor of dominance in life and hence a person using his power for the good becomes a better version of himself.
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen. R. Covey
The book is a perfect guide which consists of best practices that one should adopt in their life to bring change within themselves. According to the author, one should have a “principle-centric” approach to achieve self-effectiveness. He stresses the fact that to achieve a fundamental change in our perception, one must go through different stages of the paradigm shift.
The best practices mentioned in the books serve as a great tool of practice that helps in sustaining each stage of the paradigm shift. People who believe that there is always room for learning and self-development will surely benefit from referring to this book.
3. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
The book acts as a good source of eradicating procrastination. The author portrays the context of the book by representing a frog as a source of procrastination that affects our sense of achieving goals. As humans, we all have a set of responsibilities which needs to be done in the committed time. Often due to overthinking, we are unable to frame our approach to achieve our goals which result in disappointment and loss of self-confidence.
In order to break the chain of procrastination, the author recommends eating the frogs i.e. the procrastinators by self-motivation, setting up priorities, a sense of urgency, etc. This book is recommended for those who want to break the chain of “procrastination” to get things done.
4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
It is a great book for examining the power of our thought process which helps in self-development as well as for developing financially. The “rich” indicates the gain of material that occurs due to the optimistic thoughts we possess. According to the author “Riches can’t always be measured in money!” indicating that being rich is not only about having a lot of money but also having a great mindset that helps to sustain in life.
People with an entrepreneurial mindset prefer this book as it consists of basic approaches such as planning, decision making, and persistence along with some advanced techniques like auto-suggestion, and transmutation that aid in self-development.
5. The Attention Revolution by Alan Wallace
In The Attention Revolution, the author believes meditation is the ultimate resource for focusing our minds. He describes the path that one can follow to achieve “shamata”, a fictional state of mind which is free of distraction. The book highlights the benefits that meditation possesses in order enhancing focus and leading to better results. A person with a focussed mind can achieve great success and live a better life. If you desire to have a focused mindset in your life then, this book will surely inspire you.
Self-development is a long process and hence, it is very important to have a platform that serves as a good source of inputs and ideas which can be implemented for achieving a better version of yourself.