Hi there! How has your week been? Productive and fun I hope. Just a quick post today. I have been head down in books recently and thought I really should share it with you guys. As you know from my instagram stories I am a real lover of self help books. I still remember when I read Tony Robbins, Unleash the Power Within and my mind was blown! I couldn’t believe that some people had not experienced this amazingness!!
I have a goal to read three more self help books at least by the end of the year. They normally take me slightly longer than an average book because I see it more like a workbook. I find I want to write down some findings, quotes and also start putting into practice what the book says!
Now I must say even though the title of this blog post says my top three self help books, these are my top three this year. As I really couldn’t pick just three all time! Hehe! So here goes…
1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is quite the book! 100% this is a workbook that if you do exactly what it says in the book the rewards are outstanding. You may read the title and be pessimistic and think its all about getting rich quick but it is really not. This book is more about changing your mentality to bring money your way. It’s also got really good manifestation points in there. By reading out loud everyday what your desires are, what your plan is and your confidence in your plan to grow rich, you find your mentality changing and therefore your actions. Ive actually read this book previously but when I read it I don’t think I was ready for it, mentally. Reading it a second time and stopping to put the work in before carrying on in the book has been a real game changer. This is one of those books your gonna read again and again and learn something new every time. For me its got to be 10/10
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2. When to Jump by Mike Lewis
This is a book I have mentioned before in my I just quit my job blog post, read it here if you missed it. This book is super easy to read and has real life stories about people from all walks of life and how they had a passion for something and went for it. The book is split up into the different stages of a jump. The bit where you have a tiny voice in your head saying just do it, to the full on jumping and panicking what am I doing!! This book came at exactly the right point in my life and meant so much to me. If you are someone who has a niggling feeling that they should be doing something else, a burning desire or passion I beg you to read this book. My favourite part about the book was the quotes by real life people at each section of their jump. It really hit home that feeling of , if you don’t do it will you regret it? It also featured one of my favourite quotes ever:
If not now, when? If not you, who?
For me, this book is a 9/10 – really easy to read, great real people stories and split up in to easy to pick up again sections. It’s a great first starter self help book.
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3. Ikigai by Hector Garcia
I picked up this book after reading a book about the Danish concept, Hygge. I really loved reading about danish culture and their perspective on happiness that I wanted to see it from a different side in Ikigai.
Ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”) is, above all else, a lifestyle that strives to balance the spiritual with the practical. This balance is found at the intersection where your passions and talents converge with the things that the world needs and is willing to pay for – Forbes
If you are interested in self help books but would like to focus on the mental wellbeing and health side of things or even travel culture then this book is for you. My favourite part in the book was when the researchers went to this small rural town in Japan where it is said the longest people are living to to see how they live and why they are so healthy, happy and living for so long! The results were fascinating, a combination of health, mental wellbeing, exercise and social gatherings seemed to be the answer. It’s a great contrast to Think and Grow Rich because this book focuses on living a happy life unfocused on the materialistic and financial rewards. I would give this book an 8/10, not as high as the others only because there is less self help content and more cultural content. However, still a fabulous read. Actually its a great book for going on holiday!
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Overall, these books are my top three for different reasons. Each book educates me in a different area of improvement and that’s why reading self help books are so important and interesting. Each book is so diverse and you can learn so much. Please do let me know if you have read any of these books, what your opinions are or even if you have any recommendations for me! Hope you have a fabulous week, be back soon, Hannah xxx