Every year ( should be every day really) we strive to be better people, to make our lives better, to be better versions of who we were the previous day and so on. We probably already have most of the tools we need to achieve these goals but I want to arm us with more. These books are amazing self help books that change your thinking thereby changing/improving your life.

Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson: I’ve recommended this book so much that it seems I’m actually the author. This isn’t your regular ‘acquire to perspire’ book. I read this book at least once every year. The lessons are about dealing with change in your work and in your life. It is a fable about four characters who live in a maze and they all love cheese. The Cheese disappears and these four characters react to this sudden disappearance. Their journeys and reactions are eye opening and teach us lessons we most definitely shouldn’t ignore in our lives.

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F**k by Mark Manson: The first time I saw this title I was like whoaaaa!!!!!!!! Turned out to be a great read read. The book is basically about coming to terms with life’s imperfections and then going ahead to give zero f**ks about it. It helps you become more practical and realistic.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero: I mean, the title already pretty much sells itself. It contains humour, inspiration, advice and exercises. It’ll help you identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from living your best life.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek: I first saw Simon Sinek on IG where he was talking about falling love and so I decided to dig deep to see if he had any more nuggets and I stumbled on this book. In this book, Simon explains that the ability to inspire those around you and to achieve remarkable things starts with WHY. Not on what we do or how we do it, but rather on why we do it. What is your purpose, cause or belief? It’s for managers and business owners but the lessons can be applied in life too. “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.” BONUS: Simon Sinek is English (do what you will with this info).

Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty: You know this guy. We all do. This book could as well be titled “I no want wahala/problem” The aim of Think Like a Monk is to help individuals apply a monk mindset to their lives, striving to live a life free of ego, envy, lust, anxiety, anger and other negative emotions. If we truly want to live a rewarding and fulfilling life, we should steer clear of these negative habits and emotions and that’s what this book teaches us. BONUS X2: Jay Shetty is also English (do what you will with this info too).

So, here are my top 5 self development books. Have you read any (or all) of these? Please share. Also, what books would you recommend?

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