Self-Improvement Books to Check Out

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Self-improvement – it seems like everyone’s trying to do it. After all, there are so many ways you go about improving yourself. You could look to gain more knowledge. You could work on goal setting. You could work on improving your character. The list is endless.

And September has been designated as Self-Improvement Month – so it’s the perfect time to undertake some self-improvement projects. Of course, you might need some resources to help you, and books are great for this. 

Not sure where to start? Here are a few books that some of the experts in the area of self-improvement recommend.

Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? And Other Provocations – Seth Godin

You’ve heard the phrase, “Get your ducks in a row,” and now Seth Godin wants to know what you’re going to do with that duck. In this book, you’ll find lots of things you can learn from. 

“From thoughts on how to treat your customers to telling stories and spreading ideas, Godin pushes us to think smarter, dream bigger, write better, and speak more honestly. Highlights include:

  • A marketing lesson from the Apocalypse
  • No, everything is not going to be okay
  • Organized bravery
  • Choose your customers, choose your future
  • Paying attention to the attention economy
  • Bandits and philanthropists

Godin writes to get under our skin.”

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey

Stephen R. Covey’s bestseller has been recommended since it came out in 2013 for a reason – it’s an influential book that readers respond to. Amazon says, “One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators, and parents—in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations across the world. This twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of Stephen Covey’s cherished classic commemorates his timeless wisdom, and encourages us to live a life of great and enduring purpose.”

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time – Brian Tracy

Everyone probably does some procrastinating at some point in their lives – and while you don’t want to – it happens. But there are ways to help! Amazon says, “Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively. The core principles of effective time management are decision, discipline, and determination. And in this fully revised and updated edition, Tracy adds two new chapters. The first explains how you can use technology to remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important. The second offers advice for maintaining focus in our era of constant distractions, electronic and otherwise.”

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – David D. Burns

David D. Burns has written a book to help you:

  • Recognize what causes your mood swings
  • Nip negative feelings in the bud
  • Deal with guilt
  • Handle hostility and criticism
  • Overcome addiction to love and approval
  • Build self-esteem
  • Feel good everyday

And doesn’t that sound good? After all, who doesn’t want to feel good?

Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Want to take an interesting look at your mind? Amazon says, “In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.”

If self-improvement is on your to-do list, maybe one of these books can help you check it off. And won’t you feel accomplished when you do this during Self-Improvement Month? It’s a win-win!

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