New Year is just round the corner and we will all be drifting through a caboodle of resolutions that fade out before they even take off. Resolutions are declarations or promises you make to yourself to be ‘a better person’ in the coming year.
While people take senseless resolutions every year, I came across a few books that helped me become a better person over time.
Here are 5 books that made me the person I am today:
#1 – The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Well, I’m not an ardent reader of long books with small text but this very book on habits caught my attention at once. And guess what? I didn’t have to slog at all.
A powerful storytelling along with an easy flowing text made my reading experience all the more joyful. Besides, whatever I learnt from the book, I could easily put it into practice.
The fact that how cravings and habits are intertwined and how you can put away bad habits keeping the good ones helped me in all walks of life let alone writing 🙂
#2 – The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
I came across this book when I was at the lowest point of my career and didn’t know where to go. Even though I bought the writing, I was under the notion of it being a usual American peppy text, something like ‘if you think it, you can do it’.
But, luckily I was wrong. Gretchen had pulled off the text so practically and methodically that I fell in love with it the moment I started reading. Her perfect blend of self-reflection with pragmatism made me go gaga over the book.
Not only this, her honest approach towards her own drawbacks taught me that happiness does not come complimentary. You have to work for getting ‘happiness’ in your life. And this is one thought that keeps me going till date 🙂
#3 – Essentialism by Greg McKeown
This is one book that I keep returning to… Why? Because it lets me know what’s important to me and how can I make use of white space to prioritize things in life.
An easy text though, Essentialism by Greg puts all your philosophies into words – philosophies that you have in your head but find difficult to emphasize. So, after reading this book you will feel more focused and considerate, the way I feel it whenever I read it!
#4 – The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
After being suggested by many, I finally ordered a copy of this from Amazon.com and soon realized why people were so crazy about this text by Brene Brown.
As the name suggests, the book discusses perfectionism. But, unlike other boring texts that teach you to be perfect (a rare thing to happen 🙂 ), this acquaints you with the gifts of imperfection and how it is good to be imperfect and vulnerable some times.
So, rather than pushing yourself for no good, it’s better to know where and when you need to stop!
#5 – Life in Half a Second by Matthew Michalewicz
I take myself to be a self-motivated and focused person and didn’t find much scope in reading a self-help book after having read so many. However, Life in Half a Second changed my notion altogether as it once again lit a fire underneath me.
I started addressing my goals totally in a new way. Not only it made me realize what’s important for me but also assured me that whatever time and energy I was investing to achieve my goals was the ‘rightest’ thing to do.
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