2019 was the year of self-help books for us and we are not ashamed to admit it. We think self-help books have gotten a bad rap and we should know because in 2019 alone, we read dozens of them! And you know what? Those babies are best-sellers for a reason! When they’re good, they’re great! Some of the books we’ve read uplifted, inspired, motivated, and brought more balance and happiness than ever before.
So if you’re looking for some reading while you sip your latte at your corner coffee shop, here are 5 of our best reads from the past year:
First off, Jen Sincero is a great writer who does not sugarcoat the journey she’s been on. You’ll finish this book wanting to be her friend and talk for hours on the phone with her. She’ll make you feel in control, positive, and she’ll make you laugh. What more could you want from a motivational book?
This Ted Talk champ (her most popular video has over 45 million views) is just as charismatic, relatable, and inspiring in her books as she is on stage. And it seems unfair to have her books in the self-help section simply because she talks about vulnerability and leadership. Because her guidance comes from decades of research and experience working with teams both small and enormous. This should be required reading for any manager or aspiring leader.
We highly recommend reading this one in a hot bath ESPECIALLY if you’ve done an arctic swim beforehand. Katja Pantzar shares her own personal experience of dealing with anxiety and depression before finding balance and peace through nature and human connection after moving to Finland. This book will make you re-think what is ‘bad weather’ and how we can deal with feeling lonely, anxious, or blue.
This book was a powerful reminder that some of the most successful people were ones who simply refused to give up. The ones that kept refining, pivoting, but always had an end goal in mind. We love this theme for people who don’t feel they were born with enough talent or skill. Angela Duckworth also touches on the importance of conscious practicing (because often when we do things repeatedly, they can become mindless).
Ok, so you’re not going to find this one in the self-help section but holy moly our minds were blown. We were already fans of this legendary star but understanding his struggles, commitment to his beliefs and his unwillingness to compromise in the name of integrity and quality was truly inspiring. Matthew Polly really goes into detail so that we learned more about this international superstar than ever before.
Looking for more self-improvement? Read our article on why you should consider doing the polar bear swim this year!