3 Short Books to Inspire You on Your Path of Self Discovery

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Ever since I can remember I have been a “self help” person. I’m always looking for ways to better myself or how to learn something new whether it’s through a book, a blog or an app. I’m always hoping that one day somebody’s philosophy would put me on the right path to happiness, success, a healthy life etc. Well, it turns out, we all have our own path…surprising, I KNOW! All of these programs, philosophies, tips and tricks seem great and then when you put them into action some things just don’t work for everyone. Like an exercise or meal plan you have to find what works for you. So don’t be afraid modify or get a 2nd, 3rd or 4th opinion. Make the path your own and remember that the path is ever-changing so what works today may not work in 6 months or even in a week for that matter! Challenge yourself but don’t set yourself up for failure. If you need to change it up to fit with your lifestyle change it up, but don’t give up. To help make your list of self discovery resources even longer I have provided 3 book recommendations!

The following 3 books I can honestly say changed my life. I take bits of each one and apply them to some or all areas in my life, either as an everyday practice or a pick me up when I feel stuck. Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass is full of affirmations that remind me to be strong when I feel weak. Bob Burg and John David Mann’s The Go-Giver grounds me and reminds me to think of others and what I can give rather than feel selfish and sad about what I don’t have. And then there’s William H. Danforth’s I Dare You! which struck something so deep within me that I actually tattooed the title on my body as a constant reminder to be “one of the daring few.”

There are a lot of great books out there so do your research and find what works for you. These three are short and to the inspiring point. And I hope at least one of them will spark something in you when you need that motivation most.

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

The title had me on this one. You are a Badass…yes, yes I am. Jen Sincero reassures you the importance of your unique greatness and that you have the ability to do great things. Send that positive energy into the Universe and let it come back to you. Stop worrying about what others think. It’s a humorous motivational book which makes it feel less “self-helpish.”

You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.

Jen Sincero

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann

The Go-Giver is a little more well known perhaps in the business world. It is a story of a man named Joe who may consider himself a “go-getter” but isn’t finding the success he hoped for. He gets help from Pindar who introduces him to the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success to teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving.

  • The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment
  • The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
  • The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
  • The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
  • The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

This story may focus on the world of business but these laws can be applied in many areas of life, personal and professional.

I Dare You! by William H. Danforth

This little gem of a book was first released in 1931. William H. Danforth writes on his philosophy of living a four-fold life, balancing the physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects of life, or “your checker”. Some of the language is a little out of date but the overall concept can really kickstart an inspirational journey to a better version of yourself or at least make you more aware of four parts of yourself. Your body, brain, heart and soul. How do they work separately and together? How can exercising each aspect affect the others?

Even having been written 90 years ago, it is still relevant. Perfect for a college student just figuring out want they want to do with their life and still great later in life for rediscovering yourself.

You have a four-fold life to live: a body, a brain, a heart and a soul . . . these are your living tools. To use and develop them is not a task. . . . It is a golden opportunity.

William H. Danforth, I Dare You

I dare you to think bigger, to act bigger, and to be bigger. I dare you to think creatively. I dare you to lead and inspire others. I dare you to build character. I dare you to share. And I promise you a richer and more exciting life if you do!

William H. Danforth, I Dare You

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6 comments

  1. I love the “You are a badass” book too! Great list of books. Definitely inspired to read the others. Thank you!

  2. Thanks so much for your recommendations! Such an interesting list, too. Very different from most book recommendations for self discovery journeys. Put them on my wish list for when I finished my current books (always reading side-by-side, total #bookworm). Appreciate you sharing your thoughts! Love, Susanne

    1. They are different! And I think that’s what I liked about them. I hope you can check one out! Thanks for stopping by!

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