“A home without books is a body without soul.”Marcus Tullius Cicero
Self-help books get a bad rap. I get it, there’s certainly a spectrum of quality, and there are likely more self-help stinkers than self-help life changers.
In my experience, the bad self-help books I’ve read are mediocre usually because they are too generic, unreal, and/or un-relatable.
‘That’s why iconic brand statements like “Just do it” work so well. There’s no fluff, no filler. The message is whatever it is that’s scaring you, go do it. Stop complaining. Stop worrying. Go do it. Do it before it’s too late.
“Follow your passion is great advice.” Except for the fact that it’s stale. “Follow your passion is old news.” We all know we should find the things we love to do and do make them happen. But how? Specifically?
I get my self-help kicks by reading books from people who have truly lived what they are teaching. Biographies. Memoirs. Practical, Hands-on Books. Timeless Books with timeless lessons on how to live meaningfully.
Books are my go-to for when I’m in need of solving a problem or learning a new subject. In my Podcast Interview with Derek Sivers, Derek mentions (I’m paraphrasing) that whenever he wants to learn a subject, he finds 3 great books about it. 3 Books and you are well on your way.
Every problem or experience can be paired with a book. When in doubt, find a book about it. Don’t get me wrong, a book won’t change you (only you can do that), but it can open your eyes to change. Willingness to change is the first step. And act on it is the next.
So when you—
- Want to be a multidisciplinary: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
- Are dealing with lots of problems and anxiety: The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday
- Want to start your own business on a budget: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
- Feeling manipulated by others: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
- dislike yourself: Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant
- Want to learn how to draw: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
If you can’t find the book you need, then that’s a good sign you need to write it.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1044
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