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Favorite Books on Personal Growth


2020 was one hell of a year. it turned everything we thought we knew upside down and forced everyone to relearn and readjust how we operate.


2021 just started and it's already showing its ass.


I suppose we can want to beat ourselves -- and each other -- over the heads with why things can't go back to what we used to accept as normal or we can start with tapping back into ourselves before we try and tell others how to get their shit together.


With that said, here are my 5 book recommendations to add to your 2021 reading list if you're looking for some personal growth this year.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

This book isn't new to most people but it's definitely one I like to return to every now and then when I find myself giving a fuck about things that really don't need my energy.


This book makes the top of the list for a recommendation because instead of turning life's lemons into lemonade, it's more about teaching you how to better handle being handed lemons and deciding which of those lemons you should give a fuck about turning into lemonade and which of them you should just chuck at someone head. (Metaphorically, not literally.)







Unfuck Yourself by Gary John Bishop

If you want a quick lesson on how to get out of your own way, Gary comes through with some ways to remind yourself of who you already are and helps you realize all the ways you're blocking your own path to the success you're reaching for.


often, we weigh ourselves down with a lot of shit we really don't need to be carrying around in the first place, and often, it just takes someone else pointing those things out for us to acknowledge them and let it go.


Go on, unfuck yourself into the life you want.








You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

I picked this book up years ago with a couple of friends of mine and though we didn't book club it as we planned it was a read I'm glad I added it to the collection.



it's a quick and refreshing read and a super honest approach to getting out of your head and back into your life with self-reflecting exercises and reminders that you can have the life you want right now, because --what are you actually waiting for anyway?







The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is a book that I sincerely hope everyone has a copy of in their library.



Be Impeccable with your Word


Don't Take Anything Personally


Don't Make Assumptions


Always Do Your Best


The Four Agreements are the key to unlocking new experiences on love, life, happiness, and freedom. That may sound dramatic but I dare you to read this book and disagree with me or Don Miguel Ruiz.




The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz, Don Jose Ruiz with Janet Mills

The fifth agreement isn't anything you don't already know but it may be something you've forgotten to do.


Be Skeptical but learn to listen.


Sounds simple enough but I can't deny that I love the book's approach to the whole idea.


"They tell us the way we should be, the way we should look, the way we should behave. We need to be this way; we shouldn't be that way-- and because it's not okay for us to be what we are, we start to pretend to be what we are not."







What self-improvement books are sitting on your shelves right now?









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