Books that changed my life / Part 1
I want to begin this post by telling you what I look for in a good self-help book. There have been many books that I've started and decided, usually after giving it a really good go, that they aren't for me. I don't like books that ask me to believe in things that are illogical. I don't like books that attempt to inspire me. I allow a certain amount of airy-fairy nonsense into my life as long as it is self-aware nonsense. I think one can certainly be too rigid in their beliefs because facts can change when more evidence is gathered. But there's a line. Here are three books that I really enjoyed, that helped me see the world differently and didn't cross that line.
This is a very matter-of-fact, Stoic book all about priorities. It's a truly wonderful read that almost feels like a conversation with Mark Manson. Every page is an eye-opener and its lessons are truly engrained in me now. No nonsense. Nothing flowery or dreamy. Just important information and points that really make you reevaluate.
I have read a few books about minimalism but I have chosen Marie Kondo's The Life Changing of Tidying Up to represent this genre (despite not really being amount minimalism at all). This is because I think a lot of minimalism's lessons come from changes in your own life and, although it's interesting to read the lessons other people have learned, this practical approach can lead to a minimalist lifestyle and is an important step towards the benefits that minimalism brings: being able to sort our your priorities, being mindful in your space, respecting your belongings etc. It's also a thoroughly enjoyable read; the passion Marie Kondo has for improving people's live through small details is a very kaizen approach. Which leads me onto...
This book is quickly becoming one of my favourites but I am still reading it so felt it should come last on this list. Kaizen is the approach and understanding that the small details in life can make big changes and should not be undervalued. This is what inspired my Three Things, Three Minutes series. Robert Maurer is a very learned man who has provided a few things that I dismissed as airy-fairy nonsense with scientific grounding (and what led me to putting a dream board at the front of my planner). This book has changed my approach to understanding time and allows me to truly appreciate every part of my day; not just the big things or how it feels when I finish a project. Every part of every thing matters and it's such an amazing feeling to fully realise this.
Please let me know if you have read or intend to read any of these books. Or if you have any you recommend! I would love to hear your thoughts.