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The Best Self-Help Books Of The 2010s – Forbes

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On the eve of a new year and a new decade, it is a natural time to reflect on our individual journeys, and set goals and intentions for this new chapter. This past decade has been an unpredictable one, but it brought forth wonderful research and literature on resilience, grit, self-improvement, and living ones best life. Below are several of the best self-help books this decade produced, wonderful resources that can enrich our lives by helping us achieve our personal goals and find greater meaning over the next 10 years:

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Dr. Clayton M. Christensen

Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen was asked to address the HBS class of 2010 before their graduation, with the specific request that he apply the principles and thinking of his course not only to their careers, but to their personal lives. He shared his process and guiding questions with them, wrote it in an article for the Harvard Business Review, and subsequently expanded the article into this book. How Will You Measure Your Life? imparts grounding principles and asks specific questions to its readers navigate their path to personal and professional happiness and fulfillment.   

The Gifts Of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be And Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

Over the course of this decade, research professor and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has emerged as the most famous expert on shame, vulnerability, courage and worthiness, and the role they play what she calls “wholehearted living.” Though Brown has written several excellent on these subjects, she recommends starting with The Gifts Of Imperfection, which champions self-esteem and personal development through her research and storytelling.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert investigates inspiration in her book, “Big Magic” and teaches her readers how to tackle their biggest creative fears while embracing what they love about their development. Whether you want to pursue a creative career or hobby, or simply want to embrace more creativity in your life, Gilbert introduces you to a way of creative thinking that is filled with joy,  curiosity and magic.

The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg investigates habits and the scientific discoveries that explain their existence and how they can be changed in his book, The Power Of Habit. Duhigg constructs data and research into a compelling narrative that deepens our understanding of human nature and how we can shape it for ourselves.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Psychologist Angela Duckworth’s New York Times bestselling book details her research into success and what it is comprised of. Duckworth’s research, personal experience and interviews with dozens of high achievers found that social intelligence, physical health, IQ and talent are not imperative for success—it is grit. Duckworth defines grit as, “passion and perseverance for very long term goals.” Ultimately, Duckworth’s research shows that what you think and do when you fail is what determines success.

The Confidence Code: The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

Two former journalists, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman teamed up to research confidence, an attribute many champion as an essential facet of success but few understand how to build. In short, they describe confidence as, ”taking action and courting risk.” Through their research Kay and Shipman discover that confidence is in part a choice, a choice to not listen to detractors, not to people-please, but a choice to take risks, fail, try again, and become confident through action in spite of obstacles. They use their own lives and the lives of other successful women to offer inspiration, practical advice and support to ambitious women in pursuit of the careers they want.

 What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey  

For 14 years media mogul Oprah Winfrey shared some of her wisdom in a monthly column for O, The Oprah Magazine called “What I Know For Sure.” They were collected and organized by theme: joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity and power, into this book with the same title. These columns are the lessons and wisdom of one of the world’s most extraordinary women, who continues to inspire audiences around the world to live the life they want.

Year Of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun And Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

One of the most successful television show creators, show runners, producers and writers, Shonda Rhimes, the brain behind hit show Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Private Practice would say “no” to anything outside of her comfort zone. In Year Of Yes, Rhimes chronicles the year of her life when she said “yes” to everything that scared her, which included public speaking, being on live television and acting. By forcing herself to confront these fears, Rhimes realized that very act of doing the thing she was scared to do evaporated that fear. In this book, Rhimes explains how one word, “yes,” changed her life and changed her.

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