Human’s have always strived to improve themselves. Even genetically we are build to evolve. In today’s times of cut-throat competition in every sphere of life, we all have the zest to stand apart from the rest. But this passion of ours bears no fruit unless we know how to improve ourselves. Teaching life management skills remains a very fundamental aspect of imparting education and should start from childhood. Books about self-improvement always remain at the disposal of readers just like all other literary material. Be it night or day, rain or shine, the wisdom from words will always be available to us.
Personalization of Books and Re-Readability Value
While reading self-improvement books, readers find certain ideas, concepts, and sentences important. And so, marking or highlighting these is possible, especially in books they themselves own. They can underline text or make small notes in the margins which facilitate their retaining information. Summarising all the information in one’s mind is another tool worth mentioning for lovers of reading. On how many occasions have we bought a book, read it once, and then neatly arranged it on our bookshelves probably intending never to brush off its dust ever again? Some literary pieces, mostly fictional ones, leave no desire within readers to go back to ever. But more often than not, self-help books evade such a fate. Since they are available in very convenient formats and sizes, it becomes quite difficult to resist devouring them periodically on those rainy afternoons when we may be battling boredom and even loneliness at times. This is precisely why such literature is termed ‘eternal’.
Absorbing and Accepting Information
Quite often when we hear some speeches or even gain some information from people around us, our pride blocks us from accepting it and also applying those principles in our lives despite finding it useful or relevant. This happens when our ego turns biased against the speaker. Our inner selves are programmed towards accepting any new idea it comes across in one’s own voice, and probably rejecting the same when someone else offers us those priceless insights. It is quite tough to reason out with such individuals, leave alone changing their perspectives. Kicking our egos out of the way is the first step to improving ourselves. Remaining unaccepting of some concepts is permissible, but blocking our minds to important lessons of life being imparted would often result in invaluable losses for us.
Choosing the Right Book
While we have established the importance of self-help books, making the right choice of books is of utmost importance. Checking out the writer’s credentials is of utmost importance. Though it is better if the writer is has a doctorate in philosophy or related field, this isn’t necessary. The author’s academic knowledge and related training do not guarantee their credibility. Self-help literature is assumed to be a therapist by those book-lovers who wish to practice upon the writer’s prescriptions. That literature which is worth reading should have enough flexibility for allowing different types of readers looking for guidance amidst its pages. The quality of the writing must be checked critically. Quickly flipping through the pages would be helpful in deciding whether or not the writer is sufficiently competent. The format of books, especially self-development ones, should appeal to the eye besides even including useful fact sheets.
Positivity in Books for Personal Development
According to an author and literary critic of the nineteenth century, one should write for being understood, speak so that we are heard, and read for growth. The power of having a positive attitude and state of mind has been widely emphasised. When we build an atmosphere around us devoid of any negativity and full of optimism, prosperity and happiness have no choice but to bow down at our feet. While Train Your Brain by Ryuta Kawashima helps boost one’s brain power and even improve memory, How to Win Friends & Influence People is another very famous publication giving valuable suggestions and advice on the art of communicating effectively. Its language is simple. Besides, the given examples are of relevance to most. This book by Dale Carnegie is definitely worth the time of all those who wish to bring about a positive difference in the world. Life Strategies for Teens is a guidebook for tackling teenage issues. Adding the title, Getting There: A Book of Mentors here would be the most appropriate culmination of this list according to me. It is a must-read for all those chasing professional success.
So come on, youngsters, pick up the baton of change!