Must-Read Self-Help Books in 2021 and 2022

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Self-help books are abundant in today’s day and age. Some people might think they are useless, yet others swear by them. Nonetheless, it is a genre that is very vast and is going to continue to grow in the coming years.

Something that I find the most interesting about the self-help genre is the various perspectives that they offer. Many of them include the authors sharing wisdom from personal experiences in hopes of passing it along to somebody else, in this case, the reader. 

What resonates with one reader may not resonate with another, but luckily there are many self-help books out there. Here are some must-reads in 2021. We know it’s already October, but they can carry over into 2022 also.

  1. Deep Work by Cal Newport
    • 2020 changed the way that a lot of people work. Many made the shift towards working remotely or trying something completely new, such as freelancing or other gig jobs. Some enjoy working from home, but it does take a hefty dose of self-discipline. Distractions are everywhere, but Deep Work outlines how to eliminate them. It focuses on four key rules to help focus deeply on one task at a time. Talk about raising productivity levels! 

  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear
    • If you could make a big change in your life by making small changes with each passing day, would you try it? James Clear emphasizes that habits are not made overnight. They take time. He claims that increasing progress by just one percent each day greatly adds up over time. It can be easy to feel discouraged when we aren’t seeing the results we desire, but learning to build micro habits is crucial to make changes, whether it is working out more, learning a language, or wanting to maintain a cleaner home.

  1. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
    • If you’re looking for a quick yet inspiring read, reach for this book. Brené Brown has some wonderful works, and this is one of her most popular. She uses the “wilderness” as a metaphor for the unknown. Sometimes we are faced with challenges and uncertainty, but it is up to us how we approach them. It is normal to be fearful of the unknown, but sometimes taking a big step is necessary for growth. 

  1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    • If you’re a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, this one is worth checking out. Elizabeth Gilbert deep dives into her creative process and shares it with the world in Big Magic. Gilbert explains her experiences with overcoming creative roadblocks and how to get back on track. The book is heavily focused on artistic creation. Gilbert says that with enchantment, persistence, and divinity, it is possible to create magical things.

  1. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
    • Shonda Rhimes has created many hit TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. Even if you aren’t an avid TV-watcher, you can still read her memoir! In Year of Yes, Rhimes documents her experiences over a year, vowing to say “yes” to everything that scared her. She desires to inspire readers to take a risk doing something they have always wanted to do but haven’t yet leaped. As they always say, with great risk comes great reward. 

  1. Grit by Angela Duckworth 
    • We’ve all heard of the term “grit,” and in her book, Angela Duckworth defines it as a combination of passion and perseverance. It outweighs anything innate. Some people are born to be naturals at certain tasks, but others can be taught. Sometimes we have a sibling or someone close to us who is so good at something, and we wish that the same applied to us. Perhaps they’re good at writing or playing a sport. It is easy to compare ourselves to others, but maybe a little grit is just what you need. 

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
    • Originally published in 1989, this is one of the world’s best-selling self-help books. This classic has had over 40 million copies sold, and for a good reason. The author intended for it to be a business book, but many of its lessons also apply to personal lives. Covey based this book on his belief that the way we see the world is based on our perceptions. He outlines seven lessons that can be applied to everyday life to improve communication, relationships, and more. In addition, it is filled with timeless anecdotal advice. 

  1. Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport 
    • Are you someone who struggles with overthinking? It happens to the best of us. It is easy for our minds to become cluttered with unwanted thoughts in a world as busy as ours. Mental clutter is not just harmful to mental health but can negatively impact physical health as well. Declutter Your Mind offers advice and techniques to practice to help eliminate negative thoughts and relieve anxiety. 

  1. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
    • If you enjoy books written in a conversational and light-hearted tone and don’t mind the explicit language, this might be a good one for you. This book snowballs off of the author’s best-selling book You Are a Badass, but this one is centered around money. Even later on in life, money can still cause a lot of stress and anxiety. The author highlights that changing your mindset surrounding money can help you reach whatever financial goals you may have. 

  1. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
    • Brené Brown’s work truly is amazing, so she is getting a second book on this list. In Daring Greatly, she discusses vulnerability. While being vulnerable can be uncomfortable and seen as a weakness, Brown declares that it is the key to unlocking amazing things in life. There’s a reason why this is one of her top five best-selling self-help books! 


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