5 Quick Personal Development Reads

It’s only fair the first article of the year would be dedicated to books. But I’d be lying if I said that 2020 was a year full of reading for me. I definitely suffered a few reading slumps and haven’t read as much as I would have loved to. And that’s the reality of being a bookworm, sometime we read a lot and other we just can’t seem to read at all (I shared my thoughts on this here).

I found it difficult to focus on long books and fell in love with these amazing quick reads that helped me staying motivated and inspired.

Failosophy by Elizabeth Day

Failosophy by Elizabeth Day

I loved this little book, it reminded me of how failure is part of the process and how it can often even be the beginning of something special. If you’re fan of the How To Fail podcast, you’ll love this short collection of thoughts on failure. It includes references to different guests who’ve shared their own experience with failure and it makes for an inspiring read.

Buy a copy from Bookshop.org.uk or Amazon

Sabotage by Emma Gannon

Sabotage by Emma Gannon

Before reading this book, I didn’t think I was self-sabotaging at all. I was convinced I was just procrastinating or a little bit of perfectionist, which actually turns out if one of the way people sabotage their life. Emma Gannon has a gift for writing relatable and useful content and this book is no exception. It’s easy to read and will provide some comfort whilst also giving you some practical tool to stop sabotaging and start creating.

Buy a copy from Bookshop.org.uk or Amazon.

Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

This was a re-read for me, I love anything that Otegha Uwagba writes and this is my favourite book to read whenever I get stuck in my career. It’s a collection of tips and advice for women in business, with no fluff and lots of great tips to make work better. It was written a few years ago, but I found that most of it is very relevant and helpful in today’s scene, given the work from home situation. This is a handy little guide to refer to every now and then.

Buy a copy from Bookshop.org.uk or Amazon.

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy

Procrastinators unite! There’s nothing quite like an old school self development book breaking down the bullshit and telling you how you can get it done. As a millennial, I’ll be the first to say that I often find excuses as to why I haven’t done something. They’ll even be good one sometimes, but I really wanted to break out of the habit to hit snooze on important tasks and make it happen. This book helped me do just that!

Buy a copy from Bookshop.org.uk or Amazon.

A Little Happier by Derren Brown

A Little Happier by Derren Brown

Peace in a little book. If you don’t like stoicism, please give this a chance. I have never liked the philosophy of it, I’m a very passionate person who is often propelled by her feelings, but last year, as the world was quite literally on fire, I realised that I needed some peace of mind. This little book came to the rescue and provided with a much needed change in perspective.

Buy a copy from Bookshop.org.uk or Amazon.

If you have any recommendations for short but impactful books, please let me know. I’d love to add them on my TBR list!

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