The Best Books To Help Us Know Ourselves

The Books I Picked & Why

First Things First

By Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill

First Things First

Why this book?

Too often we don’t know what’s important to us, so we spend our time on what isn’t. That’s a root cause of much of the frustration and unhappiness in our lives. If you’re willing to get to know yourself well enough to understand what’s really important to you—and how to focus on it—this wonderful book is the place to start.


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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

By Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Why this book?

If we are ever to truly know ourselves as human beings, we need to understand where human beings came from. This eye-opening book takes you on a journey from the very beginnings of human culture to the challenges and opportunities of today, in a 30,000-foot view of what we do, why we do it, and how we can do it better.


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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

By William Zinsser

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Why this book?

From the title you might think this book is about writing, and it is. But it's much more than that. Mr. Zinsser makes the point from the beginning that writing clearly is about thinking clearly, and thinking clearly is about knowing who you are and what you want to say.


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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

By James Clear

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Why this book?

To know ourselves, we need to understand that we are our habits. If we hope to change our lives for the better, then we need to change our habits. This book helps you understand what that means and how to go about it.


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Influence: Science and Practice

By Robert B. Cialdini

Influence: Science and Practice

Why this book?

Entire industries exist to manipulate us based on characteristics of human psychology that nature has programmed into us. An important part of knowing ourselves is to know these characteristics and understand how to use them for our benefit, instead of the benefit of those who would use our human nature against us.


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