The best self-actualization books 📚

Browse the best books on self-actualization as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Way Of Transition: Embracing Life's Most Difficult Moments

The Way Of Transition: Embracing Life's Most Difficult Moments

By William Bridges

Why this book?

This is a poignant and beautifully written book filled with the wisdom and lived experience of the author. Major life transitions (like leaving a religion, job loss, or ending a relationship) throw us into the ‘neutral zone’ that can only be navigated with time and care.

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The best books on endings and beginnings

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Double Blind

By Edward St Aubyn

Why this book?

I read very few novels, but Edward St Aubyn is my favourite contemporary novelist. His writing is brilliant, funny and always intelligent. Of all his books, this new novel is my favourite because it not only tells a good story but also explores the very frontiers of contemporary science and of the paradigm shift going on within it. And it is amazingly well informed scientifically. In some cases it may be anticipating scientific advances that will occur in coming years; it does not simply describe what has already happened.

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The best books on science, ultimate consciousness, and practical spirituality

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Book cover of You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

By Jen Sincero

Why this book?

I love Jen Sincero. You can’t go wrong with one of her books, but this one was my favorite. Not only did her funny stories keep me turning the pages, she helped me finally understand the scarcity mindset I’ve been clinging to for my whole life. Plan on doing a lot of journaling with this one!

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The best books for becoming a better you in the new year

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Book cover of Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning

Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning

By Tom Vanderbilt

Why this book?

A big part of lifelong learning involves experimenting, trying new things, and picking up new skills. I must confess this can be challenging for me; I’m one of those people who sometimes gets frustrated or embarrassed when I try something new and find it doesn’t come easily to me. Maybe you’re the same way--if so, all the more reason to take inspiration from Vanderbilt’s book, which chronicles his efforts to learn how to play chess, surf, sing, juggle, and more. Woven in with those entertaining experiences are larger lessons about how we learn, and why it’s so beneficial to keep…

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The best books for lifelong learning

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Book cover of Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

By Timothy Ferriss

Why this book?

The magic of Tim Ferris is that his attention to detail is second to none. Thus, when he decided to turn his insanely insightful podcast with an ‘A List’ of some of the most amazing, goal-achieving maniacs on the planet, I was excited to see how it would turn out. And, let me tell you, he did not disappoint! If you want a detailed list of the habits, tactics, rituals, routines, diets, supplements, exercise routines, and mind/body practices of the world’s best of the best, then you’ve got the book of all time. I can’t recommend it enough. If this…
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The best books to level-up spiritual entrepreneurs & artists

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Awaken the Giant Within

By Tony Robbins

Why this book?

The book will help you better understand yourself and everyone around you; It provides you with the necessary tools required to take full control over all aspects of your life. It has shown me how to take personal responsibility for my words and actions and how mindset and the course of one's destiny can be immediately altered through the simple act of questioning and decision.

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The best books to become a better version of yourself

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