Self-help books have become very popular among women in the last few decades. The reason is simple; they help in motivating you. With most people going through midlife crisis and quarter-life crisis, it’s not surprising these books would be selling like hot pancakes. The best thing while reading them, is the feeling of being understood, having support, and the encouragement they give you.
It’s easy to be mentally and physically drained during this current time. Sometimes you can’t find solace in sharing your problems with your friends or family because they don’t understand. These incredible books have been a helping hand in the improvement of many lives. When reading such a book, you find a companion in the form of words. These words have the power to pull you through and make you see the silver linings.
Self-help books are usually written by people who’ve been through rough times themselves. The knowledge that they came out of it and even wrote a bestselling book is enough to encourage any reader. Indulging your time and money towards self-help books means to invest in your education and improvement. Since there are tons of such books, you might be confused about where to start. Well, start from the best! We’ve collected a list of self-help books for women looking for any form of inspiration in their lives. Get reading!
Top 10 Self-Help Books For Women Of All Age
1. “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
The author Elizabeth Gilbert also wrote the bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love. Her books have a special touch of femininity and empathy that easily connects with the readers. Big Magic tells its reader to be creative and curious. It does not only mean to be creative in the artistic sense but to be fearless and interested. Your creativity resides deep within and using it in all aspects of your life will make it a better experience.
Big Magic is the ideal self-love book. It will fill your head with thoughts of approaching life curiously and creatively. Life can be more interesting and meaningful if you choose to trust the beautifully crafted words in this book.
Gilbert sections the book off into six parts titled ‘Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust, and Divinity’. The powerful words themselves are motivation for someone who’s going through hard times. She also writes creativity is your ‘birthright as a human being’ and rightfully so. Don’t let it go to waste, read the book and see how you can enrich your life by following her advices.
2. “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. She spent twelve years studying vulnerability and has come up with this book to show how being vulnerable is not a weakness. She focuses on the positive outcomes of helpless situations and how it leads to building courage and relationships.
In Daring Greatly, Brown challenges the pre-notion of negativity that surrounds the idea of vulnerability. She uses her research to back up her writing of how facing weakness can make us face challenges and uncomfortable situations.
In an interview about the book with Oprah, Brown says “It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about showing up and being seen.” This perfectly describes why and how she based the book on vulnerability. People are so caught up in the idea of being stuck in such a situation that they play all the worst possible outcomes in their head and never go for it. It’s easy to hide and avoid scary events, but that is the exact reason why you shouldn’t. Be brave, gift this book to yourself and start facing your fears.
3. “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You” by Kelly Cutrone and Meredith Bryan”
“The unavoidable truth is that in the real world things don’t always come in the order we’re taught to expect them.”
This book is an eye-opening read for any woman who’s ever been told what to do and how to do it. In a society where women and girls are supposed to look a certain way to be called beautiful, Kelly tackles the harsh realities of life.
In this book, Kelly reveals all the secrets to her success without holding anything back. Her honest and blunt statements throughout the book are empowering and helpful to young women readers. She includes her private relationship, and life problems and how she overcame them. Her authentic and down-to-earth advices from her experiences are bound to help women who feel lost in the expectations of society.
4.“The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help” by Amanda Palmer
“Asking for help with shame says: You have the power over me. Asking with condescension says: I have the power over you. But asking for help with gratitude says: We have the power to help each other.”
A musician, singer, songwriter, and author of this book, Amanda Palmer is the master in the art of asking. When she needed support from her fans for her music, she wasn’t afraid to ask for it. She has achieved a lot of significant accomplishments in her life by asking for help.
In this book, Amanda talks about the disapproval that surrounds the act of asking. She challenges this idea by giving her own life experiences as examples. Even though Amanda does not shy away from asking, she does acknowledge how and when it can be used.
In this different book, she discusses how asking for help has changed and shaped the course of her life. The narrow views on asking should be discouraged, and people should be more expressive. If the world were to be more open to asking for help and giving it, life would be much simpler. If you want to explore the art of asking, this is the perfect book for you.
5. “What the Heck Am I Going to Do with My Life?” by Margaret Feinberg
“What am I doing? Shouldn’t I have this figured out by now?”
When you’re a twentysomething in this 21st century world, life can be confusing. You may be studying something you aren’t sure of, working somewhere you don’t like or asking yourself what you want to do in life. This is a natural stage for the twentysomethings of today.
Margaret Feinberg’s book will take you on a journey of finding meaning in your life. This book will help you find your talent and listen to your inner voice. If you don’t have an end goal, it does not matter what road you take; if you do, you must walk that road.
Feinberg deals with all the possible thoughts that occur in the minds of the young adults who are still finding themselves. This self-help book will assist your search for meaning by diving inside your minds.
6.“20 Something Manifesto: Quarter-Lifers Speak Out About Who They Are, What They Want, and How to Get It” by Christine Hassler
“No one else completes you. Period. People come in and out of our lives to share them with us, contribute, support us, and teach us, but they never complete us.”
This book tells the stories of twentysomething people who share their success and failure with the readers. These tips on how to find meaning in your life while chasing work, come from people who have experienced the same. Some count their success stories while some write of how they overcame their difficulties.
If you’re someone who’s in your twenties, you are probably going through some rough changes in your life. You may be asking yourself what it is that you’re supposed to do. These emotional and mental confusions arise in the hearts of many. The only way to deal with them is to do your best no matter what the challenge. Keep looking for the answer, maybe you’ll find it in this book.
7.“Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found” by Cheryl Strayed
A personal memoir on the 1,100-mile hike in Pacific Trail, this book is an ideal read for ladies dealing with divorce and loss. Cheryl Strayed takes a self-discovery journey when she loses her mother to lung cancer, falls into the hands of heroin and eventually separates from her husband.
Wild tells the story of how Cheryl found herself on the rough trail. The mental and physical challenges she faces help her find purpose and happiness in her life.
This book was the first that made it to Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. This personal journey to finding self-love and happiness from a broken state will inspire you to see hope in the worst of times. If you love this story, there’s also a major motion picture based on the book starring Reese Witherspoon.
8.“Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Regaining Financial Independence” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
“He who knows he has enough is rich.”
Your money or your life is not a book on how money and life are the same things. This book is a discussion on how people live to make money rather than live their lives instead. The whole idea of making a living is so you can support yourself. But the importance of earning has become such a driving force in our lives, that we have begun to live less and live to earn more.
In contrast to other finance books, this uses unusual methods to tell the truths of your life. We live our lives working to meet the demands and expectations of other people. Working six days a week to satisfy the needs of a business body is not the ideal way to make a living.
Although quite difficult to follow everything in this book, it makes you rethink your decision to affiliate with a company whose principles may not be like yours. This excellent unnerving book will make you think twice before you accept a job for the money.
9.“Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh
“The absurdity of working so hard to continue doing something you don’t like can be overwhelming.”
This book is also a blog by the same author. Brosh uses a unique childlike drawing style throughout the book. She is a wonderful storyteller and knows just when to add some extra drama to the text. Her humorous take on real-life situations will compel you to finish reading her book and check her blog for more.
Allie uses incidents that happened in her life and shows the psychological side of when they occurred. It’s a mix of hilarious events that leads the reader to understand her situations all too well.
Brosh is an online webcomic artist who gained fans for her witty and funny drawings. The book includes all her finer works that you can find on the web. It’s not the kind of book that inspires you instantly. It is a relatable book from a fellow woman who’s going through the same struggles as yourself.
10. “How to be a Bawse: A guide to conquering life” by Lily Singh
“Think of discomfort as currency- it’s the price you pay to learn some pretty crucial things.”
Lily Singh is a famous Youtuber, actress, and comedian who has gained worldwide recognition. In her book, she reveals all about her struggle for success and how there are no shortcuts.
Lily struggled with depression before she started out as a Youtuber. Making funny videos helped her fight it, and now she has over 13 million subscribers. She’s a ‘bawse’ who is now helping her fans be a ‘bawse’ through her book. This book will help you build your confidence and speak up for yourself. It does not tell you to be hopeful or patient. Instead, it yells at you to fight for your dream, and to work hard to achieve success.
Since you’ve reached here looking for motivational books, it means you are on the right path. Now all you need to do is choose a book and let it help you build your mentality and enforce it in your life. Books and words can only work if you allow them to. So, let them!
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