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Take a breath - four self-help books to have on your radar

Today’s best self-help books aren’t just affordable and easy to get a hold of, they also provide a level of escapism and intellectual discourse . If your screen time hasn’t reduced as much as you would have liked since you last made that New Year’s resolution, we will happily direct you to some good old fashioned paper to save both your eyes and data.


Atomic Habits by James Clear

Walk slowly but never backwards, Atomic Habits reveals the science of good repetitive patterns and incremental marginal gains.


Revealing the power of a good routine, James Clear highlights that a one percent improvement to something daily will make you 37 times bett er at that task in a year.


Clear emphasises the importance of this theory as it works both ways. Our repetitive bad habits eventually compound into something much worse.


Beautifully written and engaging through its storytelling, Clear’s key takeaways are that we shouldn’t focus on goals but focus on the systems that bring about our goals. This book is excellent for anyone willing to take full control of the life they wish to live.


Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed investigates why learning from mistakes and past failures is crucial for high performance.


By describing failures from past events, Syed reveals a timeline of key breakthroughs in services such as the health sector or the criminal justice system.


Syed uses concrete examples to illustrate his point that performing on just talent alone is not enough and contributes to a fi xed mindset. Talented people such as doctors and pilots can still make mistakes and it is learning from these mistakes that allow for growth in any profession.


Syed highlights that every mistake is a learning opportunity, and success is only possible when we confront these mistakes.


This book is ideal for anyone in a high-risk job where a mistake made could be costly.


Relational Intelligence by Dr. Dharius Daniels

Relational Intelligence is a practical guide to gett ing the most out of those you interact with on a daily basis.


While aimed primarily towards the Christian reader, it gives insight to anyone who wants to fi nd out how to better their relationships with family and friends.


It explains that not everyone is your friend and not everyone should be. Some people should rather be left as acquaintaances whilst others may be so valuable that you should consider them as a mentor.


The book’s structure is engaging and interactive as Dr. Dharius Daniels divides the book into four parts where he identifi es types of relationships and reveals methods to select and align them.



This book is great for anyone who wishes to form better and meaningful relationships.


The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

What is worth caring about? When should we react, overreact, or underreact? These are the questions Mark Manson poses in his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck.


Manson implies that most things we care about are not worth caring about at all. We should save our energy for important things.


Of course, all things are subjective, but we can fi nd common ground or should be able to fi nd common ground on what matt ers the most.


Manson doesn’t give a f*ck about how he gets his point across – he just does. It consists of well engaging storytelling of what he has learned through his life experiences.


Pick up this book if you are a person that suffers from caring too much.


This is from the Kindred. Identity issue, out now. Purchase the copy through the link here.