5 Books To Help Improve Your Life

I hate to include my own book. So don’t get that one. But let me tell you about the other four.

“Worry” by Edward Hallowell. Everyone worries. 20 million people in the US suffer from some sort of untreated clinical anxiety disorder.

Worry is ok. It helps me make deadlines, care about people, care about improving myself. But “toxic worry” is when things spin out of control.

When you wake up at 3am and can’t get that thought out of your head: why did they do that? How will I live? Does she/he love me? And on and on and on and on.

The book, “Worry” helped me.

“Sick in the Head” by Judd Apatow. First, Judd is one of the most comic directors of all time. So anything he says about comedy is a must-read.

Second, why comedy?

Learning the skills of standup comedy has helped me in so many other areas of my life: insights into life, dealing with others, overcoming fears, negotiating, sales, influence, confidence, and least of all…humor.

“12 Rules for Life” by Jordan Peterson.

Just look at the table of contents:

Read this book.

“Skin in the Game” by Nassim Taleb

The idea: if you have “skin in the game” on major life decisions (and even smaller ones), that means you take both risk and reward on your decisions.

You’ll do more research, you’ll take better care of yourself to have the energy to make good decisions and be creative, and ultimately you will live a more real and brave life.

The title alone is worth it. And the rest of the book is a good read.

Ok, my book. “Choose Yourself”

It’s about when I went totally broke and lost everything and had to bounce back.

It doesn’t tell you how to bounce back. It describes how I bounced back.

How I internally had to strengthen physically, emotionally, creative, and spiritually.

But also it’s about the most important topic: Freedom.

We only get one life to be free, to make the decisions we want (not in a selfish way, but in a way that can allow us to create the life with the biggest impact).

The path to freedom, for me, was learning to “choose myself”: not allow anyone else to make the decisions that would define my happiness and well-being.

The actions we make today, become our biography tomorrow.

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  • James Royce McGuire

    Great list. For worrying, I Like Dale Carnegie’s “How To Stop Worrying…”, and Taleb’s “The Black Swan…” I just started reading the Apatow book. He’s got some great interviews with wonderful comedians. Right now I’m also reading Robbins’ “Unlimited Power.” In it, he writes that if we look at people we admire and physically model them (stand like them, walk like them etc.) it’ll help us get in their brains. I’m now watching comedians without the sound to look at things funnier. Cheers!

  • Bo

    I would love to hear you speak with Jordan Peterson on your podcast! :)

  • You have Provided really some Awesome Books list to Improve Life. If I ask about the Best book which one you ‘ll prefer ? Thanks again sharing the List of Book with us :)

    Sameer
    DreamLifeRoad