4 Bestsellers to Your Best Self
Finding the right career path. Making the most of your life, by balancing family time and professional development. Quelling your fears and stress. Developing your strengths. These are just some of the personal growth priorities for Indian professionals.
There’s a mountain of material out there to help you achieve those goals. But where to start? How about this short but sweet list of books that will bring out the best in you:
1. Adult colouring books
Adult colouring is the new meditation. Sound silly? Not when adult colouring books are topping Amazon sales lists.
Plus, it works: one psychology professor notes that “Just like meditation, yoga, prayer, if you focus on something repetitive and soothing, it can hold your attention and allows you that time to relax,” adding that colouring can reduce muscle tension, blood pressure, and stress-related hormones.
So pick up something like The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People pronto.
2. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Founder of The Huffington Post, media guru Arianna Huffington unpacks her pillars of success: well-being, wisdom and wonder. Huffington opens by sharing her story of collapsing from exhaustion due to overwork, and how this dramatic moment helped her reshape her priorities.
Look out for a morbid but major a-ha moment in the book. In a particularly stirring chapter, Huffington talks about how people would want to remember you in your eulogy — not through your professional achievements, but by the kind of person you were to your family, friends, colleagues and community.
Quick tip: Blast through your new reading list like a pro. Pick up three easy speed-reading tips to supercharge your reading. For example, notes the Wall Street Journal, you can tweak your peripheral vision to hoover in more words in a single glance. Give their quiz a try.
3. You Can Win by Shiv Khera
India’s leading motivational speaker’s classic bestseller You can Win is still relevant in the today’s corporate world. His book focuses on being successful through personal development and positive thinking.
It remains an international bestseller, thanks to pithy quotes like: “Winners don’t do different things. They do things differently.” His writing focuses on core leadership skills to help you stand out, so if you want to supercharge your climb up the career ladder, this is a must-read. Another must-read? Our interview with Khera here.
4. Super Genes by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi
If you ever thought of blaming some of your negative traits on genetics, think again. Drs. Chopra and Tanzi’s new book scientifically refutes the idea that your genes control you.
Instead, they explain how your mind can ‘talk’ to the genes through diet and lifestyle, bringing about positive and tangible results for your long-term health. Happily, the authors understand that humans resist even positive changes, and so provide tips on how to proactively tackle stress, diets and healthy living.