Favorite Talks, Tools & Books For Self-Improvement
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TALKS, TOOLS, & BOOKS
It can be hard to sift through the mounds of self-help books and self-improvement resources out there. Fear not, dear reader. Below you’ll find a list of book recommendations for personal development—curated, researched, and compiled by me, Rachelle Indra.
And while maybe you’ve brushed by a few of these self-help titles at the bookstore, seen some of these motivational speakers trending online, or listened to a friend gush endlessly about Brené Brown, I am most excited about the fact that you're here. Right now.
Because I believe in the power of these self-improvement books, as well as in your ability to self-improve. So explore my growing list of “best books for self-improvement,” and let them take you where they will.
The Second Mountain by David Brooks
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Discovering Your Personality Type by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
Discovering Your Personality Type is one of my favorite books for self-improvement. It offers a digestible introduction to the Enneagram (a personality typing system that exists as a “powerful tool for personal and collective transformation”), and is something that I recommend to all of my clients.
Not only do I firmly believe in the efficacy of the Enneagram for personal growth and change, but I also have several Enneagram trainings under my belt. It is one of my greatest joys to be able to share the lasting foundational effects of the Enneagram. Enjoy.
My Little Ikigai Journal by Amanda Kudo
My Little Ikigai Journal is an incredibly powerful self-improvement tool. It asks all the right questions, and never in a generic fashion like so many other self-help books for journals. Instead, the questions in this journal come at you from unexpected angles, jumpstarting your brain into thinking differently.
I recommend My Little Ikigai Journal to all of my clients who are thinking about changing jobs, or who are trying to discover what truly makes them happy. Yes, the overall visual aesthetics of this journal are geared towards the stereotypical conception of femininity (read: this thing is frilly). But the questions asked, and the overarching effect of responding to these questions, are what matters here. If you can look beyond the frill, the goods are there.
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
While I highly recommend How to Change Your Mind, I am absolutely not recommending you ingest psychedelics. At all. Whether you do or you do not is of no consequence to me. It is also not my business. The point here, with this specific book recommendation, is to share what is essentially never-before-seen, scientifically-based insight into the human mind, the self, and the place of both within the world. These are the things I’m speaking to, these are the reasons I recommend this book. Period.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Looking for a way to enter the world of self-improvement books? Girl, Wash Your Face is a great place to start, especially if you’re a mom.
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Have you been walking the path of self-reflection, transformation, and growth for awhile? A New Earth just might be the next read in your journey towards the center of you.
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Podcasts, TEDTalks & Digital Resources For Personal Development
I highly recommend the Armchair Expert episode of Dax Shepard’s podcast. In it, Dax speaks with Belgian author and psychotherapist Ester Perel about “the definition of eroticism, the unrealistic expectations we put on our partners, and how the status of a couple affects the whole family.” WOW. To hear Eshter wax poetic on eroticism, sexuality, the current lack of sex education, and much more, turn the volume up and listen to this podcast stat.
Hands down, the TED Talk given by author Elizabeth Gilbert is my favorite TED Talk for creatives. Whether you think you're “creative” or not, be sure to check this one out.