Someone else’s story can help shape ours.
No wonder introverts love books so much. We know how powerful a good story can be on our own personal development (we’re all about that!).
Being engrossed for hours with a book will inevitably have a tremendous impact on how we see life as a whole. It doesn’t even matter what kind of book it is. There are plenty of non-fiction books that have changed how I see people and interact with them.
Of course, then there are the “self-help” books that I carry with me everywhere. Concepts I pull out during conversations because they’ve really opened my eyes to the human experience.
So it comes as no surprise that books can help us change and enlighten us about our own shortcomings.
A good book will make you think about your own life. Your habits. Your dreams. And so on.
As you read these words, you’re probably thinking of a few books like that.
In this newsletter, I want to share 3 books that have given me a big confidence boost.
These books display personal struggles that I can’t even begin to fathom going through. Yet, in each one of them, the individual came out stronger. And more successful.
So, if you’re feeling doubtful these days because of what’s going on in the world, or you feel like you need a confidence boost in your capabilities, these books will make you feel like you can achieve anything.
EDUCATED BY TARA WESTOVER
This is a memoir of a girl that grew up in rural Idaho with survivalist Mormon parents. She walks you through what it was like to live in such an environment, and eventually what it took for her to tear herself away from it and earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. I recommend this book because it reminds me that no matter where you come from (even an abusive family like hers), the only real limitations are the ones you impose on yourself. It doesn’t matter what degree, experience, or skills you have (or not). All that matters is what you choose to make of yourself.
WILD BY CHERYL STRAYED
Talk about being completely lost with no idea where to go next. This is another memoir that explores what it takes sometimes to figure out what you want to do with your life. Or what you want out of it. Cheryl, like Tara from the book above, broke away from her family to find her own path. She walks you through her decision to hike on her own after never having hiked in her entire life, to the excruciating day-to-day details of what it takes. This book had an impact on me because it made me see that there are second chances if we choose to take them. That your life can totally fall apart yet you can still find a way to make something out of it.
MIDDLE FINGER PROJECT BY ASH AMBIRGE
I’ve been an active subscriber to Ash’s newsletter for a good two years now. I’ve always enjoyed her sarcasm and crassness (she’s not for everyone) and appreciate her directness when it comes to telling you like it is. She caters to women that have imposter syndrome, that are sick of their jobs, and that want more out of life but are too scared to take the leap into the unknown. I like this book because it has a lot of tips and advice on what to do if you’re ready for a change but too scared to go through it. Also, once you find out what her own backstory is, you’ll get a big confidence boost to follow your dreams as well.
I’d like to add another one (Untamed by Glennen Doyle) but I just bought it. I just know this is going to be another powerful memoir that will shape how I see myself as a woman and a mother. But since I haven’t read it yet, I won’t add it to the list here.
If you’ve read any of these books, let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!