What are some good books for mental self-improvement?

 Matterhorn (@matterhorn36)7 years, 3 months ago

I’m at that stage in life where I really need to up my self-improvement game. I’m trying to expand my knowledge. I know books are good for that. What are some good books for self-improvement? What are some of your favorite books in general?

I’ll be here.

February 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm
cptahab (0) (@cptahab) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

My favourite books in general are all fiction:

THE LITTLE PRINCE – This I feel OK recommending if only because it is so short. It’s a children’s book for adults. It helps me appreciate my place in this world and what it means.

MOBY DICK – Too long to safely recommend. But I love it for its language and for its philosophical overtones, especially as they relate to man’s search for purpose in a broken life.

LABYRINTHS – Or anything by Jorge Borges. He’s a short story writer, and more or less every idea I come (e.g. in other books) across can be found in some form in his stories. I’m sure you can find something of his to read online. Recommended.

Next. I’m not sure about “self-improvement” in any expected sense. But perhaps I could recommend some streams of philosophy which might transform your reality.

IMMANUEL KANT – Probably don’t leap right into his works if you’re unfamiliar. Good introductions include “Kant: The Three Critiques” and (harder but good) is Allison’s “Kant’s Transcendental Idealism”. His metaphysics/epistemology has changed my perception of reality, and IMO necessary for appreciating all that follow him (e.g. Heidegger, Nietzsche) even when those philosophers claim to supersede him.

There are some brilliant self-improvement creators on youtube I can recommend, but I’ll stick with one good example:

Brian Johnson (http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilosophersNotes) is brilliant. Just check out his channel to get a feel for what he covers.

You’ve got me thinking, and if I come up with more, in particular more books, then I’ll add them.

Best of look, and I’m looking forward to seeing what other people can recommend. I’d love some good books too.

Joe Turner (0) (@itsjoeturner) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Good question, I would also like to know the answer. I’m sure there’s some gems out there – I have recently read Steve Jobs bio, that’s pretty interesting. I’m also reading “F*ck It” by John C Parkin. That’s more about letting go of the restraints we put on ourselves.

S (102) (@tictacfanman) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Mastery-Robert Greene
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover-Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
Think and Grow Rich-Napoleon Hill
Duty-Aleister Crowley

giovkast (1) (@giovkast) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

The Last lecture by Randy Pausch
The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Way of The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
The Way of The Superior Man By David Deida
The Little Book Of Talent by Daniel Coyle
The Alchmist By Paulo Coelho

These are some books that really helped me, I hope they can be as much help to you as they were to me. Good Luck!!

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