In 2022, many plans will be made. Some would be followed to the letter. Others however would be discarded as quickly as they are made. A good example is the resolution to read more books, especially the self-help books.

Often, the urge to read books can be quite overpowering and this is due to so many reasons. One of which is:

Imitation

The Reading Mom on instagram is a wild reader. That is, she reads more than the average person reads. In a month, she could read up to thirty-two books. Reading is more than just a hobby for her and her book club is an evidence of that. 

However, it is important to understand that not everyone is the reading mom. Although the tendency to read like her may splurge every now and then, you still are not her. Infact, reading could be quite tedious for you and in this case, you may want to try audio books and documentaries. 

Competition

This is also similar to imitation but in this case, reading is done to boast, rather than to learn. Perhaps your friends read up to five books weekly and you always feel inferior for not reading up to their numbers. You may be reading for competitive reasons only. 

Reading is a task that involves learning, relearning and unlearning. So, the amount of books you read isn’t as important as the knowledge you’re able to consume. 

Although people read what interests them, there are some books that are generic. They are called self-help books. These books help in motivating and inspiring, and are usually based on experiences of the writer. Self-help books are not meant to be finished in a day but rather to be read and practiced steadily. 

Here are some self-help books that you should explore in 2022.

Atomic habits by James Clear

“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years”

James Clear

Writer and Speaker, James Clear, in this book, shared his experience about how doing little things like sleeping early each night helped his athletic career. He explained how a consistent one percent improvement every day can make a hundred percent in the long run. 

You should read this book if you find it hard to stick to certain plans or are easily distracted from goals. James demystifies the idea of achieving several things at once. 

Change your thinking, Change your life by Brian Tracy

Author of Eat that Frog and other books, Brian Tracy is a business consultant and top professional speaker. 

In this book, Tracy teaches how the mind works in helping you unlock your full potential for success and achievements. He explains the benefits and importance of forgiving people in order to focus on your goals, forming new habits and surrounding yourself with the right people. 

Tracy convinces readers on how basic principles like morals and honesty can go a long way in helping them create their own future. 

Smart Money Woman by Arese Ugwu
Self-help Books

Written by an indigenous author, Smart Money woman was adapted into a Netflix mini-series in 2021. 

This book was written for the everyday Nigerian woman. It is an empowering book which uses storytelling and relatable characters to prove certain points. For instance, a character in the book spent money lavishly on material items and discarded the importance of savings and investments. 

Smart Money Woman is for you if you’re a female who wants to make better money decisions and build wealth. 

How To Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie 

Have you ever wondered how to be in good relations with people around you; co-workers, customers and even neighbors? Then this is the book for you. 

Late Popular Speaker, Dale Carnegie, shares basic tips on how to sustain relationships with family, neighbors, customers and more. His tips extend to curbing political conflicts and maintaining international relations. 

Rich Dad, Poor dad By Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

Robert had two dads while growing up. One was his biological father which he referred to as the poor dad. The other was his friend’s dad which he referred to as the rich dad. 

The rich dad taught Robert basic money principles and personal finance experiences, all of which he wrote in this book. 

You should read this book if you need help managing your personal finances. Or if you want to cultivate the habit of money management in your kids. 

Article written by Sola Tales

Photo credit: Smart Money Arese/Instagram

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