32 Best Books on Empowering Yourself that Everyone Should Read

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This article showcases our top picks for the best ‘Empowering Yourself Books’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). 

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On the Wings of Eagles by Brad H Blazar

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Do something today that your future self will thank you for…Brad breaks down the best messages and underlying points from encounters he has had with some of the most influential people in politics, sports and business and shares his notes in an enlightening way. His encounters include George W. Bush, Oliver North, Kevin O’Leary, Joe Namath, Magic Johnson, Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis, Rudy Ruettiger, Fran Tarkenton and more. As the founder of The Art of Beliefology™ Brad explains how everyone has limiting beliefs holding them back from accomplishing more in life and then provides a framework for overcoming them. Intertwined with stories from Brad’s past as CEO of a small oil company, to real life examples of bringing about change – this is a must read for those wanting more in life.

Show Your Art by Gita Joshi

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This book empowers the artists to take ownership of their career and recognise that a gallery is not essential for success in the art world. For too long artists have chased galleries as the holy grail, however there are more artists than galleries in the world. This book empowers the artist to become their own best advocate using the tools that galleries use themselves, to grow an audience, make connections, sales and ultimately paint their own profitable path. Written by award winning art dealer, Gita Joshi, the book was written to help artists develop a professional practice, and create their own opportunities to exhibit their art.

Looptail by Bruce Poon Tip

This product was recommended by Julin Jean from FoxForce

It’s a fascinating read about starting his global company G-Adventures. It changed the way I think about doing business. It’s all about socially responsible companies. It also has videos connected to the book, so you can see how he is changing communities around the world with a creative travel company. It’s inspiring and life-changing.

Your Best Year Yet! by Jinny S. Ditzler

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The Best Year Yet is an interactive book that looks to unlock the readers ‘can do’ attitude and plan forward to making the next 12 months your most successful you’ve had through self-reflection and ideas. What’s even better about its messae is that isn’t just aimed at professionals – the book is there to help you succeed in any particular area of your life you want to focus on achieving within. Re-usable for any 12 month period you want to use it for, and appliable to any part of your life, The Best Year Yet is the self-empowering book that keeps on giving

Better Apart by Gabrielle Hartley

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This book was written after 25 years working as a divorce professional resolving hundreds of trial ready divorces in NYC divorce court and growing up with divorced parents who did it well. With legal insight and practical tips, infused with mindfulness and meditation exercises offered by yoga and meditation guru Elena Brower you won’t want to miss this book. Gwyneth Paltrow gave it a glowing cover review and People Magazine called it the conscious uncoupling how-to. This book is designed to move you toward becoming your strongest, most positive self.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

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Although not a typical self-empowering book, the fiction novel The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is an important read that discusses mental health and appreciating what you have in your life by looking at the potential alternatives that could have been for the books protaganist. Even if not personally suffering with their own mental health, the book provides an opportunity for readers to look inward at their own choices from a different perspective learning that sometimes things might not be as bad as they seem, and allowing them the chance to walk away from the book feeling invigorated to make the most out of the life they are leading

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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Kahneman introduces you to thinking fast and thinking slow, the two systems found in our mind that can make or crush your sense to move ahead and to achieve in life. He breaks down the various effects of each system on our mentality, success, and confidence. This book is for those looking to succeed with efficient work.

Inner Engineering by Sadhguru

This product was recommended by Samiksha S Rawool from YummyTummyRecipes

This is an amazing motivational book. It helped me tremendously during current uncertain times. It has simple practices that anyone can do in order to stay driven, motivated and in the moment. This is a must-read book especially during current pandemic times. I highly encourage this book to be read.

The 4 Hour Work-Week by Tim Ferriss

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This is a motivational book which is very action driven. This book has profiles, case studies and tips on many successful digital nomads. It helped me set up a successful food blog which today has 50K daily visitors and 5000+ social media followers.

I Hear You by Michael S. Sorensen

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I highly recommend this book, as it is so helpful. I loved that Sorensen gives advice on how to listen and communicate with others. As soon as I started reading, I incorporated his tips immediately. When I use his techniques, people are more open and honest.

Seconds to Live or Die by Robert Montgomery

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We never know when violence might be visited upon us-at home, in the workplace, at school-anywhere. Crime, sexual assaults, threats to our children, and terrorist attacks are all part of the global landscape. There are concrete measures anyone can take to mitigate danger and if necessary, to fight like a sociopath to defeat a sociopath. Robert Montgomery wrote Seconds to Live or Die to help you prevail in the face of unexpected violence. Drawing on his experiences as a career CIA officer, Robert offers up proven methods in self-protection for you and your family at home, on the street, and abroad. By practicing what you read in this book, you can learn to control fear, hone your situational awareness, and when the unimaginable happens, cycle through denial, deliberation, and into action to effectively fight for your life-irrespective of gender, experience, or physical ability. In violence, every fraction of a second can mean the difference between finding yourself above dirt-or six feet under.

Sell It Like Serhant by Ryan Serhant

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Sales success is something you’re born with, right? Not at all. I recommend “Sell It Like Serhant” by Ryan Serhant. The author is a highly successful real estate sales professional who is known for selling multi-million-dollar properties in New York City. I’m not in the real estate industry and I found the book tremendously valuable. Serhant provides excellent tips on how to manage your time and money to increase sales. In particular, his recommendations on how to build a follow-up system to stay in touch with potential and past customers is priceless. As an entrepreneur, you need the ability to sell. You might be selling investors and bankers on providing capital. Even more important, you need the ability to sell your product to customers.

Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

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“Fair Play” by Eve Rodsky is hugely empowering and more relevant than ever as I am a working woman who is forced to run my businesses out of my home and am still responsible for so much of the house work and childcare in quarantine. Eve’s fail proof system makes it easy to “deal the virtual cards” you’ve been dealt with your significant other and run your household and marriage in a collaborative and joyful way.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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This book is amazing and inspiring and also, easy to read if you are a first-time reader. The important idea that the author wants you to understand is it’s your choice if you follow your dream, no matter where are you from, or who are you! As long as you can dream and imagine things you looking for, so you can do it just work hard and be patient. I strongly recommend this book for all different ages.

Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

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This book is the ultimate empowering toolbox. The fundamental premise is that you can figure out how to do absolutely anything. Marie entertains us with her story that illustrates the concept; while also rewarding the reader that takes the challenge of being the protagonist of its own life with other inspirational stories and awesome activities to put you on the right track to achieve your dreams. She usually says that this is not a book to be read; this is a book to be done. So roll up your sleeves, and let’s do this!

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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One of the most useful empowering book. This book takes you in a journey of discovery for the meaning of the most important things in life. Moreover, you will know and learn more about the meaning of life, about yourself, about pain and other emotions you experience in your life. You will enjoy reading this book and I think you might read it more than once, and every time you do that you will feel that you are stronger and more inspired.

Stretch Marks by Amber Trueblood

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Stretch Marks helps mothers by inspiring, entertaining, and laying out how to create more time, more peace, and more joy in their lives. Women seek time, peace, happiness, and fulfillment but often cannot find it because they don’t think it’s possible, don’t believe they deserve it, or don’t know how to make it happen. Emerging from the other-focused world of raising young children, now struggling to figure out what they want to do and how they can actually make it happen, mothers are busier, more stressed, and less healthy than ever and many are seeking realistic answers they can implement into their frenetic lives. What makes these women miserable on the inside when it looks like they have everything they’ve always wanted on the outside? It is often the disconnect between what is truly most important to them, and how they use their time, resources and energy. Stretch Marks serve as emotional, visual, and psychological metaphors representing growth and pushing past one’s limits. Amber Trueblood addresses the challenges mothers face in a funny, entertaining, supportive, and judgement-free environment. Using The A.M.B.E.R. Mindsets, readers learn the tricks and tools necessary to stop living the life they are told they should be living, and start living freely.

High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

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This book changed my life and my career trajectory. I went from struggling to thriving in less than two years! I had been searching for my purpose in this world and I finally found it in the reflection prompts embedded at the end of each chapter. The BEST tool for a full 360 personal development overhaul.

In Case I’m Murdered by April Hardy

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In Case I’m Murdered author April Hardy takes women by the hand and walks them through difficult topics related to women’s safety. If you have been fortunate enough to avoid experiences like stalking, domestic violence, and sexual abuse, this book has everything you didn’t know you needed. If you’ve been victimized, April will validate and encourage you as she gives you practical safety advice. Knights in shining armor are a fairytale. In this world, you need to be able to protect yourself. This book is a must read for all women who want to live empowered lives!

Battle Endurance by Nate Battle

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If you are searching for a tool to help you sift through the noise, overcome obstacles, and find your true purpose in life, this is your book. Let’s face it, life is hard, it is going to be unfair, and people simply don’t always play by the rules. Given that, it’s best to equip yourself, sooner rather than later, with a tool to help you manage through the challenges you will inevitably face in life so you can find and live your true purpose. This book will help you do just that. It lays out a roadmap on how you can look beyond challenges, expectations, and facades to empower yourself. It was written with the idea that as the reader, you can replace the challenges presented with your own, being able to see yourself while learning how to let go, work through conflict, obstacles, and difficulties and limiting negative self-talk, one step, action, moment and battle at a time.. Shared are many stories, and approaches on letting go, how to live in the present, and have a full and more peaceful life. It’s engaging and relatable while including an honest selection of experiences readers of all ages will find as useful tools to help live a full life. This book puts language around so many feelings I had. It also reminds me of a place of peace that must be maintained for me to avoid those pitfalls. A book which motivational speaker Les Brown calls instructive, informative, and inspiring … a guide to live your life victoriously.

Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

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Being a female entrepreneur comes with its own unique set of challenges. A little more work and innovation often must go into receiving recognition, and the home-work balance often becomes more important. That’s why Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur is such a wonderful tool for any empowered female to read and refer back to over and over again. And not only will it offer tips or self-empowerment, but it provides a way to empower everyone around you. It’s contagious!

How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen

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This book perfectly ecompasses the situations that women have to overcome to reach that all-important glass ceiling. Yet, the positivity in this book is out the roof! Rather than focus on the problems, it provides clear-cut answers and strategies to rise to the success that you’ve always desired through empowerment and fulfillment.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

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This book really grabs the reader’s attention with simple, effective ways for women to empower themselves and others. It speaks volumes regarding looking within and trusting our own instincts, rather than relying on the judgement and expectations of others. In short, it offers actionable tips to empower everyone around us, while also discovering our true selves.

Women Who Soar by Paulette Harper

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Women Who Soar shares the stories of these powerhouse women—leaders, entrepreneurs, pastor’s wives, ministers, pastors, visionaries, speakers, doctors, lawyers, life-coaches, authors, professionals, mothers, sisters—and their fight against all odds. Women from all walks of life will find themselves in one of these stories that will surely transform their lives.

The Authenticity Principle by Ritu Bhasin

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In a society that pushes conformity, how can you courageously choose to be who you really are despite the fear of judgment? How can change your life so that you can thrive and live your best? After years of battling conformity, racism, self-loathing, and more, award-winning speaker and inclusion consultant Ritu Bhasin committed to living her best life and learned how to thrive through the authenticity principle. The authenticity principle is a commitment to being yourself as much as possible, so that you can feel more empowered, confident, and joyful in all that you do. Combining the latest neuroscience, diversity, leadership, and mindfulness research with a slew of practical exercises and tips, Ritu unveils a transformational framework for living, working, and leading more authentically in this Amazon-bestseller. More than just a call to “be yourself,” The Authenticity Principle is a rallying cry to disrupt the status quo, bring your differences into the light, find true empowerment, and help others do the same.

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

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When I began reading self-help books, the one that launched my motivation was The Compound Effect for Darren Hardy. It was nice reading the encouraging words in other books. However, I still didn’t really understand how to put these words of advice into motion without burning out in discouragement. The Compound Effect taught me exactly what I was doing incorrectly: instead of charging at my bigger goals full-throttle, I needed to start small and allow tiny actions to “compound” onto one another. This small mindset change granted me so much more drive in the long run. For example, instead of focusing on growing my blog substantially and getting discouraged when I saw very little growth, I shifted my focus to small goals such as crafting at least two new posts a month or watching a marketing tutorial for 30 minutes that week. When it comes to empowering yourself, the lessons within The Compound Effect can be used for fitness, career, family, education, or anything else you have set your goals toward.

Dark Chocolate for the Soul by Milana Perepyolkina

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Would you like to have a recipe for creating miracles? What about a recipe for healing yourself? And a recipe for protecting yourself during dangerous situations? Would you like to know why bitter things happen to you and learn how to stop them? Do you want to become the happy, energetic, lucky, sweet person you’ve always wanted to be? This insightful guide will help you turn your life around for the better. With stories that draw you in and questions that stimulate self-reflection, each chapter shows you how to take any difficulty in your life and use it to your advantage. By the end of the book, you’ll know how to turn any situation around for the better.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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Having read it over 50 times, I’ve come to realize that the novel is a tell all for patterns of behavior and cycles of failure. As humans, each and every encounter we have with one another has some semblance of a power dynamic — whether that be between a boss and an employee, a mother and her child, or between close friends. Therefore, the book acts as a guide on how to tread the line between these dynamics and effectively become the master of your own fate. With the knowledge presented in the novel, I laid the groundwork of what would become my LLC, Smart Rapper, in which I know have full agency over my career as a creative within the industry and as an entrepreneur.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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When I first read Rich Dad Poor Dad it completely changed the way I thought about money. From the moment I picked it up I hardly put it down and finished the book in just a few days. In the years that followed I gained the confidence to start investing and eventually started my own business. This book changed my life.

Joy at Work by Marie Condo

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The Book by Marie and Sonenshein is one of the best applicable self-help books. The book highlights the idea of digital tidying that is much needed to free up our chaotic lives in the modern era. This book will help you realize that even though you can do things rather quickly, you still debilitate yourself by holding onto everything. This book will help you take control of your personal and digital space. This book lets you spark joy at work and keep your life tidy amidst the chaos.

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

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Before empowering yourself you need to first understand yourself and to do that, I believe, this is the best book. The author here makes you take a deep look into yourself and guide you to your happy place.

Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny

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This book will teach you how to take charge of your finances. You will learn how to make small changes that will empower you financially. Most important, you will understand that financial responsibility is not the behemoth it seems.

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