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The 18 Best Self Discovery Books That Will Change Your Life

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Self-discovery is a complicated subject. Arguably, we never keep discovering things about ourselves, right up until the day we pass. Some of the books featured in this list will work for you, while others won’t. There is no master key on self-discovery.

Each of the books on this list are recommended by people who have been helped on their road to self-discovery through reading them. Without further delay, here are the 18 best self-discovery books that could change your life…

#1 Career X: Expert Advice on How to Cultivate Your Career

Career X focusses on the importance of self-awareness as the kernel of a rewarding career. The book offers several practical exercises such as how to define your values, how to find a career you love and how to explore your interests. Its FAQ format allows the reader to find the answer to over 100 questions.

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Contributor: Marya Triandafellos

Company: careerx.co

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#2 Relentless by Tim S. Grover

[This book] dives deep into overcoming what is holding you back personally, how to tap into a strong competitive version of yourself, understanding what deeply motivates you to succeed and what the difference is between good, great and unstoppable.

It allows you to have a passage into the mindset of top athletes and what it takes to get to that point yourself. I have personally learned a lot from this book and it's been a book I have re-read over and over again to keep the ideas fresh in my mind. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to find out what's blocking them, what motivates them and how you can get to the next level of personal success.

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Contributor: Steve Dolson

Company: stevedolson.com

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#3 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This fictional book has so many gems and life lessons sprinkled throughout. Not all of us can go soul-searching by traveling through the desert and going to the pyramids, but everybody can live through the eyes of this book and pull from the amazing lessons in this book.

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Contributor: Sydney Liu

Company: Commaful

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#4 Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

This is a light psychology book that allows you to dissect your mind and the minds of people around you. I learned a lot about my own habits and biases, which in turn helped me make better decisions in life.

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Contributor: Sydney Liu

Company: Commaful

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#5 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

While not directly a self-discovery book, the stories, and ideas shared in this book helped me see things around me differently, including my own thought processes. The book goes over the evolution of human behavior in time and how things like religion, money, power, and more played a role in human history, and thus a role in our lives today.

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Contributor: Sydney Liu

Company: Commaful

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#6 Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness After Loss and Grief

[This book is] unique because it combines memoir and psychological principles to illustrate the typical oscillations of grief and bereavement over a long period of time and to show loss survivors how to grow and even thrive after a heartbreaking loss.

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Contributor: Sherry Cormier, PhD

Company: sherrycormierauthor.com

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#7 Forgiveness: How to Make Peace With Your Past and Get on With Your Life by Sidney Simon

Sidney Simon is the self-discovery guru you have been overlooking for years. With over a dozen books and some 100 articles authored, Simon has been a pioneer in the values clarification field for more than four decades. His work details the necessary strategies for meaningful daily living and effective tools for continued personal growth.

Simon is a natural storyteller, which is made clear by how he weaves personal anecdotes and psychological theory seamlessly throughout his works. When you finish this book, your life will take on a new meaning filled with adventures of self-discovery and significant relationships – it’s simply a can’t miss.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe

Company: mapleholistics.com

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#8 The Chimp Paradox

This book is based on science but is explained in an easy to understand way. It sheds a light on why people see red, how to handle those situations more effectively and why we may have gremlins in our system which program us to respond in a certain way in stressful or tough situations. Reading this book may help you deal with all those difficult situations you experience daily.

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Contributor: Rob Jackson

Company: minimalfit.co.uk

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#9 The Power of Now

A classic and for good reason. The Power of Now aims to help you live in the moment and realize that the mind must be controlled just like a muscle in your body. It preaches what is becoming a very popular movement at the moment: Mindfulness. A must-read for anyone who gets lost in their thoughts while the world goes by around them.

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Contributor: Rob Jackson

Company: minimalfit.co.uk

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#10 Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

The key points discussed in this book are at play almost every minute of the day in our lives, yet we may not notice them. This book unveils the tricks used by salesmen, psychologists, and con-men from a scientific point of view. Once armed with this information, you will see every interaction in a different light and understand how not to be influenced against your will.

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Contributor: Rob Jackson

Company: minimalfit.co.uk

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#11 It All Begins with “I”

This book can change your life. I've seen it help people immediately. It's down to earth and speaks to anyone who wants to live the life they've always dreamed about but don't know how to do it. Not only can they do it, they can do it NOW.

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Contributor: Claudia Sloan

Company: tallfellow.com

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#12 Sex That Works: An Intimate Guide to Awakening Your Erotic Life

Many people do not feel comfortable talking about sex, but sex and touch are important factors in well-being. This book normalizes sex and eroticism and points out the many benefits of having a strong sexual relationship with ourselves and with our partner.

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Contributor: Sherry Cormier, PhD

Company: sherrycormierauthor.com

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#13 Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

There's no doubt that meditation and mindfulness are exploding in their use, value, and data-driven efficacy across a variety of settings and for a number of issues.

This book uses the science to inform us what mediation can do, cannot do, and how we can best use these practices to enhance our well-being.

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Contributor: Sherry Cormier, PhD

Company: sherrycormierauthor.com

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#14 The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Gay Hendricks talks about your zone of genius and achieving your true potential not just in life, but also love and life. This is a great book if you are trying to figure out what sets you on fire and how to keep it going.

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Contributor: Diana Mitchem

Company: enarilove.com

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#15 The Season of Life by Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn talks about how the laws of nature are interwoven into our own lives. He has great metaphors drawn from nature, seasons, and what we observe, that go hand in hand with what we experience in life and provides a new perspective and ways to approach tough times.

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Contributor: Diana Mitchem

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#16 You, Disrupted by Todd Mitchem

Todd Mitchem talks about how to keep going when life gets you down and how to make your own opportunities in life. He has a five-step philosophy 'USE IT!' that has been used by top CEOs and brands that will change the way you see your coworkers, friends, your partner and will help you cope with life and it's challenges.

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Contributor: Diana Mitchem

Company: enarilove.com

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#17 Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World

We live in turbulent times. This book shows us how to survive turbulence and develop resilience skills to navigate the most challenging of storms.

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Contributor: Sherry Cormier, PhD

Company: sherrycormierauthor.com

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#18 The Healing Self by Chopra and Tanzi

I am a psychologist who focuses on lifestyle and wellness. This book overviews and emphasizes the most important ways to heal our minds and bodies.

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Contributor: Sherry Cormier, PhD

Company: sherrycormierauthor.com

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  1. LOVE THIS LIST! I have personally been helped by #10, It All Begins with I and share it with all my friends. It makes a great gift.
    Can’t wait to read the whole list.

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