Students deal with the daily stress of life, leaving less space for self-development. Working effectively and efficiently is the need of the hour. Every book we read has a certain influence over us, but some can help us in more actionable and service-oriented ways, namely books of the self-help genre. Today’s expeditious, stressful culture has given rise to thousands of self-help books which help us find our passions in life, teach you how to strengthen our friendships, or explain how we can reconnect with our spirituality, among other life-changing top
Recommended Self-help books for every student
1. You Can Win, by Shiv Khera
Commencing with a strong introduction, the author promptly puts the reader at the starting point of the road to success. You know how to parade on with the help of a well-written foreword, which accustoms you with the book genre, the book contents, and how to approach them.
The book will help individuals to:
- Build confidence by excelling the seven marks to positive thinking
- Be successful by turning weaknesses into strengths,
- Increase integrity by doing the right thing for the right reason
- Take charge by controlling things instead of letting them control you
- Accomplish more by removing the barriers to effectiveness.
- It helps to dispel confusion in day to day life and clarify values
- It is very optimistic and provides a new way of thinking.
Khera teaches each of the lessons with an interesting and engrossing story and anecdotes ending with a moral. The morals will make you believe that nothing is impossible, you just need to find the right recipe for the road to success.
2.The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R Covey
The main theme of the book id round the average person’s personal and professional habits. It focuses on these habits which make up your character.Covey draws a discrimination between what he terms as the ‘personality ethic’ and the ‘character ethic’, which orbits around personal principles.Everyone has habits. Sometimes you write them off as immutable characteristics of your nature but other times you may be entirely heedless that they exist. More profound the changes will be seen if you change your character rather than your attitude. The contents of the book are about 7 habits everyone should follow –
Habit 1: Be proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind
Habit 3: Put first things first
Habit 4: Think win/win
Habit 5: Seek first to understand then to be understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
This book is a compelling read which helps you build your character for this competitive world.
3. Eat That Frog!, by Brian Tracy
There is never enough time to do everything on our to-do list. And what are most students best at doing? “I’ll do it tomorrow”. This book is an encapsulation of ideas and abilities from many bellwethers in the time management and personal productivity. The book covers many distinct ways of conquering procrastination and it makes it very accessible for people to apply the techniques. It’s written in layman’s language – don’t expect any patois or scientific studies to back up the methods. The advice given all comes from the real-life experience of the author. Tracy uses the saying ” eat the frog” as a metaphor to tackle your day-to-day jobs and challenges.
All of the 21 chapters brings up a different tip, or technique that will help you zero on the critical tasks of the day and overcome procrastination and accomplish them effectively.
4.Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
The book can be summarized in these 3 points-
- There is no such thing as time (we made it up)
- It is always Now that is happening, the Past and Future do not happen. It is all in our heads.
- If you can stop thinking about the past and the future and be present in the Now you will feel better.
In this book, the main reason for our suffering is living in the future or the past. True tranquillity is to live in the now. The past and the future only exist in our minds.
If you believe in the reality of your past and your future, your ego is ruling over you. Ego commands you by fear—fear over your past and future. So long It uses everything that ever happened in the past against you. It uses everything that you hope to happen in the future against you. There is only one way to overcome your ego and that is to live completely in the now. Be completely present now.
These ideas must have filled you with questions. Luckily, the book is written in a Q&A format, based on the most common questions about these ideas. There is a very good chance your questions will be covered while reading the book.
5. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma
‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is an incredible title to hook readers. The fable is about Julian Mantle, an enormously rich and successful lawyer having a palatial life, who has achieved everything most people could ever dream of. But, a sudden heart attack jolts him down and this puts his life into perspective. He realizes that his life is nothing but full of monotony, tensions and work. He finally decides to abandon his purgatory life and sells out all his possessions and goes to the Himalayan Mountains in search of serenity and a real meaning of life.
The nucleus of the book is the Seven Virtues of Enlightened Learning, which Julian unravels to his junior, John, one by one.
- Master your mind
- Follow your purpose
- Practice kaizen
- Live with discipline
- Respect your time
- Selflessly serve others
- Embrace the present
Author has tried well to teach some vital lessons to lead a refined and beautiful life. This book helps the readers to refresh their respective lesson easily.
These books are recommended for students running into chaos due to study and work pressure and lack of time management. They need to live a patient and peaceful life. Students should gradually start incorporating these lessons into their daily routine to get the best out of their life.