The 3 Books That Motivated Me Last Year

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I have been super into self-help books, articles, and podcasts lately. It’s like I just can’t get enough! And becoming a better person is never a bad thing, so I thought I would share 3 of my favorites that really have impacted me and my mindset this past year.

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Big Magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert

I could honestly read this book over and over again. There’s so many (what I like to call) truth nuggets: little nuggets of wisdom that pack serious impact into a small space. Elizabeth teaches about fear, ideas, and creativity, and how we can’t fully live without them.

“What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant?”

“It might have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you!”

“But never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing (or even their comprehension) in order to make your own creative work.”



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The One Thing

by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

This is an amazing book that teaches you a different way to think.  Dispelling the belief that multitasking is a good thing, it shares actionable ways to have one focus in your life with challenges throughout to get the ball rolling.

“It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.”

“Going small is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It’s a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It’s realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.”

“Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it.”


self-help books the ultimate gift jim stovallThe Ultimate Gift

by Jim Stovall

I had seen the movie when I was younger, but my aunt asked everyone in our family to read this book last year. It’s more of a story format that teaches valuable life lessons. It’s also a quick, simple read, which is a bonus. It teaches the importance of giving, your mindset on money, and living the fullest life.

“The only way you can truly get more out of life for yourself is to give part of yourself away.”

“In those times when we yearn to have more in our lives, we should dwell on the things we already have. In doing so, we will often find that our lives are already full to overflowing.”

“Any process you are going through will get tougher before it gets easier. That’s what make learning a gift. Even though pain is your teacher.”

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