Self-confidence is an ability that can take time to acquire. Fortunately for us, some people did crack the code to self-confidence. Some of them even wrote easy to read books full of concrete and insightful advice on self-confidence. Today, we selected 5 books that, we think, could really help you speed up your progress.
1 – THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG – BY DAVID J. SCHWARTZ
This book is, for sure, a must read. Before explaining how to improve self-confidence, it introduces the importance of self-confidence. In this book, David Schwartz gives us the keys to understand the concept of success.
You will also find in this book some pieces of advice on how to become a better leader. Not only is it an inspiring book to improve your self-confidence, but it also makes you understand many things that gravitate around. For example, it explains how to learn from your mistakes, or how to think positively, etc.…
You become what you think you are. If you have a positive image of you, you will tend to be more optimistic. Conversely, if you have a negative image of yourself, you will be more pessimistic, and these negative feelings will eat you up.
“ I can’t” or “I will never be able to” are words you will never pronounce again after reading this book.
For David Schwartz, your mindset is the secret to succeed everywhere, be it with friends, family, or at work.
This book will help you crush and destroy your fears and at the same time, change your way of thinking. It’s a perfect mind opener.
2 – THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF- ESTEEM – BY NATHANIEL BRANDEN
What is self-esteem, why it is essential, how to cultivate it, and how the external environment plays a role in it?
As its name suggests, this book will tell you more about the 6 pillars of self-esteem. Live consciously, accept yourself, take responsibility, asserted who you are, live purposefully, and maintain your integrity: here are the 6 practices you should work on to improve your self-esteem.
This book will help you take actions. If you practice the exercises mentioned in the book seriously, and open your mind, you will fully benefit from this book.
You will learn more about yourself and that knowledge will help you in your professional life as well as in your personal life.
David Schwartz has created many exercises in this book to really guide the reader. That way, you can quickly practice what you just learn.
“6 pillars of self-esteem” is adapted for everyone who would like to understand self-esteem or improve it.
3 – GIRL BOSS – SOPHIA AMORUSO
Have you heard about the popular brand called NastyGal? Girlboss is the story on how Sophia Amoruso succeeded creating this multi-million fashion brand despite being a drop-out of school.
Thanks to her hard work and her tenacity, she managed to become a true girl boss. Even if the brand no longer exists, it’s a very fun and inspiring story to read and you can definitely learn something from it.
Firstly, what you are or what you have been will not define what you will be.
Secondly, no matter your situation or your knowledge in a field, if you have the passion and motivation, everything is achievable.
This book is filled with excellent pieces of advice and will boost the Girlsboss in you.
Girlsboss is available on the internet or at your local bookstore.
By the way, If you do not have time to read, know that there is also netflix version of the story.
4 – HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE? – BY DALE CARNEGIE
Dale Carnegie explained through this book how you can improve the way you communicate to influence people.
This book includes:
- 3 basic techniques to influence others,
- 12 ways to rally others to your point of view
- but also 9 ways to change the attitude of others without offended,
- 6 ways to attract the sympathy of people,
- and techniques to help you become a good leader.
Nowadays, our social relationships play an essential role in our quality of life, and this book is a real helper. It tells you how to get to a valued person that you want.
Even if this book was published in1936, it is still very accurate. It’s still ranked as one of the most influential books ever. This worldwide bestseller has been translated into 37 languages and sold worldwide.
This book is available on the Internet and in some library.
5 – ONE HUNDRED SIMPLE SECRETS OF HAPPY PEOPLE – DAVID NIVEN
As the name suggests, this book offers 100 tips to live a happier life.
Written by David Niven, the American psychologist author, this book is based on exact sciences and complete explanations.
Indeed each secret is illustrated with an anecdote or experience, followed by the scientific reference on which the board rests.
This inspiring book is the result of scientific research done on patients.
David Niven makes the science of happiness accessible to everyone.
This book is written for all those who wish to become more optimistic or positive through real-life lessons.
Of course, you will not be able to apply the 100 tips at once, and maybe you will not follow some of them.
That’s why there are 100 tips, so that everyone can use THE advice that seems relevant to them
However, if there is one secret to remember is that you should believe in yourself. According to several scientific studies, believing in yourself increases the satisfaction of life of 40%.
With its illustrations and clear writing, the 100 simple secrets of happy people is suitable for all readers and can be read very quickly.
So for readers who do not have the time to plunge into a book every day, this book is made for you.
We are all different, that’s why we picked 5 books that are completely different from each other.
PS1: If you are Petite and you want to develop your confidence through your style, take a look at our ebook “Dress for self-confidence when you are Petite”! It is free, easy to read and full of concrete tips.
PS2: If you want to learn a little more about yourself before reading one of these books, do not hesitate to take our test on self-confidence.