3 Books Everyone Should Read For Self-Mastery

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By Ernesto Gutierrez, MD
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Over the past 20 years, I have read dozens of books on personal development.

Unfortunately, most of them were a waste of time. They were filled with platitudes and fluff. They could have easily been blog posts, or even newsletter emails.

Instead, I encourage you to give these 3 a read.

They're well worth the time.

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

I first read this book in 2013 and it changed my life.

It made me realize how my everyday choices are determining my success (or failure) in achieving anything I want to achieve. I used to not pay attention to the “small” things in my life. Like having a drink here and there, skipping workouts, or staying up too late.

After reading this book, I understood how those minor things add up to create my future self.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

I don’t remember who recommended this book to me but I’m so glad they did!

I recall picking it up and not being able to put it down until I finished it. It is all about about becoming a pro at your craft. In it the author describes those challenges we all face like self-doubt and imposter syndrome, and it tackles procrastination. If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to meet a deadline or to make your habits stick, give this a shot.

Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Finally, I think everyone should read this book.

In an age where everyone seems to be easily offended, upset and anxious about minor challenges, this book shares what it’s like being antifragile. And no, it’s not being resilient. Resiliency means you can take life’s punches. But being antifragile means every punch makes you stronger.

My favorite quote from the book:

“A wind extinguishes a candle but fuels a fire.”

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