A long time ago, in 2009, there was a post called Self-Help Books That Don’t Suck. This is the 2016 version. The Mercury Retro is perfection for upping one’s intake of self-improvement lit.
Saturn in Sagittarius is also good for holing up in one’s power lair to blast the neural synapses with some shit that makes you go WOW every third paragraph.
I love Kindle as it speaks to my Mercury in Aries. You can highlight bits you like and collect them in one mega-hits section of sagacity. Being fully digital means no more having to fling your greasy-thumbed copy of The Psychos Who Love Me or whatever behind the sofa when someone comes around. Whatever you’re perusing is seriously private.
No More Having To Fling Your Greasy-Thumbed Copy Of The Psychos Who Loved Me Behind The Sofa
Scanning someone’s bookshelf to get an idea of who they are seems so analog now it’s practically prehistoric. It is also means dust, papyrus bugs and the sharp corners of a bookshelf emanating awkward Feng Shui.
So anyway, these are the current self-help books that i think are awesome.
Here are my contenders:
- Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth – James Altrucher – For when you want to kick it up several dimensions at work or in the biz, bust a rut and feel empowered in the new economy.
- The 22 Day Revolution – Marco Borges – For when you’re wanting to try a plant-based diet but want it with a defined time frame, with loads of info & rah-rah motivation from (yes) Beyonce’s chef.
- Essentialism – Greg McKeown – For when you feel stuck in permanent Overwhelm mode. Or a minimalist wanting some more philosophical oomph to fuel your attitude.
- The Naked Mind – Annie Grace – For when you’ve had it with alcohol and want to either give it up or cut way down but need some reliable, up-to-the-moment thinking & facts around it. See also Saturn square Neptune lol.
- The Big Leap – Gay Hendricks – For when you’re struggling with doubts, self-sabotaging emotions, etc. More considered and therapeutic than Choose Yourself but also a rut-buster.
- The Dreamer & The Fantasy Relationship – Natalie Lue – For when you’re trying to eradicate a Love Zombie pattern once and for all. If i had known this book existed when i was writing Love Zombies, i would not have written it. She is super-pertinent on the causes (yes) and the underlying psychology of falling for unavailable or putting up with super shonky fauxmances.
Enjoy your Mercury Retro re-funk/mojo re-claim and share your thoughts/recommendations in the comments!
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