Let’s face it: Nobody is perfect. Behind each Insta-worthy snapshot and carefully curated Facebook post, it may be hard to admit that we each have room to grow in many areas. Growth isn’t always comfortable; in fact, it is usually the farthest thing from it. It is, however, essential. Read on for a list of Self-Help books written by authors who’ve been there and get it. Who said working on yourself could only be done in the gym? Put on a mask, hit up your local Target or Barnes and Noble, and do the work from home. Whether it be money issues, relationships, cultivating self-confidence, or confronting your privilege, there is something for you on this list.
“Girls, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls. What do they all have in common? The universal gender classification, “girl,” is white. In all three of these successful series, a default girl (or two) is implied, and she is white. That is the norm, and that is what is acceptable. Anything else is a niche.”- Issa Rae
“Why don’t people understand that nobody wants to hear what they should have done when something has already happened?” – Issa Rae
“The desire for a more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.” – Mark Manson
“No matter where you go, there’s a five-hundred-pound load of shit waiting for you. And that’s perfectly fine. The point isn’t to get away from the shit. The point is to find the shit you enjoy dealing with.” – Mark Manson
“What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.” – Jen Sincero
“What you tell yourself on a daily basis is more powerful than you know.” – Jen Sincero
“It’s important to keep in mind that WE decide the value people have in our lives, which means we can significantly control how much they affect us. It also means we can decide on how much space they can take up in our minds.” – Chidera Eggerue
“Relationships should be chosen, not settled for.” – Chidera Eggeure
“Make your financial well-being a priority and stop spending on nonessential items. According to Webster’s Dictionary, essential means: absolutely necessary; indispensable; vital. What definition are you using? Is your definition of keeping you in financial bondage?” – Tiffany Aliche
“Please, do not let fear or laziness be the reason you continue to struggle financially, I cannot stress this enough.” – Tiffany Aliche
Sydney Cox is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting. Originally a Goshen, Indiana native, Sydney has roots in Muncie and Indianapolis as well. When she is not on stage, you can find Sydney writing, trying out the latest fitness classes, or brewing her favorite coffee. You can find her online on Instagram: @thesydneyrenecox and Twitter: @thesydneycox.