“Change me as a person and, in turn, change my life.“
We love a good delicious read, especially when the book can change our lives and help us grow into a better version of ourselves. The current lockdown has many of us dusting off books from the bookshelf and learning about ourselves, so when Scola Dondo claimed these books changed her life, you better believe our ears perked up.
Her recommendations are a mix of physical books and audiobooks from the self-help genre, which she confessed wasn’t always her go-to. “I wasn’t always a fan of self-help books,” she admits. “But they’ve helped change me as a person and, in turn, change my life”.
She went on to say there is an art of sorts in reading self-help books and started the video by setting some disclaimers for us who are new to the genre.
Rule number 1: Know that, with self-help books, they are not going to change your life overnight. Their effects are subtle and it can take a few months to notice them.
Rule number 2: Self-help books can be repetitive. A lot of them can make their point in one sentence and be done with it. Scola says she enjoys this, as you hear the stories they bring in addition to the point they are making. It cements the point in your head, allowing you to implement change in your life, which is kind of the point of reading self-help books.
Rule number 3: Not every self-help book is going to be for you. Something that works for somebody else may not work for you and that’s okay.
In the video, Scola delves into the law of attraction. She believes it is for everyone, regardless of your beliefs, as it simply promotes positive thinking and creating a positive mindset. As she puts it, “Positive thinking is amazing and what I love about the attraction is that everything I have read, everything I have listened to, is just teaching me different ways to think positively and rewire my brain, especially as someone who suffers with different mental health issues.”
We have to say, with the current state of the world, a little positive thinking is exactly what we all need right now.
During this chat, the book recommendations came in big. (We made notes.) The list includes books to help you with your finances, with creating the perfect morning routine and with finding methods to help you deal with procrastination.
We don’t know about you, but our book haul just got a lot heavier and we are not mad about it. Thank you, Scola, for helping us to use this time to read and learn a bit more about ourselves.
Jack Howard recently gave us his best movies to watch during self-isolation. Alternatively, you could read about how Hank Green is dealing with the sudden obliteration of expectation.
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