Studio 5 Says: Our Favorite Self-Improvement Books

Ever felt like you could be doing better? Growing more? Or just learning how to accept yourself for who you are? It would seem all humans can use a little lifestyle pick-me-up every now and then – so with September being “Self-Improvement Month,” we’ve put together a list of the Studio 5 staff’s favorite self-help books.

1. Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis $13.79 Hardcover, Amazon

“I begin this recommendation with a confession: I haven’t read this book yet. However, it currently sits at the very tip top of my nightstand book stack and I’m tapping my toes to dive into its pages. It seems every woman I know, love and respect is talking about this book and its author. And the fact that I can practically quote a book I haven’t even read yet says something, doesn’t it?! (A favorite line pulled from the pages: “Turns out, the most beautiful things in my life were never on my to-do list.”) It’s clearly a #1 New York Times Bestseller for a reason. So – race you to the end!”

-Brooke Walker, Studio 5 Host / Executive Producer

2. Strengths Finder 2.0 – Tom Rath $16.89 Hardcover, Amazon

We all have our strengths and our weaknesses, but our weaknesses are what get the most attention. Imagine if you spent that time on strengthening the things you’re good at? This book takes you through how to find your strengths, and then go out and use them in the real world so you can do more of what you love.

-Mikaela Cook, Studio 5 Producer

3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey $17.59 Hardcover, Amazon

A classic, but if you haven’t read it yet, let this be your wake up call. This book is all about how to be effective (as the title states). Stephen R. Covey explains that developing genuine habits, rather than faking those traits, is the key to reaching this effectiveness. If you’re looking for more efficiency in your life, whether it be in business or just in your home, add this book to your list.

-Mikaela Cook, Studio 5 Producer

4. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell $14.07 Hardcover, Amazon

The title of this book may sound like an oxymoron, but once you crack it open, you’ll see just how true that initial statement is. It’s all about those quick decisions that seemingly happen in the blink of an eye. Why some people can listen to their gut and have everything work out, and why others can’t seem to catch a break. It looks at the best decision makers and reveals that they aren’t the ones who spend the most time agonizing over a big choice, but rather, the ones who have become good at looking at the most important factors.

-Tiffany Woodmansee, Studio 5 Producer

5. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World – William H. McRaven $10.80 Hardcover, Amazon

Make your bed…a simple task right? According to this read, that one chore can change the world, or at least set you on the right foot. This book deals with overcoming challenges, and how the simplest things can make the biggest difference. Based on Admiral William H. McRavens viral graduation speech to students at the University of Texas at Austin, you will find the inspiration to achieve more, even when life gets hard.

-Tiffany Woodmansee, Studio 5 Producer

6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain $14.85 Hardcover, Amazon

“We all classify ourselves as an introvert or an extrovert. But have you noticed how one tends to be more desirable than the other? As a self-professed introvert I have to say that in high school, I wanted nothing more than to be an extrovert. But as I’ve grown up a bit, I’ve come to realize that being and introvert doesn’t have to mean being ‘the shy one.’ One of my favorite parts of this book is reading about some of the amazing influencers that are labeled as introverts. Author Susan Cain drives home the point that in an extrovert-based society, introverts have strengths that make them better suited to certain situations than extroverts, and vice versa. If you classify yourself as an introvert, or even if you’re an extrovert who lives or works with an introvert, this is a must read.”

-Lauren Tippetts, Studio 5 Web Producer


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