Take a break from the everyday turmoil of this year and be inspired by and overcome the stories of others who have faced adversity.
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It doesn't matter who you ask – 2020 was a busy year. Between a global pandemic, political unrest, and an unprecedented economic downturn, it's easy to feel oppressed.
While there's no easy way to get out of this funk, it never hurts to listen to other people's perspectives. Reading books that focus on self-empowerment and overcoming adversity can make you feel ready to embrace whatever the world has to throw at you in 2020 and beyond. Here are some of the best options out there right now.
1. Learn, Improve, Master: How to Develop Skills and Excel by Nick Velasquez
Many people have more free time than ever before and use this opportunity to acquire new skills. However, this is often easier said than done. Learn, improve, the master does not teach the basics of a skill. It gives you the tools you need to learn faster and more completely in the future. Nick Velasquez's new book is a valuable investment for anyone looking to continually grow and develop over time.
2. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The title here says it all. In Angela Duckworth's Grit, the secret of success lies entirely in one's own dedication and work ethic. Duckworth considers outstanding traits from West Point to the National Spelling Bee and has one thing in common: sheer determination. If you are looking to learn how to take your career to the next level through hard work, this book is for you.
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3. Rebellion of Responsibility: An Unconventional Approach to Kain Ramsay's Personal Empowerment
It can seem like we are achieving some of the greatest joys in life by avoiding responsibility – screwing up, taking vacations, and ignoring the real issues that are at the center. Responsibility Rebellion turns this logic on its head, arguing that getting ahead in life is not about ignoring the underlying problems. It's about facing them face to face. Kain Ramsay's unconventional approach to success may surprise some, but the results are hard to ignore.
4. Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America by John Lewis
The death of John Lewis left the country in a state of national grief, but his influence doesn't have to end there. Across That Bridge is a powerful collection of his thoughts, memories, and reflections on what it was like to fight during the civil rights movement and how people can use that spirit to fight for justice even today. The book is not easy to read, but the wisdom it contains is worth it.
5. The Empowerment Paradox: Seven Essential Virtues for Turning Struggle into Strength by Ben Woodward
Why do many of people's greatest, life-changing revelations often come after moments of deep pain and tragedy? There is no easy answer to this question, but the empowerment paradox is a powerful look at what we could learn from it. Ben Woodward offers a unique perspective on how we can turn some of the difficulties we face into personal advancement.
6. Ignite Your Career !: Strategies and Tactics to Unleash Your Potential by Kris Holmes
This year's college graduates are currently facing more uncertainty in the labor market than any previous generation, and there is no clear end in sight. Kris Holmes' new book may have been written before the pandemic, but the advice is more relevant than ever. Light your career! is a must for any first time job seeker.
7. Atomic Habits: A Simple and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Habits by James Clear
Atomic Habits is less than two years old and already a modern classic. James Clear uses his book to provide clear, simple instructions on how to remodel your life, starting with the little things. If you want a big change in your life, starting with daily habits may be the best method.
Related: 8 Books to Change Your Business Perspective
8. Boot Straps & Bra Straps: Sheila Mac's formula to get you going from the ground up in any situation
The pandemic has hit business people of all shapes and sizes hard, but there is no doubt that women faced an especially tough challenge. Boot Straps & Bra Straps is a guide for any woman looking to take her career to the next level without giving up on herself. Sheila Mac has already been through it all herself, which means her book has a lifetime of wisdom for you to learn from.
You may not have all the answers, but books are a good place to start when it comes to empowering yourself. By choosing some of the options from this list, you can come up with a whole world of ideas to learn and grow from.