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I love to learn new things, and the more I do, the more I realize how much there is to learn. It is a bit overwhelming… So I thought, if you are like me, you may like some recommendations, books I read, podcasts I listen to, videos I watch, etc… I find that word of mouth is a great way to discover things I never thought about! I tried to put the link almost everywhere so all you have to do is click!
Books are my first choice when it comes to improving myself. Over the years I have read several ones that I would recommend if you want to put yourself in a very positive mind space (yes I had to go down my Amazon History to remember some of them). Here are a few:
- Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist (and frankly anything Paulo)
- bell hooks: all about love
- M. Scott Peck: The Road Less Traveled
- Brené Brown: The Gift of Imperfection and Rising Strong
- Shawn Anchor: The Happiness Advantage
- Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah
- Octavia E. Butler – The Parable of the Sower
- John Neffinger – Compelling People
- Ben Sahara – The Pursuit of Perfect
- Charles Duhigg – Power of Habit
- Julia Cameron – The Artist’s Way
- Mark Wolynn – It Didn’t Start with You
- Luvvie Ajayi Jones: Professional Troublemaker
- Brittney Cooper: Eloquent Rage
I also love biographies because they teach you about what kind of struggle someone may have been through before becoming who they are – and I find it inspiring. This past month I read Kamal Haussman Time Bomb read Alicia Keys: More Myself and about to read Mariah Carey The Meaning of Mariah Carey. I can also recommend Trevor Noah Born a Crime and Michelle Obama Becoming, just to name a few!
I always loved listening to Ted Talks/Videos; here are some of my favorite:
- Chimananda Ngozi Adichi – The Danger of a Single Story
- Iconoclast: Dave Chappelle + Maya Angelou –Video
- James Baldwin & Nikki Giovani – A Conversation (1971)
- Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability
- Angela Lee Duckworth – Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
- Sir Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity
- Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language May Shape Who you Are
- Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do
- Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret of Better Work
- Carol Dweck – The Power of Believing You Can Improve
I also love to listen to podcasts about self-improvement; here are some of my favorite ones:
- Amanda Seales – Small Doses
- Cathy Heller – Don’t Keep your day job
- Natalie Lue – Baggage Reclaim
- Oprah Winfrey – Master Class
- Marc Lamont Hill – Coffee and Books
- Kwik Brain with Jim Kwik
- Rokhaya Diallo et Grace Ly Kiffe ta Race (French)
Finally, I am a great fan of constant learning. Over the year I have found so many resources online from Youtube and to Free University Websites such as MIT or Harvard ranging from all topics – and the great part is that all of them are FREE!
I also subscribed to Skillshare. For those who do not know, it’s an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business technology, and more. I love the platform and there are so many tutorials I take on different topics. It is really helpful for me at this point and I thought it was an investment that would serve me.
Feel free to share your link in the comment section, especially podcasts and vids!