5 Life-Changing Books to Read in 2021 for Personal Growth

Is personal growth one of your many goals for 2021? If so, we’ve got you covered. Maybe you’ve been feeling stagnant or uninspired. We’ve all been there –– and something that’s helped us get out of that place is books. The right words can help us find our purpose and point us in the right direction in life. 

These 5 life-changing books will help you get inspired and feel ready to take on the world, whether you’re going through life changes, looking for self-help content, or simply just want a new book to get lost in. 

Here are our picks for our 5 favorite life-changing books.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Are you a travel lover? If so, this is one of the best life-changing books for you. This novel follows a shepherd named Santiago on his quest to (quite literally) follow his dreams. This international bestseller is a modern classic, and once you read it, it’s not hard to see why. This story of personal growth and self-discovery will teach you a few key lessons, including following your dreams, finding happiness, and not giving into fear.

2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This self-help book dives deep into –– you guessed it –– four agreements. They are: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Sounds like some pretty good rules to live by and stay focused on, right? You can follow these principles no matter what life changes you’re going through. If you want to achieve personal growth and personal freedom, this is the book for you. 

3. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer

If you want to do some serious introspection while you work on your personal growth, this is one of the best life-changing books you can read. This self-help book will help you free yourself and find inner peace. The author is a spiritual teacher who will touch on meditation and mindfulness practices that will help you to build healthy habits, make positive life changes, and learn how to find happiness within. You will learn to work with your inner energy and live beyond your current boundaries.

4. Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life by Ozan Varol

As the newest one of the life-changing books on this list, Think Like a Rocket Scientist has made some serious waves. It was one of the top 20 business books on Amazon in 2020 and topped various other must-read lists. This self-help book is proof that you don’t need to be a genius to think like a rocket scientist. With this book, you will learn practical tips for how to problem solve, stay focused, and achieve personal growth, no matter the area of your life.

5. Holy Sh!t We’re Alive by Doug Cartwright

Looking to maximize your human experience? No matter who you are or where you’ve been, this book gives you permission — and motivation — to do the work and get over whatever it is that is holding you back. In Holy Sh!t, We’re Alive, Doug shows you how to live with intention, trust yourself, and show up every day for a meaningful life. You’ll learn mind-blowing facts and important clues to understand your existence and unique contributions.

This book is Doug’s story, a psychedelic journey into meditation, silent retreats, astrophysics, neuroscience, philosophy, and all forms of self-healing. It’s how he found the purpose of life, realized his mistakes, and built a new reality. Doug’s story is how he shifted his perspective on life — and it’s how you can learn to shift yours.

How to Spark Life Changing Personal Growth This Year

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