“It’s silly to try to escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own.”– Marcus Aurelius
At some stage in your career, you will want to go beyond the technical aspect of your work. For me, the technical is content marketing. It’s a fast-changing industry, but I know that the difference between me and someone like me isn’t found in what we know. The difference is found in our ability to communicate – for me that’s teaching and coaching.
If I want to get further and be better, I need to be a world-class communicator.
Developing your own self-awareness is perhaps the most crucial element for personal growth. It’s certainly been the most powerful and dramatic shift I’ve had in my life so far.
In the past few years, I can count on one hand the number of industry-based books I’ve read, and I haven’t attended a single industry conference. That’s not to say there’s no value there, but at this stage of my learning, it’s clear that my growth is going to come from a different source.
Think about your self-awareness like a dial on an old FM radio, just like your parents used to own. Over the past few years, I’ve been learning to dial my self-awareness into the right frequency. There’s a still a lot of noise, but there are more moments when I’m tuned into the right frequency and I feel a lot closer to it now that I ever have.
So, with that in mind, here are the books that I recommend that you read, study and embrace as you go on your journey to developing your own self-awareness.
Reading recommendations to develop your self-awareness
“Self-awareness is the ability to objectively evaluate the self. It is the ability to question our own instincts, patterns and assumptions.”– Ryan Holiday
- Daily Stoic and Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday (Buy from Amazon UK: Passages / Journal)
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Buy at Amazon UK)
- The Five Minute Journal by Intelligent Change (Buy from Amazon UK)
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Buy from Amazon UK)
- The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer (Buy from Amazon UK)
- The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene (Buy from Amazon UK)
- The Road to Character by David Brooks (Buy from Amazon UK)
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Buy from Amazon UK)
- Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday (Buy from Amazon UK)
- Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (Buy from Amazon UK)
- The Shortness of Life by Seneca (Buy from Amazon UK)
- How to be Free by Epictetus (Buy from Amazon UK)
- Man’s Serch for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (Buy from Amazon UK)
- How to Grow Old by Cicero (Buy from Amazon UK)
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (Buy from Amazon UK)
- The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Buy from Amazon UK)
- A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine (Buy from Amazon UK)
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Buy from Amazon UK)
- The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle (Buy from Amazon UK)
- Dare to Lead by Brené Brown (Buy from Amazon UK)
Over to you…
- What books will you be adding to your reading list?
- What books would you recommend for developing self-awareness?
Jump into the comments section and share what’s on your mind.