“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
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- The Five Minute Journal by Intelligent Change
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
- The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
- The Road to Character by David Brooks
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
- The Shortness of Life by Seneca
- How to be Free by Epictetus
- Man’s Serch for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- How to Grow Old by Cicero
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
- The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle
- Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
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.