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Over the past few years, I have taken a keen interest in self-improvement. Since hitting my thirties — and with the party days of my twenties over — my focus has been on being the best version of myself. Perhaps this is a sign of maturity — though I am unsure of this as I still have that playful child-like mentality most days.

As I entered my thirties my thought patterns changed. Instead of living in the moment as I did throughout my teens and twenties, I began to think about the future and the kind of life I would like for myself and for my young family.

With this shift in mindset, I was naturally attracted to self-improvement books and audiobooks. I wanted — and still want — to be the best possible version of myself that I can be.

Think of the movie Limitless starring Bradley Cooper. That’s what I wanted to be like. I saw that movie and wished that there really was a magic pill that could transform me into a superhuman. But, alas, there is no such supplement. And much like everything in life, the only way to become better is to put the work in and learn.

So, after getting over my disappointment of not being able to become “Limitless” I decided to try and improve my life in other ways. I sat down and went over the things I’d like to change in my life.

  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Productivity/Motivation

These were the three main things that I wanted to improve on. And I am sure that you are well aware that there is an abundance of content on each of these subjects.

I have listed below some of my favourites that I believe helped me most in my constant pursuit of self-improvement.

I have always been an active person. As far back as I can remember I have always been running around, playing outdoors as a child and always involved in some kind of sports.

Although fairly active there are times when my diet could be better. So in an attempt to improve on my health, I decided to learn more about nutrition.

While researching and learning more on nutrition I came across an interesting audiobook called: 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness By Alanna Collen

While I didn’t understand some of the content in this audiobook — there being some scientific terms and studies mentioned — it really opened my eyes and made me think about everything that we consume and how it affects us.

From listening to this audiobook I have become more aware of myself and my body. Anytime I have been not feeling 100% I am able to take what I have learned from this book and make changes to help me feel better.

Definitely worth a listen/read.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books on accumulating wealth. While I have never been bad when it comes to managing my finances I could be doing better — the same can be said for most of us I’m sure.

One of my favourite books — and the one I found easiest to put into action — was The Richest Man In Babylon By George S. Clason

This book made up of various different parables offers fantastic advice on how to manage your finances. The stories in the book are short, interesting and inspiring.

One feature that attracted me to this book — besides being a world bestseller and highly recommended — was that it is only around 144 pages, give or take a few pages. Other books of the same genre look more like encyclopedias which can be very off-putting for some people.

The Richest Man In Babylon is small — can fit neatly in your coat pocket — and offers up advice which is just as valuable, if not more. And doesn’t use all the financial jargon that most of us don’t understand.

I highly recommend picking up a copy.

Being a pretty laid back kind of guy I sometimes find it hard to get motivated. Whether it be work or home life I have been known to procrastinate once in a while — but always get the job done on time, even if I do put myself under a little pressure.

In an attempt to remedy this issue I took to the internet in the search of motivation and a mindset adjustment. And oh my, there is no shortage of material on the subject of getting sh*t done. Watching through the neverending YouTube clips and listening to numerous audiobooks there was one person that really grabbed my attention. Grant Cardone.

Although the majority of Grant Cardone's content is based around selling I still found it very motivating and inspiring — I guess that is because we are selling in everything that we do. Grant also covers self-motivation and mindset within his content as it all intertwines into becoming an unbelievable salesperson.

If you are in need of a motivation boost be sure to check out Grant Cardone.

These are just a few of my favourite books and audiobooks that have helped me on my journey to a better me. And while I am not even close to where I would like to be, I am closer than I have ever been. Every day is a new opportunity for learning and I am always on the lookout for new and inspiring people who produce inspirational and educational stuff.

Which books, audiobooks or content would you recommend to someone to help them become a better version of themselves?

Thank you for being a part of my writing journey. I appreciate you taking the time to read my article. I hope you enjoyed it.

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