100 Self Growth Articles For Making Yourself Better

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The problem with the internet isn’t that there’s not enough information. The problem is to find it.

There are incredible writers today who have written (probably) everything there is to know about living well. It would be shame not to share some of their best work with you.

No need to read everything, pick topics that resonate the best with you. Bookmark this page and come back later.

I apologize for a lot of specific advice being focused towards men, because, well, I can’t really speak for women when it comes to many topics. Don’t worry though as there’s something for everyone.

1. Getting rid of the negative

When we are aware of our weaknesses or negative tendencies, we open the opportunity to work on them- Allan Lokos

Everything negative in us limits the amount of possibilities that exist in our lives. When we are in that state of mind, solid advice will feel like crap and everything feels impossible.This is why it should be ones primary aim to condition oneself out of these patterns.

Recommended book: The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

2. Education & Skills

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education- Mark Twain

Formal education is becoming horribly outdated (and in some ways it already is). World is changing fast and you either keep up with it or suffer the consequences.

If I’d have to give one single tip when it comes to educating yourself, it’s “read books”. Not just any kind of books, but books that are known to boost your ability to progress in the real world. The reason why reading those books is important is that otherwise you will spend your life in a bubble full of beliefs and concepts that can easily hinder your quality of life. In addition to that, here’s 5 other reasons why you should read books.

Recommended book: The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg

3. Body, Posture and Fitness

When speechless, let body do the talk- Toba Beta

Most of our communication happens through body language – it would be waste not to make the best of it. Start by watching this phenomenal talk by Amy Cuddy: Our body language shapes who we are.

Also, great body language is only half as effective when you don’t have a great body to use it on.

4. Happiness & Mind

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.- Marcus Aurelius

The biggest misconception of happiness is to confuse it with momentary feeling of euphoria. Living a life that you can call “happy” isn’t about feeling constantly awesome, but about having ways to achieve good states as often as possible.

There will always be fluctuation in emotional states. The difference is how much you spend time on the happy-side of “happy/sad scale”.

5. Motivation

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Even the most driven people will feel sometimes that they don’t have any motivation. Before I realized how to motivate myself, I thought that I had to wait for it to come. I wasted months just because I was missing the “first burst of motivation” that enabled me to work passionately on pretty much anything.

 Recommended book: 50th Law by Robert Greene & 50 Cent

6. Productivity

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.- Bruce Lee

Recommended book: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

7. Confidence

Self respect, self worth and self love, all start with self. Stop looking outside of yourself for your value.- Rob Liano

Confidence is a tricky topic. There isn’t a “trigger” for everyone that can make them confident – it’s a sum of your current state of being that is supported by 1. What you do (momentum) 2. How you think (state of mind) 3. What you’ve done (experience).

In other words, you get confidence indirectly by participating actively in your other parts of life (momentum + experience) and educating yourself constantly with material (state of mind + experience) that is made to make you more confident.

8. Self-Discipline & Habits

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.- John Dryden

Before I got into Self growth, I didn’t understand how important self-discipline and habits truly are. If you look at any successful and/or happy person closer, you will find deeply embedded habits as well as tremendous self-discipline underneath.

You get to choose your habits. You get to choose to be self-disciplined.

Recommended book: Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

9. Sleeping & Waking up early

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.- Mahatma Gandhi

The oldest trick in the book, which brings consistency to your life – especially if you have an irregular sleeping schedule.

10. Social

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.- Chuck Palahniuk

Learning to be more social made a big difference in my life as I managed to get more and more out of my head. I’ve still got lot to learn how to keep the conversation as fluid as possible, but I’m making progress every week. Here are several great resources for being more social and having great conversations.

Recommended book: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

11. Relationships & Dating

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed- C.G Jung

Relationships have been a struggle for me basically my whole life and I can imagine there are lots of other people who have been going through the same.

Getting to intimate relationships is the number 1 way to push through your comfort-zone and it’s complimented very well with general self-improvement.

That’s why I like to recommend Owen Cook to people as he’s about 80% of self-growth and 20% of seduction (yes, I pulled these figures out of my ass). So if your aim is to improve yourself as well as to become more attractive, check his videos out.

12. Simple living

It is desirable that a man live in all respects so simply and preparedly that if an enemy take the town… he can walk out the gate empty-handed and without anxiety.- Henry David Thoreau

I don’t dream of fancy cars or big houses – freedom is the thing that I appreciate the most. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t dream of those, but I suggest you to consider whether you’ll find happiness and joy through materialism.

13. Life in general

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.- Oscar Wilde

Great articles that don’t fit under other topics.

14. Life lessons

But one of the big lessons I have learned from my journey is you can’t please everyone, so don’t try.- Chris Colfer

There are lots of these as every single one of them contains a huge amount of value :)

Recommended book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

15. Wealth & Business

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs

Wealth and business don’t really belong to the scope of this blog, but everyone is interested in at least one of those, so why not include some articles about them? It’s noteworthy that some aspects of entrepreneurship are very closely related to self-growth.

Book lists

Video resources:

  • Elliott Hulse – Elliott is a weightlifter who has insight on every aspect on life. If you have some concern, it’s possible that Elliott has answered to it in his videos.
  • Owen Cook (RSDTyler) – Owen is a pickup guy who’s “transitioned” to self-improvement. He’s an excellent speaker, has great insight and is funny as hell. His focus does include picking up women, so be adviced if that isn’t your cup of tea.
  • 23 Best Ted Talks on Self development

Other resources

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Is there something this list is missing? Do you have something to contribute? Share in the comments.

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One Comment

  1. Hey Jules,

    Glad that you liked my article – ‘The Ultimate Guide To Body Language For Men’.

    I stand by most of the authors you posted here as well. Great articles. Keep up the great work!

    Rock on,

    Max

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