Back To Work Top Tips From Our Favourite Self-Help Books

Boost your productivity and confidence in the office with this round up of top tips from some of our favourite self-help books, from Susan Jeffers infamous title, ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’ to Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’.

For many, the back to school period is a time of renewed energy and focus. But even with exciting new projects to get stuck into and the cosiness of the chillier evenings, it can also be a period of stress and anxiety after the relative calm of summer. The Vermilion Life Essentials are beautiful reissues of classic self-help titles, all of which have been dispensing sound advice and wisdom to millions of readers across the globe for decades. Below are some of our favourite tips for productivity, self-confidence, life maintenance and happiness from the five titles in the collection. Plus, our favourite home office pieces to boost motivation even further. 

1. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Five Truths about Fear:

  1. The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.
  2. The only way to get rid of fear of doing something is to go out… and do it.
  3. The only way to feel better about myself is to go out… and do it.
  4. Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, but so it everyone else.
  5. Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.

Feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers book cover

2. Grit by Angela Duckworth

Just how ridiculous is it to advise young people to go out and do what they love? Within the last decade or so, scientists who study interests have arrived at a definitive answer:

First, research shows that people are enormously more satisfied with their jobs when they do something that fits their personal interests. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis that aggregated data from almost a hundred different studies that collectively included working adults in just about every conceivable profession. For instance, people who enjoy thinking about abstract ideas are not happy managing the minutiae of logistically complicated projects; they’d rather be solving math problems. 

Second, people perform better at work when what they do interests them. This is the conclusion of another meta-analysis of sixty studies conducted over the past sixty years. Employees whose intrinsic personal interests fit with their occupations do their jobs better, are more helpful to their coworkers, and stay at their jobs longer. College students whose personal interests align with their major earn higher grades and are less likely to drop out.

Grit by Angela Duckworth book cover

3. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

How to develop the power of belief:

  1. Think success, don’t think failure. At work or in your home, substitute failure thinking for success thinking. When you face a difficult situation, think, “I’ll win,” not “I’ll probably lose.” When you compete with someone else, think, “I’m equal to the best,” not “I’m outclasses.” When opportunity appears, think “I can do it,” never “I can’t.”
  2. Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not supermen. Success does not require a superintellect. Never – yes, never – sell yourself short.
  3. Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier – certainly no more difficult – than small ideas and small plans.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz book cover

4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Imagine yourself successful:

Always picture yourself successful. Visualise the person you desire to become. Set aside time each day to be alone and undisturbed. Get comfortable and relax. Close your eyes and concentrate on your desires and goals. See yourself in this new environment, capable and self-confident.

Reflect on your past successes:

Every success, be it large or small, is proof that you are capable of achieving more successes. Celebrate each success. You can recall it when you begin to lose faith in yourself.

Set definite goals:

Have a clear direction of where you want to go. Be aware when you begin to deviate from these goals and take immediate corrective action.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

In a nutshell – 6 ways to make people like you:

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
  6. Make the other person feel important – do it sincerely.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie book cover

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