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12 Self Help Books That Actually Work

here’s nothing like starting the new season with a fresh and inspiring read — especially one that helps us uncover our strength and fills us with insight. 12 instructors shared the self-help books that are keeping them motivated this spring…

SAM SCAFFIDI
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

BAILEY KROUSE
My favorite self-help book is You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero!

MARK FORKOS
I'm not a big reader because reading typically makes me fall asleep — ha! BUT the last book I read that really resonated with me is called The 7 Habits For Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It is a very influential book that discusses tips for being successful in all areas of life.

ROARKE WALKER
My favorite self help book is Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. I love all of her lectures and books and research regarding the power of vulnerability!

JOEL INGRAM
I really loved 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin. It gives a really great perspective on seeking what's important in your life and how to avoid dwelling on what isn't. It also helps you utilize the power you already carry inside you.

LISA BOCCUZZI
The book Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed is one of my favorites. Strayed (the author of Wild) has a way of making everything she writes about seem profound, yet relatable.

DEVIN TOLLISON
The book for me is The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. It's really amazing to realize in order to get what you want out of life, you have to give — if you want love, you give love. If you want success, help others succeed. It's just that simple.

KIRSTEN KOPPE
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero! It's my absolute fave!


ALEX KANTER
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

SABINE GERDTS
One of my favorite books ever is If You Have To Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone. It's a book about entering the fashion world, but it resonated with me completely. I've loved Kelly Cutrone for such a long time, and this book helped me not only realize that she's an intelligent, powerful boss-chick, but that I can be an intelligent, powerful boss-chick too.

NICK TURK
My favorite self help book is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. A friend of mine in college read it religiously and I made fun of him because I thought, Why would you need a book for that, making friends is easy, right? Toward the end of my four years I was working on my directing thesis and I was struggling with how to get my crew to do what I wanted without micromanaging them. My professor suggested I read that same book so this time I took the advice and read it.

The book's main premise is how to find your most genuine self through continual self-evaluation and the practice of compassion. I say “the practice of compassion” because you actively have to work on putting yourself in others' shoes. Once one can imagine where others are coming from, they can then approach situations in a more neutral and positive light.

ALLISON SANTINI
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

MEGAN KELLY
I have a meditation series book for sobriety that my aunt gave me when I was going through a really hard time. There are corresponding meditations for every day of the year so each one is a little different. I keep the book on my nightstand so I can wake up with a little reminder to stay grateful and grounded.

BEA DEL ROSARIO
Rising Strong by Brené Brown!

ELEYNA GOMEZ
A favorite author of our family growing up was (and is) Tony Robbins. I remember my mom borrowing all his books from the library and listening to all his books-on-tape growing up. I recently re-read Awaken the Giant Within, and it has helped me with a lot of recent decision-making; it has inspired me to dream bigger and to take leaps towards those dreams. I recommend his podcasts too! His energy and voice are so dynamic, and he will forever be a go-to for me and my family!

JONAS DIAZ
My favorite is You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. It's everywhere right now and for a good reason, I read it before going into instructor training and it has really stuck with me!

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