What exactly is the order of things? While there’s no concrete evidence on the ideal sequence you should follow to best achieve your end goal, there are tried-and-tested methods that can help you on your journey.
12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos
By Jordan B Peterson
This book contains only a dozen principles to follow, but don’t be fooled by how each is described (like Rule #12: Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street). Renowned psychologist Peterson uses them to examine broad themes and ideologies to better oneself. There are universally known rules but, for the greater good, it is important to look inwards first before you attempt to change others. Everyone is responsible for their own improvement to acquire the tools for stability.
The Daily Stoic
By Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
Stoicism suggests that wise men should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submissive to natural law. Does that mean we leave our lives entirely up to fate? Delve into the practicality and wisdom of Stoic philosophy and accept what’s outside your control. Instead, make choices and act based on what is appropriate. There are days when advice seems rehashed, but then, so is life. It reinforces that lessons need to be repeated until learnt. After all, the quest for knowledge is a never-ending journey.
The Other Side Of Happiness: Embracing a More Fearless Approach to Living
By Brock Bastian
Without gloom and misery, can one taste the sweet flavour of happiness? According to Bastian, hardships are a necessary ingredient for emotional well-being. By not holding back, one can experience the most thrilling moments of life. For example, the birth of a newborn is always joyous, but the mother has to suffer the strain of delivering the child. Thus, pain makes us mindful and allows awareness of the world around us.
Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind
Edited by Jocelyn K Glei
Aspiring innovators, take note. This compilation of pragmatic insights sees contributions by creatives like Cal Newport, Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin and Scott McDowell. By identifying and addressing habits that hinder our potential, Glei prompts us to subdue the clutter that results from communicative mediums. So, “don’t wait for inspiration; create a framework for it”.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Edited and with text by Mason Currey
Currey has painstakingly compiled the routines and obsessions of over 150 artistic legends such as Jane Austen, Andy Warhol, Matisse and Mark Twain, providing examples of how they confronted many challenges. Although it’s true that there isn’t the best technique to establish creativity, the researched anecdotes act as stimulants for motivation. Now, whose ritual should you reference today?
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