Do you want to be happy? “More cool?” Less stressed? Work better and at home? We don’t all. But, when you’re a father, it can be hard to do this. At least, it can. Crack open a book, but make sure it’s the right one. This will help you sketch out a plan for yourself. Now that we know: They can be preachy, dry, and not very helpful. These books aren’t for you. You can use these seven to be a little more productive and organized while also getting a new look at your life and your goals. Their questions and answers are not easy to understand or come up with quickly. But they have a lot of useful information that can help you be a little better at something. Look around.
Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrongby Eric Barker
Eric Barker doesn’t go around looking for any trees or shrubs to hide behind. His book breaks down the most common advice that people give to people who want to be successful and explains what works and what doesn’t in terms that are easy to understand for people. From a group of people who aren’t likely to work together (Buddha, Genghis Khan, and Spiderman are all here.) When Barker breaks down what he thinks are unhealthy and toxic ideas of success, he gives advice on how to achieve success that’s long-term and repeatable, as well. Readers will learn what they should and should not do for success from him. He kills a lot of idols and helps them figure out what they should and should not do for success.
Principles: Life and Work, Ray Dallio
His best-known job was to start a company called Bridgewater Associates in his apartment in the 1970s. In the United States, Bridgewater is one of the best private companies in the country, and this book gives a glimpse into how that happened. It’s a mix of case study, memoir, and ruthless self-criticism. If someone follows the rules in business, management, or investing, they’ll be set for success. Dallio’s main point is that there are rules for everything. It’s a business book written by a business bro, but it makes sense.
Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking, S.J. Scott
In many self-help books, mindfulness, the new way to try to be more calm in the middle of a crazy world, has been talked about. This book is no different. Declutter, on the other hand, is an exception because of how simple and straightforward it is about the subject. For people who want to get rid of their anxiety but don’t know where to start, this book has a lot of mindfulness exercises that will help them. It’s good if you want to think better about the world around you. This book is a good way to start.
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World, William H. McRaven
Admiral William H. McRaven knows a little bit about how to be a winner. His job was to lead a group of Navy Seals during the Persian Gulf War. He worked for Obama and led the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. After retiring, he was chancellor of the University of Texas. In the last few days, he’s been very busy. McRaven gave a speech at a University of Texas graduation ceremony that went viral. In this book of advice, he talks about small things like making your bed that can change your life over time. As long as you keep going, small habits can turn into big, long-term changes. A busy dad will love this.
Not Another F-ing Motivation Book: A Pragmatist’s Guide to Nailing Your Motivation, Keeping It, and Effortlessly Achieving Your Goals, Joanna Jast
As opposed to a lot of motivation and self-help books, this one doesn’t start with a pre-written plan for how to get people who want to do more and better to do so. It helps you figure out what actually works for you. In the book, it asks what you can do and tells you to do it instead of focusing on what ‘you think you should be doing.’
Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty… And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself, Dr. Aziz Gazipura
No is a strong word, and you say it to your child too often. There are a lot of people who you should tell, like your boss, friends or family. Helpful: This book reminds us that sometimes the best way to do better and more is to say “no.” No to bosses who ask you for too much or friends who take advantage of you, please. When you’re in a fight or have a hard time, you might not want to speak up. This book is a good reminder that speaking up will help you get where you need to go.
If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?,Raj Raghunathan
Many times, there’s a big difference between professional success and personal happiness. This book, written by Raj Raghunathan, a professor at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business, talks about that idea. It looks at how that works. Many of Raj’s best friends from his MBA program were also unhappy in their personal lives, even though they had a lot of money and power at work. People who are successful but not satisfied might read this book to get a new perspective and get help. It was written because of that. In this text, it explains that there is only a very small link between wealth and happiness, that generosity is a virtue, and that accepting that much of life is uncertain will help you stop looking for greener pastures and look at the green land below your feet instead. Something that all of us should know better.