The best 100 Confidence books

Confidence is a crucial trait that can impact every aspect of our lives, from personal relationships to career advancement. Understanding how to cultivate confidence is key to navigating life's challenges effectively. That's why we've curated a comprehensive list of books focused on building and maintaining confidence.

Dive into our collection to discover practical tools, actionable insights, and inspiring stories that will empower you to boost your self-assurance and transform your mindset. Ready to take the first step towards a more confident you? Start exploring now!

The best 100 Confidence books
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Confidence Books: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell
The Story of Success
4.2 (1,130 ratings)
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What's Outliers about?

Outliers is an examination of individuals who achieve a level of success – in math, sports, law, or any pursuit, really – so extraordinary that it lies outside the realm of normal experience.

We often think these outliers possess some mysterious innate ability that helps them rise to the top of their fields, but other factors, like family, culture or even birthdates, can have a huge effect on success, too.

Who should read Outliers?

  • Anyone who wants to deepen his or her understanding of success and of how to achieve it
  • Teachers, coaches and others in training professions
  • Consulting professionals and others interested in policy reform

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Confidence Books: Mindset by Carol Dweck

Mindset

Carol Dweck
The New Psychology of Success
4.4 (2,619 ratings)
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What's Mindset about?

Mindset (2006) discusses the differences between people with a fixed mindset versus those with a growth mindset. Our mindset determines the way we deal with tough situations and setbacks as well as our willingness to deal with and improve ourselves. This book demonstrates how we can achieve our goals by changing our mindset.

Who should read Mindset?

  • Anyone who wants to find out about different mindsets and how they influence our behavior
  • People who want to learn how to realize their own potential to the fullest

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Confidence Books: Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson

Finding Your Element

Ken Robinson
How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life
4.3 (603 ratings)
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What's Finding Your Element about?

Finding Your Element (2013) offers engaging advice on ways you might discover your true passions and talents, and then reorient your life to incorporate more time for them. Written with a keen sense of wit, Finding Your Element offers entertaining and inspiring wisdoms that will help you not only to be more productive but also to improve your overall happiness and quality of life.

Who should read Finding Your Element?

  • Anyone who would like to focus on their passions more
  • Anyone who'd like advice on how to discover their passions
  • Anyone interested in improving the quality of their life in general

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Confidence Books: The Psychology of Winning by Denis Waitley

The Psychology of Winning

Denis Waitley
Ten Qualities of a Total Winner
4.4 (154 ratings)
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What's The Psychology of Winning about?

The Psychology of Winning (1985) reveals the secret to becoming a winner in life. The author argues that there are ten qualities that a person must possess if he wants to achieve this positive, confident lifestyle. Each of these qualities is explained with the help of tangible real-life examples and accompanied by techniques that can help anyone adopt them.

Who should read The Psychology of Winning?

  • Anyone who wants to be a winner in life
  • Anyone who has bad “loser” habits they’d like to get rid of
  • Anyone who wants to adopt a positive lifestyle

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Confidence Books: Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan

Why We Make Mistakes

Joseph T. Hallinan
How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average
4.3 (67 ratings)
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What's Why We Make Mistakes about?

Why We Make Mistakes is about the kinds of mistakes we commonly make, and the reasons behind them. With a broad focus encompassing neuroscience, psychology and economics, the book provides convincing explanations for our often fallible perception, our inability to recall simple data and the many biases that direct our decision making without us being aware.

Who should read Why We Make Mistakes?

  • Anyone eager to understand the mechanisms behind human error
  • Anyone who always wonders why they never find mistakes in their own work
  • Anyone who wants to know why they can’t seem to remember names, PINs or their own password

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Confidence Books: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly

Brené Brown
How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
4.5 (692 ratings)
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What's Daring Greatly about?

Daring Greatly explores how embracing one’s vulnerability and imperfection is necessary for achieving real engagement and social connection. Through explaining our deep-seated reasons for shame, and showing how to embrace our vulnerability, the author aims to provide guidance for a better private and professional life, and to initiate a fundamental transformation in our shame-based society which, according to the author, needs to adapt a new culture of vulnerability.

Who should read Daring Greatly?

  • Anyone who wants to start living courageously instead of hiding from challenges
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to build meaningful relationships with others, and with him or herself
  • Anyone who wants to raise their children so they’ll grow up to feel their own inherent worthiness

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Confidence Books: The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

The Confidence Code

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
The Science and Art of Self-Assurance: What Women Should Know
4.0 (185 ratings)
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What's The Confidence Code about?

The Confidence Code explains how, in comparison with men, women lack confidence. It also explores the impact such lack of confidence has on women in various spheres of life, especially the business world, and offers advice on how women can increase their confidence.

Who should read The Confidence Code?

  • Women who want to increase their confidence
  • Parents of young girls who want to nurture confidence in them
  • Women who want to go far in business

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Confidence Books: Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

Talk Like TED

Carmine Gallo
The Nine Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
4.6 (461 ratings)
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What's Talk Like TED about?

In Talk like TED (2014), you’ll learn about presentation strategies used by the world’s most influential public speakers. Author Carmine Gallo analyzed more than 500 TED talks to identify common features that make these talks so influential and appealing.

Who should read Talk Like TED?

  • Anyone interested in founding a start-up
  • Anyone interested in giving effective, memorable presentations
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to sell themselves better

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Confidence Books: The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Nathaniel Branden
The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field
4.3 (489 ratings)
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What's The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem about?

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem shows us that building confidence in ourselves is just a matter of taking a few simple steps. Healthy self-esteem is something we can achieve not just as individuals, but in our relationships and communities too.

Who should read The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem?

  • Anyone interested in taking concrete steps to boost their own self-esteem
  • Anyone who’d like to learn how to build a culture that supports self-esteem

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Confidence Books: The Discomfort Zone by Marcia Reynolds

The Discomfort Zone

Marcia Reynolds
How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs
3.8 (174 ratings)
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What's The Discomfort Zone about?

The Discomfort Zone outlines a method for dealing with the tough, unpleasant conversations that all of us encounter from time to time. The key to successfully navigating them is truly listening to what other person has to say.

Who should read The Discomfort Zone?

  • Anyone who holds a leadership role
  • Anyone interested in improving their communication skills
  • Anyone who wants to become a better listener

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Confidence Books: The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel

The Marshmallow Test

Walter Mischel
Mastering Self-Control
4.5 (86 ratings)
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What's The Marshmallow Test about?

The Marshmallow Test explains why being able to delay gratification and exercise our self-control is essential for living a successful life. Using insights gained from several psychological studies, it explains how exactly our self-control skills function, and what we can do to improve them.

Who should read The Marshmallow Test?

  • Anyone who wants to improve his or her self-control
  • Anyone interested in psychology
  • Anyone hoping to help children develop good self-control skills, especially parents

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Confidence Books: StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Tom Rath
3.9 (151 ratings)
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What's StrengthsFinder 2.0 about?

In StrengthsFinder 2.0 (2007) you’ll learn how to identify your skills and develop them to your advantage. Tom Rath presents a powerful framework to both cultivate your potential and match your strengths to your profession.

Who should read StrengthsFinder 2.0?

  • People unsure of which field to work in
  • Anyone who wants to better understand their co-workers
  • Employers who want to better harness their employees’ potential

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Confidence Books: Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Rising Strong

Brené Brown
4.4 (472 ratings)
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What's Rising Strong about?

Rising Strong (2015) is your guide to picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after a failure – and to becoming stronger, braver and kinder because of it. Whether you dream of being an entrepreneur or maintaining a loving relationship, these blinks supply you with the three vital steps to dealing with any struggle.

Who should read Rising Strong?

  • Entrepreneurs struggling with a fear of failure
  • Team leaders looking for new ways to improve communication
  • Individuals seeking guidance in dealing with disappointment, resentment and guilt

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Confidence Books: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Marcus Buckingham
How To Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage
4.1 (120 ratings)
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What's Now, Discover Your Strengths about?

Now, Discover Your Strengths (2004) provides insight into what strengths are, where they come from and why we should focus on them. These blinks outline tips and techniques for detecting natural talents and using them to put yourself or your employees on the path to excellence.

Who should read Now, Discover Your Strengths?

  • Anyone looking for ways to discover their hidden talents
  • Anyone who wants to push their boundaries to become more successful
  • Managers interested in capitalizing on their employees’ strengths

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Confidence Books: How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead

How the World Sees You

Sally Hogshead
Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination
3.8 (201 ratings)
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What's How the World Sees You about?

How the World Sees You (2014) offers a window into yourself, helping you discover what fascinates you and how you can be fascinating to other people. Find out how to use your unique personality to improve your performance and your chances of success, and learn how to read those around you so you can put together the perfect collaborative team.

Who should read How the World Sees You?

  • Business leaders who want to learn about team building
  • Employees stuck at a dead-end job
  • Professionals striving to better understand their personal skill set

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Confidence Books: I’m Ok, You’re Ok by Thomas A. Harris

I’m Ok, You’re Ok

Thomas A. Harris
4.3 (156 ratings)
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What's I’m Ok, You’re Ok about?

I’m Ok, You’re Ok (1969) is a valuable guide to understanding how our past experiences and memories affect our life in the present. Even our earliest childhood years can keep us from leading the life we desire – so find out how you can take control of your emotions and break free from the past in order to have a healthy and happy future.

Who should read I’m Ok, You’re Ok?

  • Decision makers who have trouble actually making decisions
  • Emotional and anxious people hunting for the source of their worries
  • Psychologists and people who work in the helping professions

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Confidence Books: I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brené Brown

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)

Brené Brown
Making the Journey From “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”
4.4 (595 ratings)
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What's I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) about?

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) (2008) is a guide to the visceral and thoroughly human emotion of shame. These blinks explain this complex feeling, discuss how it arises and describe ways in which empathy and connecting with one another can help humans heal.

Who should read I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)?

  • People who feel shame and want to know how to deal with it
  • People who get angry for no reason and end up blaming others
  • People who want to develop their empathy skills

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Confidence Books: Finish by Jon Acuff

Finish

Jon Acuff
Give Yourself the Gift of Done
4.4 (252 ratings)
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What's Finish about?

Finish (2017) is a guidebook for anyone who loves starting new projects but always struggles to complete them. You’ll discover how the real enemy to getting things done isn’t laziness, but rather the voice of the disgruntled perfectionist we all have inside us. This valuable advice can help you reduce needless, self-imposed pressure, giving you the opportunity to finish what you’ve started and be more productive.

Who should read Finish?

  • Creative types struggling to finish projects
  • Anyone who wants to build their self-esteem
  • Ambitious people looking for new avenues of self-improvement

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Confidence Books: 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules For Life

Jordan B. Peterson
An Antidote to Chaos
4.3 (3,733 ratings)
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What's 12 Rules For Life about?

12 Rules For Life (2018) provides readers with an inventory of life’s most pressing concerns and the issues that have been present in the human psyche since ancient times. Author Jordan B. Peterson has collected some of the most enduring philosophical and religious assertions, as well as the lessons from our most cherished tales, to provide us with 12 guidelines to ensure a life of meaning. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, history and myth, these are clear and consistent principles that everyone can live by.

Who should read 12 Rules For Life?

  • Students of psychology
  • Readers seeking meaning in their lives
  • People interested in the lessons of mythology

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Confidence Books: Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Psycho-Cybernetics

Maxwell Maltz
A New Technique for Using Your Subconscious Power
4.4 (329 ratings)
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What's Psycho-Cybernetics about?

Psycho-Cybernetics (1960) is about human self-image, how it’s crafted and how it can drastically affect your happiness and success. These blinks describe how to use machine principles to feed your mind the right data and steer yourself toward a fulfilling life.

Who should read Psycho-Cybernetics?

  • Psychologists, neurologists and philosophers
  • People interested in the inner workings of the mind
  • Anyone in need of a boost

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Confidence Books: Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron

Chasing Excellence

Ben Bergeron
A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes
4.3 (69 ratings)
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What's Chasing Excellence about?

Chasing Excellence (2017) provides a revealing look at the mental toughness that is required of athletes who hope to be among the world’s best. Ben Bergeron takes readers behind the scenes to see what it takes to train for world-class competitions, and just how important mental fitness is to an athlete’s overall strength.

Who should read Chasing Excellence?

  • Anyone who aspires to excellence
  • Athletes who want to strengthen their mental muscle
  • Trainers and coaches

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Confidence Books: Insight by Tasha Eurich

Insight

Tasha Eurich
Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life
4.3 (208 ratings)
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What's Insight about?

Insight (2017) takes you on a journey from self-blindness to self-awareness – a highly valuable, but surprisingly absent skill. Author Tasha Eurich explains what self-awareness is and why it’s a crucial quality to have. She identifies various obstacles to becoming self-aware and provides strategies to overcome them.

Who should read Insight?

  • Individuals who’d like to gain more self-awareness
  • Anyone coping with peers who lack self-awareness
  • Leaders who want to build a self-aware and successful team

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Confidence Books: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff
The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
4.6 (610 ratings)
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What's Self-Compassion about?

Self-Compassion (2011) is an urgent call for us to be more kind to ourselves. Based on empirical psychological research, it looks at the causes and effects of the vicious self-criticism and feelings of inadequacy that plague many of our minds. It then shows us a healthier, more compassionate way to relate to ourselves.

Who should read Self-Compassion?

  • Self-critics
  • Self-doubters
  • Self-improvers

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Confidence Books: You Do You by Sarah Knight

You Do You

Sarah Knight
How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want
4.0 (305 ratings)
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What's You Do You about?

You Do You (2017) is part broadside against the enforcers of silly norms and part invitation to rethink our relationships with ourselves. Packed with no-nonsense truth-telling, these blinks suggest that whatever you’ve been told to the contrary, there’s nothing wrong with being you – warts and all. In fact, Sarah Knight argues, embracing your true self is the surest path to getting what you want out of life. 

Who should read You Do You?

  • Individualists and contrarians 
  • Conformists tired of living by the rules
  • Freedom fighters in search of happiness

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Confidence Books: The Storytelling Edge by Shane Snow and Joe Lazauskas

The Storytelling Edge

Shane Snow and Joe Lazauskas
How to Transform Your Business, Stop Screaming into the Void, and Make People Love You
4.3 (378 ratings)
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What's The Storytelling Edge about?

The Storytelling Edge (2018) is a study of communication by two content strategists who’ve taken an old Native American proverb to heart – “those who tell the stories run the world.” As Shane Snow and Joe Lazauskas assert, it doesn’t much matter if you’re an individual, a business, or a government: if you want to thrive in today’s world, you need to be able to tell your story as convincingly and fluently as possible.

Who should read The Storytelling Edge?

  • Marketing and advertising pros   
  • Brand managers and copywriters
  • Entrepreneurs looking for new ideas

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Confidence Books: The Art of Living Alone and Loving It by Jane Mathews

The Art of Living Alone and Loving It

Jane Mathews
Your inspirational toolkit for a whole and happy life
4.1 (277 ratings)
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What's The Art of Living Alone and Loving It about?

The Art of Living Alone and Loving It (2018) is a guide explaining how to embrace a life on your own through positive thinking and a proactive mindset. By confronting your situation head-on, you can turn living alone into an enriching and joyous experience.

Who should read The Art of Living Alone and Loving It?

  • Women who are thinking about living alone
  • Single women looking to make the most out of life
  • Recent divorcees or widows

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Confidence Books: Acting with Power by Deborah Gruenfeld

Acting with Power

Deborah Gruenfeld
Why We Are More Powerful Than We Believe
4.1 (164 ratings)
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What's Acting with Power about?

Acting with Power (2020) takes the mystery out of power by breaking down what it actually is and how to use it effectively wherever we find ourselves. Borrowing techniques from the field of acting, these blinks also detail how to cope when we feel nervous or unprepared for powerful roles, or when we desire more power than we’ve been given.

Who should read Acting with Power?

  • Anyone who wants to wield power more effectively
  • People who are curious about power dynamics
  • Students of social psychology

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Confidence Books: Perfectly Confident by Don A. Moore

Perfectly Confident

Don A. Moore
How to Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely
4.1 (864 ratings)
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What's Perfectly Confident about?

Perfectly Confident (2020) is an in-depth exploration of what confidence is and how we can leverage it effectively. Having too much confidence can be just as bad as having too little. But how do you strike the right balance and become perfectly confident? Drawing on psychology, economics, and his own research into business leadership, author Don A. Moore offers some insightful answers.

Who should read Perfectly Confident?

  • Leaders lacking confidence
  • People who want to get better at making decisions
  • Anyone who’s heard “fake it till you make it”

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Confidence Books: Sizing People Up by Robin Dreeke and Cameron Stauth

Sizing People Up

Robin Dreeke and Cameron Stauth
A Veteran FBI Agent’s User Manual for Behavior Prediction
4.4 (319 ratings)
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What's Sizing People Up about?

Sizing People Up (2020) explores the subtle behavioral clues that reveal someone’s true character and intentions. From divining people’s mindset to analyzing their language to understanding common behavioral patterns, these blinks reveal who you can trust – and who you definitely can’t. 

Who should read Sizing People Up?

  • Recruiters looking to up their game
  • Psychology buffs seeking fresh insights
  • Sales people wanting to develop their skills

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Confidence Books: Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

Good Vibes, Good Life

Vex King
How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness
4.3 (402 ratings)
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What's Good Vibes, Good Life about?

Good Vibes, Good Life (2020) explores the power of positive thinking. By outlining simple techniques for changing your mindset, it reveals how every one of us can take control of our happiness – and our future.

Who should read Good Vibes, Good Life?

  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed by 2020
  • Wallflowers looking for a confidence boost
  • Budding entrepreneurs searching for inspiration

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Confidence Books: The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill

The Law of Success

Napoleon Hill
The 15 Most Powerful Principles for Wealth, Health, and Happiness
4.6 (908 ratings)
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What's The Law of Success about?

The Law of Success (1928) covers 15 valuable lessons that you can use to get motivated about turning your plans and dreams into reality. You can put these practical lessons into practice today. They’re designed to help you turn words into action, gain self-confidence, and thrive in any environment.

Who should read The Law of Success?

  • Inspiration seekers
  • Salespeople looking for tips on success
  • People interested in how to gain self-confidence

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Confidence Books: Soundtracks by Jon Acuff

Soundtracks

Jon Acuff
The Surprising Solution to Overthinking
4.3 (390 ratings)
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What's Soundtracks about?

Soundtracks (2021) is a simple guide to ending self-doubt, hesitation, and overthinking. Instead of being at the mercy of your fickle and often unhelpful thoughts, you’ll discover patterns of thinking that can strengthen you, make you happier, and bring you closer to achieving your goals.

Who should read Soundtracks?

  • Lifelong overthinkers who finally want to start taking action
  • Negative Nancies who need to inject some optimism into their lives
  • Anyone who lets self-doubt interfere with work, life goals, or relationships

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Confidence Books: The Power of a Positive No by William Ury

The Power of a Positive No

William Ury
How to Say No and Still Get to Yes
4.4 (209 ratings)
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What's The Power of a Positive No about?

In The Power of a Positive No (2007), William Ury dives deep into the power of no. Since no is easily one of the strongest words in any language, people tend to misuse it or are afraid of using it for fear of upsetting someone. The Power of a Positive No tells you exactly how to stand up for yourself and deliver a firm refusal while resisting aggression and maintaining key relationships.

Who should read The Power of a Positive No?

  • Chronic people-pleasers and polite folks who struggle to assert themselves
  • Young professionals learning how to navigate workplace disputes
  • Anyone feeling powerless when it comes to establishing firm boundaries

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Confidence Books: Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Set Boundaries, Find Peace

Nedra Glover Tawwab
A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself
4.6 (686 ratings)
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What's Set Boundaries, Find Peace about?

Set Boundaries, Find Peace (2021) lays out everything you need to know about boundaries: what they are, why you need them, and how to implement them in your life right now. By breaking down the ins and outs of setting healthy boundaries, these blinks will leave you feeling confident and empowered to finally tackle those thorny conversations that you’ve been avoiding for so long.

Who should read Set Boundaries, Find Peace?

  • People-pleasers who don’t know how to say no
  • Couples that have trouble communicating
  • Anyone who finds setting boundaries especially difficult

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Confidence Books: What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? by Michal Oshman

What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

Michal Oshman
Discover a Life Filled with Purpose and Joy Through the Secrets of Jewish Wisdom
4.3 (221 ratings)
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What's What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? about?

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? (2021) tells the story of how the author learned to cope with her feelings of anxiety and depression by getting in touch with her Jewish roots. The author shares what she’s learned and shows how anyone can benefit from the insights of Jewish wisdom. 

Who should read What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid??

  • Anyone coping with depression and anxiety
  • Parents looking for guidance
  • People who want to be better leaders

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Confidence Books: Fear Less by Pippa Grange

Fear Less

Pippa Grange
Face Not-Good-Enough to Replace Your Doubts, Achieve Your Goals, and Unlock Your Success
4.3 (379 ratings)
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What's Fear Less about?

Fear Less (2021) highlights the countless ways that fear infiltrates our lives, negatively impacting our work, relationships, and personal satisfaction. We may not even realize that we’re afraid, but identifying our underlying anxieties and insecurities is the first step to leading a more fulfilling, fearless life.

Who should read Fear Less?

  • Perfectionists who feel they’re never quite good enough
  • Private people who struggle with honesty and intimacy
  • Nervous fliers, anxious parents, commitment-phobes, and anyone else who’s afraid

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Confidence Books: The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman

The Alter Ego Effect

Todd Herman
The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life
4.5 (165 ratings)
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What's The Alter Ego Effect about?

The Alter Ego Effect (2019) is a guide to achieving your goals through the use of alter egos. Featuring numerous examples of successful people who have created alter egos, it offers clear, practical strategies for success in every area of life.

Who should read The Alter Ego Effect?

  • Frustrated creatives seeking to improve their performance
  • People who are curious about identity and the concept of alter egos
  • Clark Kents ready for their phone booth transformation

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Confidence Books: Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

Turning Pro

Steven Pressfield
Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work
4.5 (233 ratings)
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What's Turning Pro about?

Turning Pro (2012) sheds a light on why so many aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs fail to make their dreams a reality. It also explains how, by making a conscious decision to pursue your goals and reconfiguring your life, you can finally gain traction and embrace your true calling.

Who should read Turning Pro?

  • Aspiring artists with big dreams
  • Frustrated writers who struggle with productivity
  • Closet creatives who wish they had more courage

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Confidence Books: Return on Ambition by Nicolai Chen Nielsen and Nicolai Tillisch

Return on Ambition

Nicolai Chen Nielsen and Nicolai Tillisch
A Radical Approach to Your Achievement, Growth, and Well-Being
4.4 (308 ratings)
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What's Return on Ambition about?

Return on Ambition (2021) is a sensible and pragmatic guide for attaining success and achieving your goals. Based on the habits and strategies employed by high-performing and notable people, it gives insights that you can immediately apply to your own life.

Who should read Return on Ambition?

  • Ambitious types looking to get an edge
  • Plateaued professionals looking to break through to the next level
  • Anyone looking to optimize their workflow

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Confidence Books: Own Your Greatness by Lisa Orbé-Austin & Richard Orbé-Austin

Own Your Greatness

Lisa Orbé-Austin & Richard Orbé-Austin
Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt, and Succeed in Life
4.6 (583 ratings)
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What's Own Your Greatness about?

Own Your Greatness (2020) is a guided workbook for people who constantly feel like imposters. Drawing on Drs. Lisa and Richard Orbé-Austin’s expertise, it helps you identify and overcome the tiggers, habits and thoughts that activate your imposter syndrome, so you can beat self-doubt and succeed in life.

Who should read Own Your Greatness?

  • People with a penchant for self-doubt
  • Counselors searching for new strategies
  • Imposter syndrome sufferers ready to take action

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Confidence Books: Parenting by Andy & Sandra Stanley

Parenting

Andy & Sandra Stanley
Getting It Right
4.6 (94 ratings)
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What's Parenting about?

Parenting (2023) presents essential parenting principles in a format that is easy to follow and implement. By drawing on practical knowledge and experience, the authors illustrate the goals and steps required to raise a happy and healthy kid – whether you’re dealing with the sleepless frustration of a newborn or the emotional rollercoaster of a moody teenager.

Who should read Parenting?

  • Overwhelmed new parents who want a bit of direction in their chaotic lives
  • Frustrated moms and dads looking for a fresh perspective on classic problems
  • Expecting couples who want to have a solid foundation from the very start

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Confidence Books: The Book of Boundaries by Melissa Urban

The Book of Boundaries

Melissa Urban
Set the Limits That Will Set You Free
4.2 (361 ratings)
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What's The Book of Boundaries about?

The Book of Boundaries (2022) is a pragmatic and empowering guide to setting healthy relationship limits. It provides over 130 scripts to ensure you always have the right words to set boundaries and create healthier, happier relationships.

Who should read The Book of Boundaries?

  • Anxious parents
  • Time, energy, and space-conscious workers
  • Anyone who can’t say no

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Confidence Books: Existential Kink by Carolyn Elliott

Existential Kink

Carolyn Elliott
Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power
4.2 (58 ratings)
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What's Existential Kink about?

Existential Kink (2020) invites you to transform your life by embracing your deepest desires and hidden shadows. Through a radical and intriguing journey, you'll discover the power of turning your “wrongness” into personal growth and self-acceptance. With the help of seven axioms and practical exercises, prepare to unleash your true potential and create positive change.

Who should read Existential Kink?

  • Spiritual explorers seeking personal growth
  • Fans of unconventional self-help methods
  • Individuals curious about shadow work

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Confidence Books: The Tools by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels

The Tools

Phil Stutz & Barry Michels
5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower--and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion
4.4 (471 ratings)
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What's The Tools about?

The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower—and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion (2012) outlines five mental exercises to immediately tackle common challenges that may be holding you back in life. The coauthors are therapists and include patient cases and sketches to elaborate on how to use each tool. 

Who should read The Tools?

  • People seeking immediately actionable methods for life improvement
  • Those frustrated with traditional therapy
  • Anyone looking to interact more positively with other people

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Confidence Books: Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Stephanie M. Kriesberg

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

Stephanie M. Kriesberg
Quiet the Critical Voice in Your Head, Heal Self-Doubt, and Live the Life You Deserve
4.5 (97 ratings)
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What's Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers about?

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers (2022) explores the ramifications of having a narcissistic parent, and what you as an adult can do to release yourself from your mother’s toxic hold. Its toolkit will help you manage the difficult feelings that come with being raised by a narcissist – like self-doubt, shame, and anxiety – so that you can start living on your own terms. 

Who should read Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers?

  • Adults with controlling, manipulative, or domineering mothers
  • Those who have struggled with anxiety and insecurity since they were young
  • Anyone who has felt fundamentally flawed since they were a child

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Confidence Books: Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Julie Smith

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Julie Smith
4.2 (1,083 ratings)
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What's Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? about?

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? (2022) is an empathetic and practical guide to improving and maintaining mental well-being. It offers bite-sized, actionable advice and coping strategies for anxiety, depression, unexpected setbacks, a lack of self-confidence, and more.

Who should read Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before??

  • People seeking relief from anxiety and depression
  • Those looking to support a loved one going through a hard time
  • Self-help fans eager for science-based perspectives

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Confidence Books: Flipnosis by Kevin Dutton

Flipnosis

Kevin Dutton
The Art of Split-Second Persuasion
4.3 (133 ratings)
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What's Flipnosis about?

Flipnosis (2010) looks at the role of persuasion in our lives, and the social and biological underpinnings that allow some people to quickly and successfully encourage and convince those around them. By examining the science and looking at real-world master persuaders – from magicians and advertisers to criminals and psychopaths – you too can tap into the art of persuasion.

Who should read Flipnosis?

  • Would-be social engineers, looking for a few tricks to improve their influence
  • Free-thinkers who want to make sure that their choices are, in fact, their own
  • Anyone who has been sold something they didn’t want, and were left wondering: What just happened?

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Confidence Books: Can We Talk? by Roberta Chinsky Matuson

Can We Talk?

Roberta Chinsky Matuson
Seven Principles for Managing Difficult Conversations at Work
4.5 (517 ratings)
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What's Can We Talk? about?

Can We Talk? (2021) outlines the seven communication principles essential for successfully navigating difficult conversations in the workplace, be it asking for a promotion, delivering negative feedback, or resolving a professional conflict.

Who should read Can We Talk??

  • People who struggle to assert themselves at work
  • Employees who avoid having difficult conversations with their managers
  • Managers who wish they could communicate better with their teams

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Confidence Books: 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think

Brianna Wiest
4.4 (725 ratings)
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What's 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think about?

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think (2016) is an antidote to anxiety, but not in the way you think. Instead of mounting roadblocks against your darkest feelings, it encourages you to use them as agents of personal growth. Managing your thoughts will lead you toward the daily habits that will bring you fulfillment.

Who should read 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think?

  • People in their twenties trying to find purpose and meaning, and manage their anxiety
  • Thirtysomethings who want to understand how their past has shaped their present and how they can still salvage the future
  • Those who want to find joy and fulfillment in being themselves

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Confidence Books: DIRTY LAUNDRY by Richard Pink & Roxanne Emery

DIRTY LAUNDRY

Richard Pink & Roxanne Emery
Why adults with ADHD are so ashamed and what we can do to help
4.4 (144 ratings)
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What's DIRTY LAUNDRY about?

Dirty Laundry (2023) is an honest and humorous glimpse into the daily chaos that is life with ADHD. Whether you’re diagnosed, undiagnosed, or just trying to better understand a loved one, these real-life stories and practical advice can help you learn from and live with the struggles of this chronic disorder.

Who should read DIRTY LAUNDRY?

  • Those living with ADHD who want their struggle to be seen.
  • Members of neurodivergent households looking for ways to best help the people they care about.
  • Anyone who needs to take the shame, judgment, or frustration out of living with ADHD.

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Confidence Books: The Imposter Cure by Dr. Jessamy Hibberd

The Imposter Cure

Dr. Jessamy Hibberd
Escape the mind-trap of imposter syndrome
4.5 (533 ratings)
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What's The Imposter Cure about?

The Imposter Cure (2019) provides strategies for increasing confidence, overcoming fears and doubts, and learning to see oneself through the eyes of others.

Who should read The Imposter Cure?

  • Anybody who feels like a fraud
  • Grown-ups who don’t feel grown up
  • Self-sabotagers

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Confidence Books: Be the Love by Sarah Prout

Be the Love

Sarah Prout
Seven Ways to Unlock Your Heart and Manifest Happiness
4.5 (345 ratings)
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What's Be the Love about?

Be the Love (2022) offers valuable insights on how to overcome the hardships of everyday life. It provides helpful tools and a mindset to thrive and become more resilient in the face of daily challenges. 

Who should read Be the Love?

  • Overwhelmed people seeking guidance
  • Anyone looking for a new practical philosophy
  • Fans of inspirational stories

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Confidence Books: Never Finished by David Goggins

Never Finished

David Goggins
Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within
4.5 (1,168 ratings)
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What's Never Finished about?

Never Finished (2022) is your guide to transforming into the person you never imagined you could be. It shares stories of setbacks and lessons learned that you can use to power through life's unending challenges.

Who should read Never Finished?

  • Injured athletes looking for motivation
  • Midlifers seeking a challenge
  • Anyone seeking to maximize their potential

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Confidence Books: The Rational Male by Rollo Tomassi

The Rational Male

Rollo Tomassi
3.1 (168 ratings)
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What's The Rational Male about?

The Rational Male (2013) implores men to adopt a pragmatic view of intersexual relationships founded on evolutionary and behavioral concepts. Waking up to the evidence, it argues, will set men on a course to prioritizing their needs over the survival instincts of women who currently (covertly) rule the roost.

Who should read The Rational Male?

  • Members of the Manospehere and Red Pill movement
  • Anyone trying to understand the key concepts of the Manosphere 
  • People looking to understand today’s gender conflicts

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Confidence Books: The Power of One More by Ed Mylett

The Power of One More

Ed Mylett
The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success
4.0 (189 ratings)
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What's The Power of One More about?

The Power of One More (2022) follows the idea that doing “one more” in any situation can bring you greatness and open up more opportunities.

Who should read The Power of One More?

  • High achievers
  • Self-improvement seekers
  • Anyone willing to welcome a lifestyle change

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Confidence Books: Presentation Advantage by Kory Kogon, Breck England and Julie Schmidt

Presentation Advantage

Kory Kogon, Breck England and Julie Schmidt
How to Inform and Persuade Any Audience
4.6 (333 ratings)
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What's Presentation Advantage about?

The Presentation Advantage (2015) gives you the strategies you need to connect with your audience and get the results you want. Presentation happens everywhere from the boardroom to a first date. How you present yourself has everything to do with how much success you’ll achieve.

Who should read Presentation Advantage?

  • Anyone hoping to advance their career
  • People nervous about public speaking
  • Marketers, managers, and entrepreneurs

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Confidence Books: 8 Secrets to Powerful Manifesting by Mandy Morris

8 Secrets to Powerful Manifesting

Mandy Morris
How to Create the Reality of Your Dreams
4.4 (434 ratings)
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What's 8 Secrets to Powerful Manifesting about?

8 Secrets to Powerful Manifesting (2022) offers an eight-step approach to increasing your self-awareness, raising your energetic vibration, and bringing about your heart’s truest desires. 

Who should read 8 Secrets to Powerful Manifesting?

  • Anyone who wants to live more abundantly
  • People frustrated about unfulfilled dreams
  • Manifestors who aren’t seeing results as quickly as they’d like

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Confidence Books: No More Mr. Nice Guy! by Robert A. Glover

No More Mr. Nice Guy!

Robert A. Glover
A Proven Plan for Getting what You Want in Love, Sex, and Life
4.2 (410 ratings)
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What's No More Mr. Nice Guy! about?

No More Mr. Nice Guy (2000) is the Nice Guy’s guide to recovery. Learn how to stop seeking the approval of others, live your life the way you want to, and ultimately get the love, life, and sex that you crave but that your Nice Guy Syndrome actually stops you from achieving.

Who should read No More Mr. Nice Guy!?

  • Men who want to take control of their lives
  • Men who want to find love – and with it, good sex
  • Women who want to help their Nice Guy become the man they really want

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Confidence Books: How We Heal by Alexandra Elle

How We Heal

Alexandra Elle
Uncover Your Power and Set Yourself Free
4.4 (344 ratings)
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What's How We Heal about?

How We Heal (2022) provides a detailed look at the complex and life-changing process of self-healing. Techniques are separated into a 4-step framework which provides encouragement, practical strategies, and journaling exercises to help you rediscover your inner power and cultivate a sense of inner peace.

Who should read How We Heal?

  • Fans of self-help books
  • Anyone who wants to learn about self-healing
  • People interested in mental health and wellness

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Confidence Books: Stop Self-Sabotage by Dr. Judy Ho, PhD

Stop Self-Sabotage

Dr. Judy Ho, PhD
Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way
4.0 (406 ratings)
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What's Stop Self-Sabotage about?

Stop Self-Sabotage (2019) outlines a six-step guide to identifying and overcoming behaviors that counteract people’s ability to reach goals of all kinds. The clinically proven process includes exercises, practical advice, and real-life examples of how people have used the method to change their lives.

Who should read Stop Self-Sabotage?

  • Procrastinators
  • Anyone who struggles with motivation or willpower to achieve their goals
  • People looking to make positive changes quickly and efficiently

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Confidence Books: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

The Creative Act

Rick Rubin
A Way of Being
4.6 (432 ratings)
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What's The Creative Act about?

The Creative Act (2023) is a meditative manifesto about what it really means to be an artist. It contends that artists don’t have a monopoly on creativity – everyone is inherently creative. To access that creativity you just need to commit to a creative practice. By cultivating an awareness of the world around you and allowing yourself to make lots of mistakes, you’ll be able to revel in the creative process, instead of fearing it.

Who should read The Creative Act?

  • Music lovers looking for inspiration from a world-famous producer
  • Blocked creatives who want to get over their fears and start making cool stuff
  • Spiritual seekers who want to learn how to delight in the world around them

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Confidence Books: Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop

Unfu*k Yourself

Gary John Bishop
Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
4.6 (1,406 ratings)
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What's Unfu*k Yourself about?

Unfu*k Yourself (2017) lays out an unpleasant truth: there’s only one thing that’s getting in the way of your best life, and that’s you. It provides a set of no-nonsense strategies designed to help you get out of your head, get out of your way, and begin living life on your own terms.

Who should read Unfu*k Yourself?

  • Self-saboteurs who can’t turn off their persistently negative inner monologue
  • Those trying to get out of their own way and go after their dreams
  • Anyone who’d like their life to be a little less, well, fu*ked

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Confidence Books: Awaken Your Genius by Ozan Varol

Awaken Your Genius

Ozan Varol
Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity, and Become Extraordinary
4.5 (496 ratings)
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What's Awaken Your Genius about?

Awaken Your Genius (2023) is a straightforward yet philosophical guide to releasing the aspects of yourself that don’t suit your growth. Through a five-step process, it shows readers how they can find their way back to their unique and authentic genius selves.

Who should read Awaken Your Genius?

  • Anyone who feels stuck in a rut
  • People contemplating a major life change
  • Those looking to live more creative lives

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Confidence Books: The Art of Manifesting by Carolyn Boyes

The Art of Manifesting

Carolyn Boyes
Tap into the power of the universe to live your best life
4.4 (396 ratings)
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What's The Art of Manifesting about?

The Art of Manifesting (2023) is a handy guide to the practice of manifesting, or bringing the life you envision into reality. Packed with actionable advice and easy exercises, it shows how you can start to tune into the universe and transform your life. 

Who should read The Art of Manifesting?

  • Anyone looking to change their life
  • People curious about what manifesting is 
  • Those who know about manifesting and want to improve

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Confidence Books: The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire

The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex

Sheila Wray Gregoire
Creating a Marriage That's Both Holy and Hot
3.8 (206 ratings)
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What's The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex about?

The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex (2012) is a playbook designed to unlock enduring passion in your marriage. It blends faith, self-love, and open communication for transformative sexual satisfaction.

Who should read The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex?

  • Sacred sexuality enthusiasts
  • Faith-guided pleasure seekers
  • Spiritual marriage counselors

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Confidence Books: Polysecure by Jessica Fern

Polysecure

Jessica Fern
Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy
3.4 (239 ratings)
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What's Polysecure about?

Polysecure (2020) unites attachment theory, which explains the different types of attachment people form with each other, with consensual nonmonogamy – the increasingly popular practice of having multiple romantic partners. By learning more about your attachment style, you can develop healthy relationship habits, even in nonmonogamy.

Who should read Polysecure?

  • Relationship geeks looking to learn about attachment theory
  • Couples considering opening up their relationships
  • Nonmonogamous folks who want to do it right

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Confidence Books: The Power of the Pussy by Kara King

The Power of the Pussy

Kara King
How to Get What You Want from Men: Love, Respect, Commitment and More!
3.6 (179 ratings)
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What's The Power of the Pussy about?

The Power of the Pussy (2014) shares the twelve secret “powers” that women can use to transform their lives by changing the ways they perceive men and dating. Through straight-forward advice and positive encouragement, author Kara King gives readers tools to break the cycle of bad relationships and create the life they want with the man of their dreams.

Who should read The Power of the Pussy?

  • Fans of self-help books
  • People interested in love and romance
  • Single women who want to have better dating experiences with men

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Confidence Books: Let That Sh*t Go by Nina Purewal and Kate Petriw

Let That Sh*t Go

Nina Purewal and Kate Petriw
Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday
4.2 (373 ratings)
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What's Let That Sh*t Go about?

Let That Sh*t Go: Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday (2018) offers a trove of tools and tips to declutter your mind of all the crap that gets in the way of inner peace and joyful living. Its approach to mindfulness helps you to connect to what’s going on in your head and then use that awareness to build self love, authenticity, acceptance, perspective, and forgiveness. 

Who should read Let That Sh*t Go?

  • People interested in what mindfulness is and how to practice it
  • Busy people who feel too stressed or overwhelmed to enjoy life 
  • Anyone who wants to improve their daily happiness

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Confidence Books: The Source by Dr. Tara Swart

The Source

Dr. Tara Swart
The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain
4.4 (90 ratings)
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What's The Source about?

The Source (2019) reveals the secret to mastering your mind. It draws on cognitive science and the author’s coaching experience to provide a four-step plan to fire up your brain and get what you want from life by becoming a new, confident you.

Who should read The Source?

  • Personal Development seekers
  • Stressed individuals looking to improve their mental health and well-being
  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders

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Confidence Books: The Greatness Mindset by Lewis Howes

The Greatness Mindset

Lewis Howes
Unlock the Power of Your Mind and Live Your Best Life Today
4.4 (396 ratings)
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What's The Greatness Mindset about?

The Greatness Mindset (2023) is a powerful guide to unlocking your full potential and living your best life. With personal stories, transformational strategies, and step-by-step guidance, you'll learn how to define your purpose, conquer self-doubt, and start your journey toward a rich, abundant future.

Who should read The Greatness Mindset?

  • Self-reinventors
  • Ambitious millennials
  • Goal-oriented achievers

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Confidence Books: Magic Words by Jonah Berger

Magic Words

Jonah Berger
What to Say to Get Your Way
4.6 (1,490 ratings)
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What's Magic Words about?

Magic Words (2023) teaches you how to use the power of language to achieve your goals. Want to win an argument, nail a job interview, or get your child to clean up after themselves? This guide reveals the magical yet scientifically proven words that may make all the difference.

Who should read Magic Words?

  • People interested in psychology and language
  • Anyone wondering which words to use to market themselves or their product
  • Anyone who wants to become better at (public) speaking

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Confidence Books: Single On Purpose by John Kim

Single On Purpose

John Kim
Redefine Everything. Find Yourself First
4.3 (77 ratings)
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What's Single On Purpose about?

Single on Purpose (2020) is a candid exploration of love, closure, and the human quest for genuine happiness. Get ready to renew your relationship with yourself, redefine your perspectives on love, and ignite the engines of self-confidence and joy within you.

Who should read Single On Purpose?

  • Anyone going through a breakup
  • Personal growth explorers 
  • Life coaches or self-coaches seeking a better way to frame relationships

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Confidence Books: The Joy of Saying No by Natalie Lue

The Joy of Saying No

Natalie Lue
A Simple Plan to Stop People-Pleasing, Reclaim Your Boundaries, and Say Yes to the Life You Want
4.1 (159 ratings)
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What's The Joy of Saying No about?

The Joy of Saying No (2022) is a practical guide for people pleasers. It explains what people pleasing is, why it impacts well-being, the different ways it manifests in behaviors, and how it can be overcome, so that people can live more authentically.

Who should read The Joy of Saying No?

  • Life-long people pleasers 
  • Individuals who struggle to say no or set healthy boundaries
  • People aged 20 to 80, who were raised in the Age of Obedience

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Confidence Books: Emotional Habits by Akash Karia

Emotional Habits

Akash Karia
The 7 Things Resilient People Do Differently (And How They Can Help You Succeed in Business and Life)
4.5 (352 ratings)
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What's Emotional Habits about?

Emotional Habits (2016) offers seven practical steps that anyone can implement to take control of their emotional lives and live with more resilience when overcoming life’s personal and professional challenges.

Who should read Emotional Habits?

  • Life optimizers looking for practical advice 
  • Anyone looking to improve their personal or professional resilience 
  • Those looking for better ways to manage their emotional responses

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Confidence Books: Mindset Matters by Gemma Leigh Roberts

Mindset Matters

Gemma Leigh Roberts
Developing Mental Agility and Resilience to Thrive in Uncertainty
4.4 (295 ratings)
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What's Mindset Matters about?

Mindset Matters (2022) is your handbook to thriving in uncertainty. It contains actionable insights to help you cultivate mental agility for success in any dynamic work setting.

Who should read Mindset Matters?

  • Professionals seeking new opportunities
  • Business disruptors
  • Career enthusiasts looking to get a step ahead

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Confidence Books: The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene

The 50th Law

50 Cent and Robert Greene
4.0 (153 ratings)
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What's The 50th Law about?

The 50th Law (2009) focuses on fear philosophy as a catalyst for success. Drawing inspiration from corporate strategies, historical figures, and hip-hop artist 50 Cent – or Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent is his professional name – it encourages brutal realism and a bold mindset to succeed everywhere, from back alleys to the boardroom.

Who should read The 50th Law?

  • Creative Mavericks
  • Ambitious Entrepreneurs
  • Urban culture enthusiasts

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Confidence Books: Smart Brevity by Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen & Roy Schwartz

Smart Brevity

Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen & Roy Schwartz
The Power of Saying More with Less
4.1 (239 ratings)
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What's Smart Brevity about?

Smart Brevity (2022) offers a guide to effective communication in an age of information overload. It emphasizes the importance of conveying ideas succinctly and clearly and provides practical strategies to streamline communication across various platforms, from emails and meetings to presentations and social media.

Who should read Smart Brevity?

  • Professionals seeking effective communication skills
  • Entrepreneurs in digital media and journalism
  • Anyone interested in concise writing techniques

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Confidence Books: Negotiation Genius by Deepak Malhotra & Max H. Bazerman

Negotiation Genius

Deepak Malhotra & Max H. Bazerman
How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond
4.1 (202 ratings)
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What's Negotiation Genius about?

Negotiation Genius (2007) equips you with the tools to master the art of negotiation in any scenario. Discover how to decode your counterpart's motives, debunk common negotiation myths, and pivot around obstacles like a pro. Your deal-making skills will never be the same.

Who should read Negotiation Genius?

  • Business leaders seeking strategic negotiation skills
  • Law professionals in arbitration and mediation
  • Sales teams aiming for win-win outcomes

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Confidence Books: Get Off Your "But" by Sean Stephenson

Get Off Your "But"

Sean Stephenson
How to End Self–Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself
4.4 (162 ratings)
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What's Get Off Your "But" about?

Get Off Your “But” (2009) offers a thorough look into the methods and mindset of the popular therapist and motivational speaker Sean Stephenson. You’ll learn his six lessons for getting past your excuses, becoming more confident, and taking control over your life. 

Who should read Get Off Your "But"?

  • People eager for a motivational kick in the butt
  • Those struggling with unrealized dreams
  • Fans of uplifting stories

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Confidence Books: The Power of Neurodiversity by Thomas Armstrong

The Power of Neurodiversity

Thomas Armstrong
Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain
4.4 (54 ratings)
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What's The Power of Neurodiversity about?

The Power of Neurodiversity (2011) explores how reframing neurological differences as diversity rather than disorder can empower those with atypical minds. It covers the strengths of neurodivergent thinking, finding one's niche, positive adaptations, and envisioning a more inclusive world. It invites us to celebrate the brilliance found in all human brains.

Who should read The Power of Neurodiversity?

  • Teachers of all levels
  • Parents of children with learning or cognitive differences
  • Anyone whose brain is wired a little differently

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Confidence Books: The Winner Effect by Ian H. Robertson

The Winner Effect

Ian H. Robertson
The Science of Success and How to Use It
3.8 (94 ratings)
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What's The Winner Effect about?

The Winner Effect (2012) reveals how intrinsic motivation and resilience can drive individuals to remarkable success. It explores the transformative power of grit and the nuanced influences of power, offering insights into balancing confidence and humility. Delve in and discover how your efforts and tenacity shape your destiny.

Who should read The Winner Effect?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking personal growth and success
  • Psychology enthusiasts exploring intrinsic motivation
  • Professionals pursuing effective leadership skills

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Confidence Books: The Art of Resilience by Ross Edgley

The Art of Resilience

Ross Edgley
Strategies for an Unbreakable Mind and Body
4.1 (145 ratings)
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What's The Art of Resilience about?

The Art of Resilience (2020) is the story of Ross Edgley’s extraordinary swim around Great Britain, in which he pushed the limits of human endurance and resilience. Through anecdotes, scientific research, and philosophical reflections, it explores the depths of mental and physical strength and offers advice on how to be truly unbreakable.

Who should read The Art of Resilience?

  • Endurance athletes seeking to push their mental and physical limits
  • Fitness enthusiasts eager to understand the synergy between mind and body
  • Adventure lovers interested in the exploration of human potential

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Confidence Books: The Upside of Uncertainty by Nathan Furr & Susannah Harmon Furr

The Upside of Uncertainty

Nathan Furr & Susannah Harmon Furr
A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown
3.7 (128 ratings)
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What's The Upside of Uncertainty about?

The Upside of Uncertainty (2022) challenges you to transform your approach to the unknown. You're invited to shift from dread to discovery, learning to harness the potential within uncertainty to forge a path rich with innovation and personal growth. You'll emerge more resilient, creative, and ready to turn the unforeseen into opportunity.

Who should read The Upside of Uncertainty?

  • Entrepreneurs facing the challenges of new ventures
  • Corporate leaders seeking innovative approaches to change management
  • Personal development enthusiasts embracing growth through life transitions

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Confidence Books: The Negativity Fast by Anthony Iannarino

The Negativity Fast

Anthony Iannarino
Proven Techniques to Increase Positivity, Reduce Fear, and Boost Success
4.2 (139 ratings)
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What's The Negativity Fast about?

The Negativity Fast (2023) presents a transformative approach to personal growth, emphasizing the power of positivity and effective management of negative emotions. It guides you through a process of eliminating negativity and nourishing your mental outlook with optimism, offering concrete strategies for perspective-taking and coping with conflicting beliefs.

Who should read The Negativity Fast?

  • Stressed-out individuals who need effective ways to counteract negativity
  • People sensitive to global events and political discourse
  • Social media users seeking to guard their mental well-being

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Confidence Books: I Didn't Know I Needed This by Eli Rallo

I Didn't Know I Needed This

Eli Rallo
The New Rules for Flirting, Feeling, and Finding Yourself
4.1 (173 ratings)
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What's I Didn't Know I Needed This about?

I Didn't Know I Needed This (2023) is the ultimate guide to modern dating’s natural lifecycle, from flirting to first dates to relationships to heartbreak. Drawing on TikTok star Eli Rallo's own hard-won experience, this rulebook combines shallow delights and hard truths into her signature brand of romantic realism. 

Who should read I Didn't Know I Needed This?

  • Young women navigating the modern dating world
  • Fans of Eli Rallo's TikTok and Instagram accounts 
  • Readers seeking wisdom and humor around romance, heartbreak, and self-care

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Confidence Books: The Leader In You by Dale Carnegie

The Leader In You

Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends, Influence People & Succeed in a Changing World
4.4 (28 ratings)
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What's The Leader In You about?

The Leader in You (1993) reveals how tapping into your enthusiasm and creativity can help you connect more effectively and work more productivelyDrawing on insights from leaders across a wide range of fields, this practical guide includes strategies to hone your leadership strengths, boost your self-confidence, and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Who should read The Leader In You?

  • Managers or employees striving to become effective leaders
  • People craving better relationships with friends and colleagues
  • Perennial worriers who want to reenergize their outlook on life

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Confidence Books: The First Rule of Mastery by Michael Gervais

The First Rule of Mastery

Michael Gervais
Stop Worrying about What People Think of You
3.7 (177 ratings)
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What's The First Rule of Mastery about?

The First Rule of Mastery (2023) reveals that letting go of the fear of other people's opinions unleashes your potential by promoting a shift towards values and purpose.

Who should read The First Rule of Mastery?

  • Individuals seeking self-improvement
  • Professionals aiming for excellence
  • Anyone battling social anxiety

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Confidence Books: Radiant Rebellion by Karen Walrond

Radiant Rebellion

Karen Walrond
Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell
3.6 (23 ratings)
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What's Radiant Rebellion about?

Radiant Rebellion (2023) challenges the conventional perceptions of aging, arguing that growing older can be a period filled with happiness and health, contrary to common ageist beliefs.

Who should read Radiant Rebellion?

  • Aging individuals
  • Wellness enthusiasts
  • Anti-ageist advocates

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Confidence Books: The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber

The Little Book of Stoicism

Jonas Salzgeber
Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness
3.8 (336 ratings)
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What's The Little Book of Stoicism about?

The Little Book of Stoicism (2019) is about how using stoic principles can turn life’s adversities into advantages, promoting resilience, confidence, and calm in everyday life.

Who should read The Little Book of Stoicism?

  • Fans of philosophy
  • Self-improvement enthusiasts
  • People facing stress

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Confidence Books: Quick Confidence by Selena Rezvani

Quick Confidence

Selena Rezvani
Be Authentic, Boost Connections, and Make Bold Bets on Yourself
4.0 (58 ratings)
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What's Quick Confidence about?

Quick Confidence (2023) is a highly useful primer on how to move through the world with more self-assurance and determination. It provides tips that are useful for team managers, executives and self-employed entrepreneurs alike. This is advice that anyone can use to make better first impressions and stronger connections.

Who should read Quick Confidence?

  • Anyone looking to get their mojo back
  • People who want to be more effective in meetings
  • Managers who want to build better workplaces

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Confidence Books: How to Walk into a Room by Emily P. Freeman

How to Walk into a Room

Emily P. Freeman
The Art of Knowing When to Stay and When to Walk Away
3.8 (251 ratings)
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What's How to Walk into a Room about?

How to Walk Into a Room (2024) talks about the big decisions in life and how to make them. Learn how to assess your life, make a plan on how to change things that aren’t working for you, and put that plan into action. 

Who should read How to Walk into a Room?

  • Anyone facing a pivotal moment in their life
  • Procrastinators looking to make a big move
  • People looking for a push forward in life

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Confidence Books: Man Enough by Justin Baldoni

Man Enough

Justin Baldoni
Undefining My Masculinity
3.1 (22 ratings)
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What's Man Enough about?

Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity (2021) is a thought-provoking exploration of the societal expectations and pressures surrounding masculinity. Through candid anecdotes and introspective reflections, the book challenges traditional notions of manhood, inviting readers to embrace vulnerability, sensitivity, and empathy as essential human qualities. It calls for men to break free from limiting gender roles and redefine masculinity on their own terms.

Who should read Man Enough?

  • Those who identify as men who feel confined by traditional gender roles and yearn for a more authentic way of living
  • People who want to cultivate deeper, more meaningful relationships
  • Anyone who wants to better understand and support the men in their lives

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Confidence Books: Stop Checking Your Likes by Susie Moore

Stop Checking Your Likes

Susie Moore
Shake Off the Need for Approval and Live an Incredible Life
4.4 (121 ratings)
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What's Stop Checking Your Likes about?

Stop Checking Your Likes (2020) is a practical guidebook focused on liberating individuals from the constraints of external approval. It offers actionable advice and mindset shifts to foster a life filled with confidence, joy, and ease, encouraging readers to pursue their desires without hesitation, regardless of their current struggles with self-doubt.

Who should read Stop Checking Your Likes?

  • Individuals seeking freedom from external validation and approval
  • Anyone wanting practical advice on boosting self-confidence
  • Readers looking for actionable personal and professional growth strategies

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Confidence Books: Career Confidence by Robynn Storey

Career Confidence

Robynn Storey
No-BS Stories and Strategies for Finding Your Power
4.0 (99 ratings)
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What's Career Confidence about?

Career Confidence (2024) provides essential guidance for building the self-assurance required to thrive in today’s complex and fast-paced job market. It presents a series of practical strategies, personal stories, and actionable techniques aimed at helping you secure a job that will not only satisfy you but will also allow you to excel in your career.

Who should read Career Confidence?

  • Job-seekers facing career challenges
  • Professionals looking for a meaningful career transformation
  • Anyone experiencing imposter syndrome

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Confidence Books: Think This, Not That by Josh Axe

Think This, Not That

Josh Axe
12 Mindshifts to Breakthrough Limiting Beliefs and Become Who You Were Born to Be
4.0 (116 ratings)
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What's Think This, Not That about?

Think This, Not That (2024) is a guide to reshaping thought patterns to foster a healthier mental, emotional, and physical state. It delves into the science of cognitive habits and provides 12 actionable strategies to empower individuals to achieve lasting personal change and make their life their masterpiece. 

Who should read Think This, Not That?

  • Anyone struggling with negative thought patterns
  • People interested in holistic health approaches
  • Wellness coaches and mental health professionals

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Confidence Books: Love Life by Matthew Hussey

Love Life

Matthew Hussey
How to Raise Your Standards, Find Your Person, and Live Happily (No Matter What)
4.2 (32 ratings)
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What's Love Life about?

Love Life (2024) is a treasure trove of valuable relationship advice. By knowing what to look for in a partner, and what to say in difficult situations, we can walk away from dead-end relationships and find the person who’s right for us.

Who should read Love Life?

  • People struggling to find a committed romantic partner
  • People stuck in unhappy relationships
  • Anyone who wants dating advice

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Confidence Books: The House of Hidden Meanings by RuPaul

The House of Hidden Meanings

RuPaul
A Memoir
2.5 (2 ratings)
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What's The House of Hidden Meanings about?

The House of Hidden Meanings (2024) chronicles RuPaul's journey of self-discovery, from feeling like an outsider as a young queer person to eventually finding belonging and inner peace through embracing authenticity. It provides an intimate look at how RuPaul transformed alienation into self-empowerment through drag artistry and cultivating a revolutionary persona.

Who should read The House of Hidden Meanings?

  • Those seeking inspiration for embracing their authentic selves
  • Fans of LGBTQ+ memoirs and stories of self-discovery
  • Readers interested in the history of drag culture

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Confidence Books: Unstoppable Mindset by Alden Mills

Unstoppable Mindset

Alden Mills
How to Use What You Have to Get What You Want
4.5 (102 ratings)
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What's Unstoppable Mindset about?

Unstoppable Mindset (2024) teaches readers how to leverage their mental power to achieve their goals. It presents a step-by-step process for building mental toughness, setting ambitious goals, and overcoming common obstacles to success. The book draws on the author's extensive experiences to provide practical strategies and inspiring stories to help individuals realize their full potential.

Who should read Unstoppable Mindset?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking to enhance their skills
  • Entrepreneurs aiming to build successful businesses
  • Individuals pursuing personal growth and resilience

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Confidence Books: Power Moves by Sarah Jakes Roberts

Power Moves

Sarah Jakes Roberts
Ignite Your Confidence and Become a Force
3.0 (2 ratings)
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What's Power Moves about?

Power Moves (2024) aims to help readers unleash their authentic power by stripping away external expectations and embracing their true selves as seen by God. It provides principles for tapping into the most powerful version of yourself, giving language to changing needs, acknowledging growth, and confidently living as you are in the eyes of God.

Who should read Power Moves?

  • Christians seeking authenticity in their relationship with God
  • Women who want to tap into their personal power
  • People of faith navigating a period of transformation

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Confidence Books: You Deserve Good Gelato by Kacie Rose

You Deserve Good Gelato

Kacie Rose
Travel, Embrace Failure, and Face Your Fears
4.5 (6 ratings)
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What's You Deserve Good Gelato about?

You Deserve Good Gelato (2024) is a memoir that engages both the excitement and heartbreak of taking big leaps of faith, navigating the challenges and joys of expat life, and learning profound lessons about resilience, growth, and finding happiness in the moment.

Who should read You Deserve Good Gelato?

  • Aspiring travelers looking for inspiration and guidance 
  • Anyone feeling stuck or unfulfilled and seeking motivation
  • Those who want to feel less alone in their lives

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 FAQs 

What's the best Confidence book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Outliers as the ultimate read on Confidence.

What are the Top 10 Confidence books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck
  • Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson
  • The Psychology of Winning by Denis Waitley
  • Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan
  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
  • The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
  • Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
  • The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden
  • The Discomfort Zone by Marcia Reynolds

Who are the top Confidence book authors?

When it comes to Confidence, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Carol Dweck
  • Ken Robinson
  • Denis Waitley
  • Joseph T. Hallinan