Self-Help Book Club & Challenge

Self-Help Book Club Challenge

If you’re anything like me, you struggle to stick to a strict reading schedule.

It’s easily done.

Sometimes we have so many books we want to read that it gets overwhelming.

Or we struggle to manage our time and to make reading a priority.

This book club aims to change all of that.

If you’re ready to read more books, improve your life, and feel motivated and alive then join my free book club.

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Join the free list above to receive updates and let’s start a community of people on the same journey to find peace, passion, and purpose.

If you’re interested in self-help books or want to get inspired to read more that will help you grow and create your best life then this book club is for you.

Introducing the Grand Habit Book Challenge

This challenge was inspired by another book challenge I found but for general literature books.

The challenge that I propose is to read the 40 best self-help books that I have come across.

I have already read many of these books, but I set out a new rule in 2020 to re-read my favorite books instead of buying new ones that only collect dust on my bookshelf.

So far, that new rule hasn’t gone very well.

The idea is to broaden our depth of knowledge instead of widening our breadth of knowledge.

I’ve heard many times from successful people that it’s better to read 10 books, 10 times than 100 books once.

And it’s my intention with this challenge to uncover those 10 books I’d happily read 10 times or more.

I already have an idea of which those books might be but I can’t narrow down my top 10 until I’ve read a significant amount first.

This initial top 40 list will keep us on track to complete them all and prevent the temptation from reading anything else.

Are you up for the challenge?

More details are below, but there’s a couple of side challenges I’d like to propose.

Side Challenges

These side challenges are optional but I believe they will benefit the main challenge greatly.

Side Challenge One: Learn Speed Reading

This is something I have wanted to learn for a while. Obviously, the faster we can read, the more books we can get through.

Also, if my average reading speed is anywhere between 500-800 words per minute then I know I can get through almost any book within 3-4 hours and some within 1-2 hours.

This makes the approach to reading a big list of books more appealing and less daunting.

It’s also well known that with speed reading, your comprehension level goes up dramatically.

Here are a few options to learn how to speed read:

My personal goal is to reach 500 wpm within 12 weeks. I can only fail miserably or increase my reading speed/comprehension marginally so I’m not complaining.

If you choose to take on this side challenge, your goal may be different from mine.

Side Challenge Two: 5 AM Club

You heard that right. I want to get up at 5 am every day for 30 days.

I did a similar challenge to this a few years ago where I got up at 6 am for 30 days and it completely changed my mindset about sleep, health, and productivity.

Since those 30 days, I have worked a job that prevented me from waking up that early (nightshift work).

And I am just about to leave that job and go full-time with my online businesses.

But, how will this help you read more?

Three reasons:

  1. Sleeping between 11 pm and 2 am provides optimal sleep which boosts energy during the day
  2. More focused and intentional work happens between 5 am and 8 am (great for reading)
  3. Builds discipline and the habit of reading before bed (also primes you for sleep)

This will greatly improve productivity and I expect to continue my 5 am starts way past the 30 days but this is the minimum.

If you choose to take on this challenge, your time to rise and the number of days may be different from mine.

Tracking & Accountability

I’ll be setting up some tracking apps so that you can add specific tasks to your app of choice to help keep yourself on track.

I haven’t fully defined all the logistics yet, but I myself will be using the app and website, Habitica.

I’m also debating on setting up a paid option for those of you who want to fully commit to nailing this book challenge.

This will consist of something like a private Telegram channel or Patreon subscription, I’m not sure yet but I’ll be updating this page when I have more details.

You can sign up for my free email list to get regular updates and all the details you’ll need to follow along with this challenge.

The Books

These books are a list that I’ve compiled over the last 4 years of personal and spiritual growth.

They can be categorized as personal development, spirituality, the law of attraction, business, and personal wealth, but they mostly fall under the category of self-help in general.

The list isn’t rigid, if there’s a book on the list you have no interest in reading, by all means, swap it out for something else.

However, these books are seen in almost all the best self-help book lists all over the internet.

No matter who you are, if you read every single book on this list, it will transform your life.

Heck, maybe even one of them will transform your life.

You will start thinking differently, acting differently, speaking differently and you will become more aware of what you actually want out of life.

You will become the best version of yourself.

Here they are in no particular order:

Atomic HabitsMastery by Robert GreeneThe Power of Full EngagementLaws of Human Nature
KybalionMan’s Search for MeaningThe 4-Hour Work WeekReality Transurfing
The Power of NowThe One ThingAwaken the Giant WithinA New Earth
Outliers by Malcolm GladwellAttachedHow to Win Friends and Influence PeopleThe Five Love Languages
The Science of Getting RichThe Four AgreementsThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
OpportunityThink and grow richAntifragile by Nassim Nicholas TalebThe Millionaire Next Door
The Chimp ParadoxInfluence, The Psychology of PersuasionPsycho-CyberneticsQuiet by Susan Cain
What to Say When You Talk to Your SelfStart with WhyThe Art of HappinessAwareness
MindsetTools of Titans by Tim FerrissHow to Be an AdultRich Dad, Poor Dad
When Breath Becomes AirThe War of ArtBreaking the Habit of Being YourselfAs a Man Thinketh
If you purchase any of these books through my affiliate links, I will receive a small commission which I appreciate immensely

How you read each book does not matter. If you prefer Kindle or the real thing that’s fine or if you prefer audiobooks, that’s cool too.

Just remember that if you want to learn speed reading, hearing the words at 2x the speed or faster will be very difficult to retain the information.

When Do We Start?

This challenge has no particular start or end date.

However, I highly recommend setting a deadline for reading all 40 books according to your own personal goals, reading speed, other priorities, and life commitments.

My personal goal is to complete this list within one year. I’m being conservative and realistic so I don’t disappoint myself.

The goal isn’t to become the fastest reader, it’s to finish all the books and find my top ten that I would happily read over and over again.

You are free to join the community on Habitica (once I’ve created it) for free or join the paid program if I go down that route. More details will follow.

You can sign up for my free email list to get regular updates and all the details you’ll need to follow along with this challenge.

Check back soon for more details to stay in the loop and how to be part of a community of like-minded people seeking a better life full of purpose and passion.

You can also leave a comment below if you have any questions.

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