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We all have room to improve, and you know this otherwise you wouldn’t have clicked through to this article. But the tricky part about self improvement is that it requires insight that comes from outside ourselves.

Just as you know things that others don’t, others know things that you don’t. Filling that gap in knowledge is an important step in personal development — and what better way to take in that knowledge than by reading some freely-available ebooks?

We’ve already shown you how to do things like overcoming your fear of public speaking Slay These 8 Public Speaking Demons to Conquer Your Fear Slay These 8 Public Speaking Demons to Conquer Your Fear It's often said that people fear public speaking more than death. But it's something that many have to do regularly. Here are eight public speaking demons and how to kill them. Read More and avoiding tech-driven depression 5 Ways Technology Might Be Feeding Your Depression 5 Ways Technology Might Be Feeding Your Depression Technology can worsen depression. With tech enveloping our lives, we should be more aware of technology's potential impact on us. There are some things you can do to lessen the burden. Read More . These free ebooks are complementary to all of that.

1. What Matters Now

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In the realms of marketing and entrepreneurship, few names are as highly or widely regarded as Seth Godin. He can write a blog post under 100 words long and have it shared around the web thousands of times. When he speaks, people listen.

What Matters Now is a compiled-by-Godin collection of thoughts from influential thinkers, divided into dozens of one-page sections that each deal with specific areas in life. Generosity, vision, excellence, momentum, compassion — these are just some of the topics you’ll find in this 82-page booklet.

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2. How to Get More From Life

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Scott H. Young maintains a blog that explores all kinds of topics that stem from this question: what’s the best way to learn? But his blog is a bit tough to wade through given that it has hundreds of articles in its archives.

This free ebooks, How to Get More From Life, is a compilation and distillation of his best posts. In his words, getting more from life means “a philosophy that is always geared towards improvement” — and this ebook aims to get you thinking in that way.

DownloadHow to Get More From Life (PDF)

3. 7 Keys to Discovering Your Passion

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If you know what you want to do with your life, then consider yourself lucky! Some people don’t figure that out until well into their 40s, 50s, or even 60s. And while it’s never too late to find your passion, it’s definitely better to find it now rather than later.

7 Keys to Discovering Your Passion won’t tell you what your passions are, but it will give you the mindset that you need to go out and find it. Your passion might be some kind of creative hobby 5 Creative Hobbies That Will Make You a Happier Person 5 Creative Hobbies That Will Make You a Happier Person Read More , or it might not. You won’t know until you earnestly start looking.

Supplement it with this site that’ll help you find a job you’ll enjoy WTF Should You Do With Your Life? This Site Leads You in the Right Direction WTF Should You Do With Your Life? This Site Leads You in the Right Direction If you don't know what to do with your life, don't worry -- you aren't alone! And this site has been built to help you figure out a path you'll enjoy. Read More , or at least point you in the right direction.

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4. Career Satisfaction From Within

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Are you unhappy with your job or career? The job itself could very well be the problem — but it’s also possible that the problem stems from an issue deeper within. What if you could learn to be satisfied with any job or career?

You definitely can. But it won’t necessarily be easy. Career Satisfaction From Within is a quick but insightful look at some of the main reasons why we find ourselves dissatisfied with our positions in life, and what we can do to move beyond that.

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5. 279 Days to Overnight Success

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If you want to start a blog, you should. There are so many kinds that you can write 7 Types Of Blogs You Can Write [Opinion] 7 Types Of Blogs You Can Write [Opinion] When you set out to write your personal blog, you'll realize that there are a variety of different writer's hats that you can wear. You may want to make a personal blog with your thoughts... Read More , and even if you never build an audience, it’s a great way to practice writing and articulating your thoughts. But if you want to take your blog to the next level, then 279 Days to Overnight Success is the ebook for you.

While it has a lot of great business-related tips, I found it most helpful for the overall mentality that’s proposed and encouraged within. In short, there are no shortcuts in life and “overnight success” is really built on time, effort, and grit.

These are the same kinds of lessons that are shared by successful entrepreneurs How To Spark Personal Growth: 5 Tricks Of The Entrepreneur How To Spark Personal Growth: 5 Tricks Of The Entrepreneur Not everyone has to be an entrepreneur, but everyone can learn something from the entrepreneur. By tapping into some of those entrepreneurial traits, you can radically alter your own life in an upward direction. Read More . Growing is not easy, but it’s certainly worth the pain.

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6. How to Practice the Art of Life Balance

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With people working longer and harder hours 5 Signs That You're Working Too Hard (And How to Fix Them) 5 Signs That You're Working Too Hard (And How to Fix Them) Do you suffer from an insatiable desire to work? Here are some of the signs to recognize this ailment and how you can overcome it. Read More , many of us have lost sight of work-life balance. We pour everything into our professional endeavors at the expense of our personal lives, and this can lead to anxiety, poor health 9 Bad Habits That Are Making You Tired at the Office 9 Bad Habits That Are Making You Tired at the Office Do you often feel tired at the office? The problem could be in the few bad habits that you've picked up. Remove exhaustion from your office life with these health building tips. Read More , and unhappiness.

How to Practice the Art of Life Balance is a 107-page collection of stories and resources that will show you that you aren’t alone in this struggle and how to right the off-kilter ship that is your life. Even if your balance is on point, this ebook is a good refresher on how to maintain that balance.

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7. 101 Things to Do Before You Die

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If you knew you were leaving this world tomorrow, what would you do today? It’s a tough question, one that I don’t really like to think about myself. But it’s important to accept that tomorrow is never promised, and that we ought to make the best of our time.

101 Things to Do Before You Die is nothing more than a starting point — a generic but thought-provoking bucket list that may help you kick your life back into gear. Instead of wasting away in front of Netflix 7 Reasons You Should Avoid Subscribing to Netflix 7 Reasons You Should Avoid Subscribing to Netflix Just as there are pitfalls to cutting the cord, there are downsides to Netflix you might consider to be deal-breakers. So before you sign up to Netflix, take a moment to consider these imperfections. Read More , maybe you’ll plant a tree, bake a cake, or travel the globe.

What would you regret if you passed away right now? Go and do those things while you still can!

Download101 Things to Do Before You Die (Web, PDF)

8. Beautiful Calm

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Meditation is surprisingly helpful — and it doesn’t have to be spiritual or religious, though it certainly can be that too. Some are calling it “mindfulness” these days, but whatever its name, the concept is the same: quiet self-reflection.

Beautiful Calm is a quick read (only 26 pages) but can help you take back control of your life. With meditation, you may finally be able to say goodbye to anxiety, insecurity, and stress. Use these calming mobile apps 10 Calming Apps to Destress & Clear Your Mind 10 Calming Apps to Destress & Clear Your Mind You are not alone if you have you ever felt stuck in your thoughts? Like you're trudging and not able to make any headway. Calming, thought-organizing apps can rescue the mind. Read More to help you settle into your meditative state.

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9. The One Skill

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Are you bogged down by demons like stress, procrastination, fear, anger, or insecurity? You probably know in your head that you’d be happier if you could just let those things go, but that’s much easier said than done. I know because I’ve been there myself!

The One Skill is an ebook all about letting go — of your fears, your hindrances, your reluctance, and even your pain. If there’s one mental skill that everyone in the world can benefit from, this is it. Being able to let go will unlock a whole new level of peace in your life.

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10. 92 Life Lessons

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This quick read is only 11 pages long, but it will leave you with a lot to think about. It’s essentially a collection of quotes from the Tiny Buddha community, and even though you won’t benefit from every single piece of advice, at least one will resonate with you.

Topics covered include Love, Meaning, Happiness, Possibilities, Peace, Mindfulness, Struggle/Growth, and Personal Power. Enter with an open mind and you may be surprised by how much growth you find therein.

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What Are You Working On Right Now?

In addition to these ebooks, we recommend a few other methods that may prove useful depending on how you learn best:

We all have room to improve, but our vices and shortcomings are all different. My biggest struggle is work-life balance. What about you? Share with us down below!

  1. John
    October 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    #7 link does not work

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