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8 Awesome Books to Jumpstart Your New Year

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The New Year has most of us in an “out with the old and in with the new” frame of mind. Are you ready to kick-start a new career? Take your romantic relationship to the next level? Or transition from an employee to an entrepreneur? Below are 8 great self-improvement books to help you turn those New Year’s resolution ideas into action. Check out the descriptions compiled by Amazon.com.

[Related: 15 Self-Affirmations to Keep You Focused and Motivated Throughout the New Year]

The Power of Broke by Daymond John
During an interview with Business Insider, John explained, “The philosophy of The Power of Broke is, whether you’re running a Fortune 100 company or you are just starting out, you have to be creative and determined, and you have to make sure that — instead of other people’s money — you use other people’s marketing, mind power, manpower, [and] manufacturing,” he says. “And if you can’t prove your concept when you’re broke, you won’t be able to prove it with money either.”

Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life’s Riches, No Matter What!
In Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, comedian and multimedia powerhouse Steve Harvey tells you how to achieve your dreams using the gift you already have. Every one of us was born with a gift endowed by our creator — something you do the best, and with very little effort. Harvey shows how that gift holds your greatest chance at success, and the fulfillment of your life’s mission and purpose. He helps you learn to define your gift — whether it’s being a problem solver, a people-connector, a whiz with numbers, or having an eye for colors.

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
Mark Nepo is a Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor. In this book, he opens a new season of freedom and joy — an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the-wheel sameness. Readers rave that this book is both profound and clarifying. His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life’s unfolding. The Book of Awakening is the result of his journey of the soul and will inspire others to embark on their own. Nepo speaks of spirit and friendship, urging readers to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter the hardships.

The Seven Decisions: Understanding the Keys to Personal Success
Master storyteller and life coach Andy Andrews has fast-forwarded the concept of success and what it takes to make it stick. Seeking out what separates the ordinary life from the extraordinary, Andrews has spent much of his life dissecting countless biographies and spending time with some of the most successful people on the planet in an effort to understand the principles that propel them toward greatness.

The Alchemist paperback
Recognized as a life-changing book by Oprah, Will Smith, and Pharell, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way, he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.

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