Tryb logo

Jump to

Books every man should read for personal growth #1

Reading opens us up to new worlds, challenges how we think, and helps us see life from different angles. And when you’ve found a good book, you want to share it.

Here’s a list of books that have helped us grow in different ways that we think will help you too.

The power of now by Eckhart Tolle | Tryb

The power of now by Eckhart Tolle

Ever thought about finding peace in the middle of all the craziness of everyday life? Eckhart Tolle’s The power of now can help you do just that. It’s all about living in the present moment and letting go of past regrets and future worries. 

Practising mindfulness, like Tolle suggests, can improve not just your work performance but your personal life too. Imagine being more present with your family and friends – that’s a game-changer.

How not to be a boy by Robert Webb | Tryb

How not to be a boy by Robert Webb

Robert Webb’s How not to be a boy is a heartfelt and humorous memoir that challenges traditional notions of masculinity. Webb personal journey from childhood to adulthood, explores the pressures and expectations placed on boys and men. 

He delves into topics like

  • Vulnerability
  • Emotions
  • Relationships
  • The pressure from society to be a real boy or man

Unfortunately, you won’t get many tales about life in Peep Show – which I was hoping for… – but you will get a great story written with a sharp wit. Dive in and discover how redefining masculinity can lead to a more authentic and fulfilling life.

Recapture the rapture by Jamie Wheal | Tryb

Recapture the rapture by Jamie Wheal

Recapture the rapture dives into the crossroads of science, spirituality, and personal transformation. It offers practical insights on how to harness peak experiences for meaningful change. 

Wheal’s book gives you tools to bring moments of transcendence into your daily life, leading to more fulfilment and innovation at work and in your personal life.

It’s an inspiring read that can spark real change. In fact it demands that real change and a new outlook on life has to happen for humans to survive!

Be useful: seven tools for life by Arnold Schwarzenegger | Tryb

Be useful: seven tools for life by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger’s Be useful: seven tools for life is a practical guide drawn from his journey from bodybuilder to movie star to politician. 

Arnold shares seven key tools to help you live a more effective and fulfilling life. These tools include:

  • Having a clear vision
  • Dreaming big
  • Working hard
  • Turning weaknesses into strengths
  • Ignoring naysayers
  • Giving back to the community
  • Staying hungry for new challenges.

The book is packed with actionable advice and inspirational stories. Whether you’re aiming to boost your career, personal life, or overall mindset, Arnold’s tools are practical and motivating. 

I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much from the book before I read it, but I loved it and wouldn’t shut up about it for a few weeks after… 

How to change your mind by Michael Pollan | Tryb

How to change your mind by Michael Pollan

How to change your mind by Michael Pollan explores the history, science, and therapeutic potential of psychedelic substances. Pollan looks at how things like LSD and psilocybin can change human consciousness and offer significant mental health benefits. 

He shares some compelling research on their effectiveness in treating conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.

Mixing scientific insights with personal stories, Pollan presents a balanced view of using psychedelics for personal growth and healing.

The book should come with a warning, however… It may want you to retrain as a psychedelic counsellor.

Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl | Tryb

Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor Frankl’s time in Nazi concentration camps gave him deep insights into the human spirit. Man’s search for meaning shows how finding purpose can help you get through life’s toughest challenges. 

When you focus on what’s meaningful in your job and life, you can reignite your passion and find more satisfaction in your everyday activities. 

This book is a beacon of hope and inspiration.

Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari | Tryb

Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of our species. It helps you understand where we came from and where we might be going.

This book makes you think critically about current societal trends and how they might shape the future. It’s packed with cool facts – great for impressing people in the pub – and ideas that challenge what we think we know about life. 

One of my favourite insights is how wheat essentially domesticated humans, making us its farmers to ensure its own survival. Pretty mind-blowing stuff.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius | Tryb

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor, wrote down timeless wisdom in Meditations. This book is all about stoic philosophy – resilience, virtue, and control. 

Stoicism teaches us to stay calm under pressure, but it’s also important to know its limits. Sometimes, showing and dealing with emotions is really important, especially in personal relationships or creative work. 

Balance stoic principles with being open emotionally for a well-rounded approach to life.

Embrace the journey of growth

Reading these books can kickstart your personal growth. Each one offers unique lessons and insights that can help you improve various parts of your life.

Dive into these transformative reads and see how they can make your life better. Embrace the journey of growth and watch yourself evolve.