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The 10 Best Self-Help Books for Personal Development

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There are over 420,000 self help books on Amazon. Here are the top 10.
'If you feel like you’ve tried everything and life still isn’t panning out the way you hoped, it’s time to sit down with a good read. Self-help books are specifically written for people in your position. Each of the best self-help books on Amazon has hundreds, if not thousands, of previous readers who have taken the time to read and come out the other side for the better. Many feel their lives are so improved that they’ve left glowing reviews of these books. Though some think self-help books amount to a whole lot of nothing, those who have sat down, read and listened to what has been written would argue their worth. Just remember, it’s important to pick the right self-help book for you . Some readers will get along with a certain author better than others, so it’s critical to do a bit of research before picking up your first or next self-help book .  Below, we’ve picked out the 10 best self-help books available on Amazon . There are titles for a number of different problems and even on option for minds who prefer a mix of reading and writing. Generally, each book is aimed at a life problem and offers you methods for fixing it. Check out each title and choose the one for your needs. Alternatively, if you read all of the self-help books , be sure to let us know the results. 1. How to Make Sh*t Happen by Sean Whalen BEST FOR THE PROCRASTINATOR Ah, procrastinating. It’s great, isn’t it? I bet half the reason you’re reading this is to put off doing something important. If that’s the case, it may be time to sit down with How to Make Sh*t Happen by Sean Whalen . Inside this book, you’ll find the secrets to making more money, getting in shape, creating epic relationships and generally getting your life where you want it to be. Stop being taken for a ride by your out of control life and get behind the wheel with Whalen’s tips and tricks. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: How to Make Sh*t Happen by Sean Whalen $5.59     2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz BEST PHILOSOPHICAL Any book featured in the premiere issue of O: The Oprah Magazine and on Oprah’s Favorite Things segment has already won us over. Add in over 7,000 positive Amazon, and we’re at a loss for a downside. Inside The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz , you’ll learn about the self-limiting beliefs preventing you from feeling joy and permitting you to endure needless suffering in your life. The book is based on ancient wisdom with four fundamental ideas – be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions and always do your best. It may sound simple, but with so much positivity surrounding it, can you really afford to ignore The Four Agreements ? Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz $1.99     3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey BEST FOR THE CAREER MAN By reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey , you’ll learn where you’re going wrong in life. The book’s advice has transformed the lives of presidents, CEOs, educators and more. Each one of the seven habits is easy in application without being overly simplistic. In that process lies the beauty of the book. No matter who or what you are, this book is sure to help you in some way. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Covey $7.79     4. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero BEST FOR THE SELF-SABOTAGING MAN It’s time you realized how great you are, and with You are a Badass by Jen Sincero , you can make that happen. This how-to guide will make you understand exactly why you are who you are and how to love the things in life that you simply cannot change. By the end of the book, you’ll be ready to create a life you love. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero $6.99     5. Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven BEST FOR THE RECENT GRADUATE Would you believe everything begins by making your bed? If you read and believe Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven , your bed routine is where you start on a path to changing the world. This book is based on a Navy SEAL’s inspiring graduation speech and has since become a #1 New York Times bestseller. Inside, you’ll discover more about the 10 principles McRaven learned during his Navy Seal training. This, in turn, will help you overcome the challenges ahead. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven $11.00     6. Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop BEST FOR STRAIGHTFORWARD ADVICE That’s right, it’s time to unfunk yourself. In other words, it’s time to start living the life you were meant to, not the one you find yourself stuck in now. Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop  is part of a series of books which pride themselves on being BS-free, refreshing and no nonsense with a tough love approach to dealing with your self-imposed limitations. Inside the book, you’ll find all the tools you need to correct your trajectory and get rid of what’s holding you back, while reminding you of one thing – ”Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a fu*king miracle of being.” Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop $8.95     7. Atomic Habits by James Clear BEST FOR BUILDING GOOD HABITS Atomic Habits by James Clear is all about habits. Wherever you’ve got your sights set, creating good habits and breaking bad habits is a learning process which has remarkable results on day-to-day life. For anyone thinking, “I’ve tried to change, but it just doesn’t work,” this book will give you new and innovative systems to use in changing your habits. Other benefits of the book include finding time for acquiring new habits, overcoming a lack of motivation and creating an environment to easily achieve success. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: Atomic Habits by James Clear $12.95     8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson BEST FOR THE MODERN MAN You probably think you’ve already mastered this art, but inside The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson , you’ll find completely new levels of uncaring. This may seem unkind, but Manson argues that not caring about every little thing will make you a better and happier person. The #1 New York Times bestseller has sold over six million copies and comes with over 4,000 positive reviews from Amazon customers. One of the key messages of the book is that even though you’ve been taught positivity can fix everything, the world is actually screwed and the best way to deal with it is learning to live with it. Just remember, there are only so many things in this life we can care about at one time, so figuring out which of those to think about is a very important task. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson $14.98     9. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins BEST FOR THE ATHLETE Any book with a 5-star rating after over 3,000 reviews on Amazon deserves your attention. That’s exactly why Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins  should be next up on your reading list. Inside the book, you’ll find out about David Goggins’ extraordinary journey to become the only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger and Air Force Tactical Air Controller. Because of this, he has set numerous records and become “The Fittest (Real) Man in America” according to Outside magazine. The major principle delivered in the book is based around the 40% rule, which says the average person is no where near to achieving their maximum potential. If you want to, you can learn to push past pain and fear and head towards the 100% mark. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins $15.21     10. Start Where You Are Journal BEST WORKBOOK If reading alone doesn’t do it for you, then the Start Where You Are Journal could be the answer. In this interactive journal, creativity, mindfulness and self-motivation are nurtured while you learn to navigate the sometimes overwhelming task of dealing with day-to-day life. You’ll find a mix of inspiring quotes from writers, artists and a number of other visionaries. Plus, the journal asks you to use prompts to reflect and write down your feelings.  Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: Start Where You Are Journal $18.00     \t \t\t \t\t\t The 10 Most Popular Self Help Books On Audible in 2018'

Kelly Craft was out of Canada for half her days as ambassador

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Trump U.N. nominee’s absences included 60 personal days and the equivalent of seven months in places where she had homes, Democrats say.
'President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, spent the equivalent of seven months of her 20-month tenure as U.S. ambassador to Canada back in the United States in places where she had homes, according to findings by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Democratic staff. The minority staff’s findings are drawn from previously undisclosed documents provided by the State Department and Craft to the full committee following a June 19 hearing. During the hearing, Craft came under fire for her frequent absences from the embassy in Ottawa, after POLITICO obtained Federal Aviation Administration records showing her family plane had made the equivalent of weekly roundtrips to the United States. The issue of her absences took on greater significance because Craft, a political appointee with close ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, lacked the extensive diplomatic or political experience typical of a U.N. nominee. Druing her confirmation hearing, Craft attributed much of her travel back to the United States to the demands of negotiating and promoting a revamped North American free trade pact. But Democrats found that only about 40 days of the 356 total days she spent partially or wholly outside of Canada were for trade negotiations. Moreover, the minority staff found that she had claimed 60 personal days away from the job. “Being the U.N. ambassador is a global stage, and Ambassador Craft lacks the experience,” said the committee’s ranking member, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). “She did not have the time at post that she should have had, which is essential, and at the end of the day there’s a whole host of other issues, so we will vet those all out when her nomination vote takes place on Thursday.” Suzanne Wrasse, a spokesperson for committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho), disputed some of the Democrats’ characterizations of Craft’s absences and indicated that the ambassador’s nomination is likely to advance from the committee, which has a 12-10 GOP majority, to the full Senate. Risch and his staff have reviewed the information provided by the State Department, Wrasse said, and were not troubled by Craft’s absences from her job. “Canadians at the highest levels remain impressed with Ambassador Craft’s accomplishments in support of the U.S.-Canada relationship, and there is no question that she made a positive impact during her tenure as ambassador,” Wrasse said. However, Canadian elected officials have told POLITICO that Craft kept a lower profile than previous ambassadors and often missed diplomatic events because of her extensive travel. “I’ve had some discussion with members on both sides of the aisle. I think this is a problem for a lot of us,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said, referring to her absences. “I think it’s difficult — her absentee from the post, unrelated to her duties as ambassador — is very difficult to support her under those circumstances,” Cardin added. “I’m going to listen to Senator Menendez and the other members of our committee, both Democrats and Republicans, as we go to a debate on her. I think we should vote on her — we have all the information we need.” Democratic staff found that Craft — who hails from Lexington, Ky., and in 2016, married Joe Craft, a coal magnate from Tulsa, Okla. — spent all or part of 210 days, or a third of her time as ambassador to Canada, in either Kentucky or Oklahoma over the course of 43 trips. Half of those days were work days. Committee Republicans, however, say their tally differs. By their count, Craft spent 194 days total — both working and non-working days — in Kentucky and Oklahoma over the same period. Ninety-two were workdays and include annual leave and sick leave days, plus days where Craft worked remotely. The remaining 102 non-workdays were largely U.S. and Canadian holidays and weekends, they said. At the time of her confirmation hearing, the State Department said that all of Craft’s absences were approved by department officials. However, Democratic committee staff say, records provided to the committee show Craft spent at least part of 11 days outside of Canada without State Department approval. That includes one three-day Kentucky trip and “repeated unapproved extensions of existing to travel” to that state or to Oklahoma. Republicans attribute some of the lack of approvals to administrative errors. They say seven of those unapproved days were when Craft delayed by a day returning to Ottawa after an approved weekend away. At least one extension came at the White House’s request, they said. Three of those extensions were improperly submitted due to administrative errors, and one was filed on a federal holiday, they said. Another three out of the 11 days were requested for approval, but the response cable didn’t come through, Republicans said, and the State Department didn’t reprimand the ambassador over the issues. Another one of those days was due to inclement weather on the planned date of departure, they said. The State Department knew where Craft was “at all times,” the Republicans said. Craft also took 60 personal days outside of Canada, according to the Democrats’ findings. Republicans said their count showed that Craft used 39 personal days, and didn’t exceed the 26-day limit for diplomatic personnel on leave in any calendar year. In total, Craft spent part or all of 356 days outside of Canada during her tenure, which amounts to more than 56 percent of her time on the job, Democrats say. (Republicans say their count was 323.) The investigation focused on the time from when she presented her credentials in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2017, until June 16, three days before she testified on Capitol Hill regarding her latest nomination. Committee minority staff also found that Craft involved her husband, the chief executive officer of Alliance Resource Partners, the third-largest coal company in the country, in discussions with government officials on energy and environment matters. Joe Craft connected the ambassador to EPA officials to help her track down an information request from the Canadian government and was included on subsequent emails about the issue, as previously reported by The Associated Press. While Craft has maintained that her husband “plays no role whatsoever in official U.S. government business,” the Democratic findings say she \'has not definitively answered whether her spouse was included on any official State Department communications involving energy or environment matters.\' Joe Craft also attended meetings on those issues with U.S. and Canadian government officials, along with Kelly Craft in her official capacity as ambassador, according to the Democrats’ findings. Committee Republicans said Joe Craft’s appearances at events with the ambassador were in his personal capacity as her husband, reflecting the traditional role of diplomatic spouses “regardless of gender or background.” Democrats say Craft also used her personal email \'on at least a few occasions\' to conduct government business, a possible violation of federal recordkeeping laws. She didn't provide copies of all of those exchanges, they said, though she confirmed using personal email to the committee. Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the Crafts’ communications with the EPA show use of her personal email address for official work. Republicans said Craft acknowledged using personal email at times during her early days as ambassador because of “recurring problems” with her department-issued phone. Any instances where she didn’t copy her State Department email address were unintentional, Republicans said. Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine'

Meghan McCain Reveals That She Recently Suffered A Miscarriage In New York Times Op-Ed

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Meghan McCain opened up about a deeply personal situation in a recent New York Times op-ed.In the piece published Friday, Meghan revealed that she recently suffered a miscarriage.Like many women whose pregnancies aren’t viable, Meghan reflected on
'Meghan McCain opened up about a deeply personal situation in a recent New York Times op-ed.In the piece published Friday, Meghan revealed that she recently suffered a miscarriage . Like many women whose pregnancies aren’t viable, Meghan reflected on why this had happened to her.She grappled with it as a woman, as a public figure, and as a person of faith.Like many modern women, she wondered why there was such a stigma built around the subject.Many women who have miscarried know about the hushed whispers and sad glances that the news is met with.Meghan was hoping that by speaking out, she’d tear down some of the taboo around the subject.A noble cause doesn’t make speaking out any easier.Meghan took to Instagram to thank people for reaching out and being supportive in the wake of her news.In the caption of the photo of herself and husband Ben Domenech, she wrote, “ I was petrified to share my story publicly but I never, ever let fear dictate my life choices.I will always take the leap, I will always roll the dice. “ . The post Meghan McCain Reveals That She Recently Suffered A Miscarriage In New York Times Op-Ed appeared first on LittleThings .'

Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke Says He and His Wife are Descendants of Slave Owners

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Sunday said he was recently given documents showing that he and his wife, Amy, are descendants of slave owners, writing in a Medium post that the legacy of slavery “now has a much more personal
'Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke  on Sunday said he was recently given documents showing that he and his wife, Amy, are descendants of slave owners,  writing in a Medium post that the legacy of slavery “now has a much more personal connection.” . The post by O’Rourke says his paternal great-great-great grandfather owned two women, Rose and Eliza, in the 1850s and it’s likely his maternal great-great-great grandfather owned slaves in the 1860s. O’Rourke writes that his wife Amy had an ancestor who owned slaves and another who fought in the Confederate Army. “I benefit from a system that my ancestors built to favor themselves at the expense of others,” the former Texas congressman said. “That only increases the urgency I feel to help change this country so that it works for those who have been locked-out of — or locked-up in — this system.” “As a person, as a candidate for the office of the Presidency, I will do everything I can to deliver on this responsibility,” he added. O’Rourke’s post appears to be prompted by reporting from The Guardian  which published Sunday that O’Rourke and his wife didn’t know of their ancestral ties to slave owners before being contacted by the news outlet. The Medium post by O’Rourke says he will “continue to support” reparations for slavery —  an idea that, for decades, has been largely outside mainstream US political thought. The issue of reparations has gotten attention in the 2020 Democratic primary with Democratic candidates, including Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren as well as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, addressing the issue on the campaign trail. “We all need to know our own story as it relates to the national story, much as I am learning mine,” O’Rourke said. “It is only then, I believe, that we can take the necessary steps to repair the damage done and stop visiting this injustice on the generations that follow ours.” After launching  his presidential bid in March , O’Rourke has tried to leverage the national attention he gained during his  failed 2018 Texas Senate bid  into a sustainable campaign for President. Despite large fundraising hauls and early support around his announcement,  O’Rourke has struggled in the crowded Democratic primary field.  A CNN poll earlier this month found his campaign held just 3% support.'