Want to turn your life around? Give these 10 books a chance to revitalise the way you live
“Be the change you want to see” is a lesson that everyone needs to apply to their own lives. In order to bring about drastic changes in our everyday events and to grow and learn and become the people that we want to be, we need to know the steps to take.
These 7 books will completely change your perspective on life and the way you live it, and will definitely make any aspect of your life better.
How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
The core idea that Dale Carnegie wants to pass along is that you can change other people’s behavior simply by changing your own. This book reads like an instruction manual on how to get people to do favors for you, to handle your relationships well, and to become a more likable person. It gives you countless principles to win others over and has definitely highly influenced behavioral psychology. This book is for you if you strive to improve your relationships at home or at work, and if you harbour a deep desire to get better at dealing with people. Dale Carnegie gives us tips and tricks on how to help people change their behaviour without intruding into their lives, but does not rely on either manipulation or deceit. It is impossible to apply his tips without truly becoming a kinder and more thoughtful person.
Think and grow rich – Napoleon Hill
“When you begin to think and grow rich, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work”
According to Napoleon Hill, whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. If we have a desire to get rich, we must literally think ourselves rich. We must change our state of mind, so that our thoughts of “success” will be transmuted into reality. This is the cornerstone of the concept that Napoleon Hill wants us to understand. This book is the Bible for successful people, and shows the way to influence ourselves and our futures purely through our words. This book takes you on an amazing journey and shows how millionaires achieved success, all with the message that we alone are the masters of our thoughts.
The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey
“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”
Covey believes that the way we see the world depends completely on our individual perceptions. He says that there are 7 habits, which, if applied well, will lead to immense success. These are basic principles for effective living, and people experience true happiness and success as they integrate the principles into their character. He gives us a path to building personal and professional character through the process of changing our views on how the world works. This book is truly a manual for life, and urges you to reflect deeply, search within, and make basic changes to your life, simply to lead to a strong, reliable character and a happy, successful life.
Rich dad poor dad -Robert T. Kiyosaki
“I’d rather welcome change than cling to the past”
This book will reshape anything you thought you knew about financial independence, money, and investing. This is a modern classic of personal finance. One of the biggest teachings is that you needn’t earn a high income to be rich. It sounds crazy, but the book goes on to show you how to make money work for you, instead of working for money. There are two fundamental concepts in this book: a can-do attitude, and fearless entrepreneurship. Kiyosaki shows that the utter lack of financial skills taught in schools means that barely anyone knows how to handle money, and people get trapped in work purely to pay bills. Luckily, he offers a way to get ahead. This book will make you rethink the way you know money, and show you that you need to be apart from the crowd to be ahead of them.
Flow: the psychology of optimal experience- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”
Flow is characterized by being totally absorbed in the present moment, a state of total involvement where problems seem to disappear and there is an overwhelming feeling of control. The meaningful moments that make life worth living are all part of the flow. All of us experience flow in our lives, but the flow isn’t something that we can only experience, we can also engineer it.
We can find growth, success, and happiness through this. Flow is something we can get better at so we can have this type of optimal experience wherever we are, no matter what we are doing, or what life throws at us. Flow in our personal and professional lives will lead us to more focused, successful, and happy existences. It is the essential state of effortless work.
Start with why – Simon Sinek
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”
Success in business and happiness in life doesn’t come just from knowing what you do, but by knowing why you do it. Human beings are inherently emotional, and when the purpose is put upon them, they respond. A great leader is able to influence and inspire people, and give them a purpose that has little to do with incentives or benefits. Why you do what you do, that is your purpose. Find your why, stick to it, and you’ll be able to adapt your mind self to inspire others about yourself. Sinek is convinced that the greatest brands differentiate themselves through their articulation of purpose, and this leads to loyalty, higher price pointed, and successful new product launches. In the case of organisations, it keeps them on track and attracts the right kind of people. The “why” of the leader inspires others to follow, so find your why, and be the leader you’re meant to be.
How to stop worrying and start living – Dale Carnegie
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself”
Dale Carnegie believes that the best way to change others is to change yourself. The principles he talks about in this book are ageless. The aim is to help readers analyze their worries and break them down and conquer these worry habits through the right attitude. One of the leading causes of physical illness is unsolved worry, and Carnegie strives to get people out of their pit of negative attitude, and onto the path of true living. This book requires implementation because you need to put the fundamental principles into action at every opportunity you get. Thinking them over and applying them in your life will leave you with a new perspective on life and the activities you participate in.
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
This book tells the true story of the sociologist Morrie Schwartz, his relationship with his students, and the meaning of life. The book is a story written by one of his students, Mitch. Morrie was diagnosed with ALS, and the book is full of his understandings and perspectives of life and how to live it. This is the type of book that will affect your mindset on several aspects of life. It deals with friendship, love, loss, regret, family, death, self-pity, marriage, and a variety of other topics. Even though Morrie was teetering at the edge of death, he was inexhaustibly positive. This outlook inspired Mitch, and will definitely inspire any person who reads this book. Morrie stresses the importance of living each day as if it’s your last, as the world we live in has seemed to convince us that the pursuit of material belongings is what will make us happy. However, Morrie points out that the idea is false, and true happiness comes from sharing one’s talents, inspirations, and through giving from the heart. According to Morrie, death is only one thing that brings sadness, and living unhappily has the same effect. This, we should forgive more, accept more, and judge less. We must put in the effort to talk to our family, friends, and prioritize the truly important aspects of life over those that make us money-mad. This book shows that Mitch will never forget the impact that Morrie had on his unhappy life, and through reading Tuesdays with Morrie, it will impact the reader as well. Being young, we all think that we have so much time left to live and do whatever we want, but this book will show you the importance of now, and not postponing true joy for later, as it may no longer be there. Time is precious, and we should carefully choose how we spend it.
Do the work – Steven Pressfield
“Follow your unconventional, crazy heart”
Steven Pressfield brings out a concept called “Resistance”. Resistance, in simple terms, is what prevents us from doing our best work. It comes in many forms, like doubt, self-criticism, and even rational thinking. It leads us to stop working and ends up in the pit of procrastination. So, Pressfield urges us to just do the work. Ignore the resistance, because the worst thing you can do is stop once you’ve started. An important lesson to remember is that when a task is extremely important, that’s when the resistance will be strongest. We have to build the muscle inside us to ignore this and stick to the commitments that we make. When you’re afraid to fail, or afraid to start, that’s when true courage comes in. Courage is doing what you need to do, even if it scares you. So don’t over think what you need to do, just start. Remember that the universe that we live in does not want us to make progress, so we should do the work to progress in spite of that. The takeaway from this book is that fear and resistance don’t go away, and they are battles that must be fought and overcome every day, and overcoming these will lead to the true results that you expect.
Thinking fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman
“We can be blind to the obvious, but we are also blind to our blindness”
This book contains important concepts that explain how people make decisions. It will help you understand why people can make errors in judgment, and how to look for signs that you yourself may be about to make such an error.
In essence, Kahneman tells us that there are two systems in us, and shows us how we use those in our lives. These two systems are fighting over who is in charge, and this leads to difficulty in decision-making and makes us prone to mistakes. The two systems are called System 1 – which deals with automatic, subconscious thought, and System 2- which concerns itself with deliberate, logical thinking. Most errors take place because we depend largely on System 1. Kahneman extensively writes about how people quickly jump to conclusions based on limited information, and this almost always leads to incorrect judgments and misinformation. In an industry in which reputation is key, it’s important to know the mistakes that can be made, and how to deal with them. Kahneman shows us how to escape from the recurring use of System 1, and grow in effortful thinking. This book is one that you should take your time and chew on. Apply each learning to mistakes you have made, and decisions that you’re mulling over. You’ll be rewarded by a maximization in your happiness, and an overall stream of better decisions.
These 10 books will definitely influence your life for the better, but you must make sure to implement the teachings and lessons in whatever way you can.
Read through our post on implementing the ideas of books in your life and try to gain as much from the books you read as you can. Read these books, re-read them if you need to, and apply their changes to your life to see an amazing improvement in your happiness, success, and motivation for your future.