The Best Life Changing Books that you must read
Don’t you find it frustrating when you’re desperately hunting for a truly inspiring and life changing book, only to keep finding a list of books that seem average at best?
We have found ourselves in that same, uninspired position – so we made it our personal mission, to compile a knock-out list of 37 book titles that will truly change your life.
Our compelling reading list of Great Books contains 37 Book Recommendations, alongside a simple summary of its contents, the author and its book cover – Self help books, philosophy, self-purpose, increasing drive and productivity, leading from the front and psychological enhancement, can all be found in this blockbuster of best books!
Viktor E. Frankl
While this list is in no particular order, Man’s Search For Meaning deserves to be the first book on it!
Viktor E. Frankl lays bare his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. He describes his psycho-therapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagine that outcome.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; that last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
In this book, Tim Ferriss lays out a step-by-step blueprint, to free yourself from the suffocation of the 9-5 corporate grind.
If you want to learn how to create a business that will fund the lifestyle of your dreams, so you can live like a millionaire, without actually having to be one – then this book is for you.
Arguably one of the best books ever written on how to control your mind space for productivity.
Deep Work is the ultimate guide to staying productive amidst the constant distractions of the 24-hour news reel, social media, text messages, emails and phone calls.
4. The Power Of Habit: Why we do what we do in Life and Business
This is a book about self-help, and a good book to help you change your life. A ground-breaking book on how to create good habits.
It takes a deep and scientific look at humans and not only why we behave the way that we do, but how we can change our habitual behaviour.
The Power Of Habit uses examples to illustrate how harnessing simple habits is the key to great success in all areas of life.
5. The Obstacle Is The Way: The Ancient Art Of Turning Adversity To Advantage
This book is hinged on turning your adversity into your advantage. A stoic formula for success, that has propelled some of the most brilliant and successful people to reaching the top of their field. Not because everything has gone their way, but by knowing how to turn an obstacle into an opportunity.
Read this book to discover how you can create opportunity from some of the most seemingly impossible situations you might face.
6. The Art Of War
There is a very high chance that you may have already heard of this book.
Applicable for war, business and your personal lifestyle, these ancient philosophies offer tactics, strategy and analysis on how to operate intelligently, under stressful and changing circumstances.
If you’re interested in the life of Buddha, this book is a must read.
The story of Siddhartha is well-known for its insights on suffering, wisdom, enlightenment and peace and Siddhartha’s story gives the reader a unique perspective and great life lessons they can embrace to move forward positively in life.
8. Outliers: The Story Of Success
In this intellectual journey, Malcolm Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
Explaining the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Looking at the background of what makes people successful in their cultures, generations, and the experiences of their upbringing.
9. A Guide to the Good Life
Using the ancient Roman wisdom of Stoic philosophy, A Guide To The Good Life shows how its insight and advice still apply greatly to our modern lives and how this philosophy can still direct us toward a better life.
Using various stoic techniques, this book offers a road-map for anyone seeking to achieve tranquility in our own lives and avoid the feelings of lingering dissatisfaction that plague so many of us.
10. Never Split The Difference
A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations – whether at work, or in your personal life.
Chris Voss, takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations, sharing nine effective principles of counter intuitive tactics and strategies, that you too can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal life.
11. The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed To Transform Your Life: Before 8:00 AM
Hal Elrod has taken the ‘best practices’, developed over centuries of human consciousness and captured the best of them into a daily morning ritual.
This book could quite literally transform your life and all it asks in return, is just a few minutes of your morning. Interested?
12. Tao Te Ching
Are you looking to make your life easier and more effective by synchronizing with the natural flow of the universe? Then Tao Te Ching (‘The Way Of Power’) is for you.
This is one of the world’s oldest writings of Taoism, a meditational text that is a truly timeless philosophy of power, based on harmony with nature.
13. The Alchemist
Centered around a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucía, this book focuses on the idea that all individuals should live in the singular pursuit of their individual dreams.
The lessons learned on his journey will stay with you long after you finish the book, leaving you feeling inspired.
Read this book to drive you to break the monotony and make that decision!
14. Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers and Innovators Create And Dominate Markets
Al Ramadan. Dave Peterson. Christopher Lochhead. Kevin Maney.
In today’s world, it’s no longer enough to create great new products; companies now establish whole new categories that surpass old ones.
Uber created a fresh personal transportation category, marginalizing the use of standard taxis. Airbnb, Workday and Netflix are all successful by creating entirely new business categories.
This book lays out how entrepreneurs and established enterprises can innovate, develop and dominate in a brand new category over time.
15. Shoe Dog
This book tells the story of how Nike was created from scratch, following the ups and downs of its entrepreneurial journey.
A truly inspirational read, conveying what goes into the makings of a global brand.
16. 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos
Jordan B. Peterson
A motivational and influential philosophy, this book is story-based, and acts as a self-help manual for young people, laying out simple principles that can help you become more disciplined, conduct yourself with integrity, and generally balance your life, while still finding enjoyment along the way.
17. The Path Made Clear
Everyone has a purpose – ‘Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.’ The 10 chapters laid out by Oprah, are organized to help you recognize important markers along your road to self-discovery and what you need to do, in order to achieve your personal serenity.
Oprah Winfrey shares her guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance, and what life’s detours are there to teach us.
18. Authentic Happiness: Using The New Positive Psychology To Realize Your Potential For Lasting Fulfillment
Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D.
A powerhouse in positive psychology, Authentic Happiness was one of the first books written that talked about this science, showing us how we can apply it in our own lives to realize our potential for lasting fulfillment.
It explains why happiness matters, what determines it, and how we can create more of it in our lives.
19. Principles: Life And Work
Billionaire Ray Dalio shares the Principles that have helped him to succeed in life and work.
The book shares how successful people are guided by principles – fundamental truths guiding our actions, helping us achieve what we want in life. This set of ‘Principles’ will help you to uncover and apply your own.
20. Rich Dad Poor Dad
Robert Kiyosaki. Sharon Lechter
Planning financial freedom? Looking to up your financial literacy? In this book, the importance of financial independence and building wealth through investing in assets, real estate investing, as well as starting and owning businesses, are all laid bare.
In this international best seller, learn ‘what the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and the middle class do not!’
21. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfilment of Your Dreams
A prominent figure in the New Age movement and alternative medicine, Deepak Chopra has created this practical guide to the Fulfillment Of Your Dreams, a pocket-sized, self-help book, freely inspired in Hinduism and spiritualistic concepts.
22. Think And Grow Rich
Centred around personal development and self-improvement, Think and Grow Rich lays out a series of principles for you to attract your desires.
Imagination, desire, planning and persistence, are just a few of the 13 principles that will help you access ‘Infinite Intelligence’, that you can use to attract wealth and abundance.
23. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness
Richard H. Thaler. Cass R. Sunstein
Based on behavioral psychology, this book takes an in-depth look into the decision making of humans.
Laying out a ‘choice architecture’, that we use daily to make all of our decisions.
Understanding perhaps why you make poor decisions; it can become much easier to utilize this system to prevent them.
24. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Reading this book can be a truly life changing experience.
An account of human history, providing not only a sense of perspective of how minuscule our time on earth can be, but also delivers a profound understanding of the impact of our actions on the ecosystem and how critical the decisions we make today, will be on the future of tomorrow.
Written with no intention of publication by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement.
Marcus Aurelius offers a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises, developed as the emperor struggled to make sense of the world around him and understand himself. A great book that translates seamlessly to the modern world.
26. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action
Start With Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does.
Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
27. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap… And Others Don’t
In this management book by Jim C. Collins, he describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition.
Following a 5 year research project, the underlying variables that enable any type of organization to make the leap are uncovered.
Rigorously supported by evidence, his findings are surprising and at times, even shocking.
28. The Power Of Now: A guide to spiritual enlightenment
In this New York Times bestseller, Eckhart Tolle reminds you to come back to the present moment.
Our analytical minds are wired to constantly travel to the past or future, creating false perceptions and often giving rise to negative thought.
This book takes a closer spiritual look at transcending thoughts of the past or future and really harnessing the present moment.
29. How to Win Friends And Influence People
In this book, Dale Carnegie’s advice will teach you how to become a better speaker, make friends quickly and easily, persuade people to follow your ideas, increase your popularity and enable you to win new clients and customers – what’s not to love?
30. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R Covey
With over 15 million copies sold, this book is widely recognized as one of the most influential books ever written.
Presented as a principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems, with perceptive insights and pathways for living amidst change and uncertainty with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity.
31. Now, Discover Your Strengths
Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton Ph.D.
As humans, we can be really quite poor at taking stock of ourselves and discovering what we’re actually good at.
We have an idea of what people have told us we’re good at and things we like to do, but rarely will we systematically dig into understanding what our strengths and weaknesses are – Now, Discover Your Strengths, helps us do just that.
Giving you the ownership to really invest in your strong suits and start living your best life.
32. Ego Is The Enemy: The Fight To Master Our Greatest Opponent
Almost all of us, at some stage of life, are the victims of our own ego.
Leading us to strive too far, expect too much, assume that we’re deserving and if we achieve success our ego makes us do things that lead us to failure.
Ego Is The Enemy aims to help you suppress ego before bad habits take hold and to switch these temptations to humility and discipline.
This book will help us be humble in your aspirations, gracious in your success, and resilient in your failure.
33. Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion
Robert B. Cialdini
Cialdini lays out 6 key Principles of Persuasion – Reciprocity, scarcity, authority, commitment and consistency, liking and consensus.
Broken down into their attitudes and behaviors, by understanding these rules, you can use them to persuade and influence others, helping you to set about driving the change you strive for.
34. Essentialism; The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less
Being an essentialist is about a disciplined way of thinking.
By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows you to regain control of your own choices so you can channel your time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.
35. Awaken The Giant Within: How To Take Immediate Control Of Your Mental, Emotional And Financial Destiny
This outstanding book includes effective and proven strategies for improving your performance in the four crucial areas of life: mental, emotional, physical, and financial.
A self-help book that’s all about helping you get into your ‘peak state’ and helps you harness your self-awareness and self-mastery, in order to live your best life.
36. Year Of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun And Be Your Own Person
Written by the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, Shonda Rhimes reveals how saying YES changed her life – and how it can change yours too.
Profound and genuinely funny, this best seller reveals how saying YES changed – and saved – her life.
And inspires readers everywhere to change their own lives with one little word: YES.
In this classic fiction novel, the deranged Annie Wilkes kidnaps her favorite author and forces him to write a sequel to her favorite book series.
When the author fights back, Wilkes takes out an axe and starts chopping away at him.
Years later, Stephen King realized the entire outline was an elaborate metaphor for his cocaine habit.
“Misery is a book about cocaine, Annie Wilkes is cocaine. She was my number-one fan.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this list of some of our favorite books and that you’ve found that all-important book, which has left you feeling truly inspired and motivated by how it might impact your life!
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