What are some of the best life-changing books?


Growing up as a child,  I can remember every thing and every one around me reminding me that  reading was not something to be done for fun — but rather — reading was  instead something that “must” be done… not because it’s something that  I want to do, or something that I choose to do, but rather because it’s something that I have to do.

And I believe that’s an absolute shame.

Because reading is fun.  Reading is  powerful. And reading has served me so well that I’d say it contributes  to the majority of the successes I’ve experienced in my life — both  personally and professionally. The rest of it comes from taking  consistent and deliberate action on the things I’ve picked up from the  books I read.

Today, I’m going to present 10  mind-expanding books to read in a life-time — but bear in mind: I’m not  saying you should take a life-time to read them. The more of them you  read, the more of the benefits you’ll gain from the books, and thus, the  more of the mind-expanding ideas you’ll be able to degenerate and apply  directly to your life.

Outliers: The Story of Success

OutliersThis is a book about success… and how there’s a lot more to it than being smart and working hard. Maybe you’ve heard of Gladwell’s famous 10,000 hour rule and how it relates to success – but even then – there’s still so much more to learn about how successful people became so successful in the first place. Outliers is a  must-read title if you’re looking to expand your mind about the  subtleties and nuances that contributed to the success of icons like  Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Cosmos

CosmosThis is one of those books that you read, and then just sit there and think. Cosmos is one of the most mind expanding books on this list because it  implores you to think about our place in the universe, and the fact that  even though we’ve come so far as a species, we’ve still got so much  more to learn about ourselves and our future.

Meditations

MeditationsThis book was written over 1800 years  ago, and guess what?–The powerful principles written way back then  remain just as applicable today, as they did back in the 2nd century.  Just read this quote and you’ll understand what I mean: “For how could  we do what justice requires if we are distracted by things that don’t  matter, if we are naive, gullible, inconstant?” He’s got to be referring  to our texting and driving problem, right?

The China Study

The China Study

If you’re interested in learning about  the single most comprehensive book about nutrition conducted to date,  then this is the book you need to read. The research behind this book,  and it’s health and weight-loss implications will do more than expand  your mind, it’ll downright surprise you (and maybe even scare you) into  embracing a healthier way of life.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

How to Win Friends & Influence PeopleThis is the original book on emotional intelligence. Way before social scientists had the case studies to back up the  efficacy of human relations and it’s impact the way we live and the way  we work, Dale Carnegie had tried and tested his methods of positive  influence enough times to know their effectiveness. Over 100 million  copies later, the methods have proven themselves by withstanding the test of time.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Flow The Psychology of Optimal ExperienceYou know that feeling you get when you’re  doing what you love — and it’s almost as if time just came to halt? As  if five hours felt like five minutes? As if everything you were doing  just felt right? As if you were doing what you might be meant to do?  That’s called a “flow” state. And if you’re looking to get more of it in  your life, then you should get this book right about now.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleYou’ve surely heard of this classic… but  what makes it so mind expanding? The fact that it’s based on principles.  And principles don’t change. They’re time-less. Each of the habits laid  out in this book are designed to act as individual prescriptions for  effectiveness in all four dimensions of human nature: physically,  mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.

Never Eat Alone

Never Eat AloneAre you interested in getting ahead and getting the edge in life — without having to sacrifice your integrity to do it? If yes, then  this is your book. Never Eat Alone is a classic book on connecting with  others, and must-read for anyone living in the current connection economy.

The Power of Habit

The Power of HabitThe interesting thing about habits, is  that once we develop them, they go about totally un-noticed in our  day-to-day activities. For example: you probably don’t think about how  many simultaneous actions go into reversing your car out of the garage  and into the street safely and smoothly… you just do it. That’s a habit.  But so is smoking. The Power of Habit teaches you how to be deliberate about building better habits that serve you both in life and in business.

Now that you’ve got this list of 10 mind  expanding books to read in a lifetime — there’s only one question left…  Which one do you read first? Should you go out and get all of them  immediately? Should you read them all at once? Or should you take a  lifetime to read them? So many options. So little time. Ultimately, it’s  totally your decision what you do with this list and how you apply it  to your life and career.

 

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