Over the past decade, I’ve seen life change course in many directions. This has led me through a journey of ups and down, wins and losses, learning from failure and find myself with strength in hopeless times.
I’m thankful for all the support from my family and friends, but sometime their influence may not be what I needed. Finding positive guidance to improve many aspects in life has been a major key in personal growth.
I think its fate when you stumble on to some positive influences that have a profound effect on your mindset and the way you live your life. I found many of these influences through books which I wish I had read at a younger age.
I’m so glad to share these books with you and hope they also have a profound effect on your life.
The 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss
Still to date one my favourites and is still changing the way I live my life and approach many situations. The 4 Hour Work Week is not only funny as hell but shares the tips and
tactics on how to work less, achieve more and live a fuller life.
Tim tells his personal journey of failures and success in learning some great lessons in life. The key purpose of this entertaining read (or listen which is narrated brilliantly) is to create automated income and use your spare time to live the life you always dreamed.
His concept of ‘Lifestyle Design’ gives you the concept of living like a millionaire without having all the millions. This really gets you thinking about what you want to achieve in life and what is important to you. This book has influenced the way I use my time and what I can achieve when organised and in the right mindset. There is also a tonne of useful tips for improving life performance in so many areas.
The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
Do you have writer’s block? Can’t get creative? This amazing read from Steven Pressfiled provides his eye-opening approach to self-discipline and dealing with the resistance of which is yourself.
This book is encouraging and gets straight to the point on how procrastination works and winning our inner creative battles. Steven writes from years of experience as a struggling and professional writer. He shares his secret weapons in battling creativity loss.
Before I read this book, I could stare at a blank page for hours and walk away defeated that I couldn’t get anything down on paper. After this read, I approach every post with these techniques for a guarantee effort.
This is perfect for anyone trying to find their feet in a creative manner and battling with procrastination.
The Magic of Believing – Claude Bristol
A friend of mine lent me his audio book collection and I stumbled onto this tiny book of power. In this old little book, Claude shares his personal journey of using the power of suggestion to achieve great things.
With background as a police reporter, he researched through many avenues of religion and mystics to find out why the belief systems is so powerful. His use of learned techniques helped him achieve a successful business, meeting great people and an amazing life.
Whilst the script is dated, his techniques of using the power of the subconscious mind to achieve your goals are still very relevant. I’ve used Claude’s techniques and had remarkable results with achieving fitness targets, work milestones and personal goals.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Joseph Murphy
After reading the Magic of Believing, I found this book by Joseph Murphy. If you are seeking a happy, healthier and more prosperous life, this book is a fit for you at any stage of life.
This book implies our subconscious does 90% of our daily thinking. This can be in the form of small tasks like walking, driving and things we don’t think of in the front of our mind. The power of this subconscious mind on autopilot can be powerful if directed in the correct direction.
The subconscious mind learns through deductive, hypnotic, trance-like states. Through repetition in a deductive state, you gain the power to change your mind.
This book is a little repetitive but a great resource to understand the workings of subconscious mind and harness its power.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k – Mark Manson
Do you take things to heart and get caught up in emotions that achieve nothing but stress? Well its time stop giving a f**k.
I saw this book recommended by many but only recently read it. Mark Manson uses a witty manor filled with profanity and comedy from philosophical wisdom. He gives a reminder that life is too short to get caught up in silly little emotions caused by mean spirited people.
In life, we have so many unfortunate events that we can’t control around us but we can control ourselves. This book has empowered me to control my reactions in bad situations.
Mark suggests just picking a few big things that reflect your values: “What I’m talking about here is essentially learning how to focus and prioritize your thoughts effectively—how to pick and choose what matters to you and what does not matter to you based on finely honed personal values.”
The author also shares some tragic life experience, how they changed the direction of his life, reflect on his human existence and search for meaning of life.
Fascinating read. Available on Kindle.
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
I was sceptical after reading the cover but this book. You’d think this book is all about making money but it about a different type of riches.
Personal growth and achieving great things is the key you will take away from this long read and it’s a classics in the personal development space.
Napoleon shares many stepped techniques towards achieve personal and business achievements with tonnes of stories to show proof to his method. His systematic steps are where the golden nuggets are found in this novel. These can be used to achieve success in any department of life.
The importance of this book is that it shows riches are sometimes not found in money. It gives you the opportunity to detach from the emotional side of money.
The touching story of his deaf son is empowering and instils a strength to never give up on your belief’s.
The only downside to this book is there are too many long-winded stories about the great depression and ancient triumphs. I know this book is old (original 1937) so it has some dated references which is a bit of a bore at times. Avoid these and take the golden nuggets of success.
The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
Conventional wisdom and the world of materialistic gains leads us to believe that success is happiness and not the other way around. Always trying to make more money, have better things or loose more weight to look better in that bathing suit. Did you know this formula is backwards?
What makes this read so compelling is all the scientific research, hard statics and deep studies which are display brilliantly. Some are entertaining but most of these measurable will astound what affects our happiness or how we achieve our happiness.
With all this interesting information and lovely story of Shawn’s life experiences, this read is entertaining and really get you striving to add positivity in your life at home, work and with yourself.
A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind – Vishen Lakhiani
A book so cool that this guy must make up his own words. I’m not joking. Vishen uses words such as Brules (bull shit rules) and Unfuckwithable to explain his plan that anyone can use to live an extraordinary life.
Push the limits of life and bend reality is the message that this book is trying to provide. It questions society’s rules most of us live by and shows how limiting our beliefs have come.
The author shares his life stories of struggle and success with lessons learned along the way. From living an unhappy conventional successful life to struggling and find your true calling.
This book shows ways of engineering your future through scraping some conventional wisdom, intuition, mediation, visualisation and many other techniques.
You will get excited about life after reading this and move towards a direction of success. Start to obsess about being happier today.
The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
This book gives useful methods (not false promises) to get the most out of your life, job, family and community.
David provides proof that you don’t have to have super talents to attain success and satisfaction. He truly changes your mindset and teaches you how to think bigger that you thought was possible.
Believe you can succeed and you will cure yourself of the fear of failure, learn how to think positively, think and dream creatively, turn defeat into victory and use goals to help you grow.
Sometimes we limit ourselves by what we think we deserve or are capable of. Do not put yourself in a box. Read this book and you will open new doors for yourself.
Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuck
Cash in on your Passion is the concept that Gary is putting across in this book. I listened to the audio version which is narrated by Gary and you get a few extras which aren’t in the script. It’s a great listen.
Gary is all about putting in the work if you want to be successful at anything. This guy has insane work ethic and is truly motivational.
He shares his personal story of growing up in an immigrant family, how he turned passion into a business with the addition of persistence and hard work, nothing can stop Gary.
The main lessons I received is that if you working on something you love doing, it’s not really work and you can put it to use for business.
He also stresses on how fundamental the internet and social media is for many areas of success and his predictions for some future trends. This is a good read and shows some solid examples of success on many levels.
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
This is the most controversial book when it comes up in conversation. There is so much hype from media stories, scams and magical stories.
Rhonda portrays the Power of Attraction as the Secret and opens your eye to a more mystical side to the power of the universe. I get a lot of comment on ‘Fake Science’ when this is discussed.
When I first read this book, I thought it was a waste of time and money. I didn’t really understand the power of attraction. I’ve read this a few times now after learning more about related subjects and it has some powerful messages.
The most powerful lesson from this book is using your thoughts and emotions to think positively and therefore attracting positivity. Mystical or not, these techniques work. You become or attract what you focus on. The more you focus on it, the more you attract it (good or bad stuff).
Hope you get the most out of these recommended reads. I’m always looking for new books to continue changing my life.
What books have changed your life? Please add it in the comments below and thanks in advance for sharing.