Reading has been by far the best habit I’ve cultivated over the last few years. There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting with a warm cup of coffee while reading a good book. I’ve always read books growing up, but it was mostly fiction.
The last few years, however, I’ve been reading a lot of books on mindset, self-development and management. My life has changed in every way possible. I’m more proactive, more open to new opportunities and just happier in general.
Today I want to share with you 3 books that were a complete game changer for me, and I’m sure they will impact you too, in one way or another.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
1) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
I first read this book when I was 19, and it really changed my view on the world, but it also made me realize how much my mindset, prior to reading this book, was holding me back from opportunities, setting big goals and just be more ambitious. This book is an all time classic in the self-improvement genre. Napoleon Hill interviewed 500 of the wealthiest and most successful people from that time about their life stories, habits, beliefs and secrets to success over a 20 year period, and compiled it to 13 principles. The principles outlined in this book are timeless, and if applied, your whole perspective on life will change. This book is all about teaching you how your mindset is your biggest asset when it comes to success and creating the life you desire.
2) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is another all-time classic. Released over 80 years ago, just like “Think and grow rich”, it’s principles withstood the test of time. I’ve heard people talking about this book ever since I started my self-development journey, but the over-promising title of this book always made a me a bit hesitant to give it a read. One evening I was at Barnes & Noble when I came across this book. I decided to pick it up, regardless of what I though about the title. The following night I had a long flight back to Europe, and this was the only book I had on board with me, so I started reading it. Much to my surprise I was blown-away by how much I could relate to the stories and examples in this book. At that time I was going through a breakup, and while reading the stories and the example in the book I released how much I had in common with the “bad guy.” If there is one thing I regret about this book, is that I didn’t read it earlier. It’s a book that I reread every few months, to make sure sure I stay on track. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to take an honest and objective look at themselves, and be prepared to turn things around.
3) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The first thing that stood out to me when I first read this book was the actionable steps and exercises it had, in order to directly apply the principles. Almost every chapter has some type of exercise, or thought provoking question that really makes you dig deep into your thoughts. At times it was a bit uncomfortable for me to do certain exercises because you really had take an honest look at yourself, and see things very objectively, and in an honest way. For example, a question he asks in the book is “What would you like people saying about you at your funeral?.” Obviously that’s an uncomfortable question to answer because you don’t really want to think about this, but all it really is, is just a way for you to define your purpose in life, and how you want to be remembered.