Books are sources of knowledge and are just a certain amount that we learn when we read one. I know some people don’t like to read that much, but you don’t have to become a bookworm in order to develop yourself.
These books are not boring material you have to study. These are the manuscripts that changed my life, and I’m sure that if you will give them a try, you’ll feel the same thing. So without any further ado here are my top 5 books that changed my life!
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Number 5: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad was one of the first self-help books that I have ever read. Robert says that during his childhood he had two dads. One was his biological father who was a University teacher, that worked a 9-5 job and believed that a higher degree in his field would assure him a more comfortable life. The other one was actually the father of his best friend, he was a school dropout, that built a Hotel chain and believed that nothing is more important than financial education.
Robert learned a lot from both! His poor dad thought him what a father should teach his son, but nothing about how to handle money, while the other one taught him how to do business. The difference between the two was that one believed formal education is more important, while the other one thought financial education is more valuable. In this book, Robert explains the principles he learned from his rich dad. Therefore, I think we know which one was valuable for Mr. Kiyosaki.
The main lesson of this book is: The rich don’t work for money, money works for the rich. And to make money work for you, you need to understand how money works, how negotiation works, how to find valuable assets, and how to not purchase liabilities, and if bought, how to make them assets.
Even if you don’t have big plans for becoming a millionaire, this book can help you understand at least the basics of making money, and becoming more responsible and capable of your financial future!
Number 4: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
I’m sure you heard about the mighty Steve Jobs. You know, the one who came with the idea of Apple. The thing is, you may know some facts about Mr. Jobs, but chances are, you don’t know the whole story. But you should.
I’m not saying that because I’m a big Apple fan, nor because Steve Jobs is my hero or something like that. It is because he was an odd human, who only did what he saw fit. He was a pain in the back most of the time but was loved by the people. He was a tyrant and a savior at the same time.
Mr. Jobs dedicated his life to his purpose, and that is very clear to see in the Trillion dollar company Apple has become. You can say anything about this man, but he was a driven hard-working man who would do what it takes to make his vision become a reality. And I must say that this is the life that a lot of people aspire to.
So if you have a vision of something, anything, then you should read this biography, and see for yourself what it takes to be committed to your values, and where can this get you.
Number 3: 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
This whole book is built around one simple principle: 5-second rule… Duh. Now seriously, the whole purpose of the book is to make you understand this simple principle and make you do it. Why? because it transforms you into a productivity machine!
Let me set up this scenario for you: you are laying in bed, scrolling through your Instagram feed, and remember you some chores to do, but you convince yourself is not that urgent, so you let it pass. Then the other day you do the same. The following day, the same. And you keep doing it until you are all over your head, and can’t do it anymore! But not if you use the 5-second rule.
Your brain tries to be as comfortable as it can be. Therefore, it will try to convince you that you don’t have to do unpleasing work. And it does that in 5 seconds. It starts at the moment you decide to do something, in 5 seconds, it will come up with an excuse! But, what if you would keep your mind busy, by counting from 5 to 1? Well, it will work the way you think it works… you will not be able to find an excuse, so you will do it, doesn’t matter how unpleasant it is.
Don’t get me wrong about this one! You will feel bad at first, and if you don’t feel like it, you will feel like not doing it afterward, but it gets easier. For me, getting up out of bed is the hardest thing of the day. And even with the 5-second rule, I feel incredible powers that try to stop me… But I wake up anyway, and I can start my day earlier, and with a sense of accomplishment.
If you want to rocket your productivity, then is time to give this book a look!
Remember when I said “5 Second Rule” had one principle in the whole book. This talks about a whole Philosophy on how to live a simpler, happier, and present life.
It is a story about a corporate lawyer having a heart attack while in court. The doctors tell him he can’t practice his job anymore, and his health is at risk. He goes to India where he hopes to find enlightenment. There he meets a wise man who guides him to a village where many masters lived. They taught him their lessons, and all he had to do in return was to tell the whole world about it!
The principles he talks about are told in a fable. We already covered it all up in this article Review: “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” . So, check this out next!
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari doesn’t just display principles that may sound weird for some of us. But also spoke about some powerful techniques that you can use in order to respect those principles.
For me, this book was not just a self-help book, was an eye-opener! It made me look at the world different, question my life choices and even my core values, who turned out bad for me. This book will not change your life nor will it solve your problems. But it will make you live happier and will show you what you should be really focused on!
Number 1: Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
I’m really happy that I’ve read this book. It was my first self-development book that I’ve read in my life, and I couldn’t have chosen better!
Napoleon Hill was hired by Andrew Carnegie to interview many successful people in order to find the recipe for success, which he did! He did not only found it, he actually made a guide on how to use it! The whole book is a guide on how to use that secret formula to change your life around.
I know it sounds like some mambo-jumbo. Even I taught that… Until I convinced myself to try it, and it worked. No, I am no millionaire, because I was not using it for that! I used the formula to see if it could help enter a University. And it worked so well I had the highest grade from my class.
The thing you need to know is that it takes time, effort, and determination to consistently apply the guide, in such way it benefits you. Your goals will not fulfill after a day or a week or even a month. But if you keep doing it, with time you will see how much progress you make!
If I would have to recommend only one book for the rest of my life, this would be the one! I love it so much that I promised myself to read it every year for the rest of my life, and I already read it 3 times! The best thing is it gets better the more you read it. You see details you may have missed the first time, and sometimes you may have a whole different perspective about some chapters. But this is the beauty of it! So what are you waiting for? Buy the book!
So this is it, guys! The top 5 books to improve your life! I don’t know if you will get the same amount of value from these as I did, but I’m sure that you will find the principles and philosophies they behold very much interesting! Happy lecture!