21 of the Best Books Ever Written
A collection of my favorite books providing me with the most personal value. Feel free to make comments or recommendations.
1) The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. What is positive thinking? Why is it so important? And what are the steps you can do to remove negative thoughts from your mind and replace them with better ones?
2) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. An amazing story about following your dream and what this really means. The short novel follows a shepherd boy and his pursuit for meaning. Considered a must read for entrepreneurs.
3) 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell. This is a book all leaders, born or made, should consider a must-read. Maxwell's leadership laws are succinct and useful. He supports his "twenty-one laws" with real business stories and leadership anecdotes, then shows you how to apply these laws (each chapter ends with practical strategies and activities to help you reflect and grow your leadership abilities.)
4) Become What You Are by Alan Watts. A genius of philosophy and interpreting Eastern wisdom, Watts, shares his perspective of life, the universe and more in this collection of essays. His focus for this writing is exisiting in the now and finding harmony in life. I personally enjoy the unique Hindu and Buddhist mix comprising Watts' philosophy.
5) The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle - Potentially the most valuable book I've read to date. This is intended to be a guide for day-to-day living and also emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past or future.This book will give you the tools to live a happy, fulfilled life no matter where you are or what you are doing.
6) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The possibilities of space and different philosophies are considered at from a unique, fun angle in this great novel. Created as a comedy sci-fi series, you may have already seen the movie.
7) The Children of The Law of One & The Lost Teachings of Atlantis by Jon Peniel. This is the account of an American teenager who discovered a monastery in Tibet that was the inspriation for the legend of "Shangri La"A life-changer in terms of books. Jon Peniel describes his journey in a monastery, learning different philosophies, but the key point of this book is the explanation of unconditional love.
8) The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Dan Kennedy. The book was originally published in the 1960's by a plastic surgeon to help those disgured after reconstructive surgery but has been updated to include present day information. Psycho-cybernetics revolves around the principle of self-image psychology. The theory has been verified by studies as a powerful no-nonsense self-help psychology. For anyone who wants to change themselves quickly and effectively, this is your go-to book. By reading this you learn about how to change your self-image and eventually your entire life.
9) Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin P. Seligman. Depression and Anxiety disorders are incredibly prominent and widely spread, especially in today’s society. And often times, ignored. Learn to go against this negative mind-set by figuring out what “learned helplessness” is and how to fight it
10) The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. This book describes the speech Randy Pausch gave in 2007 that was his last. What matters to you? What matters in life? I would highly recommend reading this book, and better yet, to watch the lecture below...Words do not do it justice.
11) The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide by David Deida. David Deida explains his views on relationships in this book and what both men and women can do to strengthen their relationships and make them more passionate, caring and amazing.
12) Sell or be Sold by Grant Cardone. What is selling really? Why does everyone need to know it? What can you do to become a sales expert? And at the very least, how do you avoid being played?
13) The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris. Known as the Bible for entrepreneurs. Do you want to turn your life around and go from 40 hours a week to 4? Follow the step-by-step guide Tim Ferris puts out in this book and it could be easily achievable for you!
14) The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Resistance is something we all experience in mass every day. We resist our work and run for the hills to videos, movies and games. Stop resisting your calling, learn to work like a pro and fight the war of art.
15) Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy. The tip “Do the toughest thing first” is always easier said than done. This is what Brian Tracy tackles in this book to make “eating that frog” as easy as possible! Step outside your comfort zone.
16) Cultivating an Unshakable Character (Audiobook) by Jim Rohn. What are the characteristics of highly successful people? Why are they so confident, certain and what makes them so unshakable? Jim Rohn covers all of that and more in this timeless masterpiece.
17) The Closer's Survival Guide by Grant Cardone. For anyone trying to sell anything, whether it be an idea to a friend, a product to a customer or themselves in a job interview or date, this book is a must read. Learn the most effective closing strategies that will instantly spike your success rate with all of the above.
18) Mastery by Robert Greene. What does it take to become a Master in any field? 10,000 hours of disciplined training? Robert Greene takes a look behind the scenes of the lives of great historical figures and picks out the traits and characteristics that made them achieve true mastery.
19) As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. "Each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances..." The qualiity of our thoughts correlate to the quality of our lives. That is the premise of the book written by James Allen before most other self-development book, and yet is still a fantastic read.
20) How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Our thoughts are incredibly important in all walks of life and Dale Carnegie knew this and applied it to social interactions. Whether you are having trouble making friends, becoming more respectable or having trouble with your own thoughts altogether this book will be a great asset to you. Potentially out-date for the modern business world but still worth a read.
21) Emerson: Essays and Lectures by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Take responsibility for your life, become reliant on only yourself and take your life to the next step. Read Emerson's amazing thoughts on this – it will change your life.