6 Books Forever Changing The Way You Think
Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. Frankl's memoir begins reflecting on surviving four different Nazi concentration camps while watching his parents, brother and wife perish. He focuses on the pschological aspect of death camps and the desire for the inhabitants to accept the Nazi belief that they are "less than human". Frankl continues to establish individual's personal beliefs give life meaning and that man, is ultimately self-determining. His work epitomize's Friedrich Nietzsche's dictum, "He who has a why to live, can bear with almost any how."
A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. I specifically recommend this quick ninety page book to entrepreneurs and those interested in business. Written in 1643 by an undefeated and master-less samurai (ronin), it is regarded today as a must read for "Members of the Board." As I first began reading, I could not understand why this guide for becoming a great samurai is even relevant today. Nearing the middle of the book, the larger theme's Musashi identifies and repeats started becoming apparent. Attack. Practicing with intent. Internal discipline. Focusing on what matters. Confidence in actions. Relentless grit. Compassion. Musashi emphasizes those who can conquer themselves can conquer the world...All disguised as a guide for becoming a great samurai.
The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection by Michael A. Singer. This book is written as roadmap to achieving happiness, an exploration of what letting go of painful experience can do to your life (not always what we expect), and a discovery of what happens when we tune out the noise of our lives. Singer believes in transforming relationship with yourself and the world around you, iving mindfully, and freeing yourself from habitual thoughts, emotions and energies that limit growth, your work, and the quality of your life Reading this will challenge the way you percieve yourself and the way you approach each day.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Kahneman's thesis is the human animal is systematically illogical. Not only do we poorly assess situations, but we do so following fairly consistently with predictable patterns. Moreover, those patterns are grounded in our primate ancestry. A dichotomy exists between our immediate, reactive responsive and our slow, deliberate thinking. Acknowledging the two systems of thinking can help us make better decisions.
Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar, one of Harvard University's most popular lecturers. Treat happiness not like an end goal, but like a habit by actively working on becoming happier every day. Being able to embrace challenges for what they are and deriving pleasure from them.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. First published in 1937, after twenty years of research, it is considered a must read of the business world. Hill's research began when Andrew Carnegie gave him the assignment of organizing a Philosophy of Personal Achievement. Hill, a poor journalist, armed with just an introductory letter from Carnegie, set out to interview over five hundred successful people including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman, William Wrigley Jr., Charles M. Schwab etc. Hill summarized the priceless wisdom of his work in the form of the thirteen steps to success in Think and Grow Rich.