I’m an avid reader. Without exaggeration I easily read 3-4 books a month. It’s a habit I’ve had for years, and one that I am very grateful for.
Not all books are equal, and a few of them have impacted me so much that I have to share them.
Without reservation I can say that these 8 books have absolutely changed my life for the better. Read them, but more importantly, do what they tell you. It is your acting not just your reading that will get you the best results.
1. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
This is the most important book I’ve ever read in terms of helping me to consistently work through my “inner resistance”. This book, more than any other book, has helped me to build successful businesses, write a book (and continue to write every single day) and create an authentic and fulfilling career path for myself. In my opinion, this book is a must read if you are an entrepreneur, writer, artist, or any form of “creator”.
2. Turning Pro – by Steven Pressfield
The follow up to The War of Art . In The War of Art Pressfield identifies the enemy to living an authentic life – resistance. In Turning Pro, Pressfield teaches you how to defeat it and develop the “lunch pail” mentality that all masters and pros possess. You can’t get through this book without wanting to make profound changes to your habits and the way you look at life. This book will make you a stone cold pro, in whatever endeavour in life you are pursuing.
3. Flow: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience – by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
What are the optimal experiences in our life? The vacations? Laying on the beach? No. World renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in this landmark book proves that optimal experience is actually the moments in our life when we are giving our very best in pursuit of self-directed meaningful goals. Through this book I learned how to channel flow, and my life was never the same.
4. As a Man Thinketh – by James Allen
Thoughts are things. We are what we repeatedly think about. Through this book I learned to first create in my mind the life that I want, then manifest its reality through my hard work and actions. A classic – short, simple and powerful.
5. The Compound Effect – by Darren Hardy
No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. Success is simply the product of the compounding effect of the small and simple actions that we take each day. Once I figured out this lesson my entire life changed. Now I structure every single day to ensure that I am taking small, and consistent actions, towards the goals that I value most.
6. The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho
An easy to read, highly descriptive story that teaches a powerful concept: follow the road to your authentic “destiny” . Learn the obstacles that will arise, and learn how to channel your courage on the path of what you value most.
7. Awaken The Giant Within – by Anthony Robbins
Don’t let the TV infomercials, and the big teeth fool you – this book has high quality strategies that are immediately applicable to gain control of your emotional self. When you can control the inner, the outer quickly follows. Get leverage on yourself by reading this book and applying the strategies you learn.
8. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – by Stephen R. Covey
A practical masterpiece with easy to follow instructions and guides. Useful for both businesses and individuals. Learn to “put first things first” and “begin with the end in mind”. This book is a classic in management and leadership literature, and should be mandatory reading for anyone who is in a position of influence.