What are the books that can change people's lives?
#1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho [Fable]
There are millions of Books but none like this one. This is a masterpiece in FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS tale. This is the story of a boy who followed his dreams. You can understand everything about the Universe, Dreams, and Life in this one epic adventure. If you want to read one and only one book, then I would recommend this one only.
Two of the most powerful quotes from the book:
There is ONE GREAT TRUTH on this planet:
Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you want something, it is because that desire originated in the soul of the Universe. It is your mission on earth.
To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one. When you want something; all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
#2. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill [Personal Development]
Napoleon Hill interviewed "40 millionaires" to discover the common thought processes and behavior that had led to their success. His study of these "best practices" was revolutionary in a world where it was largely assumed that great wealth resulted from a combination of greed and luck.
Best quote: "All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth."
#3. Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy [Mind Programming]
This book will unleash the hidden treasure in your mind. This book that can change you as a person and can re-program your personality and can attract anything and everything you want. Most importantly it is full of case studies and affirmative techniques that you can start using immediately. 'The Power of Your Subconscious Mind' will open a world of success, happiness, prosperity, and peace for you.
Best Quote: “As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.”
#4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen [Personal Development]
It's a classic written in 1902. It explains how your thoughts mold your personality, and how that personality drives you to take action and determines the type of action you'll take.
Best quote: "The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers."
#5. The Secret By Rhonda Byrne [Law of Attraction]
Most people love this book, and some hate it. But this is the book that lights up more life than any other books in Self-help arena by unfolding the secret to the Universe. It holds the treasure to the Universal Law of Attraction. Read this book and it will help you in every area of life while keeping you motivated.
Many people hate this book also because they consider it like a one stop solution. Remember no book can change anyone’s life jut by reading but only with the consistent application, it shows the result. Moreover, read this book and the follow the next two books by Rhonda Byrne The Power & The Magic and together they will give you the real action plan to manifest your dreams. Millions and millions have changed their life with these three books only. So don't buy the negative feedback from anyone ..Read them and try it and see the result.
Best Quote: “Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.”
#6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Our habits build or break our life. This book will help you develop better habits
It also convinces you that acquiring them will make you a better person.
Best quote: "Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny."
#7. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
This a masterpiece from Tony Robbins, which align emotional state and physical dynamics to bring any kind of transformation in life. Which is now more popularly known as NLP but this book will take you deep inside the process and how to apply in life to achieve a massive result.
Best quote: "If you can't, you must. If you must, you can."
“Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”
#8. The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles [Self-Help]
This book is a practical manual on how to program your mind, feelings and actions to become rich in life. And here rich not only means money but if you follow the same, you will become rich with happiness, health and love also.
#9. Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz [Self-Help]
This is a very powerful book about Self-Image. There is no other Self-Help book as scientific as this. With tons of examples and case studies, this book is a treasure house of Action Plans to follow.
This is a book take deep dive into the power of imagination, relaxation and hold the secret to HIGH-PERFORMANCE in any field.
Best Quote: “A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment...For imagination sets the goal ‘picture’ which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of ‘will,’ as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.”
#10. Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen (Inspirational Stories)
Chicken Soup for the Soul is a collection of motivational essays and true stories about ordinary people’s lives, compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. After 144 publishers had rejected the book, it was finally accepted by a small firm, and became a roaring success. You will love the inspirational tales, and it will serve as a daily motivation at the times of difficulties.
Chicken Soup series one of the highest selling books ever and only Harry Potter series has surpassed their sales volume.
Apart from the above ten books with details, I am listing the list of other books with title, and I believe you will explore them:
#11. How to Win & Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Self-Help)
#12. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (Inspirational & Spiritual)
#13. The Power by Rhonda Byrne (Law of Attraction)
#14. The Magic by Rhonda Byrne (Law of Attraction)
#15. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (Self-help & Personal Finance)
#16. You Can Heal Your Life by Luis Hay (Self-Help & Wellbeing)
#17. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (Inspirational)
#18. Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Milman (Inspirational & Memoir)
#19. You can Win by Shiv Khera (Self-Help)
#20. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Inspirational & Fable)
#21. Autobiography of a Yogi (Autobiography/Inspirational)
#22. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Biography, Entrepreneurship)
#23. Made in Japa by Akio Morita (Autobiography, Entrepreneurship)
#24. Losing My Virginity by Sir Richard Branson (Autobiography, Entrepreneurship)
#25. 4-Hours Work Week by Tim Ferriss (Productivity, New Life Style)
#26. The $100 Start-Up by Chris Guillebeau (Entrepreneurship)
#27. Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life by Dr.Wayne Dyer (Self-help)
#28. Talent is Overrated by Geoffrey Colvin (Science of Success / Productivity)
#29. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Science of Success / Productivity)
#30. WINGS of FIRE by Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam (Autobiography & Inspirational) - One of my most favourite book.
1. Philosophy: The Open Society and Its Enemies of Karl R. Popper. Although those are two Volumes (I and II) the topic is the same. In the first Volume Karl Popper makes a brilliant analysis of ancient philosophers (Plato and Aristotle in particular) and how they influenced our culture till those day. In the second Volume Popper focuses on Hegel and Marx and how they influenced modern times ideologies. Although Popper is the only modern philosopher with a scientific approach the open society is a harsh critique to how those philosophers’ interpretation of the world lead eventually to the birth antidemocratic ideologies. Believe me when I say that this is one of the most mind-blowing texts ever written. In addition Popper’s style is very simple and captivating.
how did it change my life? Popper is one of the first philosophers which look at other philosophers with a skeptical eye. Once you read Popper you realize that also Plato and Aristotle were men and as such they made mistakes. Therefore, you don't take anything for given anymore.
2. Neuroscience: Soft-Wired How the New Science of Neuroplasticity can change your life – Dr. Michael Merzenich PHD. This book is going to open your mind on how our brain actually works. You will see many myths that you believed true throughout your life bust in the pages of “Soft-Wired”. The book is brilliant since it explains the new scientific findings but also how to improve your life through neuroplasticity. It is really a guide on how to live.
how did it change my life? Adter reading Soft-wired my belief system shifted. I no longer believed to be a fixed individual. In other words I realized that DNA plays a dismal role compared to life and experience. And if you are willing to put the effort you can change yourself at any time in life. Empowering!
3. Non-Fiction: The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Taleb is going to open your eyes on many topics and human biases. If you read this book carefully, eventually you will understand things about yourself and society in general that you did not notice before.
how did it change my life? It made me realize how humans are biased. Join the modern skeptics!
4. Fiction – The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
Absolutely the best work ever written by any account. Dante Alighieri mixes fiction (he travels through hell, purgatory before reaching heaven) with history. Indeed in this fantastic journey he encounters many historical figures. His guide throughout this spiritual journey will be the Latin author Virgil that he defines as great master.
how did it change my life? Reading Dante is like going back in time and meeting many of the greatest ancient authors and mythological characters. It makes you discover a world that you did not have idea existed. Enlightening!
5. Autobiographies: Anwar El Sadat: In Search of Identity an Autobiography.
The amazing, inspiring and heroic personality, Sadat (former Egyptian president eventually assassinated) tells his story that seems more a tale than a real story. Sometimes reality exceeds fiction and this is one of those cases.
how did it change my life? Sadat story gave me strength. We realize that our everyday challenges are nothing compared to the ones Sadat had to face throughout his life.