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Posted by: Samuel Ndwiga on 29/05/2020

15 Books that can change your life

15 Books that can change your life

Knowledge is power, and nothing has more of the former than books. Written documents have been used for eons as a way of conserving and conveying information. The Romans wrote on animal skin and wood while the Egyptians wrote on the papyrus plant. Whether you are interested in ancient cultures and philosophies, knowledge or a fictional story to stimulate your mind, books have it all. 

There are perks to being an avid reader. For starters, books are one of the best go-to exercises for cognitive mental stimulation. A highly active brain is ideal for overall productivity and peace of mind. A lot of people focus on body exercises with regular walks or morning runs and a few days a week in the gym. However, the brain is arguably the most important muscle to exercise; seeing it controls the entire body.

Benefits of reading books

Reading is ideal for stress reduction. The average adult comes home with lots of stress from the office as well as random strange encounters on the streets. Research also claims a sizeable portion of the working class suffers from home-related stress. Books can help keep your stress levels in check by helping your mind to get lost in an enthralling tale. Regardless of the recent internet boom, books remain the best source of knowledge.

Reading every day is regarded as a healthy way to increase your vocabulary. A large vocabulary guarantees articulate expression of ideas, feelings or thoughts with ease. If you want to improve your communication skills, try reading more. Books are also proven memory boosters. The details involved, such as characters, history, or backgrounds, are easy to remember once a book is complete.

It is worth noting that for every memory created, new pathways (synapses) are formed while the old cells are strengthened. 

Books that can change your life

As aforementioned, books not only store information but knowledge as well. When put to good use, this knowledge can transform an individual's life. My cousin always encouraged me to read Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. I could not relate at first, but with time I started seeing how someone’s life experiences could help better my situation. There are thousands if not millions of books worldwide, each focusing on a particular subject. 

If you are interested in religious knowledge, the first book to be published (the Bible) along with other religious manuscripts such as the Quran can help in that regard. Books such as the 15 invaluable laws of growth aid with personal development as well as financial freedom. There are also books that help boost your intrapersonal and communication skills. To find the perfect book for self-enhancement, you must identify the areas that need improvement.

Say you struggle with a gambling addiction; you can find books that can help transform your addiction to a life-changing testimony—millions of people around the world struggle with low self-esteem. If you are one of them, there are books that can help change your life and transform you into a fearless human.

Here are some of the best books to read if you are ready to take that next step in your life. 

  1. The Seasons of Life Book by Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn's The Seasons of Life is the perfect book for someone who is trying to understand what life is all about. Every human being reaches a point in their life where they identify with the self and realize their purpose on earth. This book can help you understand yourself better per the changes that happen in life. 

Ron stresses that life is bound to have its ups and downs, but you can utilize those changes and maneuver through them while growing effortlessly. This book also teaches how to prepare for the future presently. 

  1. The Power of Positive Thinking Book by Norman Peale

Positive thinking is encouraged in the direst situations due to its ability to elicit an optimistic attitude. With a positive attitude, a lot of things can go right in a person's life. Norman Vincent Peale might have written this book as a self-help manuscript for people living in the 1950s and '60s, but his lessons apply to date. 

The anecdotal case studies play a big part in helping the reader relate today’s problems with those faced by our forefathers. In most instances, the problems are almost similar. According to Dr Norman, a positive attitude is the difference between combatting said problems and crushing under their pressure. 

  1. Awaken the Giant Within - Book by Tonny Robbins

There are thousands of self-actualization books out there but not many match this one. This is a book that anybody can relate to regardless of race, creed or background. Awaken the Giant Within focuses on aiding you to realize your full potential. Most people waltz through life shackled by rules and doctrines instilled on them since birth. This book can help you free yourself for such shackles and focus on your purpose.

Robbins also guides readers on how to channel their strength and potential towards unlocking a different destiny. This book is good for growth in all aspects ranging from mental, financial, emotional, and even physical development.

  1. Rich Dad Poor Dad - Book by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

If you have not received this book on your recommendations list, then you are a few years late. However, its inscriptions are eternal, and it's never too late to relate to Kiyosaki's lessons. Rich Dad Poor Dad is a financial growth and sustainability masterpiece. The story is told through the eyes of a young Robert and his experiences with his biological father and his step-father. It centres on financial literacy and independence as well as the creation of wealth.

In the book, Robert and Sharon teach readers how to better their cash flow while giving invaluable investments tips. Rich Dad Poor Dad is your best bet for financial freedom. The bestseller is widely available both in digital and physical copies. 

  1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Do you ever wonder what millionaires or billionaires do to gain and maintain the wealth they seem to amass with ease? Stephen R. Covey explains this phenomenon in seven simple steps. Some of the little things picked up by our subconscious can have a lasting effect on our daily lives. Without the focus required to distinguish what is important from what does not require your attention, life can seem complicated and unfair. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People focuses on human dignity, honesty and fairness. These principles are becoming increasingly hard to find in both society and the business world. However, it is these traits and habits included in this book that separate billionaires from regular folk. 

  1.  Think and Grow Rich - Book by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a bestseller and a very inspirational book. Published during The Great Depression, this book focuses on the different ways people can make money during a crisis. Napoleon explains his philosophy and findings in thirteen different steps. One of the key ingredients to making wealth is the willingness to win and a positive outlook on life events. 

Napoleon Hill claims to draw some of his inspiration from famous philanthropist and business mogul Andrew Carnegie. This is one of the best books on this list for people seeking personal development and overall improvement. It is also considered one of the most influential books of all time.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Book by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie published this bestseller in 1936 which has sold well over 30 million copies worldwide to date. Just like its counterpart above, this classic is also one of the most influential books of all time. This book focuses on the relationship employers should have with their employees and how improving relations can boost productivity. 

It also guides the reader on how to make decisions that will impact their outlook on life. According to Dave, striving to strike a balance between your personal, professional, and spiritual life is key to success in any field. 

  1. The Alchemist - Book by Panto Coelho

Paulo is one of the few standout inspirational Brazilian writers through history, thanks to his input in several masterpieces. The Alchemist is one of his best write-ups; the book urges readers to pursue their dreams regardless of the obstacles on the way. A young Panto describes how every challenge he faced as a little boy turned into a lesson and ultimately, a stepping stone to realizing his dreams. 

The reader can draw inspiration from Panto’s journey and apply the same knowledge to their daily lives. This book is for those who need to listen to their hearts. 

  1. The Richest Man in Babylon - Book by George Samuel Clason

I bet you have come across the word Babylon in your spiritual reads collection. The ancient city is regarded as the cradle of civilization, and there is evidence to back it up. Clason's book is a collection of parables recorded from the ancient city roughly 4,000 years ago. The Richest Man in Babylon was published in 1926 and is full of financial advice for investors and bussing entrepreneurs.

Some of the parables might not be easy to apply in the modern world, but their methods work perfectly. Babylon was the wealthiest city in the world in its time, financial tips on how they made and sustained their wealth would not be so bad now, would it?

  1. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - Book by Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a motivational speaker and an incredible writer. Before venturing into professional writing and motivational speaking, Robin was a litigation lawyer. This book details his journey through life after leaving his job as an attorney aged 25. Leaving such a rewarding career path for motivational speaking and writing is a sure way to turn heads, and not in the right way.

However, Robin discovers freedom and happiness after leaving his job and shares the formula that can transform a monotonous and dull career to your passion. He also shares disciplinary tips on how to ensure you don’t slump after deciding to follow your goals. 

  1. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth - Book by John Maxwell

A lot of people are living their lives like automated machines; all they know is wake up, get to work, come home, eat, and sleep. Repeating this cycle without an actual target or plans is the very definition of going nowhere fast. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth is a guide on how you can align your efforts with dreams and ambitions. 

Your passion can be turned into a happy and prosperous career. However, certain steps should be followed, starting with mental alignment. Maxwell outlines intent as a significant driving force towards actualizing one’s purpose. This book is ideal for mental strength and planning when looking to add value to your everyday struggle.

  1. Outliers - Book by Malcolm Gladwell

Have you ever heard of the 10,000-hour rule? It emphasizes on the importance of setting away hours off your daily schedule for self-development. It could be a talent such as singing or writing or working on a business strategy. In his book, Malcolm states success is a matter of preparation meeting luck. It is one of the few books that claim hard work is not a pivotal pillar for success.

However, Malcolm’s statement about success and how it is reached by luck more than by handwork is justified in the book. Thousands of talented artists and writers have taken his pointers into account and credit the book to their shift in mentality. According to Malcolm, talent is a more sure way to success if utilised adequately as opposed to regular work.

  1. The 48 Laws of Power - Book by Robert Green

Here is a book that is popular with a crowd most people adore and fear in society; celebrities and prisoners respectively. However, it is also a best seller too selling well over 1.2 million copies in the United States alone. Robert outlines 48 laws that are essential to any leader regardless of their industry based on history. 

The insights found in this book can propel you towards your destiny in a leadership position in your field. Some critics have termed the book archaic claiming its methods are better suited for the past. Nonetheless, these principles are still applicable in the modern world and can help transform your life. 

  1. The 4-Hour Workweek - Book by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5 Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss is s step-by-step guide on how to swap the corporate world for self-employment. Millions of people cruise through life on a regular job only to regret the shackles that come with the same once old age starts setting in.

As an educational activist and successful entrepreneur, Tim has a lot of knowledge to share when it comes to using your skills to build a fruitful enterprise. This book will also help you manage your time efficiently, ensuring every productive second has a reward. It is the perfect way to change a busy body to a successful magnate.

  1. The Power of Now - Book by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a revered masterpiece. Oprah Winfrey personally recommended this book to her fans. Rightfully so, The Power of Now is a proper guide on how you can overcome stress caused by thoughts of the past and future by focusing on the present. The past cannot be changed, and the future remains unknown, the only moment we are sure of is the now. 

Eckhart challenges his readers to stimulate their minds to help unlock their full human potential. By transcending any past or future-related thoughts, everybody can realize how much power they have to shape their reality. The Power of Now can also be considered a religious book considering it has Buddhist, Mystic, and Christian references.  

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