Knowledge and lessons learned through reading books can have quite an impact on your life. Whether you consider yourself an avid reader or not, there are quite a few books that can influence and change your life. They provide valuable lessons, bring to life new passions in your heart, give you a different perspective, and help shape and mold you.
While there are thousands of books that could change your life this year, here are 5 you can begin with. They can certainly motivate you and impact your life in a greater way.
1. Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl
No matter what circumstances life brings your way, Frankl’s philosophy and life perspective will help you be able to get through it. While he faced horrific conditions in a concentration camp at Auschwitz during World War II, he decided to do the only thing he could do to keep himself sane: take full responsibility for his mindset. And this he did, in an almost superhuman way. As he recounts his experiences while imprisoned, you’ll hear him speak of his search for meaning and perhaps deepen your own sense of purpose.
2. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Habits are powerful and can influence everything from work to relationships to mentality. Want a better life, career, relationship, financial situation, etc.? Then learn about the power of habit by a master of positive change, Charles Duhigg.
3. The Seven Paths by the Anasazi Foundation
Here you’ll be immersed in meditations from the ancient Anasazi tribesman, who believed that the only way to true peace within was to form bonds and connections with others. The book presents an Anasazi tribesman who sets off on a journey by himself, walking seven different paths. Each path would reveal to him wisdom regarding how to live a balanced, abundance, peaceful, and joyful life among others.
4. Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
Ferris is well-known for his best-selling book, “The 4-Hour Workweek”. This new book compiles advice, tools, and habits from over 130 of the world’s most successful in various niches. There’s tips, tricks, strategies, and stories from billionaire investors, professional athletes, amazing artists, and top performers from around the world. Want to see the how and why the successful are successful? Here’s a great book to get a short glimpse into the primary causes of their incredible success.
5. Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Why do people say yes? What makes them say no? If you’re interested in increasing your influence in your career or personally, this is a must-read. It’s a classic on the science of persuasion and will help you learn how you can best make changes in your life to be of greater value to others – thus, being a great influence.
Get started reading these books as soon as you can, perhaps committing to reading a chapter or two a day. Incorporating reading into your everyday life can benefit you and create positive changes in your life. Of course, there are thousands of incredible non-fiction and fiction books available to nourish your mind. Resist the temptation to put off reading those books and start today.