There are a lot of books in the world right now that seems to satisfy just whatever we need in them. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads”. Some books inform those that entertain, the ones that speak to the brain, the intellect, the mind, and the emotions.
There are also books that rather speak to the soul directly and alter the reader’s life, and give them values that they will tend to cherish long after they’ve read it. A book is one of the few factors that can either knock one’s life in the right direction or change its direction to another turn.
Now according to Haruki Murakami “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Listed below are the five books that will change your perspective on life and have an enormous impact on you by the time you finished reading each of them.
Coming first on the list is literally a masterpiece. This book as it will take you on a journey worth a lifetime of wisdom. I had been getting feeling that had been eating me inside for some time during my college years. It had been ongoing for months, but I was having trouble pinpointing it.
The Alchemist is a book written by Paulo Coelho that takes you behind the scenes of a young boy on his journey to find his "personal legend", and the importance of life.
Many of us get captivated by the thought of money, telling ourselves "I can chase my dreams later" while our fire within is slowely diminishing by the day. This book is guaranteed to create a life changing realization. Packed full of inspiration and countless powerful lessons, this is one that should be on the top of everyone's list.
5 Of The Many Life Lessons in The Alchemist
- Focus on your own journey
- Be unrealistic
- Fear makes the obstacle appear larger than it actually is.
- If you get knocked down, get back up.
- Always take action in pursuit of your dreams
If you're tired of "going with the flow" and need some inspiration to get you back on your feet chasing your dreams, this is one your not going to want to pass up.
The Four Agreements
Another great piece that should be a necessity for everyone is The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. The number of "Ah-ha" moments I had within the first 50 pages was mind boggling.
The book goes into the importance of how you view the world around you, handle adversity, and react to situations in life. It explores the "domestication" we go through early in life which unknowingly has molded us into the people we are today. After helping you realize many of the walls you've put up that have stolen your true identity, it then sets the foundation for reviving your inner purpose and teaches how to live a happier and more fulfilled life by providing 4 simple agreements we should all make with ourselves.
There's no question it will take you through a roller coaster of emotions, realizations, and priceless "Ah-ha" moments. If you're looking for a book to help you master your conscious mind, bring out the best in yourself, and live a happier and more fulfilled life - this book is a must read.
Essentialism is is much more than another productivity or time management strategy. It is an entire re-creation of what our minds consider "essential", laying out a systematic discipline for discerning what is actually essential while eliminating what isn't so we can make a meaningful contribution to the things that actually matter.
In this book, Greg McKeown lays out a system that forces us to apply a more selective criteria for what is essential helping us to more effectively control our choices about where we spend our precious time and energy.
Instead of just adding one more thing, it is an entire new way of doing everything. More specifically, doing less, but better in all areas of our busy and overwhelming lives.
This is a great read for those who want to make a meaningful impact on the world around them in the most efficient way possible while eliminating much of the "noise" of the modern world we live in.
The Primal Connection
The Primal Connection is a book that will allow you to question what the definition of success really is. It peels open the essential pieces of ourselves that have been buried and lost. It's about breaking into the layers of ourselves that make us human and tapping into our genetic make-up to find the real recipe for health, happiness, and fulfillment.
I know plenty of people that are considered "successful" but often still describe an overwhelming feeling of emptiness. So what makes for a healthy, grounded life anyway?
In a world full of distractions, stress, unhealthy relationships, and overemphasized materialism, we often try to rationalize some kind of balance without understanding our essential needs at their core.
We are constantly bombarded with tons of self-help content that tells us to take this pill, follow this eating regimen, run this amount, jump on one foot 50 times in a row. While much of these things help to distract the psyche, they fail to address the core issue just like a blood thinner fails to address the actual cause of the blocked artery.
The truth is, the answers we seek are often not as complicated as we make them and that is exactly what you'll learn in this book.
The One Thing
Life can be overwhelming. Sometimes there will be the need to work for countless hours in a week. The funny thing is 90% of those hours are usually wasted on things that don't really matter.
According to Gary Keller in the book, he asked: “What’s the one thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” More specifically, what is the "one thing" on your overwhelmingly long list that is actually going to make a positive impact on your life? Often times you'll find the "one thing" that is most important is the hardest thing, therefore it is always getting pushed to the bottom of the list when in fact it is the most important.
If you're looking for a book that will help drive meaningful results in your life, this book is a must read.