We usually do not read many books in our day to day life. I always talk about the importance of reading in my YouTube videos, especially that reading books and absorbing the information is essential to frame who we are and who we become in our future. Books are packed with a bunch of creative information which if used properly can literally change our world as we know it. Now, I normally talk about non-fiction books, like the article I did almost a month ago on the books I read in May 2017.
This article however, will include a couple of fiction books. I have came to realize, recently that fiction plays a huge role in deciding the frequency that my brain is in. These days I read fiction before sleeping, so as to turn my brain towards a creative and a dreamy state(A tip from Tim Ferriss). Fiction books as well can include important lessons that we can apply into our lives for the better.
Let’s get to our list of amazing books to change your life.
These are not necessarily in a ranking order.
This book’s title is extremely intriguing to me. Miyamoto is known as the best swordsman to ever live on the planet. This book is basically strategy of life, explained by his experiences in battle and his own life. Ranging from what he learnt about living the life, fighting hard for what we believe in and practical philosophy, this one covers it all.
Like one of the quotes that really struck me, which I used to use when I played table tennis was, “You can only fight the way you practice”.
This is huge. We always had kids who never used to be serious in practice, and then expected to suddenly be amazing in a tournament, and it never played out that way.
I do not remember who said this quote but it goes something like “You never rise to your expectations, you always fall to your practice level”
Give this one a read, take notes, and try and apply just one thing every week to your life, and watch your life change before your own eyes in a couple of days.
I have on multiple occasions talked about Tim, on my YouTube channel, as well as with my clients on certain strategies about marketing and business. Tim, is one of the best masters of productivity and being more effective in our life. He has one of the most downloaded podcasts ever, if I am not wrong.
In his podcast he interviews the greatest of greats from all the walks of life. From people like Jamie Foxx, Ramit Sethi, Seth Godin to Wim Hof. He noticed certain key points, certain patterns that seem to emerge within all these best of the best human beings.
In this book, Tools Of The Titans, he has put all of that together at one place.
The book is divided into 3 parts, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise to give us a total view of our life as human beings.
Now, this is not a continuous read. You want to pick this book up, open a random page, take a few pointers, and go your way. Do this enough times and apply those, that is a 180 degree turn in your life.
This is one of those fiction books that I recommend to everyone. It was written in 1940s as far as I remember, talks about the year of 1984. The way he describes things happening, the war, the constant battle of one man within himself, the doubts he starts to entertain with the current dictator.
It is simply an amazing account of imagination, arranged in such an awesome way, that it every single time I read, takes me right to the 1984 dictatorship era that he talks about. Hail Big Brother..!
A must read..!!!
Now, I call Grant as my mentor for multiple reasons. One of them being my chance to work on his booklet and the motivation that I got out of it. Second, I completely resonate with his ideas on society, how we work, pushing other people to be successful for themselves and their families.
He is pretty open about what he believes is right, one of the big things being that we have to be obsessed with what we are doing in our lives. And that quality led me on the path I am right now since I resonated with his thoughts about society and the workings of our economy as a whole. This book is more of a nudge to people who feel this passion towards one thing in their life, want to achieve more and the society is not letting them.
People might tell us that we are too serious about life, money is not important and all that stuff. Grant basically in this books clears all that by the point that every successful person there ever was and ever will be was obsessed about the thing that they were doing in their life.
Disclaimer: I am currently reading this one, about three fourth of the way.
However, that is enough to give me the confidence to recommend this book to all of you. This is an awesome book. I have a huge interest in psychology and consumer behavior. What this book does is, it ties all that into place and talks about how various brands manipulate us to buy from them.
In this book there are certain shocks you might get, like brands manipulating our psyche to sell us cigarettes, and even razors to deodorants. Martin analyzes various advertising and branding campaigns that brands have used to sell us things. One of my favorite ones, was actually the one he, himself concocted for Ferrari. The detail is awesome, and the way these brands spend millions of dollars to get into our heads is simply amazing.
The aim is to educate us about the fact that we are being manipulated, not just today, but sometimes even before we are born. Yep, you heard me right. Manipulating babies while in womb, is a big one people.
You do not want to miss this book.
I fell in love with Neil’s writing when I read The Graveyard Book. An amazing account of how a small baby gets to a cemetery and is raised by the ghosts. Neil, has an amazing imagination. In Norse Mythology he undertakes the awesome task of getting us closer to the world of the gods like Thor, Loki and the characters you might see in the Avengers movie.
There are many versions of these stories, however I chose Neil, because of his imagination, the way he tells these stories. He never has too much detail, yet enough to get us right in the middle of Asgard, the kingdom of Gods.
Surely, an amazing read before you sleep. The book is organized in these short stories or cases let’s say which are a great way to turn of your logical brain before sleeping.
Now, there are a ton of books out there on figuring out who you are and taking steps towards achieving them. This one, by far is one of the best I have read. Robert has this amazing way to research and write books. He takes copious amount of notes, forms lessons with stories.
Most of the non fiction books you will find out there revolve around telling us “do this, do that” This one however, apart from telling us what can we do to better figure out our bliss, gives us stories from the all time greats like Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci and others and what they did to figure out their purpose in life and what it really took for them to get what they were made for.
Also, this book simplifies all of their discoveries, and makes them look as normal people. Which truly, they were if we look at the life decisions they made, the things they did and the work they put into their craft. Everything they achieved in their lives was a direct result of the work they put in for years and years.
This is the first book I read on money, business and the life beyond taking up a corporate job. I do not say that having a job is bad, but this one really got me thinking on the topic of making my life something more than just about me. After reading this book not only I started thinking like an entrepreneur but I also started thinking for the people around me and how I could improve their lives.
It made me think of all the amazing things I could do with my life, which would have a huge impact on my family. Not only that, it made it clear why the business people made more money even by doing the same amount of work, for the exact same salary.
A simple example is, that people get their income to spend after the taxes are cut. However, a business gets to spend first and then pay lesser taxes on the remaining money. Tadannn..!!
So if you have a job, and you make $5000/ month, let’s say you get charged 40% as tax(depending on your country). You are left with, $3000 to spend after paying taxes, on which when you buy something you again pay the tax on goods.
If you were the only employee in your company, and you were hired to do a job and got paid $5000/month, you get to spend first. Let’s say you spent $3000 as business expenses. Now you are left with $2000 and you have to pay 10-15-20% tax on $2000 instead.
Instant money making machine.
Seth Godin is one of the most prominent marketers of this time. Not only he built up e-mail marketing as we know it, but also has changed millions of lives by his books and speeches. He is someone who motivates and pushes people to try and not be just another cog in the system. He motivates people to bring about the change they seek in the world.
He has been of immense help to me personally in figuring out a lot of things in my life. I bought all of his courses on Udemy, practically the best $300ish I have ever spent in my life.
Now, he does not have much video content on his video courses, however, he has a ton of thinking work involved, which is very important.
Purple Cow is all about finding your idea which is different than anyone else and then pursuing it and trying to make it a reality.
Linchpin, is about becoming indispensable in whatever we do in our lives. If we become an indispensable worker, an indespensible boss, an entrepreneur, we can bring the change in the world without the necessary repercussions that come along with going in the opposite direction in life.
Ryan is one of my favorite people. Not just because he used to handle marketing for American Apparel, but also because of his work with practical philosophy and integrating stoicism into lives of others. I have been following Ryan for some time now, and his reading recommendations are amazing too. Make sure to check him out.
This book, is again not something you sit and read. Small 200ish word daily readings for every day of the year. Every morning before I leave house, I give a quick read and take a couple minutes to think about the meditation for that day. Ryan simply has found a way to introduce philosophy into our daily lives. These daily meditations have started to make a huge difference in my mindset, and my life.
A must buy.
This is one of my favorite fiction books ever. It explores the story of the Indian God, Shiva. Though, fictionalized, it still plays over the regular traits of this very God. The story and the details are simply amazing and transport you into those times immediately. A great book to take off your mind from the daily struggle with the logical brain.
So here is my list of books, that have framed my mind and have made me a better human being. These books have not only helped me to be more productive but also have opened many doors in my life.
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