Read These 15 Books, Before Anything Else
Almost all self-help books are kind of the same, they provide the same ideas but as the books are written by different authors, you may relate to the situations differently.
So yes, we’re going to take look at some of the must-read self-help, personal finance, time management, work management, spiritual, and even Biographies books.
In short, read these 15 books and you will never have to read anything else to improve yourself or even your business.
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Atomic Habits by James Clear
James Clear has changed my life a lot since I read his book, I have learned lots of things about how my brain works and why I do a thing the way I do.
Atomic Habits tells you to focus on tiny habits, for example, if you want to add Book Reading Habit then try reading the book every day at least for 5 minutes, these 5 minutes won’t feel big in the beginning but when you read the book every day for 5 minutes for a year then you will see the bigger picture.
The moral of the story is if you want to add new habits whether it’s exercise, reading, writing, or anything else then start small and focus on the process rather than results.
I would highly recommend you to read Atomic Habits by James Clear, it will teach you a lot about your behavior.
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
Morgan Housel doesn’t tell you where to invest your money rather he tells you what your brain thinks about money and your relationship with the money.
It’s an eye-opening book when it comes to personal finance.
The author also talks about, how you should never judge a person buying a smartphone on EMI or buying House by taking a loan because you don’t know his or her situation.
So before passing any sort of judgment or advice, try to understand the point of view.
For example, lots of people buy lottery tickets in hope that they will earn lots of money. Now you tell me what you think about it, it may be a waste for you to spend $500 or Rs 10,000 on lottery tickets but for that person, the lottery ticket is Hope.
The Psychology of Money has lots of things that will give you a clear idea about why people spend money and the reasons behind it, so do read it to understand your relationship with your money.
ReWork by David and Jason
I have read lots of books on work management and yet I didn’t find a book like ReWork by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried.
So if you’re that person who is working 8 hours every day whether it’s on your business or at your job then do take a few hours and try to read this book because it will give you a crystal clear idea about how you should spend your time and how to focus on important tasks.
It also tells you, how to say NO to almost everything and how to focus on your important tasks.
If you ask me, what you learn from this book, my answer would be “how to copy someone’s homework”
The author tells you that, it’s okay to copy someone else’s business, the only thing you have to keep in mind is, to do it better, far far better.
I feel, ReWork is must read for those who are in school or just graduated, or if you’re stuck in your work then do read this book.
The Courage To Be Disliked by Fumitake and Ichiro
First, let me appreciate the writing of this book, it’s a beautifully written book by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi. The book is written in question and answers format which feels more engaging and fun to read.
As you have guessed from the book title, it’s a self-help book and it will teach you why people think the way they think about other people.
One of the key takeaways for me is “Don’t expect anything from anyone.” it’s a simple thing right, if you don’t expect anything from anyone then you will never be unhappy.
The problem is, it’s a bit hard to apply in real life but when you realize that, you will never complain about anything in life.
The book has lots of wisdom about life, so if you wanted to pick only one self-help book to read then read The Courage To Be Disliked.
Tools of Titan by Timothy Ferriss
It’s the library of the most successful people in the world, Timothy Ferriss was running a podcast where he interviewed lots of people and all the interviews have been added to the Tools of Titan.
So it’s not a typical book, what I’m saying is, you don’t have to read an entire book in a day, just read 1 chapter every day.
You will learn lots of things about business, life, money, and even relationship.
It’s a must-read because it’s always better to learn from someone else’s mistake rather than repeating the same.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
This is where I learn how to invest and save money, Robert T. Kiyosaki has taught me a lot about money and I hope when you read this book, it will be the same for you.
The beginning of the book is about a Rich dad and a poor dad. Briefly, let’s talk about the story,
The Poor dad worked hard throughout his life and got a job and after that, he didn’t manage his money. Whenever he got his salary, he bought a new TV or something else, and again, the same thing.
In short, He never saved money or invested money.
The Rich Dad was the kind of person who spends money on needs, he doesn’t spend money on unnecessary things. He invests his money and keeps track of the money he spends.
He was an entrepreneur, so he knew where and how to spend money, and because of his entrepreneurship, he managed to create wealth.
In short, the Rich Dad knew his needs and wants.
Now, you know what you will learn from the Rich Dad and Poor Dad, both of these dads will teach you important lessons about money.
So make sure you read it because it’s better to learn about something that you’re working for (think about that line).
The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson
If you have never heard of Naval Ravikant then make sure you watch this Podcast and read The Almanack Of Naval.
This is not an autobiography of Naval Ravikant, the book contains the wisdom of Naval Ravikant which he has shared on Twitter, Youtube, and all across the internet.
Naval Ravikant claims that everyone on the earth can get rich and he has also charged the road map too.
In short, do read this book and go inside the Naval Ravikant’s brain and learn his thought process.
Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
Viktor E Frankl was a psychiatrist and he spent some of his life in a Nazi camp, the same experience he has shared in Man’s Search For Meaning book.
The things he has written in the book are beyond my imagination, you will get to know that, what humans can do to protect themself and their families.
Basically, you will learn the behaviors of different people.
I have also read the story of Eddie Jaku in his The Happiest Man on Earth book, he survived World War 2.
When you read the stories of World Wars, you always question, why the F people do these kinds of things, the earth is a such beautiful place and we all should try to make it a better place but we humans don’t want to learn from our own mistakes.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, so try to be a better person every day.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
You got the news that you will die in the next two days, now what will you do in two days?
If I were in your place then I wouldn’t think about money, or the TV show I wanted to watch, I won’t watch news channels or even use social media platforms. The only thing I will do is, spend as much as time I can with the people I love the most.
In the end, that’s what matters the most.
Morrie also tells you the same, why do we want to wait for deathbed, why we can’t spend enough time with the people we love?
Morrie Schwartz got to know that, he could buy any time, whether it’s today or tomorrow and that’s the story of this book.
The book will make you think about your life and the way you spend time with your family, so make sure you read this book and reflect the same in your life and be kind to everyone.
Give and Take by Adam Grant
It’s a small book but it gives you a clear path to becoming a better human. The author talks about Takers, Givers, and Matchers.
Takers are those people who don’t care about others, if they want something then they will come to you, please you and take whatever they want, and walk away. They will promise something but they won’t give anything.
Matchers are those people who make everything equal, if something gives them a gift on a birthday then they will try to give it back.
Givers are those people who help without expecting something in return.
So be a Giver, my friend, that’s what Adam Grant tells you to do.
The author also gives you all the well-researched data on Takers, Givers, and Matchers which will open your eye and you will see people differently.
So make sure you read this book to understand, why this earth needs more givers. “If you have more than you need, simply share it with those who needed the most.” – Sandeep Maheshwari
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Have you ever wondered why we sleep and if we didn’t have enough sleep then why do we feel tired? Now, all of these questions have been answered in a simple way by Matthew Walker in Why We Sleep.
It’s a well-researched book that gives you a clear idea of why human needs 8 hours of sleep and if we don’t get 8 hours of sleep then what will happen in long run?
I feel that every human on this earth needs to read this book as it talks about sleep because we spend half of the time on earth sleeping, so we at least need to know why we do that.
My advice would be, read only 1 chapter every day, and don’t try to finish the book in a week.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
This book gives you powerful advice which is don’t give F about people and do whatever you like doing. So in case, if you fail somewhere in life then you will only blame yourself and move on whereas if you do something because of someone then you will play the blame game for the rest of your life.
Also, yes, this is a self-help book but it’s brutal, it gives you all the facts about life which might trigger your ego or even your thinking.
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
Procrastination is everywhere, you wanted to do something but you said No to yourself and delayed the task for the next day. It could be doing exercise, reading books, or anything else, you gave an excuse because you didn’t feel like doing it.
This problem has been fixed by Brian Tracy, he has shared every possible solution to Procrastination which does help if you apply the same in your life.
Also, Eat That Frog is a very small book and you will finish the book in a single day, so take time and read the book, so you don’t delay anything for tomorrow.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I won’t say much about this book as it should be read by every single human, the book has a beautiful story and after reading the book, you will fall in love with Paulo Coelho.
By the way, the book is about dreams.
The Intelligent Investor By Benjamin Graham
The Intelligent Investor focuses more on value investment rather than going by the hype and selling the stock in one or two years. Benjamin Graham author of this book will teach you how one can pick a stock and what kind of mistakes one should not make in the stock market.
One more thing, the book is for beginner investors and it’s not for advanced investors.
The core idea of this book is, enter the stock market, if you’re willing to invest for at least 7 years otherwise, you’re a trader who goes after the news.
Some of the ideas about investment might feel a bit outdated to some readers, however, to date, this is a well-aged book on stock market investment.
You may have heard that “so many books, so little time”. As the line says, you can’t read every single book that exists, so you have to pick and that’s what I have done for you.
So read some of the mentioned books, if you haven’t already or if you have any questions or chat with me then feel free to drop a comment and I will see you there.
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