5 Books That Have Had The Greatest Impact On Me.
“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest.” – Warren Buffet.
A few years ago, I made the decision to invest in my personal and professional development. A part of that commitment was to read at least one personal development book per month. Since making that commitment, I have consumed a plethora of knowledge and information that has opened my mind to new ways of doing thing – both in business and in life.
Here are the five books I’ve read that have had the greatest impact on me to date.
1. A NEW EARTH, ECKHART TOLLE
Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth has without a doubt, been the most important and impactful book I’ve ever read. In this ground-breaking read, Tolle provides the spiritual framework for people to move beyond themselves in order to make the world a better, more spiritually evolved place to be. A must read for anyone wanting to understand the importance of shattering the ego and living in the present moment.
2. BREAKING THE HABIT OF BEING YOURSELF, DR. JOE DISPENZA
In this incredibly inspiring and enlightening read, I learned that we are not hard-wired to be a certain way for the rest of our lives. I learned that we aren’t victims to our environment nor our circumstances, and have the power to live a life that is beyond what we think we are capable of living. In this book, Dr. Dispenza shares some powerful meditative techniques that will open up your mind to a whole new world of possibilities.
3. SHOE DOG – PHIL KNIGHT
Phil Knight is the founder of Nike, and shares his candid, raw and riveting memoir of his journey into entrepreneurship and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing and profitable brands. A must read for anyone wishing to embark on an entrepreneurial journey.
4. TRIBE OF MENTORS – TIM FERRISS
In this book, Tim Ferris interviews 130 + world-class performers and teases out their tactics, routines and habits. This book is full of wisdom and goodness, and will act as a reference point for me for many, many years to come. Tim Ferris’ book The Four Hour Work Week follows as a close second.
5. WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE – OPRAH WINFREY
There’s something incredibly delightful about the way Oprah Winfrey puts pen to paper, and shares her life’s wisdom. This book was enlightening, inspiring and revealing, and helped me to view life with new perspective.
Organised by theme – joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity & power, this book offers a powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women.
BOOKS ON MY TO-READ LIST
Some of the books I’ll be getting stuck into over the next year include:
- Principles – Ray Dalio
- Good to Great – Jim Collins
- 12 Rules for Life – Jordan Peterson
- Purple Cow – Seth Godin
- The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
- Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert
- The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
- The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
- Poor Charlie’s Almanack – Charlie Munger
- Linchpin – Seth Godin
What are some of the books you plan on reading over the next 12 months? I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions – leave your recommendations in the comments below!