Reading is one of the best pleasures in life and everybody loves a good book. If you’re looking to change anything about yourself, your mind, body, thoughts or life, books are a one stop shop to put that mentality into practice. But not all books are created equal, and you want to get the most you possibly can out of your time spent reading. Use these 12 must read books that will open your mind.
Dale Carnegie is a legend in the self-improvement book sector, and he’s done it again with another great read which will help any struggling individual get out there and meet new people. As a fairly introverted person, I worry a lot about the stress of social situations, but this book is a great mind opener and taught me exactly what I was doing wrong when approaching friendships. I now know how I can easily come out on top in new social situations thanks to the on point practical and firm advice coming out of this book.
I hope anyone reading this book will find happiness in the people they meet, this book certainly helps to set them down that path. Not only does this book help you win people to your way of thinking, it also has some great advice on helping you handle complaints and avoid arguments; to keep your human contacts smooth and pleasant.
If you’re the type of person to focus more on finance and business rather than friends; maybe this book is more down your street. Napoleon Hill writes an instructional book on just how those millionaires do it. If you’re interested in changing the way your mind works so that you can understand how those who succeed in the finance industry do, this is a great must-read for you.
The book covers various different topics ranging from making decisions, to faith and desire, and will keep you entertained and engaged despite the seemingly contrasting subject matters. Having sold more than 100 million copies, many people will already have one of these in their bookcase!
Some people want power, and some want money. Maybe you’re the latter, but straight facts aren’t your thing; you need something to keep you interested throughout a read. That’s fair enough. George Samuel Clason has an underrated classic with your name on it. This book focuses on schooling you in basic business and finance, through parables and lessons shown through the lives of Babylonians. Enlightening and entertaining, all the stories in the book focus on trying to teach simple lessons in financial wisdom. Perfect to curl up next to the fireplace with!
Steven Covey writes one of the most exceptional and inspirational books ever to grace our armchairs. If you’re hoping changing your day to day habits and routines can send you to the top, it’s your lucky day- this book sets out exactly what you need, with easy comparisons designed to help you be a better person!
One of the secrets in life is that those who are most successful are the same people who spend the most time and effort working to help others. In this book, Adam Grant debunks the age old myth that not putting yourself first will end in you finishing last, it’s an amazing way to start thinking differently about how you should conduct yourself with other people.
Habits are everything, our entire life is just one big habit. So what should you do to improve your life? Improve your habits. This book, by Charles Duhigg, is an excellent way to show you what the good habits are and how to start them. Yes please Charles, we’re waiting!
Short and sweet, this book summarizes the research of the author Daniel Kahneman over several years, it covers how the human brain works and how we process events and choices. It’s a great read to help you understand why you and others think like you do and incorporate that into your life.
Tim Ferriss has brought together invaluable and important advice, mostly from his long running podcast, on how to improve your personal productivity by changing the way you work. The book is an inspiring guide on how to improve your life and take control of your own future, and one of the most practical self help motivational piece I’ve read yet!
If you’re less concerned with the material world, finances and power. There are other ways you can use your mind to improve your life for yourself, as well as being able to understand more about the world. Eckhart Tolle acts as a spiritual guide to each reader as they progress through the book, hoping to get to the bottom of what it means to be them, and living. A very enjoyable read that can set in motion real improvements to your life.
Jordan Peterson’s masterpiece, a bestseller in the UK, US and in Canada, teaches the mental habits needed to put readers back in the driving seat of their own life and their own decisions. It has a unique writing style, going through each rule uniquely and makes for a great eye opening in-depth read!
If you’re looking for a different goal from your reading, this may be the book from you. Viktor Frankl was an inmate at Auschwitz, yes, THE Auschwitz during the 2nd world war. He writes about his experiences in this book and how he changed the way his brain worked and how he thought about the world around him to get through the situation, he helps the reader make the jump and apply these techniques to their own life and problems.
Simon Sinek fronts a movement to help people feel more empowered at work; he tries to inspire people to feel motivated in their daily lives, and approach work and home life with the correct mindset that can enable individuals to get the most done. He inspires readers to take more control of themselves and their results in the workplace. This book is a powerful teaching tool enabling readers to see the world from a different perspective and I couldn’t recommend it more.