list of life-changing books

Have you read books that changed you? Here’s a secret book list that changed my life.

“The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.” ― Jim Rohn

I love to read. Books have been my main source of education.

There’s power in the written word. In a world of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, reading books may seem old-fashioned and irrelevant.

So, if you want to exercise your brain, expand your worldview, stimulate new ideas, increase your vocabulary and enrich your life, then commit to reading a book a month.

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The Book Summary:  This timeless classic, written in the 1920s, offers insights, through Babylonian parables, on the success secrets of the ancients. Babylon became the wealthiest city of the ancient world because its citizens were the richest people of their time. This is the book that reveals the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money and making money earn more money.

Nuggets of Wisdom:

  • “For each ten coins I put in, to spend but nine.” In other words, save no less than 10% of what you earn.
  • Control your expenditures so that you have enough to pay for necessities and enjoyment, without spending more than 90% of your earnings.
  • Make your savings multiply.
  • Guard your money from loss by investing only where the principal is safe. Seek the advice of those whose daily work is handling money. Let their wisdom protect your money from risky investments.
  • Own your own home.
  • “Provide in advance for the needs of thy growing age and the protection of thy family.”
  • Increase your ability to earn.

Reasons to read this book:

  • It is an easy read and a short book.
  • It offers insights for the ambitious for financial success through sound financial principles.
  • It provides inspiration for growing bank accounts and solutions for difficult personal financial problems.

 

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

The Book Summary:  It is a step-by-step guide to living the life of your dreams. It is a book that explains how the author went from earning $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and working 4 hours per week. It also teaches you how to work more productively, how to have mini-retirements and how to outsource your life.

Nuggets of Wisdom:

  • “The goal is fun and profit.”
  • “How do your decisions change if retirement isn’t an option?”
  • “What if you could use a mini-retirement to sample your deferred-life plan reward before working 40 years for it?”
  • “Is it really necessary to work like a slave to live like a millionaire?”
  • “Gold is getting old.”
  • “the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility.”

Reasons to read this book:

  • It is a book for you if you are suffering a tolerable and comfortable existence doing something unfulfilling.
  • It provides ideas on how to free time and automate income.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

The Book Summary:  It offers a help on how to change the way people work and live. The Author’s premise is that “our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax.” Effective results can only be achieved when our mind is clear and our thoughts organised.

Nuggets of Wisdom:

  • Get your inbox empty by applying the ‘do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule.
  • Feel fine about what you’re not doing.
  • The Author firmly believes that “your head is for having ideas – not for holding them!”

Reasons to read this book:

  • The book is more than just a time management method. It is also about being appropriately engaged with your work and life.
  • The book provides a modular and practical approach so that each part can be implemented separately from the rest.
  • The Revised edition incorporates the rise of digital technology and the 24-7 world.

Go forth and read

There’s something special about books. It’s a business card that nobody throws away.

Thanks for reading!

It is a privilege to write for you. This is not an expert’s view but rather, it is my way of sharing the lessons I have learned along the way.

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