“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.” ― Louis L’Amour
5 Self-Improvement Books That Will Change Your Life
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” ― Dale Carnegie
2. Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway By Susan Jeffers
This book landed on my lap back in 1997 and ever since then became a good point of reference to turn to; it’s a fantastic book talking about turning fear into great source of power; it’s about getting unstuck from your current situation and taking giants steps changing life for the better; I’ve also listened to this book at least four times already, and like I said, it’s always a good point of reference to come back to.
“Every time you encounter something that forces you to “handle it,” your self-esteem is raised considerably. You learn to trust that you will survive, no matter what happens. And in this way your fears are diminished immeasurably.” ― Susan Jeffers
3. Stop Saying You’re Fine by Mel Robbins
It’s the first book written by the brilliant Mel Robbins who’s TED talk I came across a few years ago; it impacted me dramatically, so did the book. It brings your attention to the ways we could make better choices in our life today affecting brighter tomorrows by taking action, launching yourself fearlessly; it starts with first acknowledging – no, you are not “fine” and you won’t tolerate the way things currently are, therefore, you take action and raise standards, never looking back. That’s how change takes place.
“That’s what it takes to get what you want. Not big scary leaps once a year. It takes small, but irritating moves every single day.” ― Mel Robbins
4. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
“Start With WHY” is a must-read not only if you run a company struggling to define or redefine its “organizing idea” – what it stands for so people can relate to it and care that it exists in the first place; it also asks smart questions helping you define your core passions and what makes you come alive and how to bring your gifts to the world in a meaningful way.
“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it. People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.” – Simon Sinek
5. Hippo: The Human Focused Digital Book by Pete Trainor
I have read lots of books. Some books I have read twice or three times. Some books I read once a year… To me, a good book is a source of inspiration. It’s that breath of fresh air to your thoughts, the fuel that gets you going when you need it the most… To me, the definition of a good book is like finding rare, special friend, a comrade. And I think I found just that in this Hippo Book. I love it when the author takes you by the hand on a journey of deep dives, sharp bends, and discoveries… to the places you never knew existed. In this digital age, when everything moves faster than ever before… it’s hard to slow down, take a deep breath, THINK and just let yourself be. “But how do we prevent this acceleration from eroding away our humanity?” – a wonderful question. This book gives us the answer. Hippobook is a perfect blend of philosophy, psychology, design thinking. It’s a powerful outlook that reaches out into the future. The future, where the tech gets off the way and brings the soul back into creating better things. Simple, yet significant. I will definitely read this book again. Soon.
Don’t do things better, do better things. – Pete Trainor