They say books change lives. Can they?
When was the last time you went through a book that changed “your” life? As you shifted through the pages, you could feel a surge of clarity hit you. With each line progressing, you could feel the author directing your mindset to a place where it should have been in the first place. This shift is what attracts people to books.
Books provide a much-needed spark to the reader’s mind. The spark which can ignite the fire of self–development, change in inherent philosophy, and worldview for its readers.
Reading in today’s world can prove to be a quite difficult task. Many of us try to form a habit but before we know it, the very – many distractions of the world, lead us to deviate from our set path. While most of us enjoy reading, a gap between the reading schedule or a general inability to find interesting books can lead us further away from building this habit.
And if you are one of them, then this blog is exactly for you! Here we would try to curate a list of 5 books we believe will help you pick up a book, again! We wish not to just persuade you to pick it up but also read it till the end.
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
Start With Why is an interesting tale about the human tenacity to expose the apparent, while keeping the meaning and purpose behind this apparent, unexplored. Author Simon Sinek argues that whether in life, leadership, or in business, we must explore the purpose, in other words, the “why” before counting it as a success. It would be a misguided attempt to reduce the implications of this book to just business or brand building. Its tenants will find wider commonality with each and every one of us who is aiming to develop themselves, both personally and professionally.
However, if you are into leadership and entrepreneurship, this book is a must-read!
Simon Sinek is a popular leadership coach and author with multiple bestsellers to his name. He and his books mostly talk about leadership and how a leader can themselves be the change required to drive organizations towards greatness.
Though we crave certainty for almost everything, innovation and progress happen when we allow ourselves to embrace uncertainty.
— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) June 29, 2022
Mindset – Carol Dweck
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the title of this book?
“This must be a book that tells us that our mindset determines everything in our life”
Well, you are not mistaken. But overall, it does a little bit more than that. It does not just define the “Growth” and “Fixed” mindsets but pinpoints the reasons we get stuck in these individual frames of mind. That’s not all, this book goes into the depths of each of these mindsets and how our thinking patterns cause us to unwittingly stick to a fixed mindset, even when we have the capacity to grow.
Carol Dweck, who is a psychologist by profession, pens down the book brilliantly. She explores not just the depths of our minds but also helps us navigate the thoughts that matter in life.
Here’s one of the most popular TED Talks by Carol Dweck. Make sure, you do not miss it!
The Daily Stoic – Ryan Holiday
Imagine this was not the 21st Century.
Imagine you being in the Before Christ era, dining and wining with the likes of Plato, Socrates, and Marcus Aurelius. How enriched would have been your life? How different would it have been if your philosophy on life came from these men?
Ryan Holiday juggles this concept in his book The Daily Stoic. Written in the format of a journal, the book uses 365 entries to highlight what should be core philosophies in your life. Based on the teachings of famous Greek philosophers, mostly Marcus Aurelius, all this book asks you to do is remain “stoic” i.e., still in the most turbulent moments of life. We have already heard how life passes us by and how fleeting its moments are. Whether good or bad, this book teaches us to look at life, love, relationships, or even our work life from the perspective of unnerved stillness.
Focus on yourself. Mind your own business. Practice some empathy. Let people figure things out for themselves. Let them break new ground. Let them find themselves.
— Ryan Holiday (@RyanHoliday) July 5, 2022
Atomic Habits – James Clear
If you are remotely interested in non–fiction books or reading in general, you have probably heard of this book the most. Atomic Habits is however not just a book on building habits that make you productive, it is rather a book on how to build on those habits and sustain them. This is not a book that will teach you the ABCs of habits. It will first explain to you, the importance of building them, followed by a deeply researched outlining of the steps that will allow you to sustain them.
Atomic Habits is a book that matters. It matters especially in the 21st century when so many of us are facing difficulties in keeping habits intact. With so many distractions working against us, this is a book that works for us. As per the knowledge shared in the book, habits become a part of our identity only when we internalize them into the very “atoms” of our existence. Like they say, where motivation doesn’t work, discipline does – and this book is exactly the guide you need to form disciplines.
Working on a problem reduces the fear of it.
It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow.
Action relieves anxiety.
— James Clear (@JamesClear) August 30, 2020
101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think – Brianna Wiest
What a claim! How can a writer claim to change the way we function, most importantly, change the way we “think” by simply reading a book?
As astounding as it may sound, this book WILL actually change the way you think.
This book contains a compilation of 101 essays in which author Brianna Wiest tackles almost every subject that we face in our daily lives. This is not a manual. This book will not tell you to “do this” or “don’t do that”. Rather, it will take a dive into your deepest insecurities, your fundamental flaws, and your inabilities and show them in a light you have never seen before.
While a majority of the advice we receive in our lives tells us what to do in order to prevent the wrong from happening again, 101 Essays tells you how that overthinking mind of yours, is not always lying. Purely visceral, well–crafted, and curated in a manner that reflects its core message of “changing the way you think” – this book is all you need to survive your turbulent days, your uneven years and in whole the labyrinth known as life.
— Brianna Wiest (@briannawiest) July 5, 2022
So, what are you waiting for?
You have the list.
You have the reasons why you should read these books.
So without further ado, pick up the book and do what you must do– READ!