According to Fast Company, the average CEO reads 60 books per year. They realize the power of reading – gaining knowledge, developing ideas, strategies and motivation with each page turn.
The most successful people in the world all advocate reading as a major contributing factor towards their success.
As correct nutrition and proper exercise can maintain physical health, reading books can strengthen the muscles of the mind.
After extensive personal research on self-growth, personal development and improvement of mental health. I have compiled a list of my personal favourites (and highly rated by thousands of readers) that can help you get to the next level of your life.
‘Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.‘ | 5 Books that can change your life.
by Ryan Holiday
An inspiring philosophy book focused on revealing the misconception of Stoicism in the modern world. Showcasing the power of premediating failures, or as also referred to in the book, negative thinking.
Packed with stories of how different famous leaders and entrepreneurs attained success by practical action, it will provoke thought. Giving you the motivational boost you need to pursue your dreams no matter the difficulties you may face.
In fact, this book will seem like a guide of practical business advice with a distinctive hint of philosophical tone that you can apply to any troubles you may have in life.
‘The One Thing‘ | 5 Books that can change your life.
by Garry Keller with Jay Papasan
The One Thing details the success habits you need to adopt in order to overcome the six major lies (as referred to in the book) that may block you from reaching your true potential.
Filled with different rules and laws that can identify your true purpose. This book will help you figure out the one thing you need to devote yourself to, in order to become the master of your own destiny.
‘How To Win Friends and Influence People‘ | 5 Books that can change your life.
by Dale Carnegie
One of the best-selling self-help books of all time that has been translated into many languages.
This book that will help you improve your ability to make a good first impression. It reveals ways of understanding and explaining behaviours, tricks on how to be a better conversationalist, and many other tactics on how to positively affect people.
The format of the book is wide opening in the sense that it will help you relate yourself to many of the arguments made. You will get the chance to read quality tips that can change your life. This book looks into an abundance of examples where specific behaviour patterns have worked well in the real world.
‘Meditations‘ | 5 Books that can change your life.
by Marcus Aurelius
Meditations is a series of personal writings (each no longer than a small paragraph) by Marcus Aurelius, known as one of the last great emperors of Rome from 161 to 180 AD.
Recording his private notes which were not intended for publishing purposes, Marcus Aurelius write about his personal experiences.
Covering ideas on personal progress, life purpose, human judgement and even the universe, this is a book for everyone that wishes to win the fight against their inner battles and deliver a feeling of calmness and appreciation for the things we are given in life, either good or bad.
‘The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living‘ | 5 Books that can change your life.
by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
As the title implies this book offers 365 (for every day of the year) sayings on wisdom, perseverance and the enjoyment of life.
Every famous quote is complemented with either the author’s or a renowned success leaders’ personal stories. These stories will stimulate new thought helping you evaluate life and self-reflect on past experiences and behaviours.
An ideal companion to a productive life free of stress and a pathway to communicating with your inner self and potential.
What are you favourite self-development books? Suggest your personal best and share your thoughts on how they helped you further progress in life in the comments below.