If you know me or if you read some of my previous blogs, you probably know that books have tremendously helped me in changing my life. Well, I did not find books valuable until I needed it to help myself move on from my first brokenhearted experience back in 2015.
First love is really fascinating and at the same time, devastating. Knowing that your first special someone does not love you anymore can detrimentally affect your confidence as a man (oh good old days), but in my case, it was different.
Instead of destroying myself, I became motivated to be better. So I read books, I worked on improving my skillset, and I hustled in shaping my future.
I consider reading as a lifetime habit. I learned to love it, well, because of the people who became an inspiration to me. Warren Buffet was reading 500 pages a day in his prime. Bill Gates reads 52 books in a year. Mark Zuckerberg makes sure he read one book per week. Compared to me who read only 2 books every month in an average, I barely match their massive habits.
No more comparison, below are the books that changed my life
I. The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
This is the most eye-opening book I ever read in my entire life. The main idea of the book is the importance of living in the present moment. Eckhart Tolle basically highlights that we are not our thoughts, which he calls “ego”, but the awareness who is aware of those thoughts.
He mentioned that “ego” brings pain, greed, and misery in our lives. And I could not agree more.
Ego and incessant thoughts from our mind are always there, but provided that we access our awareness, meaning to say, our higher intelligence, we can be less affected by unnecessary problems, emotions, and feelings.
You may not completely understand the passages from this book by initial reading. But it’s alright. Reading it few times can provide more understanding for the readers.
II. A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
This is another masterpiece from Eckhart Tolle. The book does provide same idea from the Power of Now. However, what I learned most from this book is having no identity. And how having that “identity” is causing you pain, greed, entitlement, and misery.
Identity is the illusion you’re trying to portray to other people. And as harshly as it is, you have no ability to control how other people see you. What happens if the image of yourself does not match to what people see you? You guess it right, you’re disappointed, irritated, and angry.
No identity means you’re not giving a damn what other people think of you. And this what you can realise by reading this book.
III. The Secret – Rhonda Bryne
Although I do not completely agree to all the ideas mentioned in the book, I still believe its basic principles. I believe in Law of Attraction. I believe that the energy I hold within myself has a direct impact in the physical universe. If I feel resentment, then the universe will bring back such negative energy. If I feel positive and think of good thoughts, then the universe will conspire itself in gifting experiences that are good and positive.
What you think and feel is very important in manifesting what you want to achieve in life.
IV. Quadrant Cashflow – Robert Kiyosaki
Enough for the spiritual books. Let’s talk now about mindset.
You probably hear the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Well, Quadrant Cashflow portrays the same idea. However, the latter does emphasise more about the differences and relationship of the quadrant – employee, self-employed, business, and investment.
There is one reason why I consider this as one of the best financial books, and that is because here, I learned that no matter how hard I try, I cannot achieve financial independence by being an employee and self-employed. But here’s the catch, being an employee or self-employed is actually a good avenue in transitioning to the side of business and investment.
Enough for the details. Just read it and I guarantee, you will have an enormous shift on your perspective about financial independence.
V. Spin Selling – Neil Rackham
I have read this a year ago and still cannot forget the lessons it brought to me. As I was beginning to start my career in sales, this served as one of the best resource book I had. Basically, the book is about selling using the SPIN method – Situation, Problem, Implication, and Need Pay-off. The principles in this book can be used not only in sales, but also in writing, persuasion, and closing.
If you notice, I use the same framework or template in my blogs. And I give credit for this book from Neil Rackham.
VI. 12 Rules For Life – Jordan Peterson
Oh man! This book I read just two months ago is really powerful and helpful. I’ve been following Jordan Peterson for almost two years and I do believe his expertise on the subject about improving one’s life. It comprises stories, analogies, and symbolism that help readers understand the idea the author is trying to emphasise. Because of its practicality and significance, I have a plan in reading it for the second time.
Books are only helpful if applied in real life. It is a tool. It can help us get the information we need. It can take our imagination further. And it can provide us resources that can improve not only our skills, but also our life itself.
What about you? What are your favourite books? Let me know in the comment section 🙂