There are books that entertain you, speak to the brain, change your thinking, your mind. These 10 books absolutely fit those criteria. Read them, but more importantly, do what they tell you. It is your acting not just your reading that will get you the best results.
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In this book, psychologist, writer, and Pulitzer Prize nominee Daniel Goleman explores the nature of emotional intelligence and how it impacts every facet of human life. You’ll learn how emotional intelligence evolves and how it can be boosted, all in a framework alternative to the prevailing cognition-centred approaches to the human mind. Goleman’s book offers new insights for anyone seeking to live up to their own abilities or curious about the relationship between success, cognitive abilities, and positive outlook.
What are the optimal experiences in our life? The vacations? Laying on the beach? No. World renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his landmark book proves that optimal experience is actually the moments in our life when we are giving our very best in pursuit of self-directed meaningful goals. Through this book learn how to channel flow, and your life will forever change.
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As a young lawyer, Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative a practice designed to defend those who need it the most: the poor, women, and those who are wrongfully accused. The first case Stevenson covers is the case of Walter McMillian, a man who was sentenced to death for a murder he swears he did not commit. Just Mercy is a coming-of-age story as much as it is a story of the pursuit of justice.
This is the self-help czar’s somewhat lesser-known treatise on, what else? Nixing the worry in your life so you can know, do, and be better. Carnegie outlines clearly why worrying is so awful for you and offers tools that you can use to cut it out. In typical Dale style, there are also plenty of anecdotes to support his recommendations, including those from Carnegie himself.
In this book, Viktor Frankl said that he and the other survivors kept themselves alive by imaging and looking forward to their lives after the war. Those who felt hopeless and they could not picture themselves reuniting with their families after the war, perished. As if they had no longer any reason for living and thus they chose to die rather than to survive. Happiness is a choice that humans can make, regardless of their circumstances.
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Thoughts are things. We are what we repeatedly think about. Learn to first create in your mind the life that you want, then manifest its reality through your hard work and actions. A classic short simple and powerful.
If you’re wondering how to strike a balance between work and life demands, or lately, you’ve been asking yourself just what long-term happiness is made of, this is the book for you. As a leading business expert and cancer survivor, Clayton M. Christensen has a unique insight or two on how to lead a life that brings both professional success and genuine happiness.
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The Last Lecture is Randy Pausch’s last hurrah- a final note to the world and his family about how to live, love and let go. He was a popular professor at Carnegie Mellon and was invited to give a “last lecture”, a tradition of sorts where a professor is urged to give a specially prepared lecture as though it were the last s/he were to ever give. And so they are encouraged to break down all the knowledge learned in their lives and during their careers into one hour-long presentation and say, “this is the best of what I know, here you go.”
In Cosmos, Carl Sagan takes you on an incredible journey through time and through space. Sagan gives his thoughtful analysis and insight to make everything crystal clear. This book is seriously full of mind blowing information that is just plain fun to think about. The most endearing part of this book is how it is written with so much heart and passion. He is a prophet of science and nature, showing us that we are all part of the matter and the spaces between of the Universe.
This book is more applicable for men, but worth reading by anyone. Get leverage over yourself. This book helps you to understand various emotional challenges that many men experience and how to gain mastery over one of the most difficult opponents: yourself.
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Do you dream of starting a company or writing a novel? Could you even start today, but feel like something’s holding you back? Do you wish you were more assertive, more of a go-out-and-get-’em type? It’s time to start being rather than yearning, and this book can help. Amy Morin’s book will help you break the cycle of non-achievement and help you start living the life you’ve dreamed of. There are 13 critical ways to improve your mental strength, conquer your fears, and be the powerhouse you know you can be.