“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
― George R.R Martin

Back in 2010, I used to read Harry Potter every single night – I must have read the entire series 3 or 4 times haha. Today, in 2017, I’m still the avid reader that I used to be – even though I now prefer reading about personal development or business/entrepreneurship. I genuinely believe that books are such a great source of knowledge and I know for a fact that they’ve been a great influence in my life.

So here you go, there are some books that had a great impact on me and that I would recommend anyone to read.

  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

A classic. The only fiction book in my list and one of my favourite books of all time. Paulo Coelho beautifully tells the story of a young shepherd pursuing his dream. Full of amazing quotes and wisdom, it’s one of these books that you can re-read every few months and still find amazing or pickup on stuff you missed the first time. If you’re struggling with holding on to your dream or if you’re doubting yourself or your mission: Read this book.

  • Feel the fear and do it anyway – Susan Jeffers

If you ever wanted to do something but ended up giving up because of fear or anxiety, this is the book for you. Susan Jeffers teaches us, through simple but effective techniques, to live the life we want without being held back by our fears. Concise and relatable, this is an empowering book that everyone should read.

  • The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

The message of this book is simple but can be tricky to apply at first. In a world of constant noise and pressure, this book teaches us how to be present to the moment and turn off our thoughts. It’s definitely an interesting read and gives a whole new perspective on how to truly be present and enjoy the now.

  • Never eat alone – Keith Ferrazzi

If you’re into business and corporate networking – this is a great book for you. Keith explains how to nurture professional relationships with others and how he climbed up the ladder in the corporate world through the power of networking and making connections. Definitely a must read for anyone in the business/corporate realm or interested in learning networking skills.

Other books that are worth the read:

  • Man’s search for meaning – Victor Frankl
  • How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie

What am I reading right now?

  • Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  • How to be brilliant – Michael Heppell

What do I want to read next?

  • The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
  • The Elon Musk biography by Ashlee Vance
  • Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss

 

I also want to include book recommendations from Nicolas and Eva, two other great bloggers that are doing amazing things!

Nicolas writes very insightful and motivating weekly blogs. He gives great advice on how you can make the most out of your time and gives tips/hacks to tweak your lifestyle so that you become very efficient at what you do. Definitely check out his blog here. He recommended:

  • Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? – Seth Godin

Linchpin is a must for every single person who thinks that they are unable to put out their true entire self out for the world to see. Whether it is insecurities, peer pressures or any other excuses, this book will help you unleash the inner Art buried down inside yourself. Most people have revendicated this birth right of putting out what they truly are about, covering it up with what society finds appropriate. This is because they don’t value the gifts they can put out anymore. Linchpin will open your eyes to them again or for the first time ever for some.

The foundation of this book is similar to other Best-Selling Entrepreneurship/Self-development books. However, the Author puts emphasis on the fact that you are a Genius who can give gifts AT ALL TIMES and not be a cog in modern-day Factories (mostly known as offices). He also describes the conditioning that we’ve been through in school and through our upbringing which in the long-term turns into massive frustration in terms of life situation. The Author beautifully breaks down this frustration that everybody lives with but few embrace and paints a clearer picture of how to get out of the main life trap; Restraining your gifts.

In my personal opinion, this book is not to be viewed solely as an investment. It is a gift. It is a gift to yourself but also to others. Why? Because it will provide you the tools to bring out the most out of yourself and when you do, you bring the most out of other people too. And that’s the most fulfilling feeling in the entire world. This book is my most gifted one up to date btw. I gifted it to 3 of my friends and it changed their lives.

A Must: 10/10

  •  Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger

If you ever thought about reading an Autobiography, this is the best you can get. Coming from being dirt poor in Austria, going through countless challenges, finding a passion, consistency, mindsets and finally reaching goals in fields like bodybuilding, school, business, film or politics, this book is an all in one relating the life of one of the Giants on Earth, Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is a no-filter book relating to his entire life; all his hardships, all the risks he undertook, the failures he faced (and how he learned from it), his divorce and much more. Whatever your goal is in life you will find something valuable in this book that will change you forever.

Arnold was a pure hustler. Throughout the book you will find out that his motto (even if he doesn’t actually say that it is) is “Work hard, Play Hard.” He worked a lot and partied a lot. But I do have to put emphasis on the fact that he did work very very hard. This is a fact.

There is a common term being thrown around recently and it is the term “Reverse- Engineering”. It relates to the technique of modelling a successful person as a goal, and then modelling your life to all the actions he or she made to arrive where they are right now. And this book helps you get all the tools you need in that department. The biggest being the mindset part in my opinion.

Great Read. 8.5/10

 

Last but not least is the book recommendation by Eva Gutierrez. She is an amazing blogger that writes about how she is living her dream life and how she got there. From travel blogs to personal branding, her blog is fantastic. (She has a podcast as well that you should definitely listen to, it’s so inspiring and insightful!). Go check out her blog here! She recommended:

  • The Inside Out Revolution – Michael Neill

If you’re looking for a book that will monumentally bring the change that you so badly seek into your life, you have found it. The Inside Out Revolution will shatter your beliefs on what reality actually is and will show you how to become the driver of your life instead of the passenger. It’s through this book that I was able to quit my waitressing job and become my own boss, that I was able to find my purpose, and that I was able to find what I had been looking for all along: myself.

 

 

That’s it for now. If you read any of these books and you want to share your thoughts or if there are any books that you’d like to recommend, leave a comment below!

Happy reading!

Stefan.

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