1. The One Thing – Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
It was my first ever book that I bought by myself and I am super happy that I started with this book. This book is amazingly written and if you are not into reading, trust me to try this book and it will change your mind.
This book mainly talks about how to reach your goals one step at a time. How you can reach the stars by putting one stair at a time! The author gives you many examples of how you can start working towards your goals. How to shoot for stars and at the same time keeping your foot in the ground. It is was a life-changing book for me!
2. Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary is one of my favorite influencers on Instagram and I love the way he makes you understand the concepts. This book mainly talks about the power of social media and how you can use your social media to improve your business. It talks about the profit of every single social media out there and helps you get started with it. This book gave clear and practical tips in order to improve your social media interaction.
3. Crushing It – Gary Vaynerchuk
It is the second part of Crush It. If you have read Crush It and are in a doubt about whether or not read this book! Go for it. This book is recently published in 2018 and talks about other social media that gained a lot of popularity in or before 2018 and also about the platforms who were about to get popular after 2018. Although I must say that Crush It was way better than the second part. So, this book is a 50-50 for me.
4. The Moment Of Lift – Melinda Gates
I just don’t have enough words for this book. When I picked it up, I was seriously like – Okay! Another book by a billionaire! What can she tell about poverty, poor health, lack of hygiene, and other things that a poor family especially women face!
This book actually changed my thoughts and I don’t even have words to describe how good this book is. It is all about How Empowering Women Changes The World. How helping women grow better will help society to grow up. If you are a feminist go for this book. If you want to know what women face every day in their lives, go read this book. This book left me with so many thoughts that I cannot even explain.
5. Atomic Habits – James Clear
To be honest I am still reading this book. I am on chapter 4 and so far this book was amazingly written and wonderfully explained. I have read a lot of blogs by James Clear which is why I bought this book and I am happy I bought it. James clear basically talks about how small habits can make a big difference. How starting small can help you grow big. How you can improve you every day and how your small habits will help you in the future.
6. You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero
This book was Badass! If you have any mental barriers that are holding you back from achieving your goals then this book is for you! You have to be comfortable with some colorful language, and the idea of the Law of Attraction, but if you’re open-minded you will get a lot from this book. I’ve read a lot of books on this subject, but this one was so much more in your face (in a good way) and easier to put into practice.
7. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living – Dale Carnegie
The book’s goal is to lead the reader to a more enjoyable and fulfilling life, helping them to become more aware of, not only themselves, but others around them. It is now a world-famous, self-help book amongst many people. His main motive is to tell you that you should start living more rather than worrying more about silly things. This book helped me a lot on a personal level and I hope will help you as well.
8. The 5 A.M Club – Robin Sharma
This book influenced me greatly to wake up at 5am daily and to be not only the most productive I’ve ever been but to also have fun! Work hard play hard as they say.
The only thing that I didn’t really like was how the book was written. It could have been much more simplified and cut down to half it’s size. There’s narrative and storytelling in it that I don’t see the purpose in but the take-away’s are still so valuable. Don’t expect much of a great story because Robin fails at providing a gripping storyline.
Overall this was a good self-help book!
9. Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
I found this book in my Dad’s Shelf and I am lucky to have read it! This is the best self-help book any entrepreneur could ever read. Perhaps the only one they need to. Truly transformative.
Napoleon Hill was tasked by Andrew Carnegie to write a book on what made a successful person succeed, and he spent 20 years researching and interviewing every great name of the day (Ford, Woolworth, Edison, etc), plus lots of people who failed (because you have to know what doesn’t work too). This book is the result.
It basically hammers home a single point, over and over again. Success comes from knowing what you want to achieve and having a burning desire to achieve it.
10. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Another book that I found on my Dad’s shelf was The Alchemist! Reading this book always sets me back on the right path towards achieving the dreams I have put on hold. We always try to do what everyone expects of us like pursuing a career that you hate just because that is what everyone does.
Recognizing my personal legend, being able to talk to the trees, sky, ants, the core of the earth, the air particles, and to my heart, feeling a deeper spiritual connection with everything/everyone that is around me, feeling God inside me, and not being afraid of failing or facing challenges are just some of the few things this book has given me.
11. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma
“The monk who sold his Ferrari” can be called as life-changing novel!
These kinds of novels add essence to your life and gives you direction especially in the hard times. It gives you the answer to the questions like What is the purpose of life? How we can attain happiness and satisfaction? etc..
Nothing in it is Unknown to us yet it makes us notice that “Known”!
It tells us to savor each moment with exuberance along with an aim in life.. It is our prerogative to lead a happy successful and rewarding life.
The novel tells the Vastness of India and the ancient techniques which our ancestors have been using since eternity which is the Secret of Life!
This novel made me realize the Mortality of Humans and how each day counts in fact each moment and each thought!
12. 12 Rules For Life – Jordan B. Peterson
He is a psychology professor at University of Toronto and I personally got this book because I have a special space for UofT. So, I thought why not give this book a try?
Dr. Jordan Peterson has outdone himself. Spanning across religion, mythology, politics, literature, and evolutionary psychology. Intertwined with personal anecdotes, clinical correlates, and a good mix of dark humor. With passion, with rage, with love, Peterson has masterfully crafted a cross-disciplinary exploration into the essence of the human condition:
What it means to tread on the precipice of order and chaos, of destruction and creation. What it means to transcend our primitive animalistic inclinations and the responsibilities we possess as beings of higher consciousness. What it means to live congruent to your own individual accord, and how to integrate it into a society built to tear you down.
What it means to live a life worth living
13. Girl, Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis
I didn’t think it was possible but I enjoyed this one even more than Girl, Wash Your Face. Hollis is so inspiring and so energetic that you cannot help but to get excited about your dreams and goals. She says things and you’re like “Oh My Gosh, I so can do that!”
I finished the book a week ago and this book came straight here in this list. This book is one every woman should read! Thank you for empowering women!!
14. Present Over Perfect – Shauna Niequist
Shauna shares her own struggles of overcommitting, guilt about what she isn’t doing, and how we look for validation through social media instead of the people sharing our home.
Why are we so scared to sit in silence and what can be learned from a slowed-down life? This soulful way of living is something I hope to embrace in the upcoming years and this book just seemed to speak to me at the right time in my life. If you are seeking present over perfect, you should pick this one up. I just know it would be a great way for you to start your year too as you shift your focus from others to the people that should be the most important in your life.