I love to read and write because of the empowering effect books have on people. When I was studying in college, finding a job, and my surgery, I reached out to books. Not always a self-help book, but books that made me laugh, learn, and inspire me. These 5 books have shaped me into the person that I am today, and I recommend every entrepreneur should read them as well.
The Power Of Habit – Charles Duhigg
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg walks through the scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Duhigg explains the rationality behind why people and companies struggle to change. You’ll learn about how the right habits were a crucial part in the successes of renowned athletes, CEOs, and celebrities. One of the key ideas behind changing a habit is to be diligent and do it for at least 30 days. Why is that? Pick up a copy of The Power Of Habit to find out.
You Are The Placebo: Making You Mind Matter – Dr. Joe Dispenza
Yes, I am a yogi and I do meditate. But it wasn’t until I made it a habit (see!) that I understood what a powerful effect it has on the body, mind, and soul. Dr. Joe Dispenza explains how belief can be so strong that it actually takes over the mind and can affect the body. For example, if you keep thinking that you can’t accomplish something, then you won’t be able to accomplish it. The book ends with a “how-to” meditation for changing beliefs and perceptions that hold us back—the first step in healing.
Etched In Sand – Regina Calcaterra
Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. She went through hell to get to where she is today. Her and her four other siblings survived an abusive childhood growing up in and out of foster care. It was a story that said this is how I made the best out of a horrible situation. She sends out a message about how you can’t blame other people for how you end up as an adult. If you want a good life, you have to work for it no matter whether you come from wealth or are sleeping out of a car with 5 other people.
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” Want to hear a secret? This is why this crazy cat named her cat Pip!
Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
Couldn’t leave this series of books out of this list. In a world of witches and wizards, you learn how good always wins. Bullies don’t accomplish anything unless you let them get to you. There is always a way around fighting evil, and you can do so without using a wand. Instead, use tactics like looking at things from the bully’s perspective and even showing sympathy towards them can possibly change their wicked ways.
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