There’s the chick lit you read on the beach. The classic literature you read throughout your entire academic life. The books-made-into-movies that you read before hitting the theater. But what about the books that have the power to change your perspective on who you are?
Many of us don’t think about reading those kinds of books unless they are written by someone who we are already fangirling over. But picture this: you’re reading, fully immersed, soaking in every sentence, as if it is pure gold. Then, there is a moment when you read something so profound that you raise your head, staring into space, just taking in the lesson that just cracked through the depths of your soul. And you know you will never be the same.
Take a break from your required reading and pick up one of these game changing books.
Dr. Dan Baker has a pretty cool job: he makes people happy. But actually happy. Not the kind most of us are working towards. The difference? That’s what What Happy People Know is all about. Learn how to transform your perspective, find sustainable balance, and wake up every day feeling like a rockstar.
We get it. Life is busy. You are trying to fit ten pounds into a five pound bag. You sacrifice sleep, thinking that you are a warrior fighting a battle. But life isn’t a battle and the only thing you are working towards is an epic breakdown. Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive, will help you reprioritize your life so you can live fully and transform into the greatest version of yourself. If Arianna Huffington can lead one of the most successful new media brands–The Huffington Post–and follow Thrive’s lifestyle pivots, there is no telling what you can do.
Oprah, Madonna, Will Smith, Fortune 500 executives, spirit gurus, and everyday people have deemed this book their guide for living a purposeful life. What is great about The Alchemist is that it is a fictional book, written by a truly incredible storyteller. While it is told through the journey of someone else, it is written in a way that feels as if it was created just for you. Trust me, by the time you turn the final page, you will feel like you can change the world. And considering its wildly successful devotees, you can do just that.
Imagine if you could go back in time and talk to some of history’s most successful leaders. Imagine that they knew you were coming and had very specific lessons for you; lessons that would arm you with the wisdom you need to create a legacy as timeless as theirs. In The Traveler’s Gift, that is the kind of journey you get to experience. The best part? Each of these leaders will provide you with one of the Seven Decisions for Success. Together, these decisions have the power to shift your perspective and change the trajectory of your life by simply choosing to think about yourself differently.
If you are into no-nonsense, honest writing that tells you exactly what you need to do to become your best self, consider Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS your ultimate field guide for serious success. She started NastyGal, the fastest growing online retailer, at only 22 years old. Now, she is 31 years old, a New York Times Bestselling Author, and employs over 200 people. It’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about hard work and drive, right? This book is a must read for ambitious superstars who want to make their aspirations a reality.
Okay, but really, who doesn’t LOVE Mindy Kaling? She became a writer on one of the 21st century’s most coveted comedies, The Office, at only 24 years old, and while there, became a New York Times Bestselling Author (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)). This past month, she is started her fourth season of The Mindy Project, which she produces, writes, and stars in, and published her second book, Why Not Me?, which is already a New York Times Bestseller. Her latest book is in her signature intelligently funny voice, but dives into topics like confidence, dating, and owning your day everyday. The best part? Mindy writes in a way that meets you where you are, helping you rise to be the confident powerhouse that you destined to become.
Picture every struggle you have ever had. Now picture having the wisdom that will make them go away, leaving you feeling content, grateful, and fulfilled. That’s the impact of Andy Andrews’ The Noticer. It is the kind of book that gives your perspective a 180º. Whether you are looking to find a way to rid your mind of toxic thoughts, build a lasting relationship with a significant other, or just want to find a way to reprioritize, you will discover how to do just that through The Noticer.
This is the kind of book you would find in your bookstore’s business section or within the entrepreneurship list on Amazon. However, Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is a game changer for anyone looking to become a superstar in their career, get the most out of their education, or just understand how to capitalize on the opportunities right in front of you. As one of the Co-founders of PayPal and one of the investors in Facebook, Peter Thiel know what success looks like and will explain how you can harness it from within.