If you enjoy reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you are working towards personal development.
Having the desire for self-improvement is the first step to dive into the world of productivity and becoming a master at your craft. Congratulations on being ahead of most people!
You deserve the best books to help you on your way to success.
This is a list of all books that have majorly influenced who I am today. Whatever I learn from books, I apply to my life and experiment. If it works, I share it on this blog.
Every time you read these books, you will learn something new.
This post will be updated every week as I add a new book to my weekly recommendations. Keep reading every Sunday at 11AM IST for new articles + book recommendations!
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First up, the most important purchase I have ever made: the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. I bought it way back in 2013 and I still love the device. Battery lasts weeks, can read in bed with in-built light, books on kindle store are very cheap (hundreds of books are free) and the screen is much more suited for reading than any smartphone, tablet or PC. The ability to carry thousands of books everywhere you go is the best feature for me. I still buy physical books, but less often since my bookshelf fills up very fast!
Next up is the device I would have bought if it existed back then. It’s the much cheaper, equally excellent All-new Kindle. I highly recommend this one if you don’t care much about reading in the dark. This version lacks the light feature but has everything else well-suited for a book lover.
Cal Newport discusses in his new book, Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World, about how professionals of today have started valuing quantity over quality; and how this has turned young professionals of today into puppets who try to indulge in extensive multitasking, dealing with multiple emails and projects. This prevents them from doing ‘deep work’; which is focused work free from all other distractions. This also means that the professionals of today should sort out their priorities.
Newport uses principles of psychology and neuroscience to enhance his points. He elaborates how to improve a person’s cognitive abilities and how employers should encourage workers to not take shortcuts for completing projects. He claims that the best way to break away from the corporate race is to take a break from technology and social media and use some alone-time to rewind and introspect. Newport enforces the beliefs of a non-technophile to deliver work that is productive and efficiently delivered
This remarkable book by Dr. Joseph Murphy, one of the pioneering voices of affirmative thinking, will unlock for you the truly staggering powers of your subconscious mind. Combining time-honored spiritual wisdom with cutting edge scientific research, Dr. Murphy explains how the subconscious mind influences every single thing that you do and how, by understanding it and learning to control its incredible force, you can improve the quality of your daily life.
Everything, from the promotion that you wanted and the raise you think you deserve, to overcoming phobias and bad habits and strengthening interpersonal relationships, the Power of Your Subconscious Mind will open a world of happiness, success, prosperity and peace for you. It will change your life and your world by changing your beliefs.
An ideal guide to building your personality by altering your habits
It is rightly said that habits make or break a man. If you want to know why you are not doing something right, sometimes all you need is to perform an analysis of your habits and consider altering them. Because sometimes it’s not about what you do, but more about how you do it! And that’s where your habits play a very important role.
‘The 7 habits of Highly Effective People’ is a book that aims at providing its readers with the importance of character ethics and personality ethics. The author talks about the values of integrity, courage, a sense of justice and most importantly, honesty. The book is a discussion about the seven most essential habits that every individual must adopt to in order to live a life which is more fulfilling.
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other
people interested in you.”
From the fundamental techniques in handling people to the various ways to make them like you, this book offers insights on how to win people to your way of thinking; how to increase your ability to get things done; the ways to be a leader and change people without arousing resentment; and how to make friends quickly.
A timeless bestseller, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People has been an inspiration for many of those who are now famous and successful. with principles that stand as relevant in modern times as ever before, it continues to help people on their way to success.
Orwell describes a world of terror where the price of freedom is betrayal.
In a nightmarish future, the society in the super state Oceania is controlled by Big Brother. Every aspect of life is closely monitored, every trace of privacy is rubbed off and the slightest hint of personal freedom or rebellion is ruthlessly quashed by the party under the aegis of Big Brother, whose image is present everywhere.
A minor party official Winston commits thought crimes by keeping a secret diary and loving a girl and seduced to self betrayal by his superior O’Brien. His interrogation finally leads him to Room 101, where resides every man’s ultimate horror……….
The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It’s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.
In this 8th anniversary edition you’ll read not only the life-changing concepts of the original book, but also learn what author Jeff Olson discovered as he continued along the slight edge path: the Secret to Happiness and the Ripple Effect.
This edition of The Slight Edge isn’t just the story, but also how the story continues to create life-altering dynamics—how a way of thinking, a way of processing information, can impact daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. The Slight Edge is “the key” that will make all the other how-to books and self-help information that you read, watch and hear actually work.
Can you think of a single moment in the whole day when your mind is blank and thoughtless?
Do you know how powerful every thought is?
“Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.”
Giving an insight into the power of thoughts; the effect they have on our health, body and circumstances; and how we become what we think; this compelling literary essay by James Allen contains practical wisdom which will inspire, enlighten and help us discover our hidden powers.Written in a spiritual tone, As a Man Thinketh has been a valuable source of inspiration ever since its first publication in 1903. It continues to remain a classic bestseller.
A renowned inspirational fiction, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a revealing story that offers the readers a simple yet profound way to live life. The plot of this story revolves around Julian Mantle, a lawyer who has made his fortune and name in the profession. A sudden heart-attack creates havoc in the successful lawyer’s life. Jolted by the sudden onset of the illness, his practice comes to a standstill. He ponders over material success being worth it all, renounces all of it and leaves for India.
A visit to India about a spiritual awakening that opens up new vistas and Julian begins to view life in a different perspective. He decides to live his life once again but in a way that is much more fulfilling and meaningful than before.
In the book, the reader goes through a spiritual journey and into a very old culture that has gathered much wisdom over the millennia. The book advocates about how to live happily, think deep and rightly, value time and relationships, be more disciplined, follow the heart’s call and live every moment of the life.
Written in simple words, the book has turned out to be a bestseller and is more than just an endearing story. Through storytelling, Robin Sharma showcases the miracles and wonders of living a fulfilling life. In the process, the book introduces readers to enlightening yet simple principles that vouch to make life better, happier and more meaningful.
A bestselling novel, what readers all over the globe appreciate about this book is its deft amalgam of the philosophies from both western and eastern worlds. The book has been followed by important personalities around the world.
The Alchemist is a magical fable that seeks to inspire readers to listen to their hearts and follow their dreams.
The Alchemist is a simple, yet powerful story about an Andalusian boy named Santiago. Santiago is a shepherd whose days are more or less spent tending to his sheep. He has a recurring dream in which a treasure awaits him at the Pyramids of Egypt. Believing the dream to be some kind of prophecy, Santiago approaches a gypsy in a neighboring town to ask for advice. The gypsy confirms that indeed such a treasure awaits him at the Pyramids.
From then on, Santiago begins his journey in search of the treasure, unaware of the experiences that lie ahead of him. At the start of his journey he meets an old man who claims to be a king. He tells Santiago to constantly look out for omens and learn to read them as signs from the universe.
Santiago’s quest takes him from his homeland Spain to the markets of Tangiers to the unforgiving sands of the Egyptian desert. He encounters a variety of characters that teach him lessons of faith, danger, disaster, opportunity, and love. He also meets an alchemist just as he was destined to, and learns a lot from him. The alchemist’s teachings initially create self-doubt in Santiago, but later they succeed in filling him with faith in himself, strengthening his determination to reach the pyramids to seek the treasure.
Young lawyer Jonathan Harker journeys to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula only to discover that his nobleman client is a vampire who is thirsty for new blood. After imprisoning Harker in his castle, Dracula travels to England to seduce Jonathan’s fiancée, Mina, and the battle against an ineffable evil begins. Led by philosopher and metaphysician Professor Van Helsing—Dracula’s most indomitable adversary—Harker, Mina, and a band of allies unite, determined to confront and destroy the Count before he can escape.
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George, J., Harris and Montmorency, the dog, are the best of friends.
Armed with interesting anecdotes, their quirky personalities and a
boat, the three men and the dog decide to go on a boat trip across
River Thames. But they discover that their fancy ideas of a boat trip,
which includes visits to many famous riverside towns of England in
the 19th-century, are very different from the reality!
Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat is a comic tale of friendship,
misadventure and fun. It is a delightful story for all ages and seasons.
Hidden within the seemingly funny incidents and comments are
the writer’s opinions on the foibles in England’s history and society.
The book offers a refreshing look at the various places, people and
mannerisms in the country.
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Sir Charles Baskerville is dead. His body was discovered on the grounds of his Devonshire estate, face frozen in fright, not far from the footprints of a large beast. The cause of death has been determined to be a heart attack, but family legend tells another tale, and Detective Sherlock Holmes is determined to uncover the truth. So whodunit on the foggy moors of Baskerville Hall? In one of literature’s greatest original page-turners, the answer is a classic.
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In the book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, the author does an excellent job of condensing research on habit formation in a nice engaging, compact book and lays down a basic three step process that all habits follow: Cue – Routine – Reward. By understanding these steps in all our habits, we can eliminate bad habits and create good ones instead!
Vilfredo Pareto created a revolutionary principle. Known as the Pareto’s principle or the rule of 80-20, the core of this principle lies in the fact, that 80 percent of the results which one receives in a field of activity is a result of 20 percent of the efforts.
In case of business, merely 20 percent of the customers help in generating 80 percent of the revenue. This principle is developed and presented in a systematic way by Richard Koch. He not only explains the intricacies of the principle but also goes a step ahead by explaining the reasons that make this principle work.
It is a secret used by highly successful people, which is made known to the common man through this book.
Easily the single best book on habit change with absolutely practical advice. I read it twice and plan to re-read many more times. The advice is to the point with plenty of real life examples. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to be more productive.
Initially skeptic, I was intrigued by all the praise heaped onto this book. I was hesitant to buy it as I was already aware of the general advice all over the nosurf community and was afraid this book would not tell me anything new. I was surprised when I did take the plunge and it turned out to be a wonderful book. It is a complete guide to helping you take control over your digital life, not the other way round.