It wasn’t until 2012 when a book (Seth Godin’s ‘The Icarus Deception’) resonated with me so well and changed how I went about life forever that now, I’m all over a good read. Personally, an enjoyable read challenges the way you think and feel and gives you insightful perspective.
Perfect on a long-haul flight or while chillin’ at the local park, here’s five life-changing books. Having created pivotal moments in my life, I hope these inspire you in some way like they did for me.
1. ‘The Icarus Deception’ – Seth Godin (2012)
The challenge of our time is finding a journey worthy of your heart and your soul.
– Seth Godin
We’ve been taught to stay in our comfort zone: go to school, find a job and stick to rules. Living that life, I felt tense striving in my career while subconsciously feeling why does this feel empty? I finally understood the disconnect when Seth uncovered a value in ‘The Icarus Deception’ that still to this day encourages me to live and work with purpose: no matter what it is that you’re doing, treat your work as a form of art – art that is worth it, art that affects people.
2. ‘Quiet’ – Susan Cain (2012)
The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk.
– Susan Cain
When I’m ‘suddenly’ not bubbly, people ask “what’s wrong?” to which I respond, “Nothing! I’ve just used all my energy ‘giving myself’ to people and I’m recharging. Leave me alone.” (Ok, in a less blunt demeanour) If you’re like me, ‘Quiet’ helps to understand who you are (and not feel guilty about it) and how to use introversion to your full potential in a world that can’t stop talking. Packed with intelligent research and real life stories, you’ll feel empowered to be quietly awesome. #teamintroverts
3. ‘The Alchemist’ – Paulo Coelho (1988)
I have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe. We were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul.
– Paulo Coelho
The only fiction book on this list, ‘The Alchemist’ is based around a shepherd who travels across the desert in search of hidden treasure because of a mysterious dream he had. The philosophical read is most insightful when read between the lines – every situation, character, time and place are wonderful metaphors for life of today. When I turned the last page, I shed a few tears out of exhilaration for people to live fulfilled lives. How beautiful is it that we all have the inner strength and right to follow our ‘Personal Legend’.
4. ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ – Timothy Ferris (2007)
“Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you… If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.
– Timothy Ferris
We’ve all been asked: “Who would you invite, dead or alive, over for dinner?” My response in a heartbeat: Timothy Ferris. He’s alive – and intelligent, fearless, honest, witty, plain influential. ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ shares what it actually means to be “rich” and teaches you true effective and efficient work-life practices in ensuring you’re on the path to living an exciting life. A goldmine of inspiration, this one’s for anyone with a lust for life who wants to realise their goals are possible if played smart.
(Pssst! I also loved listening to the audiobook available here.)
5. ‘Daring Greatly’ – Brene Brown (2012)
It is life asking you: “Are you all in?”
– Brene Brown
For most of my life, I’ve kept my armour up – a shield big, shiny and strong. Transparency was seen as a weakness and just like many, I didn’t peel my layers to avoid being hurt. In ‘Daring Greatly’, Brene urges us to rehumanise and connect with each other by finding the courage to be vulnerable. I laughed, I cried, I was swept away. We need to get in the arena and let ourselves be seen no matter how painful our hurdles are. Whether it’s work or personal relationships, I learned to not be afraid anymore and just go all in.
What other great, life-changing reads should be on this list? Write me a comment below.
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