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There are many benefits that come with reading books, from vocabulary improvement to the overall development of the mind – and everything in between. Living a healthy lifestyle is not limited to consuming a healthy diet, it also includes, but is not limited to, education.
Many people use the assistance of social media and search engines as their main source of finding information, which can be very useful for those that know what they are looking for – and know how to conduct a thorough search. However, it is very easy for the use of the internet alone to become detrimental, if people are not furthering their research elsewhere. It is also common for people to become lazy, as the internet provides plenty of simplified informative sources, which has a detrimental affect on individuals by limiting their knowledge. Although your brain is not a muscle, anatomically, it is something that should be exercised through constant education – and learning is a practice that should never end.
There are a number of reasons why people don’t read. The most common excuse a lot of people use is: “Reading is boring”. Reading is not boring, it’s a great form of stimulation for your brain.
Others don’t want to look like a nerd/geek. If reading makes you a ‘geek’ then that shouldn’t be taken negatively – you’re bettering yourself by reading books and you should not be ashamed of doing so. How could there possibly be anything wrong with being intelligent?
Please do not listen to people that do not want to see you grow.
However, not every excuse is to avoid reading at all costs. Some people would love to read, but have no idea where to start. Not knowing where to start with reading can be a major off-putting factor – as there is such a wide variety of books available; and the process of book-hunting can seem somewhat daunting to some people.
Here are seven books, recommended to all, that will change your mind forever. Whether you’re a book-fanatic or have never read a book outside of school, the seven books listed below will help you evolve as an individual, and a reader.
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think – Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Abundance is one of my favourite words, and also the title of one of my favourite books. Peter Diamandis, a successful entrepreneur, and Steven Kotler, a successful author and entrepreneur, put their brains together to create a great book that sends a message to all: abundance is within our grasp. This book is full of optimism, and shows how we can use technology, amongst other things, to our advantage – and better the lives of people all over the world. It’s an interesting read, as the times are constantly changing and it’s important to stay up-to-date to try and improve the future. If you’re reading this article, you’re using technology, so why not find out more about it – alongside an examination of human need around the world?
Contagious: How to Build Word of Mouth in the Digital Age – Jonah Berger
I’m inspired by a lot of people that I feel are influential, and I always try to find out what inspires them, or where they get their sources of information from – so that I can study those original sources and flourish in my own life. Contagious is a book that Nipsey Hussle read, and from reading this book he was inspired to make some great business moves. Contagious is an amazing book, which has become my holy grail in terms of building a brand in the digital age, and I feel that everyone should read it. Even if you aren’t planning on starting your own brand, or business, it’s an important read because it gives you all of the information you need, and shows you just how attainable your dream of having own successful enterprise is. You can only gain from reading this book, so you might as well; and who knows, you might just, more than likely, be inspired.
The 22 Immutable Laws Of Marketing – Al Ries and Jack Trout
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing is another great read for those who have their own business, want to start their own business, and those who aren’t even aware that having their own business is a possibility. Marketing is very important, for any business and brand, and this book is a great place to start. This book is older than me, yet still very relevant, and each law is explained in a simplified manner that makes the information easily digestible for the brain. Your dream may be to work for someone else for the rest of your life, and that may lead you to think that this book isn’t important for you, but it is. Marketing is important in all businesses, and if you want to be the stand-out employee that gets all of the promotions, then read this book and you’ll be a step ahead. Trust me, I’ve done it. It’s a fantastic read, and it’s timeless.
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
The Celestine Prophecy is probably the best fiction book I’ve ever read in my life. As I mentioned earlier, I like to find out what the people who I’m inspired by, are inspired by. When searching for the books that Jay-Z reads, I came across an article on Oprah (in her book club – which is also an amazing source of great books to read) called ‘Books That Made A Difference To Jay-Z‘. Out of the books he recommended, The Celestine Prophecy has been my favourite read. It’s a story of a man on a journey to find an ancient manuscript with a series of spiritual insights and principles. There is enough excitement to keep readers of all levels engaged, yet it’s filled with such powerful psychological and spiritual ideologies that are beneficial to everyone – so it’s perfectly balanced.
Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe – Michio Kaku and Jennifer Thompson
I’ve always loved physics, I find it to be so intriguing and stimulating – and it makes me feel like the biggest genius’ on the planet. There are plenty of theoretical physicist’s out there, but my favourite of all time is Michio Kaku. He has a very gripping way of sharing information, that makes even a newbie, to anything physics related, feel like they understand the science much easier than they would if they looked elsewhere. All of his books are fantastic, but my number one is Beyond Einstein. Beyond Einstein explains the superstring theory, in a basic yet detailed way, and everything about this book is fascinating! It’s easily readable and, being that I’ve read it plenty of times already, I can honestly say that once you pick it up, it will be hard to put it down. The information in this book also makes for good conversation, so give it a read and then spark a conversation with a friend and you’ll find that you’ll blow some minds with your new-found level of genius!
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
Spirituality is very important to me, and finding the right balance of energies is vital to sustaining a healthy spirit. I used to really struggle with living in the moment, as I used to dwell on everything miserable that happened in my past. When I was trying to learn how to live in the moment, I read The Power of Now and it put a lot of things into perspective for me; which helped me go from thinking negatively about myself to seeing the positive in myself – and ‘the now‘. This book reminds me of a mirror, because the information in the book is information that we all subconsciously know, but sometimes we need an external reminder, to spark the light inside of us, so that we can see our beautiful reflection of self. The Power of Now is a very, very, easy read – and it’s a good idea to highlight, or make notes, of parts that stand out to you; to help with your journey.
The Mis-Education of the Negro – Carter Godwin Woodson
The Mis-Education of the Negro is, approximately, 85 years old, yet timeless. The title may seem similar, due to Lauryn Hill’s album that was named in reference of the book, and that’s pretty much how I found it (through trying to figure out how Lauryn Hill chose her album name). Carter G. Woodson wrote this book with the argument that African-American people were being culturally indoctrinated in school, rather than taught. I’m not African-American, but I feel like this book describes what happens to people of colour in all parts of the world, because it’s so fitting to me and I’m from the UK. It’s also an important read for those who are not of colour, because it will help people understand life through our eyes – and make the necessary changes to ensure equality to all is being practiced.
Those are my 7 recommendations, and if you have read them, or decide to check them out, please let me know what you think. Also, you may want to try searching for free PDF versions of the books before purchasing (as sometimes they are available for free by doing a simple search engine search “book title + author name + pdf“).
Are there any books that have changed your mind forever? Comment below and let us know what they are, and why you recommend them, to help others looking for great books to read.
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Love and light, Liss x