Do you have books that have special meaning in your life? A book that changes your life in a deep way, changes your thinking, or even snaps you out of a rut? I have so many books that have significantly impacted and influenced the way my life has travelled. Here are my top ten books:
1. Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson
This is a simple yet profound book around dealing with change both in the workplace and also in your personal life. It’s an amusing and enlightening story of four characters that live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. “Who Moved My Cheese” was given to me when there was a significant change happening in my workplace and really set the way I dealt with change then and forever.
2. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
I read the Alchemist many years ago and even today it is one of my favourites. It follows the travels and adventures of a shepherd boy following his dreams in search of his destiny. Paul Coelho is a fantastic author and magically weaves life lessons into all of his stories.
3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a classic book, first published in 1937 and one of the early best selling books on financial success and developing the right mindset for success. It is still very relevant to today’s investors. When I read this book, it certainly opened my eyes to mindset conditioning.
4. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
This is probably the most important book on my shelves and one that I constantly reference. Louise Hay wrote about how your thoughts create dis-ease in your body and how simply changing your thoughts can overcome conditions. I will often refer to her book when clients complain of specific ailments and offer Louise’s affirmations to help them move forward in their lives.
5. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is exactly what the title says. How To Win Friends And Influence People is amazing book, and if you have ever wanted to improve your social connections with people, this is a must read. I recommend this book to my younger clients and the results are always significant.
6. Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Celestine Prophecy is about a journey of spiritual awakening through nine insights from a sacred manuscript. This book started my spiritual journey with two close friends and we would meet regularly to discuss how synchronicity was presenting in our lives. It’s always interesting that there are no coincidences.
7. Leadership by Rudolph Giuliani
I really loved reading Leadership and gaining insight to many of the tactics and strategies that Rudy Guiliani used during his time as Mayor of New York City. Rudy elaborates on his management and decision-making processes during a period of great transition of the city and then during the world trade centre events. Many of his processes would be of great benefit for every business, both small and large.
8. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Secret is a book about the Law of Attraction and highlights the idea that your thoughts can become your reality. What I really loved about this book was the reminder about being grateful and practicing gratefulness, as well as using visualisation to achieve your dreams.
9. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
This is a beautiful and touching book about a small group of past students who got together each week to discuss the meaning of life with their old professor. Tuesdays with Morrie, for me, reaffirms the importance of making the most of your life, appreciating every moment, and not getting caught up with the day-to-day dramas.
10. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
The Artist’s Way helps you to rediscover your creative self and to release those fears of “I’m not good enough”. When I read this book, I was going through a fairly big life-changing event of moving into single life after 7 years. This book certainly helped me change my thoughts, regain my self-confidence and have a lot of fun in the process.
Reading books are a vital ingredient in your ongoing personal growth and development. I am currently reading Playing The Matrix by Mike Dooley, Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton and Sacred Manifestation which I was a co-author (I am gaining so much from my co-authors’ chapters).
What books have inspired you? What are you currently reading? If you could recommend one book that you feel would change someone’s life, what would it be?
I would love to hear your favourites?