Did you know that 90% of people stop reading books after graduating? Fortunately, you are not one of them… otherwise, you wouldn’t be here, looking for book recommendations.
After having to read all the historical novels in high school, I also didn’t want anything to do with books. Reading seemed pointless at the time, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. That was until I realized that I can choose the books I read now. It took me the total of 7 years to get over the trauma that school’s compulsory literature caused… and started discovering reading and books again.
Books became my mentors that showed me a whole other world. Reading about other people’s experiences, who have done-went-saw, inspire you and make you want more from life. These are the books that make you dream and guide you towards it.
Looking back at the time when I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life, I would have recommended these 9 books to myself.
10 years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams, that one day I’d pack my bags; buy a one-way ticket to the Philippines; live a year in Australia; adventure in Cambodia; study Muay Thai in Thailand; start an e-commerce business and begin to educate other entrepreneurs about social media marketing. In just a few years, I’ve gone from 0 to 100, and I won’t stop here.
Read how it all started: “You need 100€, Wi-Fi and a dream.”
In 2003 I graduated from Kuressaare Business School, where I had studied culinary arts. After that, I worked 5 years in the kitchen. Then there came the point where I thought that I could make even more money by working as a constructor in Finland. -17 degrees wasn’t really my thing, and so I decided to step into university.
I earned a business administration degree via distance learning. A real Maestro! In nothing… Almost 10 years of my life had passed, but I was standing still. I craved something else and I was not going to settle for a mediocre life.
Reading dragged me out of my comfort zone, by showing me that there is so much more I can do with my life.
I understood, that dreaming alone doesn’t work and I need to start working. It was time to grab life by the horns because unlike Estonian singer TOMM¥ €A$H, I didn’t “winaloto” and was tired of waiting for this to happen.
Every book in this list gives you the right tools, to build a life you’ve dreamt of all these years.
1. The Magic of Thinking Big
by David J. Schwartz
2. Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
by Howard Schultz
3. How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
4. Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
by Richard Branson
5. The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life
by Jeff Olson
6. The 4-Hour Workweek
by Timothy Ferriss
7. Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom
8. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
by Tony Hsieh
9. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Don Miguel Ruiz
Each and every one of these books will motivate and inspire you. If you happen to like them as much as I do, then please don’t forget to spread the word. There’s always someone, who needs that little push to start moving toward his/her goal.
If you are thinking about ordering one of these books, then I’d recommend a site that my good friend suggested me – www.bookdepository.com. Because of free worldwide delivery.
I’ve also started using Amazon’s audiobook service audible.com, which is super easy to use because the majority of us tend to carry our phone in our pocket. Also speeds up the reading time significantly!
To keep track of the books I’ve read, I use goodreads.com. That way I can also see what my friends have read and how they’ve evaluated them. If my friends give something a good score, then I’ll put it in my “to read” list and come back to it later.
I’ll sum it all up with a quote I like:
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
― Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
It’s impossible to meet all the people we want to meet in the world. That is where books come in – we can absorb their wisdom by walking into a bookstore or a library, nowadays even by making one click. Use it wisely!