books-to-change-your-lifeWhenever people talk about how knowledge accelerates the success in personal and professional life, the advice of Warren Buffet tops the list.

He once said:

“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

Apart from Warren Buffet, every successful person share the common habit of reading.

While Theodore Roosevelt used to read one book before his breakfast, modern day leaders such as Bill Gates read about one book a week and Mark Zuckerberg reads one hour every day. Tony Robbins, one of the best life-coaches on the planet has read over 700 books on self-development.

Science too has proven that people who read more books are more positive, productive, smarter and more likely to achieve their goals as compared to those who never read at all.

Here are five must read books that will change the way you look at life.

1. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast and Slow, published in 2011, the book explains two different systems that govern the basic functioning of our brain.

The first system comprises an emotional, analytical and an intuitive thinking which is quick and efficient.

The second system gradually works its way through logic.

Kahneman makes the readers realize that only by combining the best of both these systems can people predict what will make them happy in future, carry out an efficient management of risks, and enhance our overall judgment.

The engaging and conversational tone of the book keeps the reader engrossed in the informative ways in which we can utilize the power of our intuition and refrain from actions that drag us into mental turmoil. 

The Nobel Prize winner in Economics and the world-known psychologist Daniel Kahneman offers the classic way to tackle life’s problems by making the most out of thinking quickly as well as analyzing things at a slow pace.

2. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Translated into multiple languages and sold more than a million copies in the US, The 48 Laws of Power is a classic book to change your life. One that enriches readers to achieve what is considered impossible or extremely exhausting by the rest of the world.

In the “mega cult classic,” Greene has laid out laws that are based on a compilation of the stories of success and failure of famous figures and how they succumbed to being a victim of immense power.

The readers can gain an insight into how Queen Elizabeth I, Louis XIV, Henry Kissinger, and Machiavelli learned a simple lesson of life the hard way.

Throughout the book, Greene teaches never to blindly trust friends and how one can make the most of being someone’s enemy.

The book conveys a simple message to the readers that one should sometimes conceal intentions and speak within limits.

3. The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss


The 4 Hour Workweek, published in 2007 provides an escape from the boredom of a mediocre 9 to 5 job and makes you realize what true wealth means.

It is a step by step guide to earn a five-figure income and live a luxurious life.

Timothy Ferriss has elaborated how he went from working 80 hours a week to 4 hours a week earning the same amount. He also highlights how readers can eliminate almost half of their work within 48 hours.

The readers get to know how they can replace a life-sucking job with little to no time for leisure for work that is carried out in short bursts while earning a lot more than a conventional job.

The practical tips enable readers to obtain the lifestyle of their choice and earn big bucks without compromising on the quality of their life. A book to change your life that’s well worth a read.

4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion is a classic masterpiece of psychology that conveys how to get a ‘yes’ out of people.

The seminal expert also points out what it takes to persuade people on the basis of his extensive research on the mindset of people.

As a result of a detailed research for more than 35 years, the book is written by keeping the general behavioral psychology as the base.

Owing to its exceptional insight and mind-blowing theories regarding skilled persuasion, the book has achieved mainstream success.

The lucid writing style explains the universal principles of developing the art of persuasion.

Apart from teaching the readers how to persuade other, it also explains how one can manage to protect themselves from getting persuaded by others.

The author strives to bring about a profound positive change in the lives of people through a scientific and a psychological standpoint.

5. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Published in 1959, the self-help classic, The Magic of Thinking Big has helped people to contribute to the betterment of their own life for many decades.

Dr. Schwartz highlights the techniques that help readers achieve the most of out of their personal and professional lives.

He points out that being an intellectual is not the prime requirement for living a successful life. Schwartz indicates that extraordinary talents and formidable intellect are overrated concepts.

The book makes people realize the power of their minds and how they can bring about a positive transformation in their lives just by modifying the way they think and feel.

Schwartz provides practical methodologies to find mental peace and elation.

The book presents a well-thought-out plan that is targeted towards a grand living standard and enriches all aspects of life such as social, professional and family.

Which of these books are you led to read?  Would love to hear from you in the comments below.


Nakul Grover is the author of Superhuman In You and has been writing on self-improvement for over five years now on his website Positive Life Project. He loves to spend his leisure hours in reading books and learning new skills.

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