Books for improving your life

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  • You can do anything you want. A lot of it comes down to your thinking. Here are some recommendations:

    The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
    https://www.amazon.com/Power-Your-Subconscious-Mind/dp/1614270198

    Probably the only book you'll need for a while. Your subconscious determines a lot of your reality. Learn how to use this to your advantage.

    Think and Grow Rich

    https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Publication-Foundation/dp/193787950X/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1DUOQUJBKVCOT&keywords=think+and+grow+rich&qid=1576276628&s=books&sprefix=think+and+gro%2Cstripbooks%2C142&sr=1-4

    Same thing but money focused.

    The Daily Stoic

    https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Stoic-Meditations-Wisdom-Perseverance/dp/0735211736/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Everyday+stoic&qid=1576276692&s=books&sr=1-1

    Stoicism is about keeping your emotions in check. Helps build character and good leadership skills. This book is a daily meditation on stoic principles.

    The 4-Hour Work Week

    https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307465357/ref=sr_1_1?crid=K9AJJLPF7CO7&keywords=4+hour+work+week&qid=1576276896&s=books&sprefix=4+hour%2Cstripbooks%2C148&sr=1-1

    Gimmicky book in some ways but powerful in others. Basically it helps change the way you think about making a living. You can achieve a nice lifestyle for less than you think. Also Tim Ferris is dope, listen to his podcast.

    I'll add more as I think of them.

  • Honestly would reccomend The Richest Man in Babylon over Think and Grow Rich.

    Also, As a Man Thinketh

  • Speaking of stoicism, Meditations of Marcus Aurelious is also a really good read. And its wild cause s*** was written SO long ago, and is very much relevant today.

  • CactusJackSentYa

    Honestly would reccomend The Richest Man in Babylon over Think and Grow Rich.

    Also, As a Man Thinketh

    Richest man in Babylon is a classic

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    The Gulag Archipelago can improve your life. It's Solzhenitsyn's stories about the hell that was the gulags. It shows some of the darkest realities that we have documented. Makes you realize things aren't that bad as corny as I sound.

  • Not sure id recommend meditations though for stoicism it didnt read very well to me maybe something from epicteus would be better

  • The Prosperity Secrets of the Ages

  • Protip: books don’t improve your life

    After you’ve read hundreds it will hit you. They make you think you’re improving but you’re really just passing time.

  • Books of Solomon
    Proverbs
    Psalms
    Ecclesiastes
    Wisdom of Solomon

  • BlackOnBlack

    Protip: books don’t improve your life

    After you’ve read hundreds it will hit you. They make you think you’re improving but you’re really just passing time.

    Depends on what you read

  • BlackOnBlack

    Protip: books don’t improve your life

    After you’ve read hundreds it will hit you. They make you think you’re improving but you’re really just passing time.

    Application and meditation is everything

  • BlackOnBlack

    Protip: books don’t improve your life

    After you’ve read hundreds it will hit you. They make you think you’re improving but you’re really just passing time.

    I mean if you don't apply that knowledge and incorporate it into your life of course books won't help you improve

  • BlackOnBlack

    Protip: books don’t improve your life

    After you’ve read hundreds it will hit you. They make you think you’re improving but you’re really just passing time.

    this some uncle rd2 s*** lol

  • Almost every one of those self help books are pseudo intellectual bs. Classical works on stoicism (think Seneca, Epictetus etc) are what Id recommend only

  • Jozu

    Almost every one of those self help books are pseudo intellectual bs. Classical works on stoicism (think Seneca, Epictetus etc) are what Id recommend only

    If it improves your life it improves your life.

  • Stan Smith

    You can do anything you want. A lot of it comes down to your thinking. Here are some recommendations:

    The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
    https://www.amazon.com/Power-Your-Subconscious-Mind/dp/1614270198

    Probably the only book you'll need for a while. Your subconscious determines a lot of your reality. Learn how to use this to your advantage.

    Think and Grow Rich

    https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Publication-Foundation/dp/193787950X/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1DUOQUJBKVCOT&keywords=think+and+grow+rich&qid=1576276628&s=books&sprefix=think+and+gro%2Cstripbooks%2C142&sr=1-4

    Same thing but money focused.

    The Daily Stoic

    https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Stoic-Meditations-Wisdom-Perseverance/dp/0735211736/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Everyday+stoic&qid=1576276692&s=books&sr=1-1

    Stoicism is about keeping your emotions in check. Helps build character and good leadership skills. This book is a daily meditation on stoic principles.

    The 4-Hour Work Week

    https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307465357/ref=sr_1_1?crid=K9AJJLPF7CO7&keywords=4+hour+work+week&qid=1576276896&s=books&sprefix=4+hour%2Cstripbooks%2C148&sr=1-1

    Gimmicky book in some ways but powerful in others. Basically it helps change the way you think about making a living. You can achieve a nice lifestyle for less than you think. Also Tim Ferris is dope, listen to his podcast.

    I'll add more as I think of them.

    how have these books improved your life personally or what have you done/changed since reading these books srs question?

  • Jozu

    Almost every one of those self help books are pseudo intellectual bs. Classical works on stoicism (think Seneca, Epictetus etc) are what Id recommend only

    Actions and experience improve your life and grow you more than any book. The same way real life experience doing marketing for a company trumps a college degree in marketing.

    If you’re facing an experiential challenge, and a book has the knowledge to overcome or master it. Yes. That’s good.

    Typically this will more likely be a blog post or smaller bite of information rather than an entire book which is usually 79% filler so they can sell it to you as a book.

    But just reading random books and thinking it’ll improve your life because “mo knowledge and finding myself” is not true.

    Take it from an old head who spent way too many years thinking he was bettering himself with books.

    Get. S***. Done.

    Read biographies for fun.

  • Yeah I really don't get this change your life books self-improving crap type of books where you can summarize the essence into a few sentences and you won't use it anyways because it is so simple yet forgettable.

    But, there really are books outta there that can bring you forward, be it in your thinking, personality, empathy, verbal intelligence, knowledge etc.

    I can definitely recommend reading long and complex books where you have to think about the writings and the sophisticated characters, set, plot, and so on.

    One example might be: The Brothers Karamazov, this book can definitely change your life but to understand this book you need to read it at different points in your life and it's a pretty sad story as well.

  • just finished power of your subconscious mind the other day, amazing

    people, read psycho-cybernetics . it WILL change your life

  • Rather talk to people, embrace new uncomfortable situations and take risks with trying to realize ideas instead of reading a book where someone tells me why his/her personal experiences should be best for everyone.

    You can get some great input from books, but they won't be able to tell you how to live your life.
    As people in this thread wrote before, it's how you apply it.
    But there's just too many people out there thinking they are wise, when in fact they are just making money off insecure people by copying and paraphrasing ideas that already have been blurted out by others.

  • The Holy Bible

  • Imagine reading books in 2019 yikes

  • Hiro

    Yeah I really don't get this change your life books self-improving crap type of books where you can summarize the essence into a few sentences and you won't use it anyways because it is so simple yet forgettable.

    But, there really are books outta there that can bring you forward, be it in your thinking, personality, empathy, verbal intelligence, knowledge etc.

    I can definitely recommend reading long and complex books where you have to think about the writings and the sophisticated characters, set, plot, and so on.

    One example might be: The Brothers Karamazov, this book can definitely change your life but to understand this book you need to read it at different points in your life and it's a pretty sad story as well.

    what'd u like bout the brothers karamazov? i read notes from the underground a couple months back n enjoyed it quite a lot

  • "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark is a 1995 book by astrophysicist Carl Sagan, in which the author aims to explain the scientific method to laypeople, and to encourage people to learn critical and skeptical thinking."

  • Atomic Habits
    As a Man Thinketh

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