The world of books is truly fascinating. They can make you laugh, cry, shudder, even take you on countless adventures in faraway lands. And then there are some books that shape you by broadening your perspective and making you ponder — the ones that stay with you forever.
Some books help you relax at the beach. Others teach you something specific you need to know for your career or hobby. But some books do something much more profound than entertain or teach — they open your mind to whole new ways of seeing the world, shifting fundamentally the way you approach your work and life.
When Warren Buffett was asked about the secret to his wealth and success, he revealed that he read every day—500 pages, to be precise. Unfortunately, if you’re already working 9-5, you might not have enough time to read. But what if you could?
Do you want to feel more satisfied with life? We picked out these 5 books that will change your outlook.
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad
This personal finance classic made an appearance in several blog posts and lists. Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad) offers personal finance education to help you learn about cash flow, real estate, investing, and business building. It’s been nearly 25 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena. It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time… translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world.
- The Power of Habit
This book simply says you are what your habits are, and also suggests the proven techniques to generate new habits that alter our lifestyle and eventually our life. A must-read for everyone to understand the intricacies of the habit. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny.
- How to stop worrying and start living
The book’s goal is to lead the reader to a more enjoyable and fulfilling life, helping them to become more aware of, not only themselves, but others around them. Carnegie tries to address the everyday nuances of living, in order to get the reader to focus on the more important aspects of life. It is now a world-famous, self-help book amongst many people.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
It’s a self-help book for people who hate self-help. It’s as much a pat on the back as a slap in the face. It’s the first truly no-BS guide to flourishing in a crazy, crazy world. It’s Funny, Witty and makes sense. A perfect combination. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck has taken the world by storm, selling almost 2 million copies in its first year alone. It’s been #1 on the NYTimes Bestseller list. It’s being translated into 25 languages.
- The Forty Rules of Love
The Forty Rules of Love is a novel written by Turkish author Elif Shafak, The book was published in March 2009. It is about Maulana Jalal-Ud-Din, known as Rumi and his companion Shams Tabrizi. This book explains how Shams transformed a scholar into a Sufi (mystic) through love. More than 750,000 copies of this book were sold in Turkey and France.
And if you need more suggestions, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran are some of our absolute favorites.