The famous introduction to being present to the moment. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book intended as a self-help guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment, “the now”, and avoiding thoughts of the past or future.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is a non-fiction book written by Susan Cain, where she argues that introvert people and their achievements often are under-valued in modern society compared to extroverts who are more comfortable promoting themselves. She discusses the problems that are associated with this structure, like wasted talent, energy and happiness. In the book, we also get to meet a set of successful introverts who share their methods for thriving in a world of extroverts.
Written by Voltaire, pseudonym for François-Marie Arouet, and first published in 1759, this one can definitely compete with anything written ever since! Voltaire uses entertaining satire and dark humor to question government, society, religion, education and optimism, by letting the main character Candide go on a long journey. The ending is one of the most famous of all books, and if you haven’t read it I’m not gonna spoil it for you here.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich is a self-help book by Timothy Ferriss. It focuses on what he refers to as “lifestyle design” and openly challenges the traditional “life plan” in which people work huge amounts of hours and take few vacations for decades and save money in order to relax after retirement.
The Art of War is a Chinese military strategy guide written by Sun Tzu in the 6th century BC. Sun Tzu was a military general, strategist and tactician. The text is composed of 13 chapters, all focusing on different aspects of warfare. It is the most famous of China’s Seven Military Classics, and it has had an influence on not only military thinking but also business tactics, legal strategy and more all around the world.
More than 10 million copies sold! The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey presents an approach to being effective in reaching goals by aligning yourself to what he calls “true north” principles of a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless. In August 2011 Time listed this as one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books”. Main takeaways include the importance of having a clearly defined end goal in mind, trying to find win-win mutual benefits in any kind of negotiation, and to continuously strive to improve your skills – but it doesn’t stop there!
“The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain.”
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, first published in 1974, is a philosophical fiction book, generally regarded as an American cultural icon in literature, described as an intriguing story about a man in search of himself.
The cult classic that is literally about a different way to live life – to let the dice decide! According to BBC it is “one of the fifty most influential books of the last half of the twentieth century” and Loaded Magazine named it “Novel of the Century” in 1999.
The book depicts the life of Luke Rhinehart (a pen name), a New York based psyciatrist who is bored and tired with his life and everyday routines: “life is islands of extacy in an ocean of boredom, and when you reach your thirties you rarely see land…”.
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field. Nataniel Branden wrote his first book on Self-Esteem 25(!) years before this one, there’s no doubt he knows what he’s talking about. This book is recommended by self-development gurus around the world as one of the most life-changing books out there. Self-esteem has so much influence over other areas of our lifes: health, relationships, financial situation, happiness and so on.
Blinks builds on research in psychology and behavioral studies, to dissect what happens when we make decisions. The author describes the main subject of his book as “thin-slicing”: our ability to gauge what is really important from a very narrow period of experience. This is an idea that spontaneous decisions are often as good as or even better than carefully planned and considered ones.