Reading is probably one of the most essential things you can do to strengthen your mind. You can learn so much from reading a good book whether it’s a novel, a cook-book, a work of non-fiction, or even a magazine. Below are some books that I’ve either read, have been reading, or are am interested in that I believe will really give you some great insight. It’s important to educate yourself and learn as much as you can about a variety of topics. The more you read, the more you learn, and the more you learn the more you grow. You’d be surprised at how much a single book can really change the way you think, act, and pursue your Self.
The Power of Intention: Learn to Co-Create Your World Your Way by Dr. Wayne Dyer
I first read The Power of Intention about 6 years ago when I was going through a rough patch. My girlfriend at the time had given me a copy and urged me to read it. When we split, I ended up getting a copy for myself and raced through it.
This book really taught me the power of positive thinking. It showed me how to access the energy of the Universe, the all-powerful source of infinite creativity, and use it to reach what I’m aiming for.
Wayne Dyer defines intention not only as a determination to achieve something, but as an actual field of energy that you can tap into. As I had time to reflect on it, it became clear to me that it’s really all just about changing your inner dialogue. It’s about thinking that you can have what you’re reaching for.
Look at it this way, will you ever get what you want if you keep telling yourself you’ll never get it? It’s a great book. The months after reading it were incredibly uplifting and positive for me.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His 12 Rules has helped me in ways I never thought it would. It's full of interesting facts, analysis of the greatest archetypal stories in history, and incredible rants about why you shouldn't interrupt kids when they are skateboarding. It’s basically a book for people who are what I used to be; mad at the world, mad at themselves, and resentful of the state of their lives. To put it frankly, it helped me get my shit together. It put everything in perspective for me; it helped me clean up my room, so-to-speak.
It’s not a stretch to say this book changed my life. Say what you want about the guy, but he sure makes a whole lot of sense to me. It’s about holding yourself accountable and blaming the one person responsible for your life; YOU!
The 12 Rules are simple, yet extraordinarily complex. I've never read a book that has slapped me this hard with perspective. I suggest this book to: everyone, everywhere.
Crash Proof 2.0 by Peter schiff
I took macroeconomics 101 in college and what I remember from that class is the word "repugnance" and that we talked about horse meat being repugnant. That's about all I took away.
Why do I suggest this book? Simply because I believe in the power of the search for truth. Schiff is unabashedly honest in this book and unafraid to call out a system for what it is. This book is basically a crash course in econ and covers it all from GDP, the housing bubble, the history of money, CPI, interest rates, and the dangers of moral hazard. I also think it’s important to understand economics and finances if you want to free yourself from the supposed “burden” of money. I’d suggest this book to anyone who wants to understand more of economics, the Federal Reserve, and how to invest wisely.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The is the book that everyone should go get and start reading right now. Seriously don't even look it up. Just go get it and start reading it. If this book doesn't make you want to chase your dreams then you might have no chance. It's so powerful and relatable with a fun and inspiring story. Go. Now.