Recently a friend asked me for a list of books that I could recommend to read. So I thought I would just add it to my blog for all those times when someone might ask me the same question again. So here are the top 11 books – do note that they are of varying interest and are intended for a general audience with no specific background. I think the books listed below can prove to be very useful. If it was to me – I would even have a couple of them added to the high school curriculum and make sure that everyone stepping their foot into the practical word has actually read them. Even in the seminars that I am invited to – I end up referring to these books or making a part of them to be a part of my seminar.
- Think and Grow Rich
My all-time favorite book. This is the single most book that I have gifted to friends and family. If you ever received this book from me – it was a clear indication that you were/are a part of my inner circle. 🙂 Also I feel this book forms the basis of all motivation books that have been written after that. Also the title is a bit misleading – essentially it is about how to achieve whatever goal you set in your life. Some may find their riches in Money, others in Social help, others in family … you get to pick your poison.
- Creating a World without poverty
I am highly inspired by the concepts of Social Empowerment and Microfinance. As the pioneer of these concepts is Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus – this book naturally gravitates to my Top 11.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The one thing that I absolutely love about this book is “The Circle of Influence” – how it is so important to stay in our circle of influence to stay happy and make an actual impact. Also the example of filling your life with big stones and then the smaller stones and after that the sand. The analogy being that the big stones are the ones which really matter and should take precedence over everything else in our life.
- How to win friends and influence people
It was always a struggle growing up to be able to make friends. An old time classic – I think this was probably the first “Self Help” book that I read to address the issue of making friends.
- The Richest Man of Babylon
Set in Babylon – this book weaves a story around the steps a character in the book must take to make a fortune and the mindset that he needs to develop in the process of doing so.
- The Art of War
Written by the great warrior Sun Tzu in ancient China – the book has many lessons for your personal life and business life. You could apply the concepts presented by Sun Tzu in any modern day situation to determine the outcome. Since I have always been influenced by the Chinese hence it naturally influenced my thought process 🙂
- Our Iceberg is Melting
A book which you can easily finish in 3-4 hours. It has very important lessons about how to see the change that is likely to come about, and how different people react to these changes. Changes can be extrapolated to personal life and are also applicable for large organizations.
- Your Money or your life
Some may find this book repulsive and a violation of their right to enjoy life but it has some great hard lessons brought forward by the author on how in order to maintain a life style we continue to work more and waste our time. Though many have explained the concept of the Rat Race but this one takes it down to the actual numbers to prove that life should be more than just running after a high paying job which leaves you with no time to enjoy life.
Recommended by a friend when I did not know who Malcom Gladwell was. It eventually triggered me to read all books published by Malcom Gladwell. I remember the book for two things 1) How the birthday of hockey players are skewed 2) How the Chinese are so hard working and how easy the Chinese number system is.
- Start with Why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action
Just recently was recommended this book by a friend. Even though a lot of concepts/techniques like the “5 Whys” have a similar approach but the way Simon weaves the story is quite nice
- The Prince
Recommended by a friend who wanted to show me the other side. I do not recommend you to be influenced by the “Machiavellian tactics” but read it to understand what the “Dark Side” will employ to get around to you.