(A-Seeking Millennial’s Guide To Finding Life’s Purpose And Success)
My son, who used to be a shy, homebound boy, suddenly decided to be a YouTube vlogger and traveler. I never imagined that it would be the career path he would choose after college. It’s an impulsive decision that is profoundly influenced by the books he read, and according to him, the books that did impact his life are:
- Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins. A book where Tony Robbins talks about how we see ourselves and that how others see us significantly influences our decisions and actions. He believes that we have the power to choose and correct ourselves, that there’s a giant within each one of us – the potential in every human being that one has to empower with the right attitude and actions to master his destiny.
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Sun Tzu is a war general during ancient times in China. He writes down a set of rules during warfare, which has turned out to be very useful for everyday life when you’re facing a battle, may it be in business, school, or domestic problems. Art of War can teach you what to do in tight situations.
- The 48 Laws of Power written by Robert Greene, is said to be popular with prison inmates and celebrities. It is a highly recommended book for people who want to be the best in their chosen field.
- Mastery, another best-seller by Robert Greene, teaches a person how to be a master of one craft. A game-changer indeed, it lays down the journey of different successful people in their chosen field, and how they have contributed to changing the world.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A story about a shepherd boy’s quest, written to inspire people to live their dreams. There are many life lessons to learn like how to focus on your journey, how to get back up from failure, making a decision, embracing the present, and more.
- The Power of Broke by Daymond John talks about his journey as to how a minority like him became successful in his business ventures. It talks about a shark who believes that money is not an obstacle but an advantage because having no money will push you to find resources that others don’t look into.
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris. This book teaches the mindset, principle, and step by step way on how you can live the life you want.
- Rework by David Hansson and Jason Fried. It tells why you don’t need all those crappy business plans and investors. This book will show those who want to succeed in their business how to rework their approach by needing less.
These are books written by people who experienced hitting rock bottom and continued their journey to success first hand. They’ve done extensive research and found the formula on how to have the mindset of the successful people.
Reading books is more than just a pastime. You should make it a habit. Yes, it’s hard, but you can do it. Just set aside those lame excuses of having no time, for even the busiest and wealthiest people allot a time to read.
Many life lessons from the wise are in the pages of these books researched and written efficiently by people whose aim is to motivate you. But for you to be able to apply these ideas to your own life efficiently, you have to learn how to read between the lines.