The Reading List

You are apart of a select group of people that value their self education! The following is a list of several self help books that all have the ability to change your life. I encourage you to read along as the list is updated, trying to finish a book every two weeks. To make reading a part of your daily routine is absolutely life changing and hopefully the reading list is the perfect starting point for the development of a better version of you.


The Magic Ladder to Success by Napoleon Hill

I felt Magic Ladder to Success was a good book, but not a great book. I found that I enjoyed the beginning and ending chapters more than any other chapters. Most of the chapters were only around 3 pages and were a bit too brief. In my opinion, Think and Grow Rich is a better and more detailed version of this book. 

So, if you're looking for a quick introduction to Napoleon Hill then I think you'd enjoy this book. But, if you've already read other works by Hill, I think this will seem pretty repetitive. 


Relentless by Tim Grover

I just finished relentless and what a great book it was. Let me first start off by saying, this book is not for everyone. The author is a personal trainer who has experience with some of the greatest players the NBA has seen including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade.

The author describes the mentality it takes to reach a level of excellence that these individuals have. He describes these relentless people as "cleaners". The ones who get the job done no matter what. Grover describes exactly what sets apart the cleaners from the average person and how we can achieve excellence in whatever we desire. He is very straightforward throughout the book, and claims excellence requires a level of sacrifice that not many are willing to make. If greatness is something you aspire to achieve, I'd highly recommend this book.


The Prince by Nicole Machiavelli

The Prince was definitely an interesting read and is certainly different than what I usually read. I'd encourage you to do some research on this book because there is a lot of background info that makes this book very intriguing. In short, the book was a letter written in the 1500's to Lorenzo de' Medici, the governor of Florence at the time.

The book is an analysis provided by Niccolo Machiavelli of the pros and cons of rulers of the past. Through these examples Machiavelli provides advice to this new prince on how he can successfully govern his people. My biggest takeaway is that most of this advice is directly correlated to success in any field, not just for government officials. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book but it wouldn't be my first recommendation. As you can assume the writing of Machiavelli is a bit complicated and dry, which made the book somewhat hard to comprehend. 


The Mount of Olives by Michael Ivanov

The book is about a fictional story of a young boy that goes on a journey to achieve his dream. In a similar way to The Alchemist, the boy goes through more transformation that he could have ever imagined and through this transformation the boy writes 11 declarations to an extraordinary life.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, especially the ending. The journey of the young boy is extremely relatable and incredibly inspiring. The book beat all my expectations I had for it, and the ending almost brought me to tears. I can't recommend you read this book enough!


The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

This is my first time reading any of Joseph Campbell's work and it was a bit different than what I usually read.

Campbell has a very profound way of depicting what he calls The Hero's Journey in this book. The Hero's Journey is the journey of a boy/girl who must go through different steps in order to become a true man or woman/hero. The Hero's Journey is going into the unknown in order to achieve your life goal/purpose. Campbell breaks down the Hero's Journey with three steps including Separation/Departure, Trials and Victories/Initiation, and finally the Return/ Reintegration with society. 

Overall I absolutely loved this book and I also enjoyed learning about the Hero's Journey. It was a bit difficult for me to comprehend the examples of mythology included within the book, but I would still highly recommend this book for you!


Rich Habits by Thomas C. Corley

I really enjoyed this one! This book is only about 100 pages and didn't take me very long to finish at all. However, this small book is absolutely packed with valuable information.

There are 10 different habits that Corley shares throughout the book, which he claims are the habits that rich people all have in common. I will definitely try to focus on implementing all of these habits into my daily routine. It won't be easy, but it will absolutely be worth it. I would highly recommend you read this book!

 

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie is a dialogue written by Mitch Albom between himself and his old professor. Their conversations are unique because the professor, Morrie, has been diagnosed with ALS, which is a deadly disease. It is this disease that slowly takes time off of Morrie's life that makes their conversations so intriguing. They cover a wide variety of topics including death, marriage, forgiveness, and how to live a meaningful life. The wisdom that Morrie shares on his deathbed is truly inspiring and I would highly recommend this great book!

 

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

The 48 Laws of Power is one of the most widely know self-development books and with good reason. I have had my copy for about two years and it has only gotten better with time. The title is an obvious representation of the content within the book, and if power is not something that interests you, then this book is probably not for you. This book is geared towards those who are ambitious and desire to become powerful but it is also helpful for all people who will eventually encounter someone using these laws. Greene has put together this list of laws based upon his intense research of all powerful figures from the past. It is quite incredible to see the amount of effort and detail Greene has put into his book. This isn't a book youll read through in any short period of time, but I do reccomend it for any readers collection.

 

Make Your Bed by Admiral William H, Mcraven

I finished reading Make Your Bed on October 9th, and while the messages in the book were simple, they were powerful. This book wasn't revolutionary and it didn't contain necessarily new information, but it did provide me with very simple and practical steps that have the potential to improve my attention to detail amongst other things. It's written by a former Navy SEAL that derived his whole book from a speech that he gave to a graduating SEAL class. This was one of the most interesting parts of this book, the fact that the author gives us an insight as to what it takes to be a Navy SEAL. Through his book, Mcraven will give you the values that are required to not only succeed as a Navy Seal but to succeed in everyday life.

 

The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

The Master Key System is an absolute essential read! It was written in 1912 by Charles Haanel and covers the power of our conscious and subconscious mind. As well as covering the laws that govern our universe. Haanel breaks the book into 24 short parts, that all discuss different topics pertaining to the mind. If you're interested in learning more about your mind, I'd highly recommend this book. It has become one of my favorite books I have this year. 

 

The Mood Elevator by Larry Senn

The Mood Elevator was sent to me by the author for review. This is the first book I have received for review, so I want to make it clear that this is my honest opinion. I thought the book definitely included some valuable insights. However, I do feel that the information in this book would be of the best value to new readers who are new to self development books. The premise of the book was to inform the readers on the power of positive thinking and how it can affect your mood. I feel this is a very valuable topic to learn about, but it is covered in many different books. And for this reason I would only recommend this book to new readers.

 

Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Peace is Every Step is a great book on the subject of mindfulness and how we can apply mindfulness in our everyday lives. Through the book the author gives his readers several specific example of how he or she can incorporate simple practices into their daily routine in order to live a happier and more peaceful life. If you're looking to further your knowledge and understanding on the subject of mindfulness and meditation, this is a great book for you!

 

The Millionaire Booklet by Grant Cardone.

The Millionaire Booklet is one of 6 books Cardone has written, and is probably the smallest. With that being said, that doesn't mean this book lacks in knowledge. I actually found it to be packed with great material, mostly on the subject of the millionaire mentality and what that entails. Grant goes into detail on the subject of what a millionaire thinks and how we must start to think if we desire riches. I would highly recommend this short, but sweet, book!

 

Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho.

If you have enjoyed any other of Coelho's books then you will surely love this one! Between The Alchemist and this book I'm not sure which is better. Both have very different styles of writing. Warrior of the Light is more akin to reading proverbs while The Alchemist is more like reading a fable. Warrior of the Light has so many powerful phrases to enjoy due to its unique writing style. This unique proverb style makes Warrior of the Light an easy and enjoyable read.

 

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida. 

Such a great book! The title may be misleading, but understand, this book will benefit both men and women tremendously. David Deida goes into depth on the workings of masculine and feminine energies. He explains exactly why your significant other acts the way he or she does. The last couple of chapters go a bit off the deep end and may be a little strange for most readers; however, the rest of the book will help everyone ease the challenges of relationships.

 

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy.

This book is definitely one that everyone needs to read! Murphy has a massive amount of background knowledge on the workings and possibilities of the subconscious mind. He teaches us proven techniques to use in order to take advantage of the powers of the subconscious mind. This book is an absolutely amazing book and it is definitely one of the best books on the reading list. Go get it! 

 

A Little Bit of Chakras by Amy Leigh and Chad Mercree.

If you have no clue about what chakras are, then this book will be very enlightening. These authors set out to further their reader's understanding of where chakras are located and what they do. They also provide their readers with certain meditation practices that can strengthen each particular chakra. This is the absolute perfect starter book for those wanting to understand chakras!

 

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday. 

Very similar to Holiday's previous work, The Daily Stoic, Ego Is the Enemy is a guide and proposal to take control of our thoughts and feelings in order to better our lives. Through using quotes from many past influential figures, Holiday shows us how these successful figures all had a handle on their egos. It is through these past examples Holiday shows his readers how to avoid making mistakes associated with ego, as well as how to properly handle the ego. 

 

 

Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich.

Gorilla Mindset is a perfect guide to a better mindset (as the title may suggest). With thought provoking questions and practical steps Cernovich provides a life changing book. This book is like many others on bookchanging.com in that, it helps the reader understand that the only way to achieve the better life you desire is through a better mindset. Your mind is what shapes your life around you, if you change your mind you will change your life!

 

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. 

These two authors provide us readers with daily quotes from stoics like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus. After each daily quote Holiday provides us with a paragraph that goes into further depth about each quote and how it can be applied. This book is a daily call to action, to live a stoic lifestyle. To not let the little things of life bother you, to take control of the way you react to situations. It is an absolutely perfect way to start your day!

 

 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. 

In his book Manson makes it very clear that people care way too much about things they have no control over. His proposition is to not give a f*ck when it comes to these things. If we can accomplish this, most of the daily stresses of life will completely evaporate. As people who want to be all we can be, we must find a way to only worry about things in our control and not about the things we have no control over. Manson tells his readers to stop living for others, stop worrying about things we don't control, and start living for yourself.

 

The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Green.

The 50th Law uses the hard life of 50 Cent (Rapper) to depict how someone in a similar situation can use the hard times as an advantage. Considering the crazy success of 50 Cent, he definitely had to learn how to manage adversity and turn it into his advantage. This book will teach you how to do the same as him.

 

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

The Four Agreements are four simple practices that WILL change your life if you chose to embody them. The four agreements are: Be impeccable with your words, Don't take anything personally, Don't make assumptions, Always do your best. These beliefs may seem obvious, but are you really living these in your daily life? Pick this book up and start applying these beliefs!

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. 

Arguably one of the best books of all time. This book is a simple masterpiece! The Alchemist is a fable about a young Shepard boy that chooses to follow his dreams. It is both a very simple but very deep story that is truly inspiring. If you are ready to chase your dreams this book will be extremely relatable to your journey.

 

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell.

This is one of the most practical and applicable book on leadership available. If you desire to become a leader or a better leader than you already are, this book provides 21 simple laws that a good leader must embody. A few of these laws include; The law of magnetism- who you are is who you will attract, and The law of sacrifice- you must be willing to let go in order to move on. If you are ready to be the best leader you can be, pick this one up!

 

Daily Self-Discipline by Martin Meadows. 

If you are struggling with finding ways to discipline yourself this book is perfect for you. While a lot of the books is based around the premise of loosing weight and controlling your diet, Meadows still provides plenty of little examples of practices that will help your self-discipline grow.

 

F*ck Feelings by Michael Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett.

This book provides a practical view of how life really is, while injecting some humor. LIFE IS FILLED WITH CHALLENGES this books doesn't run from this fact, but it does tell us readers how we should handle these challenges properly. Good book but there are many other books on the reading list I would read before this.

 

The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday.

Ryan Holiday provides a nice introduction to stoicism with this book. If you have no clue what stoicism is then you would really benefit from this read. As in his other books he provides his examples through historic stoics that we all have heard of but probably didn't think of as stoics. Holiday's main discussion points in this book are perception, willpower, and taking action.

 

E-Squared by Pam Grout. 

Pam Grout gives nine practices that will prove your thoughts create your reality. If you don't believe it then you must try them! This book's main premise it the law of attraction and why it doesn't work for most people. Grout beautifully lays out exactly how we can use the law of attraction to our benefit, but in order to do this you must be willing to work on your beliefs! Life changing book right here!

 

Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow.

In his simple and easy to read book Russell Simmons dives into the topic of meditation. He discusses the many benefits meditation will have on your life. One of these benefits I have personally benefited from is the ability to remain focused during daily tasks. I promise you meditation will change you life for the better. It may not be an overnight change but through repeated practice it will enhance your quality of life!

 

Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy.

One of the greatest self help books ever written! This book is filled with practical steps that will help all readers achieve maximum success. In this book Brian Tracy will teach you how to make rapid changes in your life. These changes will effect your relationships, finances, and you personally.

 

The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg.

Most millionaires SELF EDUCATE and Michael Ellsberg bases his book off this fact. He agrees that for some traditional eduacation like college is completely attainable and affordable, but at the end of the day is it even paying off. Some kids are going 50k into debt and end college with no jobs to look forward to. This could have been avoided had these kids chose to self educate instead of relying on college to teach them to become successful.

 

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette.

In this timeless book the authors discuss the male archetypes of the king, warrior, magician, and lover. They also discuss the positive and negative aspects of each archetype. This book will be of value to you if you wish to further understand yourself and why you do the things you do. All men lean towards one of these archetypes and it will be extremely beneficial to those who figure out exactly which archetype they embody most.

 

The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz

One cannot mention The Fifth Agreement without acknowledging The Four Agreements. The Fifth Agreement is obviously a sequal to The Four Agreements but it discusses a very different topic from The Four Agreements. The Fifth agreement is focused on one's relationships with others while The Four agreements is based on your relationship with yourself. The main premise of The Fifth Agreement is to be skeptical, but listen to what others have to say. This is extremely powerful and it is why I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves self development.

 

The Spontaneous Healing of Belief by Gregg Braden

This book will require an open mind, if you don't have an open mind you may want to chose a different book. With that being said, Braden begins to provide his readers with scientific proof of manifestation actually working. He does this with the use of quantum physics. Braden's main premise throughout his wonderful book is that in order to change your life and better your life, you MUST change and better your beliefs. This is the only way to making lasting change in your life and this book will teach you how.

 

No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert A. Glover

As the title may suggest this book is made for the typical "Nice Guy". Glover attempts to encourage and teach nice guys how to stop being passive and finally take control of their lives. If your tired of being pushed around in life I would highly suggest this book for you!