If you’re an avid reader like me, you probably have a long list of books that you want to read, and on this page, I want to share some gems I’ve encountered and read along the way.

Great books can transform your life and mind, and the ones below might help you do just that.

The Magic of Thinking Big

“Action cures fear.” – David J. Schwartz

This book has been in print for over 60 years. It is a classic read on self-help and is a powerful reminder that you can achieve amazing things if you positively focus on your thoughts and true intentions, believe in yourself, and treat people with kindness.

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Man’s Search for Meaning

“He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How.” Nietzsche

If I had to choose only one book to read for the rest of my life, it would be this one. Man’s Search for Meaning is a literary masterpiece and account of one man’s time in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz. This book dives into Viktor Frankl’s remarkable true story that teaches us how it’s possible to find meaning in the most unusual of places.

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Humankind: A Hopeful History

““So what is this radical idea? That most people, deep down, are pretty decent.”” Rutger Bregman

I found this gem at one of the small shops inside Dallas Love-Field Airport in 2020. As an avid reader, I always travel with a book but had forgotten to pack one this time around. And boy, was I glad to have found this one before boarding my flight after reading it!

Many will say that we live in an age filled with pessimism and cynicism, but this book will be a breath of fresh air if you’re more of an optimist like myself. Through scientific research, Rutger eloquently argues that the essence of human nature is goodness and kindness. This book is a beacon of hope in a world full of negatives. A must-read because it proves that the good always outweighs any negatives in our lives.

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Look around you and see how everything is perpetually changing, and get used to the idea that nature loves nothing more than to change the things that are and to make more things like them come into being. In a way, everything is a seed of the thing that grows out of it. Marcus Aurelius

The Emperor’s Handbook

Marcus Aurelius was a powerful Roman Emperor described in history as one of the good emperors. He ruled his people with kindness and throughout his life remained untainted by his wealth and power that so easily had corrupted other empire’s rulers. He was also a philosopher who practiced stoicism, an ancient Greek philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature and are indifferent to the changes of fortune, pleasure, and pain.

The Emperor’s Handbook is a new translation of the Meditations, a series of philosophical thoughts that Marcus jotted down during the ruling of his empire and now serve as a source of inspiration and wisdom for anyone to read.

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Mindset

“Becoming is better than being” Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

I came across this fantastic book when I was browsing re: Work, a project hosted by Google that provides resources, ideas, and practices to help you put people first.

This book is a must-read because it will give you a deep understanding of the fixed and growth mindsets in which we tend to operate under work. Dweck dives into how your mindset affects your success and productivity and provides ample examples that you can put into practice.

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