Great books have the ability to transform your life and mind. I have a long list of books still waiting to be explored, but here are some gems I’ve encountered and read along the way.

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 acts as a powerful reminder that amazing things can be accomplished if you think positive, believe in yourself and treat people well.

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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 is a 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 earlier this year on the way to surprise my mom for her birthday. As an avid reader, I always travel with a book on-hand but had forgotten to pack one this time around. And boy was I glad to have found this one after reading it!

Many will say that we live in an age filled with pessimism and cynicism but if you’re more an optimist like myself, this book will be a breath of fresh air. 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 on 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 who is described in history as one of the good emperors for the fair way in which he ruled his empire and because he remained untainted by his wealth and power that so easily had corrupted other rulers. He was also a philosopher who practiced stoicism. The Emperor’s Handbook is a new translation of the Meditations, a series of thoughts that Marcus jotted down during the ruling of his empire. These thoughts were his personal philosophical notes that were never meant to to be published but are now a source of inspiration and wisdom for anyone to read.

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“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 you with 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 how 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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