1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Mason
Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is one of the best books I have ever read. Having read it in a moment of despair and confusion, it was the best “medicine” to understand better the world and why, literally, I should stop caring about little things that take up my time and my mind. This book made me feel like I am going to therapy, without having to pay a lot of money for one hour. I couldn’t recommend it more.
2. The picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
This is a classic. You might wonder why this book is in this list. This list is not about outstanding literature writers, but, about writers that changed and are changing the world and how we see it. Oscar Wilde is another example. The book is a philosophical allusion to temptation, to influence and to beauty. Dorian was so in love with himself and with his portrait, that in fact, the true lesson is that it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside.
3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a Word that Can’t stop Talking – Susan Cain
I am an introvert. And for a long time, I thought that something is wrong with me. I couldn’t enjoy parties and I cared a little too much about what I am saying, how am I saying it and what the other person thinks of me. Until I read Susan Cain’s Quiet and everything in my head went…quiet. This is a powerful book about the impact us, introverts, have on other people and even on the world. I learned so much about how so many powerful leader are actually introverts and how to get out of my shell and embrace who I am.
4. Everything is F*cked - Mark Manson
Another Mark Manson masterpiece, and a recent one, Everything is F*cked is yet another therapy session. This time, Manson is teaching us how our brain works and how we should talk to it to avoid depression, despair and loss of hope. Hope is a very powerful weapon in face of existence and sometimes, we all lose it for many reasons. By staying true to yourself and your faith, you can overcome anything. It all starts with understanding how your brain works. Give it a go if you feel that you lost hope or you feel you are at a crossroad in your life.
5. How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie
This is a must for everyone who is looking to buy books from the “self-development” shelf in the library. This is pure gold. Carnegie’s way of writing is easy to understand, making sure you grasp all the important concepts he is writing about. This is a book for people who want to have friends who think like they do, who want to belong to a certain social group similar to them, who want to become a better salesman and last but not least, who want to become better speaker in public. This is a key book, if read correctly, will open so many doors in your life.
So what are you waiting? Read now and change your life.