5 Must-Read Books That Will Change How You Think
Updated: Feb 21
It is incredible how reading books can change our lives by sometimes imparting subtle messages and sometimes so profound that you don’t see life the same way ever again. The subtlety with which the author sucks you into its world makes you feel like the protagonist leaves an impact on you that real-life might not. A few books are a must-read for various reasons and memorable quotes. In today's article, I’m sharing 5 of those unique books.
1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
I always recommend this book the first whenever I’m talking to others about books, especially those who always dream of living and adventure but can’t be due to their life shackles. The Alchemist makes you realize how important your dreams are and why you should follow them.
The book is about a young shepherd who listens to his heart and follows his dream to go and find treasure in Egypt buried under the pyramids. How he pursues his dream of finding treasure and glory is so well explained and delivered that I wanted to finish this book in one sitting.
My favourite quote from this book is, “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
2. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success – Daymond John
This book is about why starting a business with minimal funds is a great advantage in itself for budding entrepreneurs. It tells about how Daymond began his first business with just $40 and, from such low capital, bred innovation as a necessity and how he made a $6 billion business.
The book motivates us not to fear uncertainty when starting something new because of a lack of money and resources. Being broke has always been associated with not having any money, but rather it can be about having no help, guidance, or good friends.
My favourite quote in this book is, “The easiest thing to sell is truth.”
3. Bhagavat Gita
Bhagavat Gita is one of the episodes in the great Mahabharata, the great war. The book is written as an epic poem, also called the "Song of the Lord," written in Sanskrit about ancient India. The book revolves around the dialogue between Prince Arjuna and the Hindu Deity Krishna.
In general, this book is about the natural order of life and how it can teach you to pick yourself up to fight what is right and conduct yourself better.
My favorite quote from the book is, “Ill feelings towards other living beings is the cause of man's inner destruction. It must be avoided.”
4. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
This book is about the self-realization of your spiritual side and how it can help you rediscover yourself. We can release the negativity and find true and deep inner peace through our pain. The most important aspect of the book is that the moment you give into regret and worry by spending most of your day procrastinating, you are wasting all this precious time. Instead, you should live in the present and tackle things as they come so that you can justify each second spent well.
My favourite quote from this book is, “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”
5. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
This fantastic book is about how rich and poor think. It is not about being actually rich but the mindset we are born into and how we can transcend that to be our better selves. Most people work for money, but the truly rich make money work for them. So in simple terms, it is more about how much you keep rather than how much money you make.
The rich people make assets that earn them more money. On the other hand, the poor work for others, only thinking about what they can do with their earnings to make their lives easier and instead add more liabilities into their lives.
Finally, the most important thing when working for others as an employee is trading your time for the money you earn. You don't keep time for yourself to do something you love or capitalize on what you are capable of in your life.
My favourite quote from this book is, “The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth in what seems to be an instant.”