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The Most Lifechanging Book You've Ever Read?

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  1. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Junior Member

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    Reading has always been a big burden for me; I, like many other people, grew up with computer screens, so rarely did I pick up a book. In fact only today did I really begin - and wow, has it always impacted how I'm thinking! It is a massive benefactor to me already in the way I will act in business, and there must be more gems out there.

    So I want to ask what other life-changing books do you know of, or are your favourites?

    Today, I read How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, and it will almost certainly change how I communicate, in business and private, with others, and I will always recommend it because I know this book will benefit others.

    Here is a small list of books I plan to read, based on how much I hear these discussed as the most life-changing business related books. I haven't read them, but they are the basis for a good book list based on their popularity and reviews, and any opinions of them are really helpful;
    - Getting Things Done - David Allen
    - On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
    - Influence by Robert Cialdini PhD
    - Purple Cow by Seth Godin
    - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
    - Why we Buy by Paco Underhill
    - Little Red Book of Selling by.. uhh.. idk.
     
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    The Prince - Machiavelli
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
    How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale - Jenna Jameson

    Well, maybe the last one not that life-changing, but still fun read :D
     
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    As an avid reader of all types of books, I will say that you do not have to limit yourself to business or self-help oriented books to gain great insight to life. Even fiction books can have a profound effect on a person.

    People who think books are boring really miss out. Nothing compares to the world you construct in your head. That is why you hear comments about movies being garbage compared to the book it was based on, even though it may have been a great movie.

    A movie gives you pre-made static images and sound to look at and hear, while a book will make you experience the world and situations through someone else's mind, which is valuable no matter the subject. Anyway, good to hear of someone starting to read! I will have to think about it before making any suggestions, too many to choose from :) What kind of movies do you like?
     
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    These are the best :)
     
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    4hr workweek - a lot of fluff, but introduced me to the concept of passive income
     
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    The Adventures of TinTin - Herge

    I was never the same again.
     
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    How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    Quite possibly one of the best books about people ever written.
     
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    1. Bible
    2. Desiring God - John Piper
    3. God's Smuggler - Bro. Andrew
    4. Heavenly Man - Bro. Yun
    5. Multiple Biographies of Christian leaders
     
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  9. Wolfpack

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    Thanks for these contributions, looking into some of them where the titles caught my eye :)

    @axus_auto, not sure if you're serious or a troll...

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    Thanks for the detailed reply :) I agree, when you take your own spin on it, it's much more personal, and it makes you think creatively.
    I'm a big fan of anything moving, my favourite film is Schindler's List, but many others (A Clockwork Orange, Hannibal trilogy, and The Shawshank Redemption) that are far-fetched and emotionally strange are always the best. I love comedy though; Snatch, Borat, South Park and Forrest Gump are some of my personal favourites :)
     
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    The Millionaire Fastlane.

    Very great read, found it on BHW. When I first read it, I knew I really wanted to do IM as a full-time thing. Now I have the physical book, and it's one of the best "motivational" books that I own.
     
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    I read way too many to name, working at a bookstore doesn't help either.

    Crush It!
    The Secret
    How to Make Friends and Influence People
    Rich Dad Poor Dad
    The Art of War

    These are a few of mine that I consider inspirational.

    ~MidKnight
     
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    Also a vote for the secret here
     
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    Rich dad poor dad


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    Atlas Shrugged I became a Republican.

    Go to Google Books and read "The Hunger Games" for free. It makes you think about our world.
     
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    Gesundheit!: Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society Through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy by patch adams

    Art of war

    The rose that grew from concrete

    Psychology books, anything I can get on that topic or harm reduction

    Also, if or when I have a chance a list of books I would like to read

    Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
    Written by: Sanyika Shakur

    Assata: An Autobiography
    Written by: Assata Shakur

    Ponder on This: A Compilation
    From the Writings of: Alice A Bailey & the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul


    Kabbalah
    Written by: Gersham Scholem

    Thoughts and Meditations
    Written by: Kahlil Gibran

    Telepathy
    Written by: Alice A Bailey

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    As told to: Alex Haley

    Ah, This!
    Written by: Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

    The Tibetan Book of the Dead
    Written by: W.Y. Evans-Wentz

    Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
    Written by: A.C. Bhaktive-danta Swami Prabhupada

    The Confessions of Nat Turner
    Written by: William Styron

    The Psychedelic Experience- A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
    Written by: Timothy Leary, Ph.D, Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., Richard Alpert, Ph.D.

    James Baldwin: The Legacy
    Edited by: Quincy Troupe

    Initiation
    Written by: Elisabeth Haich

    The Meaning of Masonry
    Written by: W.L. Wilmshurst

    Social Essays
    Written by: LeRoi Jones

    The Grapes of Wrath
    Written by: John Steinbeck

    I Shall Not Be Moved
    Written by: Maya Angelou

    And Still I Rise
    Written by: Maya Angelou

    I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Written by: Maya Angelou

    Nature, Man and Woman
    Written by: Alan W. Watts

    Linda Goodman's Sun Signs
    Written by: Linda Goodman

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Written by: Robert M. Pirsig

    A Raisin in the Sun
    Written by: Lorraine Hansberry

    Native Son
    Written by: Richard Wright

    The Practical Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing
    Written by: Mark Bricklin

    The Complete Illustrated Book of the Psychic Sciences
    Written by: Walter B. Gibson and Litzka R. Gibson


    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Written by: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    The Destiny of the Nations
    Written by: Alice A. Bailey

    The Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg
    Written by: Paul Portuges

    The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
    Written by: E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Joseph F. Kett, James Trefil

    The Diary of Anais Nin
    Edited and with a Preface by: Gunther Stuhlmann

    The Souls of Black Folk
    Written by:W.E. Burghardt DuBois

    The Psychic Realm
    Written by: Naomi A. Hintze and J. Gaither Pratt, Ph.D.

    Tropic of Cancer
    Written by: Henry Miller

    Nostradamus: The Millennium & Beyond
    Written by: Peter Lorie

    The State of the World Atlas
    Written by: Michael Kidron and Ronald Segal

    Catcher in the Rye
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    Sisterhood is Powerful: Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement
    Written by: Robin Morgan

    In Search of Our Mother's Gardens
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    Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
    Written by: Jonathan Kozol

    At the Bottom of the River
    Written by: Jamaica Kincaid

    Music of Black Americans: A History
    Written by: Eileen Southern

    Moby Dick
    Written by: Herman Melville

    Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Written by: Ira Peck

    Blues People
    Written by: Amiri Baraka

    All You Need to Know About the Music Business
    Written by: Donald Passman

    All God's Children: The Boskett Family and the American Tradition of Violence
    Written by: Fox Butterfield

    Black Sister: Poetry by Black American Women, 1746 to 1980
    Edited by Earlene Stetson

    The Harder We Run: Black Workers Since the Civil War
    Written by: William H. Harris

    Makes Me Wanna Holler
    Written by: Nathan McCall

    Great White Lie: Slavery, Emancipation and Changing Racial Attitudes
    Written by: Jack Gratus

    Imitation of Christ
    Written by: Thomas a Kempis

    Teachings of the Buddha
    Written by: Jack Kornfield

    No Man Is an Island
    Written by: Thomas Merton

    Mysticism
    Written by: Evelyn Underhill

    Wisdom of Insecurity
    Written by: A.N. Watts

    Secret Splendor
    Written by: Charles Essert

    Life as Carola
    Written by: Joan Grant

    Serving Humanity
    From the writings of: Alice A. Bailey

    Here and Hereafter
    Written by: Ruth Montgomery

    The Prince
    Written by: Niccolo Machiavelli
     
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    Mine is definitely Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

    It really changed my thinking and perspective.
    If there's one book that you need to read, it is definitely Rich Dad Poor Dad.

    Although.... there are proofs that his "Rich Dad" is just a myth and what Robert Kiyosaki writes are just pure gibberish to sell his books.... still, the book can really inspire you and some of his teachings really open your eyes!
     
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    Retire young retire rich, from R. Kiyosaki.

    If you liked rich dad poor dad you will love this one!
     
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    The Teachings of Don Juan - Carlos Casaneda

    This was a real eye opener makes you really think about life different.
     
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    Fingerprints of the Gods - Graham Hancock
    Cosmos - Carl Sagan
    The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
    The Singularity is Near - Ray Kurzweil
     
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