Part of enjoying life is living for the moment, so don’t wait until you’re on your deathbed before you make a list of what you should’ve done. Life is happening now, so start ticking things off that bucket list.
Reading a book can enrich the soul in many ways, from changing your point of view on something, which can in turn change your life, or simply reaffirming what you already knew. There are thousands, if not millions, of great books out there, from classic literature and crime fiction to autobiographies and photographic anthologies. Of course, we’re a personal development magazine, so we’re focussing on the best self-help books. Here are eight you should read before you shuffle off your mortal coil.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This book is recognised as one of the most influential books ever written. In this seminal work, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic and integrated approach for solving personal and professional problems. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with integrity, honesty and human dignity –principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Millions of people have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In this book Carnegie offers practical advice and techniques for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding. His advice will teach you how to make friends quickly and easily, increase your popularity, win people to your way of thinking, and much more.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Internationally renowned author, Susan Jeffers, has helped millions of people around the globe to overcome their fears and heal the pain in their lives. Such fears may include public speaking, being alone, losing a loved one, and much more. Whatever your anxieties, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway will give you the insight and tools to vastly improve your ability to handle any given situation.
Get the Life You Want by Richard Bandler
Whatever you want Richard Bandler, the man who taught Paul McKenna and inspired him to greatness, can help you get it. Full of simple, potent NLP exercises that will take you minutes to do but will make your life permanently better, this incredible book is a must for anybody who has ever wished for anything but not found a way to get it.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book – a magical fable about learning to listen to your heart and, above, all follow your dreams. This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a worldly treasure as fabulous as any ever found.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets that are currently changing our world. It’s a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystalise your perceptions of why you are where you are in life… and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.
Change Your Life in 7 Days by Paul McKenna
Success and happiness are not accidents that happen to some people and not to others. They are created by specific ways of thinking and acting in the world. Paul McKenna has made a study of highly successful and effective people, and distilled core strategies and techniques that will help the reader to begin to think in the same way as a super-achiever.