I get a lot of questions asking about how I’ve grown and developed my perspective and designed my life with intention. And almost invariably the best advice I can give anyone is to: 1- just start trying and 2- read inspiring books. Below are the books that have made a great impact on my life and helped me in significant ways.
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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
Okay, if there was ever a manual for my life, this would be it. I picked up the teen version when I was at a low, low, low point in my life as a college junior and it changed the trajectory of my life. As with all things, you get out what you put in – and after putting a heck of a lot of time and reflection on this book, I’ve become a much kinder, happier, and reflective person.
The E-Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber
Just finished this book in October of 2010. Such a realistic and applicable book for small business! I cannot recommend this book enough for entrepreneurs. I plan to go through it again and restructure my business following Gerber’s advice.
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Love this transformative book (and author). It’s incredibly easy to relate to – even in the twenty-first century – and really puts things in perspective philosophically.
The Pursuit of Perfect, Tal Ben-Shahar
If you struggle with black and white thinking, perfectionism, or unrealistic expectations, this book will give you some great methods to incorporate in your life for a more balanced way of living and thinking.
The Art of Possibility, Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander
These authors have a great knack for questioning limiting beliefs and re-framing our entire lives. Great techniques for changing your thinking for the better, and bigger things in life.
Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
Yes, there’s a good chance you’ve already read this incredibly popular book. But it’s totally worth mentioning again – such a great and funny memoir about re-designing a life with intention. The movie only glanced upon the wisdom present in these pages.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin
Okay, I’ll admit it right now: Ben Franklin is my history crush. I have an undying fascination with this incredible guy. Though it might not be for everyone, I’ve learned a lot about living the well-intentioned life from Ben.
Stay tuned! I’ll be adding more books to this shelf as I go along.