25 Books That Have Changed My Life

Each One Has Positively Impacted My Clients as Well

June 8, 2023 |

Woman Reading Book in Bookstore

I’ve read a lot of books and special few have inspired me deeply. Some books have changed, and possibly saved, my life. I want to share them with you.

Here’s how I decided on my list:

  1. I’ve read the book multiple times because it’s been so helpful.
  2. It’s been so inspiring, I’ve had it in more than one format (eBook, print, audio, etc.)
  3. The book’s relevancy leads me to believe I will be reading and recommending it 25 years from now. 
  4. The book follows the K.I.S.S principle (i.e. Keep It Super Simple). Basically, it does a great job of making concepts understandable.  
  5. Each one has information that can be practically applied to your life TODAY.

Books I Love:

  1. “The Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer
    This book helped me understand anxiety from a new perspective. 
  2. “The Dip” by Seth Godin
    How to make major life decisions.  
  3. “How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    The essentials of building healthy relationships. 
  4. “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield & Turning Pro and The Artist’s Journey by the same author are excellent as well.
    A clear view on the process of creativity and the battle within. 
  5. “The Search for Significance” by Robert S. McGhee & Your Are Special by Max Lucado
    The truth about building real and lasting self-confidence. 
  6. “48 Days to the Work You Love” by Dan Miller
    Practical information on finding your right career fit and landing a good job.
  7. “The Wounded Heart” by Dan Allender
    Understand the impact of abuse and how to heal these wounds. 
  8. “First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
    My all time favorite book on time management and prioritization.
  9. “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud
    Practical tips on setting and maintaining relationship boundaries. 
  10. “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Travis Bradbury
    Understanding emotional health and practical ways you can grow in this area.

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  1. “Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
    Overcoming the victim mentality by making yourself a priority. 
  2. “Feel the Fear…and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers
    The 1st great practical book on facing your fears I ever read. (I was 21 years old.)
  3. “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown
    The 2nd great practical book on facing your fears I ever read. (At age 38.)
  4. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl & Night by Elie Weisel
    We cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how we cope with it. 
  5. Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
    The 1st great practical book on personal financial literacy I ever read. Understanding the difference between an asset and a liability. 
  6. “The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
    The 2nd great practical book on personal financial literacy I ever read. How to avoid debt, budget, and save. 
  7. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
    Timeless and practical wisdom on making life work. 
  8. “The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
    Intentionally create a positive future step-by-step.  
  9. “Influence” by Robert Caildini & “Influencer” by Joseph Grenny
    The psychology behind impacting others. 
  10. “Leadership and Self-Deception” by The Arbringer Institute
    Powerful insights on motivation, conflict, and collaboration.
  11. “Rhinoceros Success” by Scott Alexander
    Fun and inspiring read on personal growth, success, and life balance. 
  12. “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie 
    The timeless classic on coping with anxiety.
  13. “How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci” by Michael Gelb
    How to tap into the creativity we all have inside.
  14. “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis
    A classic that helped me make sense of the Christian faith.
  15. The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale
    How to change your perspective from negative to positive.

You’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat”, well, I believe “you are what you read.” Eat junk and you become unhealthy. Read uplifting, healthy, and inspiring books and that’s what you will become. 

No book is perfect. I can find flaws and have issues with all those I recommend. But approach reading from a place of being willing to learn. Be willing to be inspired. These book recommendations won’t let you down.

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