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What are 5 books that can change your life?

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|  10 Mar 2018, 00:00 | Update : 10 Mar 2018, 19:50
What are 5 books that can change your life?
I recently posted about five of my must-read books. Here are a few more that have really made a difference in my life:

1) 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute

What is it?

If you like this blog, you’ll love this book. Richard Wiseman takes psychology research and tells you how to use it to improve your life in a straightforward (but entertaining) way.

What did I learn from it?

 I learned that:

Best genre of movie to see on a date? Suspense-thriller.

Thinking about death helps you identify long term goals.

Humor and dog ownership reduce stress.

And a lot of other stuff.

2) Creativity

What is it?

For his book Creativity, noted professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi did interviews with 91 groundbreaking individuals across a number of disciplines, including 14 Nobel Prize winners. What do they have in common? What does it take to be a successful creative professional?

What did I learn from it?

They weren’t stars in school. Almost all have IQ’s over 130 — but once past the 130 threshold, all that mattered was effort. They were all curious and driven. They take their intuition seriously.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studies creativity, happiness, and flow.

3) Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

What is it?

Brian Wansink studies our behavior around food. And his work is fascinating. You eat for a lot of reasons — and hunger is rarely the primary one.

What did I learn from it?

Dessert tastes better on fine china than a paper plate.

Big plates make you eat more.

Wine from California tastes better than wine from North Dakota — even if it’s the same wine with different labels.

And a lot more.

4) Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

What is it?

Want to understand how office politics works? Want to learn how to get better at playing the game? This is the book. Combines research with examples to give you a modern Machiavelli’s The Prince. Even if you don’t work in an office it’s a must-read because these factors are fundamental to human nature.

What did I learn from it?

I did a whole post about the book.

5) Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

What is it?

How can you spur innovation and creativity in your life without taking big risks? Little bets are the answer. Author Peter Sims lays out a system for pushing the envelope without danger, pulling from scientific research and great examples

What did I learn from it?

It’s an excellent system to make sure you keep learning and growing in almost any area of your life.

From Eric Barkar, TIME magazine.


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