The 3 Non-Fiction Books You Need In Your Life
These books helped me during tough times and changed my life.
I have not read hundreds of books. I can’t boast, like some people, how I read a book every 3 days. I have not read all the books “You should read before you die”.
I started reading books while I was in my last year in high-school. Back then I was 18-years-old. Up to that moment, the books on my shelf were just a couple. Four, to be precise. Mostly short tales. Some days I think I would’ve been better off if I had started reading earlier.
I’m 22 now and since the first full novel I read — “The Torch” by Stephen King — I’ve read more than 60 books. That’s around 12 books a year. Some of them were bad, some decent, some really good, and there are just a couple that I would keep re-reading until I die. Here are three of them, which I think changed my life forever. I hope they would change yours, as well.
“David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and The Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell
It took me 2 weeks to finish this gorgeous book, as I was reading only during my commutes to work last summer. I used to travel 20 minutes in each direction. This meant that, although I had no time to read a lot, I had more time to think about what I consumed in the book. This book is basically about how not always (if not never) the strongest ones are being overcome by the smaller and weaker ones.
Malcolm Gladwell researched the hell out of the topic and gave stark examples of this concept. There are numerous practical examples of how you can turn your seemingly hard-to-overcome disadvantages into your biggest strengths and advantages.
The book also teaches you that the world is not purely black & white. There are millions of other colors in between (figuratively speaking). From the WW2 bombing in the UK, to the classic story of the giant David and the supposedly smaller and weaker Goliath, the book explores different situations that will challenge your initial perception of how things work in the world.
“12 Rules For Life” by Jordan Peterson
The book is about what it sounds like. 12 rules for a better, virtuous life. According to Jordan B. Peterson, people need ordering principles, otherwise chaos will beckon upon them. We all need rules, standards, and values; along with routine and tradition — That’s order.
One of the main themes in “12 Rules For Life” is exploring the thin line between chaos and order. Too much order is good not and too much chaos is even worse. So, we need something in the middle — a straight, narrow path. Peterson provides a guide here for how to get and remain there — the place between chaos and order, where the ultimate meaning lays. “It’s there that we find the meaning that justifies life and its inevitable suffering.”
I’m aware that some of you guys might already know Peterson from his YouTube videos. Most probably you take either side — the people that admire and respect him, or the ones that think he’s talking bullsh*t. Well, give the man a chance. Don’t just watch 2-minute pieces on the web of how he spoke about feminism. Read his book.
“12 Rules For Life” will turn your world upside down. Everything you’ve known already about suffering, happiness, and the burden of existence, will be challenged.
Here’s a line for you by the author in the overture of the book: “I hope that these rules and their accompanying essays will help people understand what they already know: that the soul of the individual eternally hungers for the heroism of the genuine Being, and that the willingness to take on that responsibility is identical to the decision to live a meaningful life.”
“How To Win Friend & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
The title here is a bit misleading, I think. One of the most important thing I learned from the book was how to properly and effectively communicate to people. This is not a book about manipulation. It’s way more than that.
No wonder why Warren Buffet only has one certificate on his office’s wall. It’s not his university diploma. It’s a $100 Dale Carnegie course he attended back in the days.
The thing about this book is that it offers numerous examples of people communicating with each other. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
Although the book was published in the 1930’s, the pieces of advice it gives are timeless and endure everything. It’s about reaching your maximum potential.
Right after I read it, I noticed how I changed the way I talk to and communicate with people. I was better at it. For real.
These three books were just some of the dozen that changed my life. However, they have had the biggest impact on me. I hope they would be beneficial for you as they were for me.
Comment below if you have any other book suggestions :)