Boost Your Inspiration
Every once in a while we hit a snag in our lives and we feel like we will never be able to achieve our goals. That’s completely normal, but what we do about it is vital!
What we need in moments like these is a change of perspective and that’s where books can be of great help!
Choosing the right kind of books to read when you’re having a harsh time can provide the tools that you didn’t even know you needed.
That’s why today I bring you a list of the four most inspirational books of all times in business and economics!
1. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
The fable features four main characters, two mice and two little people; they live in a maze and they are looking for cheese. In this metaphor, the maze represents our society or environment, and the cheese represents happiness and success, which is what we’re all looking for.
At the beginning of the fable, cheese is readily available for our characters. The problem is that slowly but surely, the cheese runs out. This represents the changes that usually happen in our lives and the four characters bring to life our typical reactions to said changes.
The fable captures beautifully what happens to us when we lose something that made us feel safe, like an opportunity, a job or a relationship. At the moment it feels like it’s the end of the world and we just want to curl up and stay still. What we can learn from Who Moved My Cheese? is that change is not a negative and we should always strive to take risks and move forward no matter what.
The characters in the fable discover that moving through fear makes them free, while those who would rather stay in a safe place become slaves to that sense of security and are constantly afraid to lose it. Who Moved My Cheese? is an eye-opener and it’s not devoid of humor!
2. Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success was written by Malcolm Gladwell and it was published in 2008. Malcolm explores the factors that contribute to success by examining different situations, such as how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates amassed his incredible wealth, among many others.
One of the key aspects of the book is the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which is the theory that in order to master any skill, all you need to do is practice that skill correctly for a total of 10,000 hours.
This book aims to show you that success is not about possessing this innate ability, i.e. genius. On the contrary, success is available to every single one of us as long as we have opportunities and are willing to put in the work.
Gladwell also talks about the effect of cultural legacy and how random factors can affect how successful we are, such as our place of birth, etc.; because these factors can influence the opportunities you have in life.
The author also explains how arbitrary opportunity is and how it can’t be wasted, he makes emphasis on the importance of timing and upbringing, the 10,000-Hour Rule, and the importance of meaningful work and legacy. Definitely, a must read!
3. The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
Written by Darren Hardy, publisher and founder of SUCCESS magazine, The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success is the product of tons of interviews to industry leaders such as Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Donald Trump, and others.
This book compiles all the principles of success and it’s exactly what you’re looking for if you want to understand its nature. The Compound Effect will definitely enrich your mind and it will give you the tools you need to improve your life in every single aspect.
The Compound Effect shows you how you can achieve your goals by constructing daily habits for yourself instead of making dramatic changes. The importance of objectives, decisions, and consistency are made clear in this book and the system that Darren provides will be useful for every single aspect of your life!
4. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Written by Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich is a very successful book that explains lifestyle design and critiques the traditional life plan that involves slaving away just so you can enjoy life once you’re retired.
You’ll find this book very inspirational because Timothy presents a new way of life and he provides all the instructions. The author has lived by his own system and philosophy, which just makes his experience-based advice that much more valuable. Timothy quit his own company and put his own system into practice in order to do what he loves, and there’s a lot you can learn from him.
The author’s theory is that you can live the life you want without having a million dollars; all you need to do is learn how to use time and mobility to your advantage so you can achieve the freedom that you’re looking for.
Timothy shows you exactly what you need to do in order to turn your life around and become the person you want to be.
I really hope this list of inspirational books finds you in a time of need because every single one of them will help you gain some much-needed perspective.
This new-found perspective will help you evaluate your life and make the necessary adjustments to get you back on track and help you achieve the happiness and success you need and deserve.
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