I love reading and I always have a book in my bag just in case. However, three books stand out of my list not because they are classics or bestsellers, they certainly are, but because there is so much wisdom, hidden answers and concentrated knowledge on some interesting (at least for me) topics like depression and happiness, leadership and business, peace of mind and good will.
Here is my selection of three books that I read more than once and highly recommend you to read and use as a ”user manual” or ”guidebook” for every situation in life.
The first one is the bestseller ”Eat, pray, love”. It’s been a huge success and readers’ views can differ drastically on the value of the book, but I read the book during a very difficult moment of my life when I was struggling with a sort of depression and it helped me a great deal. It’s not about leaving behind your job, possessions, family, and friends and embark on an exotic trip, it’s a journey to reconnect with yourself. Elizabeth Gilbert seeks the truth for herself and finds it within.
Below, I am posting my favourite quote from the book that I read and read over and over again!
“I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” — a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you.” Or so I’ve come to believe.” – Eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The second one is way more fun but very serious at the same time. It’s ”The Virgin Way” by Sir Richard Branson. I never thought I would buy any of his books, but I was recommended reading it during the first Book Club I organized at my place. When the lady presenting it asked who wanted it, I was the first to volunteer to read and read it at one go. Reading it goes so fast, I was just turning page after page and couldn’t stop. Richard Branson gives valuable advice about leadership, business, professional ethics and everything an entrepreneur needs to know before building up his or her own business. I recall and try to implement two pieces of advice ”he gave me” – to listen more and to take notes. Both skills have improved my life tremendously! The book is great, just read it!
The third one is the well-known Dale Carnegie‘s bestseller ”How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”. This book cannot be read as a normal book from page one till the end. It’s a ”user manual” on how to stop worrying explaining through real-life examples different techniques how to stop worrying about everything and anything. Dale Carnegie takes many examples of different people – famous and not famous who worries their entire lives and shows the turning point that made them realize worry was absolutely useless and completely unhelpful in solving their problems. I used myself many of the techniques described in the book and can say they work! Read the book with a pencil and a notebook. Take your time, read and re-read paragraphs as much as you need. Two pieces of advice that I will never forget from this book are 1. To act to stop worrying and 2. To pray to meditate on what you are worrying. This is one of the best ”self-help” books I’ve ever read!
Hope you will enjoy these books and thanks for reading!