Top 5 books to read (Personal Favourites)
Updated June 2019. Originally password protected content.
5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
You might have heard of the book. The book has attracted much controversy since its initial release. In my opinion, the book does not fail to live up to the name of “#1 Personal Finance Book of all time”. Through unfolding the stories of the two dads, the author discusses the mindsets that one should process to become rich, including topics like spending, saving, investing, etc. For example, the rich dad would encourage his kids to start their own businesses while the poor dad would tell his kids to just study and get a job. The contrasting mindsets might be intimidating to some at first but many find great wisdom within.
4. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Since its release in 1936, the book has sold over 15 million copies and was regarded by a lot as the “one” book that everyone into personal development and want to enjoy better social life should read. The book reveals 6 ways to make people like you, 12 ways to win people to your way of thinking, and 9 ways to change people without arousing resentment. I know the above sounds like bullshit, because it sounds nonsense to me at first. We have been tricked by these claims way too often. But by the time I finished the first chapter, I know this is something that has the potential to change one’s social life and might just be the one that turns things around for you once and for all. This classic stands the test of time for a reason.
3. Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, M.D.,F.I.C.S.
Psycho-cybernetics is based around the psychological science of mental visualisation, which has its wide application in the field for post-trauma treatment. Maltz himself was a famous cosmetic surgeon in America during the early 1930s, during which he discovered the potential of a person’s perception of “self”. The book guides the reader on building a healthy and accurate self-image for mental heath and success in life.
2. Higher Status by Jason Capital
If there has always been one thing that has largely affected the results that you have been getting in life since the day you were born, what would that be? Diligence? Intelligence? Luck? No, evolutionary scientists would suggest that it is “status”. Put simply, status is the social standing of a person in any setting. A higher status person will naturally attract better things in life than a lower status fellow. Status can come in the form of materialistic possessions, high job positions, but it can also come from body language, vocal tonality and eye contact that can be trained. In this bestseller, Jason Capital discussed 12 signals that signify high status, which through applying, would give one power in any dealings with people.
1. Living on Your Own Terms by Osho
“People can be happy only in one way, and that is if they are authentically themselves. Then the springs of happiness start flowing; they become more alive, they become a joy to see, a joy to be with; they are a song, they are a dance.” – Osho
There are many, many good books out there. But you can have everything and still feel unfulfilled, unhappy inside. Hence, learning to live on your own terms, to live YOU is so crucial. The world is a horrible place to live in if you play in other’s game. Osho is an Indian Philosopher with a large following in the last century and honestly, there is no one more qualified to talk about this topic than him.