Top 5 Books That Will Change Your Life Forever

These are 5 books that have helped change my life for the better – and they could do the same for YOU! They are inspiring, thought provoking, and help you with almost anything in life.

Your life might NEVER be the same after reading these. If you feel that your not living life at its optimum, then I urge you to take a look.

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Five Books That Will Change Your Life Forever!

If you manage to read ALL of these then you will see the world in a massively different (and better) way…

Think-and-Grow-Rich“Think And Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

This has to be the most fascinating book ever written. The research took over 25 years to undertake, where Hill personally watched and interviewed legends like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Bell, John D, Rockefeller, and Theodore Roosevelt.

He found out what common traits they shared to be rich and successful. What made them tick, and how they were different the rest of us. What he produced is an absolute goldmine of information, boiled down to quench your thirst for knowledge.

This book has inspired many people to become successful.

After reading this book, Jim Carey wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 and placed it in his wallet. In just a few short years he surpassed this.

Boxer Ken Norton read this book and upset the boxing world by beating the legendary Muhammed Ali. Bruce Lee also used Napoleon Hill’s principals to become the most successful and well known martial artist of all time.

Bill Gates also read this in his early days, and Donald Trump used it’s principals to reverse his fortunes when he was $400 million in debt.

This book will help you whether you want financial success, or a personal success. It is also a great read…

Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century


how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people“How To Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

In you want to be successful in life, work, or business, then you must be good with people. You have to be able to get them to like you, trust you, and cooperate with you. This book shows you how to do this.

This book will help get you out of a mental rut, and give you new thoughts, new visions, and new ambitions. Here’s what you can expect from it…

  • Enable you to make friends quickly and easily.
  • Increase your popularity.
  • Help you to win people to your way of thinking.
  • Increase your influence, your prestige, your ability to get things done.
  • Enable you to win new clients, new customers.
  • Increase your earning power.
  • Make you a better salesman, a better executive.
  • Help you to handle complaints, avoid arguments, keep your human contacts smooth and pleasant.
  • Make you a better speaker, a more entertaining conversationalist.
  • Make the principles of psychology easy for you to apply in your daily contacts.
  • Help you to arouse enthusiasm among your associates.

Did you know that Warren Buffet, at age 20, took Dale Carnegie’s course that this book is based on? He has the certificate on his desk to this day.

How to Win Friends & Influence People



feel_the_fear_and_do_it_anyway“Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers

Be honest – does fear hold you back from doing what you REALLY want to do?

The biggest block to success is fear. Most people have the ability and the ambition to become successful, but are paralysed by fear. This powerful book has helped many people radically change their lives.

Rather than deny the existence of fear, it’s simple message is to acknowledge it, and continue pursuing your goals regardless.

Is what you’re afraid of really that scary?

Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway



The Power Of Now

“The Power Of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

Do you dwell too much on the past, or look to the future all the time?

By staying in the now, you can properly appreciate life and work at your optimum. It will free you from pain and delusion.

Although “living in the now” is not a new concept, it is beautifully explained by Tolle. It is both enlightening and inspiring. You must let go of some cherished beliefs, but your reward is the freedom that most of us are seeking.

If you want to know EXACTLY what living in the now means, then this book is for you…

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment




7habits-cover“The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

This book allows you think and see things in a new and clearer perspective. It contains 7 simple rules for life that make a powerful difference.

Covey’s concepts will help you grow into a more effective person, both in your private and work life. It points out that if you want to change your life, then you must change your thoughts and attitudes.

These 7 habits help change you, which in turn helps change your fortunes…

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change




That’s my five. Here’s what some friends cite as their most life changing read…


RichardLeoRichard Leo

Book suggestion: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The phrase ‘good things come in small packages’ was custom-made for this
read, as it is the type of book you can get through in a night, but will
think about for years. Don Miguel Ruiz writes on achieving inner peace
regardless of how crazy the external world may seem. A classic that has
been translated into 38 languages, the wisdom put forth in The Four
Agreements transcends times.

One powerful lesson that I was able to extract from The Four Agreements was
the importance of not taking other’s actions personally. This is truly
difficult, as we are highly emotional and personal beings, but the truth is
that other’s actions are simply a reflection of how they feel about
themselves and the world, and have nothing to do with you. Absorbing and
applying this concept has given me a much more peaceful disposition.



Seth KnappSeth Knapp 
Chief Experience Officer, GetChitter

Book suggestion: The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday is a book did more than change my life, it successfully provided a perspective I very desperately needed, at a time when I most needed it, and subsequently, transformed my life almost instantaneously.

The Obstacle is the Way is a culmination of Holiday’s reading and own perspective on the ancient philosophical discipline of Stoicism. Holiday so incredibly takes the core disciplines of Stoicism and applies them to real life anecdotes of incredible individuals such as Ulysses S. Grant, Amelia Earhart, and Thomas Edison, while adding a perspective only someone who is as well read as Holiday could add.

His unique perspective teaches the reader to not just find sliver linings in negatives, but rather to actually view any adversity, any harm others cause to you, failures, and other obstacles as gifts. Gifts of newfound perspective, because it is only through these adversarial circumstances that we find the true path to success or the answers we truly desire.

I picked up this book when I was virtually bedridden due to adrenal shutdown from overworking myself, and it provided the perfect perspective at the perfect time for me and I’m forever a better person.



Nancy L GainesNancy Gaines
Founder, Women Gaining Wealth, LLC

Book suggestion: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

I can’t recall when or why I read Rich Dad Poor Dad, but it was one of the three biggest turning points in my life. The others were earning my MBA at 32 and attending the Millionaire Mind seminar in 2013. Together, these decisions helped me build enough knowledge and wealth to retire at age 48. I never learned about money growing up. 

The concepts (own a business, invest, don’t be an employee) widened my perspective on money. I learned about real estate and stocks as alternate sources of income. After reading the book, I bought my first multi-family rental property and took stock trading courses. None of this was easy at first – I made rookie mistakes, lost money, and felt like quitting. I persevered knowing I’d eventually make progress. Persistence worked – I retired this summer to enjoy the freedom to do what I want with my time without needing to work. 

My passion is to share that freedom with other women so they can live the life they desire, too. I am now a Money Coach who helps women take control of their finances using the same concepts I learned from the book – so rewarding!



Mansi GoelMansi,

Yoga practitioner and Editor at

Book suggestion: The Saint, The Surfer, and The CEO by Dr. Robin Sharma

I’d like to give the credit to *”The
Saint, The Surfer, and The CEO” by Dr. Robin Sharma*. (I’d be referring to
it as TS, TS & TC)

Though the most famous book by this author is, The monk who sold his
Ferrari, I seriously feel TS, TS & TC is his best write-up so far. The book
is about practical wisdom and how, with conscious effort, one can
understand life, enjoy it and be happy.

Why I love this book is because of many reasons:

First, I received it at a time when I was at the bottom of my well. Reading
it made me realize that things and people are not as bad as they seem and
it is only my “tinted glass” perspective of life which is sinking me down.
This was the saint’s lesson.

Second, the book very subtly teaches you how to take everything as an
adventure and love life in general. That’s the surfer’s part.

And finally, the CEO part is all about putting in your heart in your work
and crack deals with compassion. In a corporate world where everyone is
trying to encroach other’s business, this book tells you an another way
around where you can reap profits and still go to bed in peace and sleep
like a baby.



Tiffany MasonTiffany Mason

Book suggestion: Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus by Dr. John Gray

At the age of 19, I started reading a marriage book, “Men Are From Mars and
Women Are From Venus” by John Gray. I was really passionate about
establishing a solid foundation within my future marriage and I wanted to
learn the differences between men and women. Once I started reading this
book, I began to realize that these principles that John shares are a
different way of thinking for most couples. Husbands want their wife to be
like guys and wives want their husbands to be like girls. Being able to
understand that we have distinct differences as men and women was like a
light bulb went off in my head. Ever since this book, I look at my marriage
from a new perspective and I share this same philosophy with my clients.



stephanie-laurenStephanie Lauren
PLYOGA Fitness

Book suggestion: A Guide To Natural Childbirth by Dr. Ina May

Our society today has made it seem as though it is empowering to give a
woman all types of choices for child delivery, and that scheduling a
C-Section is in some way female-centric and creates a stronger culture.
Society will also have you believe that doping a woman up on pitocin and
an epidural is the savvy way to give birth. Women who read this book learn
and realize that delivery is likely less painful, smoother, and more
rewarding when done naturally. It is a breath of fresh air in our
artificial world.

Women would be more empowered by realizing the strengths of what they can
do alone with their body, without the degradation of todays aggressive
medical procedures. In my fitness program, we own the motto “YOUR BODY IS
POWER” and this book fits into my mantra!



Shyamali SharmaShyamali, health and fitness writer

Workout Trends

Book suggestion: The Saint, The Surfer And The CEO by Robin Sharma

I came across you HARO query and couldn’t help but reply to this one. I am
not a fanatic reader, so I don’t claim to have piled my bookshelf with the

However, one of them, that I recently read is “The Saint, The Surfer And
The CEO” by Robin Sharma, the famous author of “The Monk Who Sold His

*About the book:* While I haven’t read the latter, the former read has had
a deep impact on me as a person. It is basically about an ordinary guy
whose life has been altered by the lessons imparted to him by three great
people, a saint, a former advertising genius but a surfer now, and a
renowned businesswoman, all of who have achieved the best in their life and
are more than willing to share the secret of their wisdom and happiness to
the world.

*What I Learned:* While most inspirational books share the philosophies of
positive thinking and the ideal way to live life, this book appeals to me
because the author shares practical tips and means on how to bring out the
best in oneself.
The first few chapters did more than enough to make me reflect on my past,
present and the unfathomable future.

The lesson that I personally learned is how important self control is in
one’s life. And it doesn’t involve the big stuff, but the little shifts
that you make toward making a better future for your own self and in turn,
for the people around you.



Maureen MurrayMaureen Murray

Precise Communications

Book suggestion: Truth Heals by Deborah King

Hi, the book that changed my life is Truth Heals by Deborah King. It
brought me back to meditation and some very healing methods for a stressful
life. As a long time marketing consultant who has to constantly please
clients, I was having trouble sleeping. Also getting first signs of
menopause. Reading Truth Heals brought me to Deborah’s workshops and online
meditations and has impacted my health greatly. She is a calming voice in
the madness of everyday life!



Author Mary O'Malley
Author Mary O’Malley

Martha Logan

Book suggestion: What’s In the Way IS the Way by Mary O’Malley

I am writing to you about a book called What’s In the Way IS the Way by Mary O’Malley. It has definitely changed my life, as it brought me from a place of struggle, pain, grief, and sadness (primarily due the decline of my parents’ as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease) to a place of peace, ease and joy. This book is powerful and has resulted in an amazing “Opening to Life”. For that reason, I recently said “yes” to helping Mary spread her message (I have been her student for six years).



Ben G AdamsBen G. Adams
Book suggestion: Body-for-Life by Bill Phillips
The book that changed my life in a huge way is Body-for-LIFE, by Bill
Phillips. I fell in love with Body-for-LIFE because it provided me
with a very specific, detailed roadmap for what I need to do to get
into good shape.

Also one reason I became so attached to the book is
that it was actually very difficult for me to make it through a full
12 weeks of the Body-for-LIFE program. I would succeed for a few
weeks, but then I would cheat on the diet part, go off the program for
a while, and then start all over again. After several of these cycles,
I was finally able to figure out how to succeed.

A lot of what I
figured out was psychological and spiritual type stuff, and I used all
of those lessons I learned to create The Creative Process Diet. It’s
kind of a dummies guide to how to succeed with one’s health and
fitness goals. In the book I address why it’s so important for us to
find a way to love and accept our bodies exactly as they are in the
here and now–to start out from a place of self-love, and then, with
that foundation in place, to pursue one’s fitness goals. Body-for-LIFE
was a powerful book for me because it played such an important role in
my own personal transformation and development–even to the point that
it led me to write a diet book of my own.



Mitch2Mitch Williams

Book suggestion: A Course In Miracles by Schucman & Thetford

My life-changing book is A Course in Miracles, though to call it a 
“self-help book” is like calling World War II “a little 
skirmish”. It’s also not just “interesting reading”. A Course in 
Miracles is a self-study program in book form that is part modern 
psychology, part esoteric spirituality (similar in perspective to 
Eastern philosophies such as the Hindu Vedanta), and part deeply 
profound insight into human behavior and relationship. It’s very 
practical in approach, not merely “theoretical”, but meant to be 
applied to all areas of life.

Becoming a student of A Course in Miracles dramatically transformed 
who I am as an individual, how I see the world, my ability to form 
and maintain healthy relationships, and my ability to access my own 
creativity and sense of fulfillment in life — in short, it helped me 
to radically alter my experience of myself into something deeper, 
more authentic, and more effective. While I’ll be the first to admit 
that it’s not for everyone (certainly not for anyone who’s not ready 
for deep and lasting personal transformation) it is nonetheless a 
brilliant and practical approach to personal growth.



Walt MeyerWalter G. Meyer

Book suggestion: Out of My Life and Thought by Albert Schweitzer

As a teenager I read Albert Schweitzer’s “Out of My Life and Thought.” In
it, Schweitzer writes of his quest to find the right way to use his talents
to serve mankind. He summarizes his philosophy as a “reverence for life.”
Everything that is alive has value and is worthy of respect. Perhaps more
than other book, this shaped my own view of life.

In a class years later,
we were asked to write a mission statement for our lives and mine was
simple: to use my writing to better the world. And I have tried to live up
to that. I have written a great deal about environmental issues. I have
written grants that were funded for nonprofits. I wrote about Alzheimer’s
disease. My latest book is about teens being bullied and has given me the
platform to speak around the country about that timely topic. I knew I did
not have the skills to be a doctor, but I could write and have hundreds of
emails that attest that my writing has touched people.

5 thoughts on “Top 5 Books That Will Change Your Life Forever

  • September 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Few books have had as much direct impact on my life as a recent book from Deb Dutta called Success is an Exaggeration
    There is a line in the summary that says “This is a book not only for the professional trying to build a successful career. It is directed at anyone anywhere, doing anything with the intention of being good at it.” and that is what really drew me in. I’m not a business man but I have hobbies that I am passionate about that often cause me frustration. Reading this book really helped me to adopt a new attitude and focus in the right directions. Such a wonderfully inspired book.

  • September 11, 2014 at 12:15 am

    What about “The Richest Man in Babylon”? That is a great read and a fantastic way to learn about good money management. “The Magic of Thinking Big” is another great classic and very easy to digest.

    I’m delighted to see that I’ve got 4 out of your 5 in my personal library. The only one I’m missing is “The Power of Now”, which I will look at getting.

  • September 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I have read Think and Grow Rich and found it an amazing read. It contains so much wisdom about success and high earning. There’s also some really cool old stories about success, which I love to read. I’ve always wanted to read “How To Win Friends and Influence people” but never got round to it. I’m going to get it right away. I’ll let you know what I think of it.

    • September 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      “Think And Grow Rich” is my favourite. “How To Win Friends” is definitely worth a read Debbie. Yes, let me know what you think.

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