Here are some of my favorite books, which I consider best reads. I read them once and often come back to them. Every book brought to light some concepts that I now try to incorporate in my life, or that I try to make part of who I am.
There are many books that we come across in our lives, but few of them make or dramatic impact.
From the reading of some books, your mindset may change. You may perceive the world differently, get a different perspective on things. You may grow as a different person.
I hope this list inspires you as well. If you have any recommendation of other books, please leave a comment down below.
The 4-Hour work week is a book that really made me consider the career, entrepreneurship, lifestyle design, and work/life balance completely differently.
The book has a quite catchy, cheesy title. However, do not think it means that you should stop working, being idle on a beach drinking a piña colada.
That book questions the conventions like 9-to-5 work days, working many hours, being “busy”, and many other culturally accepted paradigms about productivity.
The idea is to become effective, i.e. do the things that matter, instead of merely being occupied, i.e. move papers around thinking that you are productive. The objective is to maximize the output of your work, in order to liberate yourself and do all the activities in your life that matter the most.
Written in 2007 and edited a couple of years later, it present concepts from various classical self-help books from the 20th century. However, the way that it connects these concepts is a pioneer in 2007 and has resulted in the recent flow of online businesses, lifestyle design, Amazon sellers, drop-shipping, book authors etc…
The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman, by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferris wrote the 4-Hour Body about how to improve the various aspects of the body (fat loss, increase of muscle, strength, improve sleep or sex, recover from injuries etc.), following The 4-Hour work week.
In 4-Hour Body, he breaks the neck to many prejudices and generally accepted “facts”, with the help of a rigorous scientific method. He uses the best of the scientific, medical, and bodybuilding communities.
As in The 4-Hour work week, Tim Ferriss focuses on the smallest efforts that give the maximum result (inspired by the Pareto Law, also known as the 80/20 principle).
It is easy to read, non-boring, and you get totally actionable advice.
Since Tim Ferris likes to write chapters likes to write chapters independently, you can jump from one part to the next without missing anything.
My personal favorites are the slow-carb diet for fat loss or control (see on Tim’s blog), and the kettlebell swing exercise for its wholesomeness and effectiveness (see on Tim’s blog). He manages to give simple tools that you won’t quit after one week of practice!
How To Win Friends And Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
In this classic (old!) book, Dale Carnegie provides simple, actionable tools to become a better person. I wish these lessons were taught to kids in schools!
How To Win Friends And Influence People has truly been a great advice. This is a must read! You will get to know how to better interact with people, and being a resource to them, in harmony with your peers.
It is so modern in the way it is presented and distills the information in a very pleasant way.
The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D. Wattles
The Science of Getting Rich is a very small book (about 70pages), that you can read in an afternoon. This is one of the classical books which cover similar topics as Think and Grow Rich. It has influenced the book and movie The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.
This book presents the mindset you need to have for success. It is also referred to as the law of attraction. To some practical people, it won’t give you actionable tools, but more a mindset to attract success and positivity in your life.
How to live on 24 hours a day, by Arnold Bennett
I read that book as an audiobook on Audible. The concepts of these books have now been hammered by motivational speakers over the past years with the rising popularity of self-help books :
– Time is a finite resource. You can multiply money but not time
– You should make the best of the precious resource that time is
The book is a classic that you can read within a couple of hours. It was written in 1910, which makes it so interesting and relevant in the modern society!
You can find the audio version of it for free here on Audible.
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a classic book that is now repackaged by motivational speakers, book writers, podcast creators, Instagram influencers and youtube channels about success.
If you had to choose one book, I’d go for that one. You will spare time and have the essence of it, without the b********.
The book will give you the mindset to think positively, attract success through desire, faith and persistence.
It has lots of references and examples since it was influenced by the observation of successful people such as Andrew Carnegie for about 20 years.
The Blue Ocean Strategy, by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
The Strategy academic knowledge has been influenced by Michael Porter work, analyzing the market as competitive. From there followed many tools to set-up your strategy, such as the 5 forces.
The Blue Ocean Strategy presents a new paradigm, the Blue Oceans (noncompetitive markets) and Red Ocean (competitive markets).
By seeking Blue Oceans, companies focus on creating important value and make any competition irrelevant.
For anyone being in business, corporate or smaller sized, The Blue Ocean Strategy provides a golden understanding of strategy and position for your product/service. This is an absolute must read!
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, by Peter Diamandis
Peter Diamandis is a pioneer and successful entrepreneur. In Abundance, Diamandis present trends and facts about the evolution of our world (poverty, health, education, technology, climate…), and claims that within 20+ years, the humanity could be in a state of abundance.
Diamandis claims that every time information/technology connects to an industry, it makes its progress exponential and disrupts it. The consequence is global access to cheap technology (health, medicine, access to water, access to education), which brings exponential growth to every civilization.
This goes against the news that we hear every day, but for once gives hope the best for our humanity. As such I recommend putting your hands on Abundance, which will bring you hope and wish to contribute to make the world a better place.