Books have always been my constant companion. It is through books that I learnt life’s greatest lessons.
However, there are some books that stood out in terms of their impact. In this post, I bring forward the five books that gave me sensible life lessons (minus the pain of going through the trouble of experiencing it myself).
Monk who sold his Ferrari
I expected it to be yet another preaching tale by yet another self-proclaimed spiritualist. I was very happy to be proven wrong.
The book is extraordinarily amazing with very practical tips on improving living. I personally have beaten many stressful times by applying the techniques advocated by the book.
Its mind control techniques are basic and powerful like focusing on different parts of your body to improve awareness. Another technique is concentrating on petals of the rose for 15 minutes everyday to improve control over thoughts. It is difficult to start with but after a month you feel different level of energy with those techniques.
Then, it has simple rules to follow for better living for example countering negative thinking with positive scenarios or impact of having a disciplined life.
It remains my go to guide whenever I feel much burdened. It never fails to make me forget about my worries about every possible ferrari of the world!
Alchemist tops the list of books whenever I want an answer about anything. It is a very simple story about a shepherd boy who follows his heart to achieve his dreams. The book symbolically talks about struggles, heartbreaks, and difficulties one faces in search of one’s goals. It gives advice on all situations of life very subtly.
No wonder it remains as one of the most loved books around the world as it very simply and straightforwardly give away most important lessons of life.
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
HBR 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence
Well, I learnt that there is no more important place to apply your life lessons than your workplace. So, this book from the house of Harvard Business Review reveal effective strategies to deal with ups and downs. It deep dives into emotions that lead to conflicts at job, provides clues to making emphatic decisions and gives guidance for management of people.
The strategies, explained in the book, are generic to be applied to all situations be it business or otherwise.
Tuesdays with Morrie
All books by Mitch Albom exude wisdom though there is no match for “Tuesdays with Morrie”.
Whenever I am caught up in the rat race, I re-read it to be aware of significance of things I am chasing.
It puts life in perspective when I am dejected over a lost promotion or I am fuming over arguments with my loved ones. It teaches how important it is to enjoy every moment of life and take pleasure in simplicity.
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
When everything changes, change everything
It is very tough to adapt to adversaries especially if they come suddenly. This book is a perfect guide to deal with unpleasant changes.These unpleasant changes could be loss of job, loss of close ones or any sudden financial or physical loss.
There are very clear and effective strategies advocated in the book which can help an individual build his strength and resilience for tough times.
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