5 Books That Changed My Life

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5 books that changed my life

I connect with books on an emotional level more than any other medium. On average, I read between 40-50 books a year. Some have made me laugh. Some have made me cry. And then there are select few that fundamentally altered the course of my life. Here are the Top 5 Books That Changed My Life.

1. The Alchemist By Paolo Coelho

A book about a boy on a journey to find a treasure but learns a lesson more valuable than any treasure. At the risk of sounding cliche, this is the only book on the list that I can say found me.

I was sleeping on a couch with no career prospects ahead of me and in a pretty low place psychologically when I stumbled upon this book. It taught me to trust my instincts and to follow the signs that the universe has laid out before me. I reread this book every year and recommend it to everyone I meet.

If you are feeling a bit lost or indecisive in life right now, this is a book you must read. It will help you find your way.

2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki’s best-selling personal finance book will completely change your understanding of money.

After hitting rock bottom in Thailand, I moved back to Michigan to get my life sorted out. I had already started improving my physical health by quitting drinking and hitting the gym, so it was time to work on an area of my life where I was ignorant AF: money.

We didn’t talk about money in my family and there weren’t any classes in school about personal finance. I thought it was just something people knew or didn’t know. Boy, was I wrong about that! Thru a series of anecdotal stories, Kiyosaki teaches you the differences between how rich people think and how poor people think about money, and how to switch your mindset to one for wealth.

If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, this book is the first investment you need to make to start changing your financial situation.

3. Man In Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

A Jewish Psychiatrist’s account of surviving imprisonment by the Nazis in Auschwitz and Dachau. He tells you about his experience and what he learned from it. Holy shit, guys. You seriously need to read this book. I can’t really verbalize how this book changed me.

Tip: Don’t shy away from the emotions that you feel reading this book. Embrace them. You are connecting with your own humanity.

4. Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee

Most people know Bruce Lee from his martial arts films but he was also an excellent writer. Part martial arts manual and part philosophy book, Bruce Lee’s magnum opus really influenced how I viewed the world at a young age.

To this day, I am still very inspired by his life and writings and I often turn to the Tao of Jeet Kune Do for guidance.

5. 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

We grow up being taught that life is just something that happens and we just live in it. Tim Ferriss challenges this notion and shows you how to break free from expectations of society and design a life that you want to fully live.

This book is both practical and philosophical, showing you how to manage and outsource the things you don’t like doing and how to switch into a freedom mindset. Highly entertaining and easy to read. This is one you will turn down corners, write notes in, and bookmark every other page.

4-Hour Workweek is a perfect book for those who have always thought about opening their own business but weren’t sure where to start. Start by reading this book.


There are many other books that have shaped my life but these are the top 5. I sincerely hope that you try one of them and that it changes your life in a positive way.

What books have you read that changed your life?