“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Out of the hundreds of books I’ve read in my lifetime, I have a small number of favorite books that I recommend.
On this page, you will find the best books that I’ve read—selected from the 600+ I’ve read until now. These books have changed my life. And every week, I read two new books. I update this list regularly.
I’ve arranged the books in 11 different categories:
1. Best General Personal Development Books
由Peter Drucker管理自己—The best self-help piece that is ever written. It’s actually an article that appeared in the Harvard Business Review in 1999. And in 2008, it was published as a paperback. A must-read for everyone.
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie— An all-time classic when it comes to personal development. This book is an essential read for everyone—particularly for people getting out of college. Carnegie writes about how you can increase your popularity, persuade people, make friends, enable you to win new clients and customers, become a better speaker and boost enthusiasm among your colleagues.
The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino— While the title sounds like a sales book, The Greatest Salesman In The World is more a philosophy book. It is a book that also shows you how to create a habit. Og Mandino writes that you have to reread every scroll, three times a day, for a month. That will take you ten months to complete this book.
Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers—恐惧是每天回来的东西。苏珊·杰弗的书为您提供了如何管理恐惧的实用提示。我说'管理'因为恐惧是永远不会消失的东西。这就是为什么我想每年阅读这本书。
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck— Life is about solving problems and finding solutions. If you always look at the risks and consequences of everything, you might play it safe, but you’ll also never grow. Carol Dweck’s book is one of my favorite books about developing the mindset you need to succeed in life.
HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself— The book’s description starts with, “The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror.” I can’t agree more. This collection does not disappoint. Every piece will make you think more about your mission, vision, strengths, weaknesses, and how you can advance your career.
Laws Of Human Nature by Robert Greene— With his latest book, Robert Greene, shows that living a successful life is not only about power and status. How well we are at dealing with people is one of the most important predictors of career success. Since everything we do relies on others, we must get better at understanding others. And what’s the best way to do that? By understanding yourself. And that’s what Laws Of Human Nature helps you with. Great book for improving your self-knowledge.
2. Best Decision Making Books
彼得·贝芬寻求智慧— This is probably the best summary I’ve read on practical and scientific thinking. Bevelin is an excellent writer and he captures the wisdom from Charlie Munger in a perfect way. The book respects the reader and doesn’t show off. It’s a book that I already referred to several times after reading it. And together with the Jordan Peterson and Pierre Hadot books, I plan to re-read these books going forward.
Just like the title of Bevelin’s book, to me, life is about seeking wisdom. It’s the only pursuit that we can perform as long as our brain works. You can get physically impaired, lose your money, friends, status, but you can never lose your thirst for knowledge.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb的Incerto— Technically, this is a series that consists of five books. Until 2018, I had never read Taleb. Several of my friends are big fans of his work. And when his latest book in the series,Skin In The Game, came out this year, I felt compelled to read it. In his latest book, he writes about how most
I love his message and style. Taleb is someone who doesn’t care what certain people think of him. And he’s not afraid to make bold statements. He’s not only a good writer but the contents of his books are also excellent. After I read Skin In The Game, I decided to read all his books. That took me about a month and I’m glad I did. If you haven’t read any of his books, check out which one appeals to you the most. You can read them in any order you want.
The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks— This is actually a book on investing. But you can apply Marks’ investing strategy to any type of decision. His investment strategy is largely based on the fact that humans are emotional beings. If we all made rational and unemotional decisions, we would always have a perfect economy. We’re emotional and it’s not in our nature to make rational decisions.
3. Best Health & Fitness Books
Bigger, Leaner, Stronger by Michael Matthews— The only book you need for improving your fitness. Matthews has written a complete book that focusses on simplicity. We all hate complicated fitness and eating regiments. Bigger, Leaner, Stronger is based on a few simple methods and destroys many popular fitness myths.
Spark by John Ratey— Everyone knows that exercise is good for our health. However, it can also transform your mind. This book is based on scientific research and teaches us how to boost brain cells, protect ourselves against mental illness and dementia, and ensure success in exams and the workplace. A great read that inspires us to live an active lifestyle.
The Story Of The Human Body by Daniel Lieberman— Books by academics are usually not my favorite. But this book is easy to read. And, it’s good to know more about that body of yours.
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins— What an inspirational story. Goggins is one of the most popular people in the world of personal development because he’s real. If you love running, you’ll get a lot out of this book. And if you don’t, you’ll still get motivated.
4. Best Entrepreneurship & Business Books
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss— The modern entrepreneur’s bible. This book changed my perspective on doing business. Tim Ferriss has influenced thousands of people across the world who have gone to start companies themselves. Ferriss is also an angel investor or an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and Uber, and other tech companies. This is a must-read for anyone who desires financial freedom.
Zero To One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters—Peter Thiel is mostly known as the co-founder of PayPal and the first outside investor to Facebook. Zero To One is a book that discusses the motives behind entrepreneurship. It covers essential topics such as history, human behavior, competition, creativity, and how new tech companies change the world. Zero To One is a necessary read for every entrepreneur or anyone who is interested in learning about the rise of startups.
Purple Cow by Seth Godin- 这是营销中最好的书籍之一，Seth Godin被认为是世界上最好的营销思想之一。这本书的信息很简单：如果你想从人群中脱颖而出，你必须是显着的。紫牛是每个企业所有者和营销人员的必备读书。我也鼓励你读到戈登的个人博客。他每天都会发布一个挑衅的文章。现在，这是显着的。
乔纳伯格的传染性— When you want to have massive marketing success with a limited budget, read Contagious by Jonah Berger. It is an excellent book with a thorough analysis of viral campaigns, and why they catch on. Jonah Berger is a Marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and uses scientific research to back up his findings. His writing style, however, is far from academic and very enjoyable.
The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert— Gary Halbert was a successful copywriter. And today, he’s still a legend in the marketing world. But this collection of letters goes beyond marketing. Halbert uses his copywriting skills to teach his son about direct response marketing, life, health, and being successful. He wrote these letters while he was serving time in federal prison.
蓝海战略由w . Chan Kim和蕾妮Mauborgne- 我必须承认我几年来熟悉营销世界中的“蓝海”和“红海”的概念。但是，我并没有尽可能地申请它。经常经常，我们试图与红海的其他业务竞争。为什么这样做呢？为什么我们总是试图更好而且没有不同？蓝海策略提供了有价值的答案，帮助您创建为新市场提供独特的产品。
任何你想要的德里克斯维斯— Almost all entrepreneurs I know are lazy. I’m the biggest example of that.Why do you think I’m so big on productivity?我不想浪费时间在不必要的事情上。尽管阅读是我作为企业家的最必要的事情之一，但我明白你可能没有时间阅读我的阅读列表中的所有书籍。也许你有9-5个工作，运行多个企业或者有一个充满孩子的房子。这些都是缺乏时间的合法原因。
The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White—每项工作都有某种形式的书面沟通。所以你不想以人们不理解的方式写作。这就是为什么风格的元素是这么重要的书。特别是在写大多数沟通时。这本书教你如何思考和写清楚 - 让人们了解你。一个有价值的技能。风格的元素是每个人的必须阅读，不仅是记者或作家。
On Writing by Stephen King— Stephen King is one hell of a thinker and writer. And the man churns out books like it’s nothing. Only that fact makes you want to read more about how his mind works. If you write, and you haven’t read On Writing, it’s time to stop everything you do and get that book.
The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler—The Writers Journey is the most in-depth book on this list. It’s also the most comprehensive book I’ve read on storytelling. It’s also a very practical book. It’s more like a textbook that you want to take notes on. Vogler, a story consultant for major Hollywood film companies, talks about the relationship between mythology and storytelling in this book.
Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry W. Phillips—There’s no point in denying it; Hemingway is one of the best writers in modern history. And this little book is a collection of letters he sent to his editor, friends, and other authors. This book is not only packed with writing advice. It also shows Hemingway’s character. He was a funny guy who took satisfaction in what he did.
瑞安假期多年生卖家—I recently interviewed Ryan about this book on my podcast。In the book, he gives you a framework for creating a product/service that sells for decades. To me, that’s the essence of marketing. In Perennial Seller, Ryan describes key marketing lessons he learned from successful authors and entrepreneurs. Also, he talks from experience. Ryan has written five best-selling books and helped market a bunch of other best sellers for other writers.
6. Best Philosophy Books
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius- Marcus Aurelius（罗马皇帝A.D.161-180）是三个着名的现代化斯文学之一，其他两位是SeNeca和Epictetus。作为世界上最大帝国的统治者，Aurelius有很大的责任和力量。他为个人使用写了冥想。它由他学到的经验教训组成，并指出他对自己的生活和与人们造成的。
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James—我喜欢这个讲座的冠军讲座，詹姆斯在洛厄尔研究所和哥伦比亚大学在20世纪初。那个男人说他如何看到它。实用主义并不是传统意义上的哲学。这只是一种思考方式。实用主义者是完全中立的。他们从不相信某些东西，因为其他人相信它。不，一个实用主义者只相信什么是实用的。换句话说：What works。
A Manual For Living by Epictetus—A short book. A Manual For Living is exactly what the title says it is. This book also gives you a larger perspective on humanity. People have always had problems with self-confidence, family, work, other people, etc. In a way, nothing has changed. And that’s pretty comforting.
On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca— In the Shortness Of Life, Seneca writes about the art of living. This short book is highly recommended for everyone. Seneca teaches us that life is short and that we have to live our life to the fullest.
障碍是瑞恩假期的方式— Inspired by Marcus Aurelius’ Mediations, Ryan Holiday wrote an excellent book about how we can turn our adversity into advantage. The book is full of stories about how icons of history dealt with their obstacles.
Become What You Are by Alan Watts- 艾伦瓦特的20篇论文集合。他的工作受到了禅宗的激励。And I think that Zen is a great source of internal knowledge.我试过阅读禅宗的不同事物。瓦特的写作很清晰，实用，美丽。这使得更容易阅读和思考。当您在本书中申请所有建议时，您将更多地了解自己和其他人。
Notes To Myself by Hugh Prather— This book was recommended to me last year by a reader. Prather was a minister. When I first learned about that, I didn’t think I could relate to the book. But I gave it a try, and I really enjoyed it. Notes To Myself is a good example of the fact that people are all the same internally. You might be from Japan, Chile, Portugal, Canada, Vietnam — you name it. At the end of the day, we face the same internal struggles.
12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson- 就像几乎每个人都对个人发展感兴趣的人，我读过乔丹彼得森的热门书籍。我分享了他的许多信仰。就像他说，对你的生活负责没有任何新的东西。但是，给人们艰难的爱是新的 - 这正是这本书的所作所为。阅读它 - 无论您的观点如何。它会让你成为一个更稳定和可靠的人。
Philosophy As a Way of Life by Pierre Hadot- Hadot是近期历史上最好的历史学家之一。自从我16岁以来，我一直在阅读哲学，以某种方式认为写作关于哲学的写作并不是一样的。但它证明了哲学的写作就像真实的事情一样甚至更好。我认为哲学是今年的生活方式，它让我了解苏格拉底，柏拉图，斯多葛主义，思想和愤世嫉俗的概念更好。
7. Best Personal Finance Books
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham— The book that inspired Warren Buffett to start investing. We all know how that turned out. This book is not only about the stock market. It provides an investingphilosophy。可以将这本书的策略应用到生活e, business, money, and your career.
The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason- 这本书充满了陈词滥调。但读它仍然很好。为什么？当涉及个人金融时，我们经常如此愚蠢，我们必须提醒自己，它实际上是多么容易。
Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez—What I enjoyed most about this book is that it teaches you to transform your relationship with money. This will change your life. Money is something you trade your life energy for. Think about it. You work to earn money. Your Money Or Your Life starts out strategically and gets more practical towards the end.
通过杰克·博格投资的常识小书— The reason I stopped investing in individual stocks is Jack Bogle. This man is a true hero. He founded Vanguard and created index funds. Unlike everyone else in finance, he’s not worth billions. Why? He created financial products for the people.
The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins- 本书的拟议计划接近我的个人财务战略。柯林斯是一个实用的人。而且财富的简单之路是我读过个人金融的最实用的书。他建议节省50％的收入。这就是我相信的。你越省在你的职业生涯中越多，更好。
8. Best Creativity Books
The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield—Being creative requires discipline. Steven Pressfield argues that ‘resistance’ stands in the way of people who want to create something in life. The War Of Art is excellent reading for writers, entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, and other creative people.
Seth Godin的Icarus欺骗—The world has changed, and conformity no longer leads to security. By adopting an artistic attitude, we can add value to other people’s life. We have to be problem solvers, and conformity does not solve problems. Creative thinking does.
mihaly csikszentmihalyi流— Your ability to enjoy your work not only determines work satisfaction, but it also impacts how good you become at something. Flow is one of those books I think about every day. Getting in a flow state is something that actually changes the way you work and experience life.
Helen Keller的故事—What was that? Are you complaining about your job? Or how hard it is to take care of your family? I find it fascinating how soft we all are, especially if you compare our struggles to what Helen Keller experienced. She is one of my biggest heroes. A remarkable person who made the most out of life despite being deaf and blind since she was 19 months old. Her autobiography is well worth a read.
Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl—Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist before the war. His ability to observe the behavior of his fellow prisoners in Auschwitz resulted in Man’s Search For Meaning. This unique book describes how we choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. Even during the horrible conditions of a concentration camp, humans can endure the suffering and find meaning in living because of inner decisions.
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger—Arnold Schwarzenegger’s story is remarkable. A boy from a small town in Austria turned into a bodybuilding champion. A bodybuilder turned into one of the biggest Hollywood stars in history. An actor turned into Governor. This unique story is worth reading.
Grinding It Out by Ray Kroc- 你觉得你还没有抓到你的大休息吗？如果是这样，请阅读这本书。你对它有所不同。将麦克唐纳的雷克洛夫变成十亿美元的业务，不得不等到他五十年代找到一些成功形式。这不仅是一个鼓舞人心的故事。
Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli— Steve Jobs doesn’t need an introduction. The man’s life was very fascinating. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this biography that mostly focused on Steve’s career, vision, and the impact he made on the world.
由Sebastian Maniscalco逗留饥饿—I love stand-up comedy, but I had never heard of Sebastian until recently. When I saw his Netflix comedy special and read about his story, he instantly became one of my favorite comedians. He’s not only funny, but he’s also humble, down to earth, and a hard worker. In Stay Hungry, he shares his life story in a funny way. So if you want to quit your career after only a year, please read Sebastian’s story.
The Snowball by Alice Schroeder- 与您可能的想法相反，这本书不仅仅是关于投资。雪球深入了解不同的主题，如巴菲特与他生命中最重要的人的关系，他认为世界的方式以及他如何开展业务。每个专业人士都可以从他的生命故事中学到。和爱丽丝施罗德做了一份很棒的工作告诉它。
10. Best Productivity Books
The funny thing about my reading list is that I only mention four productivity books. That’s because productivity is something you do, not something you read. On my blog, I always focus on sharing techniques you can immediately apply to your life. Here are the most practical productivity books I’ve read:
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker— It’s no secret I’m a fan of Drucker. This book provides a practical perspective on productivity that I think every knowledge worker should read. The most important lessons I’ve learned about work is this: It’s not about what you do, it’s about theresults你得到。这是效率和有效性之间的差异。每小时发送100封电子邮件可能会非常有效地使用您的时间。但它带来了什么结果金沙足球下注？这就是最重要的事情。
Essentialism by Greg McKeown- 生产力是关于做正确的事情。这本书有助于您对您的个人来说更适合对您而言。一旦你知道你的追求，就会更容易到达那里。
The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg- 形成新的习惯是一种实际技能，立即影响你的生活质量。想要减肥？更富有成效吗？经常锻炼？建立成功的公司？有一件事肯定：没有习惯，那些东西将极难拉开。
Daily Rituals by Mason Currey— A unique insight into the habits and rituals of the world’s most renown figures. You’ll be surprised how simple their lives were.
11. Best Fiction Books
我的阅读列表是ldn’t be complete without my favorite fiction books. Contrary to what a lot of personal development authors believe, I think you can learn a lot from fiction. Here are my favorites:
Post Office by Charles Bukowski—Bukowski is one of my main influences. Intellectualists (who take themselves way too seriously), hate Bukowski. They say he was a bad writer. I don’t care.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway— His first novel. And it’s my favorite Hemingway book. It’s set in post-WWI Paris and Pamplona. Hemingway’s style is simple and easy to read. That’s the way I like it. It makes the characters and story stand out. Not the writing.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Simple— This book was recommended to me by a reader. It’s not something I would stumble upon myself. But I’m glad I read this book. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is an entertaining and creative novel about weirdoes in Seattle. Maria Semple wrote for Arrested Development (one of my favorite tv shows). And that’s something you can tell by her style. ‘Dudes’ probably call this chick lit. But grow up man, and read this shit.
Naïve. Super by Erlend Loe— Another funny and entertaining book. Loe is from Norway, and I like his minimal style. It’s a story about a young kid who’s searching for meaning in life. Way better than all the corny self-help parables like The Alchemist. This is book down to earth and fun to read.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky犯罪和惩罚— Let’s get a little serious. This book is an examination of human suffering. If this book doesn’t change the way you think about people, nothing will. And if you think it’s a lengthy and hard to read novel, you’re wrong. It’s actually a very light read. Just don’t get stuck on all the characters and continue reading. It will make sense along the way.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk- 此列表中唯一非常熟悉的书。我经常提到这本书，并且在这些年之后仍然享受它。它永远不会变老。如果你从来没有读过它，那么放弃你正在做的事情并得到这本书。阅读后你会改变。
Ask The Dust by John Fante— My favorite writer, Charles Bukowski, was influenced by Fante. In Ask The Dust, you read the story of Arturo Bandini, a struggling writer in 1930s Los Angeles. It’s a story about struggle and perseverance. It’s both depressing and feel-good at the same time. Just like life.
Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago——我们都死了,对吧?但如果这不是case? A lot of people are afraid of death, but in this novel, people don’t have to be afraid anymore. Because on the first day of the new year, no one dies. Death basically gives up her job (yes, death is a her in this book). What happens next? Read the book. It’s really good.
Cathedral by Raymond Carver- 因为Raymond Carver写了短篇小说，他从未包括任何“顶级小说”名单中。这是一个耻辱。大多数人都听说过他的经典What We Talk About When We Talk About Love。But Cathedral makes you think more. My favorite Carver collection because it’s about exploring everyday moments in human life.
It’s a little weird to mention yourself on a book list. But it’s also weird to leave your books off your list. My readers really enjoyed my books. I hope you will too.
赢得你内心的战斗(2016) Learn how to conquer your fear.
THINK STRAIGHT(2017) Learn how to control your mind.
今天做它(2018) A collection of my best articles on productivity and overcoming procrastination.
What It Takes To Be Free(2019) A book about personal freedom.
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