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Top 7 books that helped shape my mindset in 2017

Top 7 books that helped shape my mindset in 2017

All my life I believed self-help books don’t help in any form. Let alone changing mindset. Don’t ask me how I got this idea. There many people who still believe books don’t help. As you may have already guessed my perception has changed and I am going to read The Daily Stoic again this year.

Here is my list of books:

1) The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

I have always heard about Stoic philosophy but had the chance to read it as it was in forms way beyond my comprehension. Ryan Holiday in this book lists down 365 philosophical extracts from various books and explains each of them in a very concise manner. I fell in love with it by just reading first few excerpts. Each of these extracts was mostly one-pager. Reading one chapter a day helped build my mental resilience and improve my overall quality of life. I will read this book once more this year till I get a firm hold on them.

2) Managing Time by Harvard Business Review

You can read this book within 30 minutes. I took away one idea of tracking every minute of the time I spent in the office. Just tracking itself gave me an insight into how I can manage my time better. I am not moderately productive. Managing time takes a lot of practice, and I hope to get better this year.

3) Choose Yourself by James Altucher

I love James Altucher. He has a fantastic way of telling stories which are relatable to a person like me. Choose Yourself is a simple read but it has given me the confidence to work on myself and not compare myself with others.

4) How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

I was born with anxiety and fear. Most of these anti confidence elements were mostly in my mind. Dale Carnegie installed a new software in my brain to deal with that did not even exist in the first place. It’s just Rs.120 on Amazon, but I feel its a must buy and worth much more than the value it provides.

5) Inner Engineering by Sadhguru

I always knew I had a Spiritual bent of mind but was also skeptical about it. Sadhguru explained in a language what is Spirituality and why we should look inside to progress in our life. I am proud that I understood Spirituality scientifically.

6) Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

Derek narrated his story of CDbaby authentically.  He expresses his love for contributing the community he believed in, on his terms. His email upon receiving order showed how small touch points with customers matter. I always believed in catering to small details with customers, and he made my belief even stronger.

7) Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

I was good at my work and always a good performer, but I always felt something was missing. I thought I could do much more with my capabilities. But, I did not know what they were. I saw this book lying on most our HR teams desk.I decided to get a copy after knowing that it was the most sold book in the year 2016. I found that developing/mentoring people is what I got the most satisfaction. I love bringing out the best in people and can never get tired of it. I decided to do this much more often. I recently opened a channel called Lifeaholic just so that I could put my ideas in small videos.

With some strength provided by Stoic Philosophy to create my philosophy combined with my strengths, I decided to develop my philosophy. My channel is based entirely on the new Lifeaholic philosophy I created. I hope to touch and improve many lives with this philosophy.