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7 Books to Change Your Life (if you let them)

Jan 8, 2019 | Books, Products and Services


Books that can change your life sounds pretty dramatic, I know. But life changing things often don’t happen in one sudden moment. Rather, they tend to unfold slowly over time. As you incorporate a new mindset and subtly shift your behavior in small moments. Or as you begin a new practice and look back 5 years later and are amazed at how far you’ve come. These are the life changing things I am talking about here. All of these books contain nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout their pages. Maybe you will handpick a few and hold them close only to watch them unfold before you. You may be surprised at just how impactful they can be on your life. 


The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

by Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh


This book is first on this list for a reason, it’s my favorite. The Path expands upon ideas taught in one of the most popular courses at Harvard- a course on ancient Chinese philosophers. And it’s popular for good reason. It’s all just brilliant, but the most compelling part for me was the section about rituals. Go see for yourself.



by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Antifragile can only be described as next level thinking. I feel like a lot of personal development books can start to feel and sound the same, but the concepts presented in this book are truly original and like nothing I’ve ever read about before. It was refreshing. But this book is also very dense. Two things became obvious to me in the first few pages: 1. this guy is super intelligent, and 2. he’s a total asshole.


7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen Covey


I read this book as part of my personal development when I was in the workforce, but the principles in this book can be applied to every aspect of life. There are so many great anecdotes in these pages and Covey’s style of writing makes this an engaging and easy book to read. This is one you can reference again and again.


The Four Agreements

by Don Miguel Ruiz


My old mentor urged me to read this book years ago as I was struggling with the delicate task of managing and teaching all different kinds of people in our company. It completely changed my head space and the handful of lessons I learned here have stuck with me in all the years since.



by Hermann Hesse


This book was given to me by a friend who claimed it was his favorite. After reading it, I’d have to say I agree. Sometimes the most powerful lessons can be found in the simplest of stories. And the lesson here is in the river. 


Loving What Is

by Byron Katie


I have to admit, I was skeptical about this book at first. You definitely have to open your mind up for this one and give it some time to sink in. Allow yourself some time for reflection. After I read it, I found myself going back to the principles in this book and even I have to admit, it was a very freeing experience.


The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho


There’s a reason why this book has sold millions of copies around the world. Nothing is more unifying than a tale of self-discovery. It’s relatable and if you’re open to receiving, you can learn a lot about yourself here. Reflection with this book is the name of the game.


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