About 2 years ago, my eyes were opened to the amazing world of reading.
Prior to this, I don’t think I had finished a book cover to cover since maybe the 6th grade (that’s not a joke). I have done a lot of catching up! Now I am an avid reader and love doing it. Here are some books that have had a significant impact on my life.
1. A Mind for Numbers – Barbara Oakley
I’m not sure if there is a book that I have recommenced more to people. This book has had an amazing impact on my life and it starts with the author. Her story is something I feel a lot of people can relate to. Growing up she always thought that she wasn’t good at math and just wasn’t a school person. It wasn’t until later in life she decided to question that and thought “who says I’m bad at math”. She made the decision at a later age to enroll in college and excelled at areas she previously struggled with.
The title of this book is “A Mind for Numbers”. However it is much more than just numbers. This book teaches you HOW to learn. We have always been told what to learn and what to study but never HOW to learn and HOW to study. The principles in this book can be applied to almost every area in life!
2. The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
Before reading this book, it’s safe to say I was absolutely not a morning person. I was the person who had 15 alarms set just to wake up and sometimes that wasn’t enough. It’s a little crazy thinking about that now as mornings are easily my favorite part of the day. I wake up to my first alarm excited to start my morning routine. This excitement follows me throughout the day and I have noticed a tremendous improvement in my life.
Hal Elrod really helps you understand the beauty in mornings and the importance in a good morning routine. For anyone who isn’t a morning person, I highly recommend this book!
3. The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
This is one of those books that I think everyone should read at least once in their life (if not more). The lessons taught in this book are very simple but explained wonderfully. This book can have a significant impact on anyone’s life, no matter who it is or where they are in life. When applied, the four agreements will bring more fulfillment and satisfaction in a simple yet meaningful way. Ultimately this book teaches how to be a better person.
4. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Along with the Four Agreements, this is another book that I believe everyone should read at some point in their life. The Alchemist has sold over 65 million copies and has been translated into over 80 languages.
The Alchemist teaches that each one of us has a purpose or ‘destiny’ as its often written in the book. This book gave me a new love and appreciation for life unlike anything I had experienced before. To quote Benjamin Hammond Haggerty (a.k.a Macklemore), “I recommend that you read the Alchemist”. I think he said it best.
5. Living with a Seal – Jesse Itzler
This book may not be as famous as some of the others, however it has had quite the impact on my life. Jesse Itzler is an extremely successful entrepreneur who decides to hire a Navy Seal to come and live with him and train him for 30 days. The Seal he hires is David Goggins who is widely known as the toughest man on earth. Goggins has completed some of the most difficult races and workouts known to man. If you haven’t heard of him, I would suggest looking him up as soon as possible.
I have always considered myself pretty active and relatively fit. However, after reading this, it made me feel like the laziest person on earth. This book helps you realize what the mind can truly achieve if you work hard and want it bad enough.
Reading this book inspired me to challenge myself far more than I had previously. My workouts have become much more serious and also rewarding. I’m in no way trying to do 4,030 pull-ups in 17 hours like Goggins did, but I have pushed myself to do things I didn’t know I could.