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Man’s Search for Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl

The psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote Man’s Search for Meaning to share his experiences in multiple concentration camps. It is one of the most influential and transformative books that is full of wisdom and teaches readers the power of perspective and mindset. The first part of the book recounts Frankl’s experiences and observations of the camps, of which the biggest takeaway was that those who developed the strength to survive were individuals who found meaning in their suffering. The latter half of the book is about the therapy he termed as logotherapy which is based on the notion that the search for a life purpose is a necessary aspect of human nature. This book is a must read for everyone to understand the importance of discovering meaning in the unavoidable suffering and pain of life.

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The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho writes an enchanting mystical story about Santiago, a shepherd boy who embarks on adventure in search of treasure. Instead of the riches one would expect in a treasure he discovers valuable lessons including finding himself throughout his spiritual quest. Through Santiago’s journey, Paulo Coelho inspires readers to listen to and follow the wisdom of intuition, the heart’s desire, to recognize opportunity and to pursue dreams despite potential obstacles. Admittedly, The Alchemist may not be an appealing book to everyone, yet I do consider it a must-read.

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

By Robert Cialdini

Professor of psychology Robert Cialdini, Ph.D., has spent over three decades researching influence and persuasion and has distilled the key elements of how influence is gained in social interactions into this bestselling book. Based on thorough research and evidence he outlines a detailed description of six principles of influence and how they are used to effectively persuade. Regardless of how you intend to use the information, whether to develop persuasion skills or to defend yourself against techniques of persuasion, Influence is a must-read. 

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

By Steven Covey

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, bestselling author Steven Covey outlines 7 habits for being an effective and successful individual. The book is full of insights and practical tools for the reader to implement and grow from. It covers being effective in both business and personal settings and offers exercise and reflections to increase self-awareness, to live a principle-centered life and inspires readers to become well-rounded individuals to achieve success in all aspects of one’s life. If there’s one book to read on personal development, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is it. 

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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

By Michael A. Singer

In The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer shares his deep wisdom and explains the two concepts of the self – the experiencer and the observer. The Untethered Soul takes readers on an inward journey, to develop awareness and find serenity. It is full of wise insights and profound truths, a book that is valuable for anybody, especially those going through a tough transition in life. Some readers have described it as a more comprehensible piece of work than Eckhart Tolle’s books. It is uplifting, enlightening and is a must-read book to return back to throughout your life.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman 

Nobel Prize-winning researcher, psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman analyzes the cognitive biases that affect our decision-making ability and provides powerful insights regarding human behaviour, free will, intention, choice and control. He explains two systems of our mind – System 1 and System 2 – and by helping readers understand how they interact; he teaches how to reduce cognitive errors in judgment and make better decisions. This book will change the way you think for the better. 

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“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

– Vince Lombardi