5 Books that have Changed My Everyday Perception on Life

When I was younger, I did not take personal development too seriously. Yes, I wanted to improve, but I didn’t know much more than that. I am not even sure how I stumbled upon the book, but I ended up coming across “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

This book changed my perception on personal development books, as well as many aspects of life from developing and growing relationships in my personal and business life.

I wanted to recommend the 5 books that changed my everyday life, not just personally or in business, but overall. I feel confident that if you take the time to invest in yourself with the knowledge that’s available in these resources, you will come away with a plan of how to be much further ahead in life than you are now.

The Compound Effect

darren-hardy-compound-effectI was recommended to read Darren Hardy’s “The Compound Effect” numerous times by individuals who I hold in high regard. Finally in late 2014, I ordered the book.

I was drawn into this book as much if not more than anything else I have ever read. My biggest takeaway from this book is literally that I did not read this sooner in my life.

The Compound Effect’s basis is how every little thing in your life adds up to one large sum. It can be applied to almost every single opportunity or situation you may come across.

You are exactly where you should be today based off of all the minor decisions you’ve made throughout the course of your years on this planet. The books lets you think if you invested just a little more money or spent a little more time with your significant other, where you would be in relation to where you are today. The concept is basic, but when you take the time to digest your thoughts while reading this book, you should come away with making small adjustments to your daily decisions and seeing long term better results.


How to Win Friends and Influence People

How-to-Win-Friends-and-Influence-PeopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People is the game changing book for me. I had to read a few self help / personal development books in college and could not have been more disengaged from my time being forced to read them. I believe this sort of turned me away from this type of thinking. When I came across How to Win, I was working in a call center immediately after graduating college. I would read the book in between calls with customers and try to find a resolution to the call asap so I could pick up the book again.

After reading this book, you will approach conversations in a different manner. You will take a different viewpoint when communicating with everyone from to friends and family to situations that arise in the workplace.

Do I stray from this thinking from time to time? Absolutely. However, whenever I am in a scenario when my leadership or decision making are at a critical peak, I always go back to the notes I took on this book to give me a better perspective on how I should handle this particular situation.

The 4 Hour Work Week

the-4-hour-work-weekThis little gem by the now infamous Tim Ferris is a winner. The concept is stepping outside of what you think you know is the standard work week or routine hours that are needed to run your life or business.

Tim reviews his experience of how he removed himself from his business to explore the world and in doing so, surprisingly he found a new way to live.

It is refreshing to hear about his initial hesitation to distance himself from day to day activities then to learn that by putting the right people and processes in place, not only did his business survive, but it thrived.

Tim is somewhat realistic that this may not be doable for everyone, but for most people, they can work towards something closer to a 4 hour work week rather than the grind of a 40 or 50 hour work week.

That is unless you are someone crazy like me who enjoys “work.” What’s wrong with me???

Money Master the Game

money-master-the-gamePretty much everyone knows who Tony Robbins is at this point in the world. People usually either love or hate him. I have always found value in Tony’s words of wisdom, however, I had never picked up one of his books. Up until then, my method of motivation from Mr. Robbins had been from watching YouTube clips.

I did a lot of research before purchasing Money Master The Game. The reviews I read made me believe it was worth the read. And those reviews were right.

Many aspects of this book are based on The Compound Effect. How just a little bit of money put into a strategic investment can go a long way. Simple understanding, but many people don’t actually do it.

However, the major reason why Money is a winner is it allows you to come away questioning everything you’ve thought you known about investing. Immediately after completing the book I called my financial advisor to make some significant changes.

Working with Emotional Intelligence

working-with-emotional-intelligenceThe content of Working with Emotional Intelligence can allow one to better one’s mindset. It is built up on the value of Emotional Intelligence vs. IQ.

The book brings to attention five areas of focus: Self-Awareness, Motivation, Self-Regulation, Empathy, and Adeptness in Relationships.

The key element I personally took away is truly understanding self-awareness.

I’m always trying to think ten steps ahead, however, I must always understand where I am currently at. What are my current relationships like? How are my businesses doing? How are my financials at this moment? Am I present in the conversations I am having?

The ability to have an in depth reflection of one’s self will allow you to make better decisions and pivot to new directions when necessary.

I’d love to see your comments below on these 5 books or any of your recommendations that have helped change your perspective on life or business.

Serial Entrepreneur Founder of Victory Merchant Solutions, LLC / True Merchant Really Nice Guy.