Books that will change your life.
Tips for business, professional success and personal growth.
1) Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
Probably no other book has been as influential as this novel. Probably because the main characters, Dagny Taggart, Hank Rearden and John Galt, speak of the fundamental values of integrity, personal responsibility and individuality. But the plot of the novel itself also has everything you need for a long-lasting reading pleasure: Love, suspense and many interesting characters. If possible, read it in its original English version.
Here is the link to the book: Atlas Shrugged
2) The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann
In second place is another novel, Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. The plot itself is not particularly exciting. The young Hans Castorp visits his cousin Joachim Ziemßen at a spa clinic in Davos. The planned 3 weeks turn out to be 7 years in the end. What is most fascinating about this story are the main characters, the ingenious description of individual developments and the numerous philosophical conversations. A true masterpiece that captivates every time.
Here is the link to the book: The Magic Mountain
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3) The 4-hour week, by Timothy Ferriss
After reading this, I asked myself for the first time: "What if...". After that, nothing was ever the same again. The idea of this book is as brilliant as it is simple. Lead a life in line with your expectations and ideas. And then build a business that supports this lifestyle. The 4 Hour Week is full of brilliant ideas, inspiration and suggestions for anyone who expects more from life than the daily 9 to 5 grind. A very clear reading recommendation.
Here is the link to the book: The 4-hour week
4) Money, Gold and God's Players by Roland Baader
Roland Baader was one of the greatest free thinkers of our time and managed like no other to explain economic relations in everyday, normal language. This is his most comprehensive work. However, caution is advised, reading it could drastically change your view of what is supposed to be normal.
Here is the link to the book: Money, gold and god players
5) The Ayn Rand Spring
Another book by Ayn Rand, this time the story of architect Howard Roark, who manages to turn his passion into his profession and make his way through all difficulties. Again it is a plea for personal integrity and a polemic against egalitarianism. A ruthlessly good book, full of inspiration, critical thinking and encouraging messages.
Here is the link to the book: The spring
6) Total Recall - The true life story of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Those who know me know that I am a big fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because the life story of the former Mister Universe, Terminator and Governor of California is more than impressive. In many personal stories, you get to know Arnold Schwarzenegger better and learn what is possible with courage, commitment and great visions. This book is pure motivation in print.
Here is the link to the book: Total Recall
7) The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma
In this business fable, Robin Sharma tells the story of a successful businessman who, at the peak of his career, realises what really matters in life. Very inspiring, infectious and a clear recommendation for all those who are looking for more meaning in life.
Link to the book: The monk who sold his Ferrari
8) #AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk
These book tips would be incomplete without this work by Gary Vee. For me, it is the best business book I have read (or listened to, as I highly recommend the audio version, read by Gary himself and with lots of additional commentary) in recent years. A perfect read for any entrepreneur or manager who wants to make a difference.
Here is the link to the book: #AskGaryVee
9) The Bloody 20th Century - Memoirs and Reflections of a Politically Incorrect Man, by Gerard Radnitzky.
On the one hand, this book narrates the life of Gerard Radnitzky, a freethinker whom I hold in high esteem. The numerous anecdotes and stories alone make the work very readable. Along the way, however, the author regularly glances at the wider context of the early and mid-20th century and reports from the perspective of a contemporary witness. Uncomfortable opinions, visionary insights and a common thread that runs through the whole book: A Call to Freedom.
Here is the link to the book: The cursed 20th century - Memoirs and reflections of a politically incorrect person
10) Think Big, Act Big, by Jeffrey Hayzlett
Jeffrey Hayzlett not only wrote the foreword to my book "Think it. Do it Change it." but he's also a hustler. He's a prime-time TV host, president of the C-Suite Network and a cowboy at heart. His latest book is, for me, his best. And what better motto could there be: Think big. But act even bigger.
Here is the link to the book: Think big act big
These are the books that will change your life, do you dare to read them?