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“If You Could Only Read One Book In Your Entire Life, What Would It Be?”, The Quora Experts Gave Us A List of Best Books.

“If You Could Only Read One Book In Your Entire Life, What Would It Be?”, The Quora Experts Gave Us A List of Best Books.

“If you could only read one book in your entire life, what would it be?” Someone proposed this question on Quora recently.

To answer this question, contributors from all across the world responded in details with the book they think is the best. They are content writers, published writers, bloggers, CEOs, students, and avid readers. They recommended a variety of books, from topics on self-motivation to interpersonal relationships, from classical to modern popular hits, from life stories to life philosophies.

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Who should use the list?

It doesn’t matter if you are a bookworm, or just a casual reader, I am 95% sure you have experienced the frustration of not finding a suitable book to read.

The most convenient path is to go with the majority. There must be a reason behind the popularity of a certain literature or publication, because it is a well-known classic, it must be good.

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But does the bestselling book or the most famous classical literature is the best for you? Ratings and sales should not be the only parameters you consider, reviews from others are equally helpful.

We’ve hand-picked the BEST 20 from the list:

  1. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas Hofstadter
  2. Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz
  3. The Tirukkural – Thiruvalluvar
  4. The Prophet – Maxwell Maltz
  5. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  6. Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  7. The Little Prince –  Antoine de Saint Exupery
  8. Mahabharata – Vyasa
  9. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  10. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  11. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. 7 habits of Highly Effective people – Steven Covey
  13. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  14. Meditation – Marcus Aurelius
  15. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  16. Best of Quora (2010–2012)
  17. Man’s search for meaning – Dr Viktor Frankl
  18. A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  19. 1984 – George Orwell
  20. Believe in Yourself, Dr. Murphy

 Find your perfect book here.

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    After all, this list is subjective, so don’t feel scammed if you couldn’t find a book that suits you in this list. Trust me, you have a decent amount of publications to skim through in this list on Quora. Choose the genre that you like or you want to read, then follow that direction and I’m sure you will find the one book you can’t live without. Click here to read the full list and start your book discovery journey!

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    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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