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10 Inspirational Books that Have Changed My Life

10 Inspirational Books that Have Changed My Life

Reading has a way of making an impact on our lives and changing the way we think and observe. I have been reading a lot. There are so many books that I have to write about. They have not only influenced me but instigated a lot of positive difference in my life. I believe if they can drive so much difference in my life, they will do the same to you. Some of these books unearth philosophies, drive spirituality and could be beneficial to your personal and career growth.

1. Oh the places you will go by Dr. Seuss

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    If you are starting out on your independant journey through life, whether you are coming out of High School or college, this book shows how you can take charge of your life. It equipped me with the courage to pursue my purpose and direction in life. I believe it can also inspire you to discover yourself and take action to go the direction you chose to take.

    2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

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      Brene Brown tought me to be thankful in her book The Gifts of Imperfection. We tend to want to be perceived as perfect not only in our own eyes but in the eyes of others. This is something that could leave us drained. However we should always learn to be thankful of who we are and what we are. We should never judge ourselves and feel inadequate despite the inordinate flow of messages and images by the media.

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      3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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        This book is about how you can get your personal finance right. Reading through this book I found what was amiss in my life. It was not about just working for money but making sure my money worked for me. Finding out that hole or discovering that wealthy mentality of investing and seeing wealth not as an accident but as a result of action could make a lot of difference in your life.

        4. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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          This book by Robert Greene which has become popular amongst prison inmates, business leaders and celebrities makes you understand the philosophy of becoming great and managing greatness. With 48 amazing principles Robert Greene has taught me effective and strategic methods in handling power and greatness.

          5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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            What makes this story so great or inspiring is that after the protagonist lost his family on a journey he built a relationship with a tiger that made him see the world differently. A superb work of fiction by Yann Martel, the beauty of the journey in The life of Pi can make you realize and discover what should be truly important in your life.

            6. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

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              It is so difficult not to put Harry Potter on this list because it did hit me as a fantastical book that brought out human eccentricities and mystics through the eye of a boy. Through your challenges Harry Potter will make you see the amusing and fascinating angle in it.

              7. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

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                This book started me on a spiritual journey to find out the special quality inside of me. It is a book that makes you discover yourself. It breaks beyond whatever religious opinion you may have but broadens your insight into your own spiritual life which you might have already established.

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                8. The One Thing by Gary Keller

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                  This book helped me prioritize on what is important and it will help you discover that too. If you are having hectic days and are overwhelmed with work you should read this to evaluate your priorities and pursue those things that are really important.

                  9. On Writing by Stephen King

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                    We all get broken sometimes. Stephen King in his memoir On Writing discusses how he was able to pass through depressing times to hit into the next stage. There were rejections and many times he downed bottles to get through depressing times. This book helped me understand how to make it through difficult times and that we are not alone with our experiences.

                    10. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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                      This book showed me the importance of not playing the victim. Complaining and throwing blames do not solve problems but speaking and taking charge of whatever situation you are presented with by acting erases your difficulties.

                      These are ten books that have inspired me, what are yours?

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                      Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

                      Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

                      I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

                      Research Background

                      Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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                      “I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

                      This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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                      It stimulates your memory

                      When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

                      It helps stay focused

                      When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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                      It helps you clarify your thoughts

                      Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

                      “It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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