The Book That Changed My Life
The Book That Changed My Life
Which one book had a major impact on your life? That’s one of the questions I asked the people who I interviewed for my book, Tales of People Who Get It. Since I was interviewing people as the basis for the book, I thought it was important to also interview myself. I know that sounds nutty, but I took my role as an interviewer very seriously and interviewed myself. I could also interpret the question as the book that changed my life. Here’s how I answered the question back in 2006 – a decade ago.
“Key to Yourself by Venice Bloodworth helped me to reconnect with my authentic self. I read this book when I was going through a turbulent period in my life. This book not only gave me hope, but it also taught me how to go “into the silence” to find the answers that I sought. In addition, The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz and The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz helped me to cement that re-connection. These three books showed me how to focus on what I am thinking throughout the day. So, instead of focusing on what I do not want in my life these books taught me how to focus more on the things that I do want. I have read Key to Yourself nine times and each time I see something new.”
Ten years later, I am called to answer the question again, and my answer is different. In life, you should be growing and evolving into the best version of yourself. Otherwise you are dying. In a world that is changing so quickly, it’s impossible to stand still. That’s why my book choice will be different, and it will be different three years from now. I am a bookaholic, and I read great books every month. And when I read, I read the book actively. If I am reading fiction, I insert myself into the story. I believe that any kind of well-written book – fiction or non-fiction – has the potential to change your life.
I cannot choose one book that changed my life. Once again, there are three books that changed my life. Two I read this year and one I read five years ago. Ta-da! Drum roll please. The three books are Several Short Sentences about Writing; The 10X Rule; and How to Read Literature like a Professor. These are not the kinds of books people would expect me to name when it comes to a book that changed my life. Let me explain my choices to you.
Several Short Sentences About Writing (Review) Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg is the best book about writing that I have ever read. Every day, it’s important to work at your craft. The book is unusual, and it strips away all the non-essential information about writing. You are forced to unlearn what you previously learned about writing. The information in the book is contrary to what you’ve been told. But it makes very good sense. I have been practicing what I learned from Several Short Sentences About Writing and my writing has improved.
The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure (Review): The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone reminded me of the Magic of Thinking Big. The book reminds us that we are capable of so much more. Ten times more. When you set a goal, amplify it at least ten time. This book made me stop to think about who I am, and what I am capable of. I have to unleash the power within.
How to Read Literature like a Professor (Review): How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster explains how to read literature to understand the hidden meaning. The best fiction authors choose their words carefully. What do the words mean? This book allows you to have a richer experience when reading great fiction.
Now you know which book changed my life, it’s over to you. Which book changed your life? Please leave me a comment.