Top 5 Books That Changed My Mindset

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Over the years I realized how different perspectives coming from different people can change our own perspective about everything, and, therefore, our life. The most important part is that we don’t even to know those people or directly interact with them, but we can interact with their perspective through their writings.

Throughout my life, whenever I was in a tough place, the only thing that pulled me out was a different perspective. The problem was that I firstly refused any perspective that could help me just because I thought I was the only one in the world feeling that way even though I consciously knew it wasn’t the case. And besides that, it was very tough for me to gain new perspectives since I didn’t have the privilege to have friends. I was by myself and I was rejecting everything that had the potential to prove me I was wrong.

The good thing is that I started to watch a lot of YouTube videos and from one thing to another I started to listen to people that talked about self-help and self-development. However, YouTube videos weren’t enough. I wanted more and that’s why I picked up a new hobby: reading. The books below helped me change the way I see things. They helped me realize I was wrong so often that opened my mind and my senses to pay close attention to whatever is happening outside and inside myself to make sure I have enough real information before drawing a conclusion.

So here are the books, in a random order:

#5 Daily Rituals. How Artists Work by Mason Currey (2013)

This book talks about what kind of habits did famous people had. It made me realize everybody is a human (duuuhhhhh) and that most of the time people don’t really know what they’re doing. We behave in certain ways without knowing what long-term impact can that behavior have. It also made me realize that there isn’t only one way to do things. There are so many ways to do things as people are on this earth. We have something unique inside and that’s why we cannot be always right when it comes to other people. We project our own into others and we try to match their behavior to our own mindset. This book is a clear example that this is not possible.

You can find it here on Amazon

#4 Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How to Unlock Your Full Potential for Success and Achievement by Brian Tracy (2003)

This book talks about how our mindset is affecting our life and how we can and should change it. Yes, it does talk a lot about positive thinking, which is not bad, but I’m not a big fan of positive thinking. However, this book helped me realize how important is our mindset. And it really is. I used to think our mind is not that important and that circumstances are everything. The problem is that we are not in the mindset of being aware of the circumstances around us, we can feel miserable even though others might think we have everything. As strange as it might sound, we live in our own head, not in our environment. It’s all about what we decide to do and how we decide to think about our surroundings.

You can find it here in Amazon

#3 If Only I’d Listen to Myself: Resolving the Conflicts That Sabotage Our Lives by Jacques Salome & Sylvie Galland (1997)

Similar to the book above, this talks about our inner universe, but in a different way. It clearly exemplifies how our inner dialogues can create strong beliefs without any real reason. We perceive and pick up signals from all around ourselves based on what we already think regarding to that particular situation. Basically, we talk to ourselves creating beliefs and expectances and then we search for signals that match those beliefs and expectations, ignoring what might contradict our thinking.

This book helped me realize how many experiences we lose because we pre-program ourselves to think and feel something through our inner dialogues or monologues.

You can find it here on Amazon

#2 The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone (2011)

This is a book that talks about action. Lots of it. All we leave behind is through action. Nothing beats it. The interesting part is that this book talks about how our mindset can be beaten. How we can do things regardless the way we think and feel because action is all that matters at the end of the day. Nobody can see our inner universe. Action is what gets things done.

This book made me realized how little we are willing to do because of our mindset. How we try things and we rarely stick to them just because we think it doesn’t worth it and how these thoughts stop us from taking more actions that might get us where we want.

You can find it here on Amazon

#1 Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind by Joe Dispenza (2008)

This book had a huge impact over the way I see things because it puts a biological explanation to our thoughts and feelings. It shows how negative thoughts are different from the positive ones from a biological perspective and it shows how a negative mindset can bring us health problems. This book made me realize that we are entities (body and mind) and each part of us can influence other parts. I realized how depression looks like from a biological perspective and why it is so hard to get out of it.

It’s a big intimidating book and it took me months to finish it (I’m a really slow reader), but it worth every minute.

You can find it here on Amazon

#Bonus Fighting the Inside Dragons by Bogdan Ignat (2018)

This book changed my life because writing it was a unique experience. Besides gathering information and putting everything together, it helped me realize how strong we are as human beings and how easy and often we beat ourselves up for nothing. Too often we are our biggest enemies instead of being our best friends. Every single one of us can do anything we want as long as we’re willing to put in the work and make the required sacrifices because yes, anything has a sacrifice. I sacrificed many hours of sleep for this book, but for me, it worth it.

Every time I feel bad I look at the book, I read a few pages and I realize I made it, therefore I’m strong enough to do whatever it is required to get me out of any bad place.

You can find it here on Amazon

46 thoughts on “Top 5 Books That Changed My Mindset

  1. Your post is a timely gift! It’s motivated me to devote the time I spend reading depressing news to feeding my mind with healthy nourishment. Thank you!

  2. Interesting list! Fiction tends to effect me more strongly, but I’ve learned all sorts of things about how to make my daily life function better from magazines. 🙂

  3. This is an older post, and more distant recommendations. I wonder if your views have changed on any of them? I am terrible at online reciprocity. My life generally looks like that nasty tangled knot of cheap necklaces with easily broken chains that got clumped together in a jewelry box that nobody wants to try to mess with, so they haven’t been worn in years. I have been trying to be better about returning the visits of people who have spent any sort of time surviving one of the rants on my blog. Really, that alone is an act worthy of reciprocation, though again, I’m shamefully bad at that. This is an interesting sounding list (though I must confess to also being a fan of positive thinking), and if I manage to pick up any of them and add them to my pile of knotted chains it could take me months to get through them at this point. But I might, I just might.

    And sadly, sometimes friends aren’t all they are mythologized to be. When the love is genuine, they can be though. But far too often we mistake the type of love that is there and find that what we really had was a friendship with our own imagination. Sometimes books can be the best kinds of friends. Take good care of yourself ! 😊 Ari

  4. Hey, this is going to come off as spammy and I apologize… but if you have extra time and want to read a free book that I put on my blog… I think you’d potentially enjoy it. But if not… that’s all good. Question… I’m a little confused, did you write a book?

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