Another 5 Books That Changed My Mindset

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You and I know both know that each book, good or bad, has a beginning and an end. However, even though a book comes to an end, reading and learning never stop. This is why I’m sharing another 5 books that changed my mindset, in addition to the top 5.

Here are the books, in a random order:

#5 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (2016)

This book talks about the importance of… pretty much everything. It talks about what we perceive to be important and why those things shouldn’t and it also talks about what it should be important, therefore we should give f*cks about.

This book opened my eyes regarding how often we consume about useless things and situations that we barely have some energy left for the important stuff, so we don’t feel as intense as we could.

You can find it here on Amazon

#4 The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights by Daniel Goleman (2011)

This book talks about our brain, its parts and the functions every part has. It talks about emotions, how are they triggered and processed from brain’s perspective. There are some useful tricks in here for bypassing emotions, so I highly recommend it.

Reading this book made me realized that we are mostly controlled by emotions (which I knew, but not in detail) and why. It also made me realized that once some emotion takes control, it’s hard (if not impossible) to get out of it. We can only distract ourselves and wait for it to diminish before we can do something about it.

You can find it here on Amazon

#3 Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman (2011)

This is another book that talks about our brain, but it takes a different angle. It talks about our subconscious processes, our habits and subroutines, including how they are formed and why is it so hard to break a bad habit. It also talks about how awesome our brains are and how many things they do without us realizing it.

This book helped me realize that our habits are nothing more than some strong connections between our neurons and that those connections get weaker in time if we don’t use them anymore. So we can create new habits (new neural paths) that can have long-term benefits, instead of using the same bad habits we have right now (seeing the logic behind is really interesting).

You can find it here on Amazon

#2 Crush It!: Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk (2009)

We all have some sort of passions, right? And we love working on them! This book talks about how we can make money from our passion (so the title doesn’t lie). There are some strategies and examples so if you want to make some money with your passion, this book is for you!

While reading this book I realized that everything good in life has a cost and it’s either money, or time plus work. I realized that if I work hard enough for enough time, I’ll get what I want, but I have to be patient because we’re living in a world where we’re used to almost instant results, therefore being patient is hard… really really hard.

You can find it here on Amazon

#1 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson (2019)

If sometimes you think your life is a chaos, this book will demonstrate you every life is a chaos. However, we get to learn to live and grow in that chaos as long as we struggle to follow some principles. This book has a more philosophical approach, but it has some practical examples of the rules and their impact.

This book made me realize that life is not supposed to be easy and that every single one of us has an own chaos he/she needs to live with. This book also confirmed my strong belief that complaining has no use and that talking action when things are hard is what makes me strong. “You cannot make an omelet without breaking some eggs!”, right?

You can find it here on Amazon

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36 thoughts on “Another 5 Books That Changed My Mindset

  1. Jordan Peterson perpetuates hate and discrimination with his narrow and oppressive understanding of the way his white male privilege and systemic power infringe on basic human rights. It’s unfortunate you feel his writings offer important life perspectives. Please consider the impact of including him on your “life changing” book list.

    1. Maybe I’m wrong, but I haven’t detected any hate or discrimination in his book. I don’t know what he has been doing lately and if he does perpetuate hate and discrimination, I’m very sorry. It’s a shame he is using his time making the world worse instead of making it better.

      1. Research Peterson’s opposition to Bill C16 and his refusal to acknowledge trans rights and diverse gender expression in his classroom. Look beyond the book, part of why it was successful is because of the controversy and people who were willing to give his oppressive views a platform.

  2. Thank you for these suggestions. I actually read and enjoyed a few of these already and will look up the others. Thank you for following my blog. Best to you!

  3. Ahh! Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck is life-changing! Highly recommend! Glad that it made it to your list <3

      1. It definitely helped me a lot with shifting my perspective in the sense of shifting the lense to see my situation and experiences in a different light!! I love how Mark Manson share his own stories and other inspirational stories too so it was a page turner for me!

  4. Thank you for sharing! Great list. So far I only read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. I have to say I found his style pretty annoying from time to time, but overall I had 4-5 concrete takeaways from it which already made it worth reading.

      1. I think my greatest takeaway was the chapter ‘You’re not special’. That’s the part in which he speaks bluntly about us & our problems not being special, but fairly average. Too many times we tend to think our problems are especially complex or something about them is especially complicated and anyone who tells us differently just doesn’t understand. But they’re not – in fact nothing about our problems is particularly special. I’ve never seen this being put into perspective that dramatically and convincingly. What’s your favourite part?

      2. My favorite part is regarding the idea that we care too much about what we shouldn’t and that we should stop doing it.

  5. I know the Manson book and actually own it. The other titles look interesting. I need to read a bit further to see if there’s something I need to pick up someplace.

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