The first book that has changed my perspective on life is: Mindset by Carol Dweck
She articulated the way I have felt for a long time but didn't know how to express. There is a demarcation line between cultivating a fixed mindset and growth mindset. With a fixed mindset we believe that intelligence and ability are static, which leads to a desire to look smart and avoid challenges. On the flip side, with a growth mindset we believe that intelligence and ability can be developed, which leads to a desire to learn and embrace challenges and persist in the face of setbacks. I am doing my best to cultivate a growth mindset because it is a much more beneficial and enjoyable way of living.
The next book that has changed my perspective on life is: Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Rolf discusses in this book a different way to evaluate success. Rather than solely looking at money as the determining factor of a successful life, he identifies time wealth and the meaning of experiences to evaluate what is a good life. He uses world travel as a tool to express how we can live a good life by simplifying our lives. In the United States material possessions are sometimes valued over experiences, and Rolf discusses how this philosophy impacts our lives. Time is the one commodity that we can never regain, so I am bringing my attention to how I invest my time.
The third book that has changed my perspective on life is: Thrive by Arianna Huffington
I have literally underlined and starred almost every page in the book! In Thrive, Arianna redefines success by discussing a third metric as the most important factor in our lives. As Rolf Potts looks at what makes a good life in Vagabonding, so too does Arianna examine this idea. Instead of using money and power as the only metrics which we measure success in our society, she discusses a third metric of well-being as the most important factor that contributes to a good life. How do we look inward to impact our outer world? How do we slow down to do what's important and to actually benefit in every way in the long run? We must treat our well-being as the foundation and the pinnacle of our existence.
The fourth book that has changed my perspective on life is: Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins
This book is so much more than just about money! It is about improving our thinking. Tony interviewed over the course of four plus years 50 of the best financial minds in the world and asked them about their philosophy concerning investing and life. Money is only a tool to use to experience the world in a way that we desire. This book is a gold mine of wisdom! Due to this book, I perceive learning and reading in a whole new light.
The fifth and final book that has changed my perspective on life is: Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day events of life, that we fail to stop and reflect on what are my daily rituals? What does the first hour of my morning look like? Why am I even choosing this activity as the first thing I do when I get up? Am I creating my life or is my life happening to me? In Daily Rituals Mason gives us the daily rituals of 161 of artists and what their days look like. What time do they get up? What time do they go to bed? When do they do their work? When do they schedule free time? Reading this book made me reevaluate my first hour of the morning and how that impacts the rest of my day and my overall life.
I hope you receive value from this post. I believe that two consistent themes run through this post:
1. What makes a good life?
2. Reading and learning are enjoyable and powerful
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