Four Books That Can Change Your Life

Here is my list of the top four books that can help make the coming year your most successful year yet. The tips, insights and new perspectives in the books below will help you work smarter, plus give you more confidence and energy.

This book by Dilbert cartoonist and bestselling author Scott Adams is about what works and what doesn’t in the game of life. This book is packed with fresh insight about the simple things anyone can do to become successful, and I really enjoyed reading it. “Goals are for losers, systems are for winners,” Adams likes to say. It sounds jarring and counter-intuitive, but what he means is, setting up a regular system to follow is always more effective than setting goals. Goal-oriented people mostly fail and feel unsatisfied. (Example―if your goal is to lose 20 pounds, you will constantly think that you are not at your goal until you reach it.) A more effective and satisfying approach is to set up a system and follow it. This is a humorous, easy-to-read book with lots of insight and real world perspectives. This would be an ideal book for someone who has just graduated from college and is beginning their career — but even someone two decades or more into the working world will find plenty of ideas to put to use. Click here to buy from Amazon. 
2. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth

Duckworth argues that the key to success isn’t talent or IQ but a combination of passion and persistence known as “grit.” Chapter 7 alone — “Practice” — is worth the price of the book. I happened to read “Grit” while I was training for a strenuous cycling event, and after reading about the way “gritty” athletes approach practice I changed how I was training. Duckworth says elite performers practice differently than other people—they engage in deliberate practice to work on their weaknesses or to reach specific objectives. So after reading “Grit” I started training with more intensity, doing focused drills and exercises to build leg strength, cardio, and mental toughness. The new, “gritty” approach paid off for me, and I successfully completed the cycling event. Click here to buy from Amazon.  

Sometimes it's tempting to skip over classic books because they seem too old-timey. Whatever you do, do not skip How to Win Friends & Influence People. For decades, the time-tested advice in this book has carried countless people up the ladder of success. Among the vital success tips in this book: the six ways to make people like you; the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking; and, the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment. Adopting only a few of the easy tips to help you get along with and influence the people in your life can be transformative. Click here to buy from Amazon.

Tribe of Mentors by four-time #1 best-selling author Tim Ferriss is a vital book for anybody who wants to get to the next level. Ferriss reached out to more than 100 top performers in the world (including writers, athletes, business owners, spiritual leaders, actors, entrepreneurs, investors, and more) to identify the key tips and techniques they use to be productive and successful. Tribe of Mentors is a handy, invaluable compilation of their secrets for success. Click here to buy from Amazon.