By Calvin Rosser
Can books really open your mind, expand your knowledge, and transform the way you live?
YES! Three years ago, I stopped watching television and started devouring books. 100+ books later, I can confidently say it’s the best investment I’ve ever made.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Books have expanded my knowledge and opened my mind. They have allowed me to solve hard problems and uncover new interests. They have helped me excel in life and business. Above all else, books have brought me closer to a meaningful and fulfilling path.
I recently re-read one of my favorite books, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The novel is about a futuristic society in which people are banned from reading books. These people do not read, think independently, have meaningful conversations, or spend time in nature.
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
Bradbury’s future is my nightmare, and it’s not that far off. If we continue to scroll our phones, wear Airpods as we walk around, and consume pointless news that makes us angry at each other and the world, we’re an inch away from living in Bradbury’s world.
So how do we prevent this nightmare from becoming a reality?
READ books! Otherwise, the sun will stop rising, the oceans will boil, and we’ll all…
Okay, it probably won’t be that bad, but we can all still benefit from more reading. To help you on your journey, I’ve curated a list of 28 great books that have profoundly expanded my knowledge and changed the way I think and operate.
My hope is that these books will expand your mind as well. And if you’re looking for good advice to help improve your life, check out these 40 pieces of advice that most people ignore.
P.S. If you enjoy the recommendations in this article, it’s worth checking out Foundations, a growing and fully searchable digital notebook with insights from 100+ timeless books.
Books To Expand Your Knowledge And Open Your Mind
1. Man’s Search for Meaning By Viktor Frankl
Why it’s Great: This book changed my life. In it, Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl shows us that we have the ability to choose our response to every situation we face and that we can find meaning in our suffering.
2. Meditations By Marcus Aurelius
Why it’s Great: A life-changing collection of philosophical and spiritual thoughts from Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic and the former Roman Emperor.
Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari
Why it’s Great: A refreshingly comprehensive, engaging, and scientific account of history that will make you a better-informed person and leader.
The War Of Art By Steven Pressfield
Why it’s Great: Pressfield prepares and inspires creatives to survive and thrive the challenging journey to produce good work in the face of resistance.
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