These 10 books absolutely fit that criteria. Read them, but more importantly, do what they tell you. It is your acting not just your reading that will get you the best results. These books however will give you the framework that you need to take action:
The War of Art
by Steven Pressfield
The most important book I’ve ever read, and the book that has helped me most to build successful businesses, write a book and create an authentic and fulfilling career. It has allowed me to break through my inner resistance and create my authentic life, and live my authentic self. Critical if you are an entrepreneur, writer, artist, or any form of “creator”.
by Steven Pressfield
The follow up to the War of Art. In the War of Art Pressfield identifies the enemy to living an authentic life – resistance. In Turning Pro, Pressfield teaches you how to defeat it.
Flow: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
What are the optimal experiences in our life? The vacations? Laying on the beach? No. World renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his landmark book proves that optimal experience is actually the moments in our life when we are giving our very best in pursuit of self-directed meaningful goals. Through this book learn how to channel flow, and your life will forever change.
As a Man Thinket
by James Allen
Thoughts are things. We are what we repeatedly think about. Learn to first create in your mind the life that you want, then manifest its reality through your hard work and actions. A classic – short simple and powerful.
by Robert Greene
Mastery teaches you to take the long run, and seek a higher form of success, one that very few people every achieve – the level of mastery. Learn from case studies of some of the worlds’s greatest masters and absorb practical advice on how you can apply it.
by Paulo Coelho
An easy to read, highly descriptive, story that teaches a powerful metaphor – how to pursue your dreams. Learn the obstacles that will arise, and learn how to channel your courage on the path of what you value most.
Awaken The Giant
by Anthony Robbins
Don’t let the TV infomercials fool you – this book has high quality strategies that are immediately applicable to get control of your emotional self. When you can control the inner, then the outer follows. Get leverage on yourself by reading this book and applying the strategies you learn.
by Neil Strauss
A fascinating read – my advice – read it from a cultural psychology perspective. You will see that there are certain patterns of behaviour and influence what work with people. Learn how people think and what attracts them, and what repels them. You will need to be a master of influence in order to achieve any dream that involves other people.
The Way Of The Superior Man
by David Deida
This book is more applicable for men, but worth reading by anyone. Get leverage over yourself. This book helps you to understand various emotional challenges that many men experience and how to gain mastery over one of the most difficult opponents: yourself.
7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
A practical masterpiece with easy to follow instructions and guides. Useful for both businesses and individuals. Learn to “put first things first” and “begin with the end in mind”. This book is a classic in management and leadership literature, and should be mandatory reading for anyone who is in a position of influence.