Ever since the beginning of my gap year, reading has been a huge part of my life. Aside from work and this blog, I’ve spent the majority of my time knee-deep in new books. From finance to personal development to psychology, I’ve been trying to read a book a week and have held myself accountable to that goal. All the books I read provided me insight of some sort, but a few of them truly altered my worldview. To spare you the time and energy of reading 30 different books to find these, I’ve compiled a list of 3 books that will change your life.
Some of the viewpoints in these books may be controversial, but I promise that if you go through and try to pull as much as you can from these books, you will probably see life differently and will almost certainly be smarter than when you started. Let’s find out what these books are.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
By Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living is by far one of my favourite books.
In it, Carnegie does exactly what you might expect. He tells you how to stop worrying and how to start living your life. Although none of the advice he tells is unfamiliar territory, he conveys it in such a way as to make people really heed what he’s saying.
From “don’t cry over spilled milk” to “use the law of averages,” this book is filled with timeless wisdom which is sure to give you a more worry-free life if you follow its advice.
- Author: Dale Carnegie
- Published: 1948
- Pages: 306
Who Might Benefit the Most?
This book will help you the most if you find yourself constantly worrying about the future. If you find yourself upset at others constantly, or not feeling like you’re living up to your potential, you should read this book. Even as a relatively cheerful person, I can say without a doubt that this book has changed me a ton. I have a way more positive outlook of life and have definitely enjoyed life more.
How Will You Measure Your Life?
In Clayton Christensen’s magnum opus, he ponders arguably the most important question of them all. How will you measure your life?
As life is filled with endless possibility, it really is how we choose to perceive it and benchmark our experiences that makes or breaks our quality of life. Yet so few people stop to really ask themselves: “how am I measuring my own life? and how will I measure my life from now on?”
Christensen talks of his 10 year Harvard Business School reunion where too many of his friends have achieved what they THOUGHT they wanted (money, fame, status), yet so few are actually happy. In this book, he hopes to open readers’ eyes to what they actually might deem important so that they can live truly fulfilling lives.
- Author: Clayton M. Christensen
- Published: 2012
- Pages: 240
Who Might Benefit the Most?
As someone who is currently riding the train of “study hard, get into a good school, get a good job”, I totally understand how it can sometimes feel like we have no choice in life. “Our paths are set for us so why not just live that path as good as possible?”
After reading this book, I now understand the importance of taking some time to really determine what you want out of your life. We only get to live this life once, so we might as well try to figure out what matters to us and then optimize those facets of life.
This book is great for anyone who is an overachiever, too busy to take time to reflect, or feels like they don’t have control over their life.
The Psychology of Money
At this point in time, you might be saying “wait a minute Jeff. Those previous two books made sense. But a MONEY book??? There’s more to life than money you know.”
And I completely agree! There IS more to life than money. But also, money is something which can’t be avoided, and which almost everyone deals with at some point in their life. So why not set yourself up nicely by learning about it (since schools won’t teach it).
This book offers crucial principles about money that are as true today as they were 50 years ago (and will be 50 years in the future). Morgan Housel talks about how people are more emotional than logical when dealing with money, so the key to good money management isn’t actually to be rationale, it’s just to understand OURSELVES better.
- Author: Morgan Housel
- Published: 2020
- Pages: 252
Who Might Benefit the Most?
Literally anyone. If you haven’t checked out this book, definitely go check it out. Personal finance is a topic which touches nearly everyone’s life. And there’s no better book to summarize key personal finance lessons then The Psychology of Money.
I promise that your financial situation will change drastically if you heed Housel’s advice. And THAT, in turn, will also improve your quality of life.
Reading allows you to peer into the thoughts of another person. It’s the best way to glean knowledge from someone else without ever having to meet them. Every book offers tremendous wisdom, but of course, some rise above the others. Here are the 3 books that will change your life:
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Dale Carnegie
- How Will You Measure Your Life?: Clayton Christensen
- The Psychology of Money: Morgan Housel
Take time to work through these books and your worldview should be altered dramatically. What are you waiting for? Get reading!
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Jeff is a Harvard 2025 student passionate about making smart financial decisions both in school and in the workplace so that he can spend more time doing what he loves (like playing golf, spending time with family, and travelling). He has experience working in the financial industry and enjoys sharing all things personal finance, academic, and golf-related. Outside of blogging, he loves to cook, read, and golf in his spare time.