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10 books that will expand your mind and change the way you live

If you're looking for life-changing books that will expand your mind this year, look no further...

If you're changing careers and need help in the transition process, read 'The first 90-days' by Michael D. Watkins

‘The first 90-days’ is your bible to transitioning like a boss. If you’re planning on switching careers or transitioning from one role to another to take up a more senior position, this one’s for you. It’s packed with loads of insights and gives you a comprehensive guide to ensure smooth sailin’ during your transition.

Our favourite quote? “To be successful, you need to mobilize the energy of many others in your organization. If you do the right things, then your vision, your expertise, and your drive can propel you forward and serve as seed crystals.”

If you're a gay man who needs help coming out read 'The Velvet rage' by Alan Downs

‘The Velvet Rage’ inspired David to read one of the most important issues in a gay man’s life – not coming out. Despite the progress made in recent years, gay men often still wonder, “are we better off?” not coming out.  Alan offers advice on how gay men can in fact overcome their deep-seated feelings of shame, which is often associated with their earliest childhood experiences.

Our favourite quote? “Always seek to allow others space to be imperfect.”

If you need to learn how to stop worrying read 'How to stop worrying and start living', Dale Carnegie

Want to learn how to eliminate fifty percent of business worries, financial worries and avoid work fatigue? ‘How to stop worrying and start living’ will get you back on the right path, as its aimed at people who want to personally develop in all areas of their lives, eliminate debilitating fear and make all areas of your life much happier.
Our favourite quote? “When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.”

If you need light-hearted inspiration, read 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho

‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho draws so much worldwide attention from its universal themes. Its simplicity highlights and focuses on “Personal Legends,” and encourages readers to follow their dreams. It’s perfect for people who are looking for an easy-read without the patronising tone that some self-help books often carry.

Our favourite quote? “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

If you want to know the secret formula to success, read 'Outliers' by Malcolm Gladwell

Wand to discover what makes high-achievers different? ‘Outliers‘ will show you the secrets of the best and the brightest, from soccer players to mathematicians, and even what made the Beatles the greatest rock band in the world. It’s a great book for anybody who wants to expand their intellectual knowledge on ‘successful people’.

Our favourite quote? “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

If you want to develop better work habits, read '7-habits of highly effective people' by Stephen Covey

The original OG in the workplace is this not so secret book by Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This useful book will help teach you to change your perception of the world around and help you achieve more of your big rocks so you’re kickin’ ass at work and the outside world.

Our favourite quote? “People who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary, consistent with correct principles, to get the job done.”

If you want a moving book that you can't put down, read 'A thousand splendid suns' by Khaled Hosseini

‘A thousand splendid suns’ is a powerful story of war, starvation, brutality and fear as two women face obstacles with startling heroism.

Our favourite quote? “Marriage can wait, education cannot.”

If you want an extraordinary book on your travels, read 'Shantaram' by Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram‘ is a novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Lin is an escaped convict with a false passport who flees a maximum security prison in Australia. The adventure ahead of him through India seeks to explore the meaning of life and love.

Our favourite quote? “Fate gives all of us three teachers, three friends, three enemies, and three great loves in our lives. But these twelve are always disguised, and we can never know which one is which until we’ve loved them, left them, or fought them.”

If you want to transform your lives, read 'The Four Agreements' by don Miguel Reiz

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz talks about the source of our self-limiting beliefs. It’s a book based on ancient wisdom, which offers a powerful code of conduct that can help transform our lives to experience freedom, true happiness and love.

Our favourite quote? 

“The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ”

If you want reassurance the world is not f*cked, read 'The better angels of our nature: A history of violence and humanity' by Steven Pinker

As Bill Gates quite eloquently put it, this is “one of the most important books of the 21st century, ever. It provides insights into how to help achieve positive outcomes. How can we encourage a less violent, more just society, particularly for the poor.” Steven Pinker shows us ways in which we can make those positive trajectories, and contribute to the world.

Our favourite quote? “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. —Voltaire”

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