How are you doing today? I hope you’re better than good, because life is too short for anything else.
In the last couple of months I started reading non-fiction again – yaay! It’s funny to think non-fiction was my most read genre before I got into the fictional world. I absolutely love non-fiction, but in the last few years I haven’t picked many books within this genre… well, until the new year has come, that is.
I’m currently at a point in my life where I’m growing so much and so fast in all areas of my life, so I think it makes sense why I’m so into non-fiction at the moment.
With that said, I kept thinking about the many non-fiction books that changed my perspective in life – and trust me, there are SO many! I want to share with you today some of the most impactful books I read that changed me for the better. I hope you consider reading at least one of them! Here they are:
- You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero (theme: success)
This book started it all for me. This was the first non-fiction/self-development book that blew my mind and is still one of my favorites to this day. In this book, the author explains how she went from a broke, unsuccessful individual to a very successful writer and business woman. Not only was her story interesting and inspiring, but she has a great personality and is really good at story-telling! The book is not focused on a single topic like money or growth, it’s just a general book on success. She talks a lot about taking risks and getting out of our comfort zones, and that’s exactly what I needed the most when I first read this book.
On a side note: I also recommend her other two books “You Are a Badass At Making Money” and “Badass Habits”, but for the sake of the post I decided to write only about the OG for now. They’re both amazing and worth checking out!
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (theme: belongings and personal space)
The title says it all: this book is life-changing! I’m forever grateful my perspective on my physical belongings and personal space changed in such a drastic way, and all thanks to this amazing book.
Ever since I read it, I think constantly about what I decide to bring into my space and I always make sure I’m surrounded by the things I love. I never was a big hoarder by any means, but now respect all of my belongings and everything has its own purpose and a designated “home” – and most importantly, everything arround me makes me happy! This book teaches you how to declutter in an effective way and how to keep your space organized for the rest of your life. So as a consequence you will only be surrounded by the things you absolutely love, which means your happiness will increase immensely after the entire process.
I think it’s important to note that I don’t necessarily agree or do everything said in this book, but I still took a lot from this life-changing book.
- Atomic Habits by James Clear (theme: habits)
I have to be honest with you, I admit I wasn’t expecting a lot from this book when I first picked it up. When this book first came out, everyone under the sun was reading this and hyping it up, and I assumed it was another short-life social media phenomena. I was very wrong. This is one of the best self-development books out there and I can’t recommend it enough!
This practical book teaches you how to create new habits and stop old ones. There were so many things I took from this book, but the main one was definitely how we should focus on changing systems and not on end goals. Still, I took much more from this book. This book ended up impacting every single area of my life – finances, exercise, eating, meditation, etc. – and I know it will change yours as well. And even if you’re not looking to change your habits, give it a shot anyways. I’m sure you will take something from it!
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (theme: financial freedom)
Another amazing book and my most recent non-fiction read from this list. This book was recommended by a dear friend of mine and his argument was the same: “you need to read this book, it will change your perspective on money and personal finances for the rest of your life“. So that’s exactly what I did, and it ended up being one of my favorite books of all time.
In this book, Mr. Kiyosaki talks about how he grew up with his dad (the poor dad) and his best friend’s dad (the rich dad), and how he was able to see the difference between both mentalities. The poor dad taught him to stay in school and get good grades, in order to secure a steady job with a good paycheck. But the rich dad told him the importance of investing and taking opportunities to become financially free.
It was a book that completely changed my way of thinking in regards to money, investing and personal finances, so I highly recommend it. There are so many valuable lessons here that you can also apply to other areas of your life, so even if you’re not interested in the money topic, I would still say you should pick it up.
I highly recommend any of these books, because I learned so much from them and I think you’ll do too. I hope you enjoyed these recommendations and I hope I inspired you enough to pick at least one of them!
Let me know if you read any of these and if you liked them. I’m always looking for new recommendations, so feel free to comment a few of your favorites as well. 🙂
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in the next post!