The Most Meaningful Books I Ever Read

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These are books that hold a special place in my life. These aren’t the best books. And they aren’t the most profound. For that reason, I don’t recommend them to everyone. But, they were the most meaningful to me. And what they provided were the lessons I needed most.

“How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

This taught me that self-help books weren’t all fluff — that there were books that could not only better you as a person, but enrich the lives of the people around you. What was obvious now was not so obvious back then. Humans have spent centuries writing down what they’ve learned. Engraved in books are their hard-earned lessons. Dale Carnegie made me realize what gifts books could hold for my personal development.

“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin

A personal book that I can always reread without any loss of interest. There’s no moral, no lesson here that illuminated my life. I love this book because Chopin describes the world the way I feel it and despite the years that have passed, that feeling hasn’t changed.

“The Millionaire Fastlane” by MJ DeMarco

This book made me realize there’s far more to life than what society has described. I realize now I had the wrong assumptions about money. I had gone through life with a paradigm handed down to me by people who had never dared to dream more. Now I dream of a larger world.

“Say Goodnight to Insomnia” by Gregg D. Jacobs

Insomnia is a quiet hell. Gregg D. Jacobs saved me. I realized after reading this book I create the reality I live in, even if it’s not the one I want. He gives you the power to change it through cognitive behavioral therapy.

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