I am an avid reader, and I find that in life, there are books that come into my life at the exact right moment. I want to share 3 books that have changed my life.
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This is the book that started my path to personal development. One of my roommates was running a half marathon in Arizona. And so my other roommates and I decided to make it a road trip to support her in doing something that made her happy. Another roommate had heard about “The Alchemist” and recommended we read it on the way back.
It was hard to hear the book when everyone was chatting. And so I was not focused on listening to the book at all. But then all my roommates fell asleep, and I was the only one awake since I was driving. I started paying attention to the book in order not to fall asleep.
When I started listening to “The Alchemist,” I was blown away. It was a bit of a surreal moment for me. Here I was driving through a dark forest in total silence, with these words of wisdom that seemed to have come out of nowhere flying into my mind.
This is the book that consolidated the idea in my head that I could change. That I am not stuck with the same flaws or bad habits, I have had. I was always ambitious, and I always believed I could achieve whatever I wanted. But I did not know I could change vast aspects of me that needed improvement.
The lines that stood in my mind till this day is this:
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
2. Big Magic By Elizabeth Guilbert
This book taught me that we could all create something, but you have to decide to do it. It takes bravery to create things, and we often stop ourselves because of fear. And that fear is not bad, and you can use it in your art. It is challenging to put yourself out there because then others can see/hear/feel what you do and express their opinion about your creation. And sometimes, what you’ve created is a particular type of life.
Quote from her book, “So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
From “The Alchemist,” I learned that you needed to seek out your purpose and live it. This book reinforced it for me and talked about how fear stops you from doing what you feel called to do.
3. The 5 Second Rule By Mel Robbins
The 5 Second Rule is one I just read recently, and it had an immediate impact. I started applying the lessons in this book right away and saw the difference. Even my husband commented on it. I saw massive shifts when I used it.
In this book, Mel Robbins talks about how her life was falling apart. She was in debt, drinking too much, sleeping too much, and just letting her life fall apart without her. One day she used the 5 Second Rule to change all that. She talks about how being motivated is not enough. We all get plenty of motivation, and if that’s all it took, we would always do all the things we needed and wanted to do, but fear stops us.
I feel like there’s a pattern in the three books I just listed. We all having a calling, a mission, a purpose in life. We have to become aware of the fact we need to seek that purpose. And then have the courage to live it even when we are fearful of others’ reactions to us and our gifts.
Bonus Book: “How To Win Friends & Influence People
I’m still in the process of reading this book. It’s “How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie.”
This jived so well with me. I love how Mr. Carnegie talks about how important it is to show genuine interest in people. I had a conversation with someone once where they were talking about wanting to make more friends but how they had a hard time being interested in what they said.
But you don’t need to fake interest. Sometimes you’re genuinely interested in this person, and it’s fascinating to listen to them talk about something they are passionate about even if you are not passionate about the subject matter you are talking about.
I had heard about this book and how impactful it was, but it took me YEARS before I took the time to read (listen) to it.
I started listening to this book a year ago and LOVED IT! But it was one I had gotten from my local audio library and had been unable to finish before it expired.
Unfortunately, I just started to reread in December (I got it as a gift from my in-laws).
Applying the lessons, I learned from it helped me to strengthen relationships and reminded me of the power of kindness & not being overly critical of others.
If you want to stay up to date about books I’m reading and how I am putting them into action, head on over to my Instagram, where I will be doing a book club Wednesday. Follow me there, so you won’t miss it when I go live.
These are not the only books that have changed my life, but these are some that have.
What about you? What book have you read that has changed your life?