“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin, a Dance of Dragons, Game of Thrones series.
Through the ages books have provided us with wisdom, laughter and tears. We cannot comprehend the amount of wisdom we can learn from reading.
Successful people read.
If you aren’t, you should start. If you are, massive bro fist to you!
It wasn’t until 2012 I started reading frequently. My friends and I were on a surf road trip in France and Spain for a month. Between wipe outs, beach games and sun downers, one of my best friends and I were talking about our dreams and things we wanted to do in the near future.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted yet. He mentioned The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, in fact it was in his backpack. Ever since I read that tiny little book, I was cursed. And thank the gods!
Sure, there are many books that are complete hokom, but if you can find those tiny little hidden nuggets, you’ll never regret reading them. Here are 7 reasons why you should pick up those delightful bookies:
- Learn about new cultures and ways of living.
- Ignite your passions and dreams.
- Become well-read – read often and you’ll quickly become the smartest person in the room.
- Learn a new skill – the self-help business is a multi-billion dollar industry, probably for a reason.
- It’s relaxing – I always sleep better when I’ve read something before I go to sleep.
- Release your inner champion – become the best version of yourself! – many great books just have tremendous treasures of value in them, and if you use them well, you too can become truly kick-ass.
- Oh, and you get to have a cool bookshelf.
The title says it well. 3 books every badass should read. Try it, you won’t regret it!
Here are my top 3 books I’ve read, and absolutely, surely, unquestionably, undeniably loved! The books are a light read, and don’t contain too many pages. They are jam packed with fantastic inspiration for you. Simple and easy, just perfect for on the road or… basically any time. Get your glasses on!
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
If I could drool from my eyes from reading this book, I’d probably be so dehydrated I’d go into renal failure. Jokes aside, it’s the best book I have ever read. I have read it 3 times already, and probably will read it again.
It’s a timeless fable about following your dreams and the joy that brings you. The book tells the story of Santiago, a shepherd from Andalusia, Spain, who embarks on his greatest and grandest adventure to the pyramids of Egypt. Along his journey he meets the world’s greatest alchemist, a mystic man, who helps him fulfill his personal legend.
“Whenever you truly want something in life, the whole universe will conspire so that your dreams come true” – The King of Salem.
- 161 pages.
- Huge life lessons to be learned from this tale.
- It will help you discover your dreams and find your true destiny.
- Loved and adored by many, including William Smith, one of my greatest examples. Checkout his short interview on The Alchemist (link). Notice how passionate he gets about the book!
- 65 million copies sold, translated into 80 languages.
- Official record in the Guiness Book of World Records for most sold copies by a living author.
- Better in English than in Dutch.
- PS: an infusion set at your disposal might be advisable to stay hydrated.
The Richest Man in Babylon – George Samuel Clason
Aah, another favorite and timeless classic.
The book is a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. In essence a book about finance. However so simple. Forbes Magazine described it best: “The primary principles of paying yourself first and living within your means are described so well that it’s hard to imagine anyone reading the book having difficulty understanding what they need to do to improve their finances. The book is an excellent read for anyone who has trouble saving or who spends more than they earn.”. I encourage you to really learn from it! It has made many travel dreams come true for me.
“Do not neglect what I say because of its simplicity. The truth is always simple.” – Arkad, the richest man in Babylon.
- 183 pages.
- Want to save ye old moneys for your trips and endeavors? This book will teach you all the basics in a very light and easy to understand way.
- Tried-and-true lessons are as clear as crystal.
- Timeless, yet very modern and applicable to today’s life.
- The second part of the book, dragged a little bit at times. The first part is awesomely awesome. Because regular awesome wasn’t awesome enough.
- Some parts are written in “old” English. I liked it, others did not.
- Reviewed by Forbes Magazine – then it must be good.
You are a badass – Jen Sincero
Usually I don’t really like the girly self-help books. This one however really blew me off my manly socks! And since then has become one of my favorite get up and kick severe ass books.
Where many self-help books lack depth, this one is by far the best I have read. Jen Sincero is a best-selling author who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives. She is also a world traveller!
- 256 pages, 27 bite size chapters.
- Great for both guys and girls.
- How-to guide to connect with your inner champion that is inside all of us.
- In your face attitude and no-nonsense to awesomeness.
- Feels like talking to your best friend.
- The stories in the book really cracked me up several times.
“If you’re looking for purple unicorns and rainbows you won’t find them here, what you will find are practical and easy ways to connect with your inner bad ass and change your life.” – Madisyn Taylor, Co-Founder, DailyOM
Do yourself a favor, pick all three up and read them! Do it today, you won’t regret it!
What’s up next Chief?
After reading a book, you might want to consider reading a couple quick reviews online to make sure you fully understood the whole concept of the book and took the most out of it. Goodreads is a good site for this.
Last point before I leave your beautiful face, what if I don’t like to read?
I got you covered my excellent friend! Don’t like to read? Either do it anyway, or use Audible or audio books on YouTube. Many books have an audio version. Reading the nobel prize winner The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was just awful, listening to the audiobook was very amusing. Even books on Kamasutra have been narrated xD
What book has driven you? What book gave you goosebumps? What book made you pee all over the floor of excitement? Myself and the rest of us would like to know about it, and read it!
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As always, stay Cool!