23 MUST- HAVE BOOKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE (or how to reinvent and skyrocket your career, business & productivity while building your dream life)

We all have big dream and various goals. We set out, determined and motivated to conque them and then... Before you know it, another year has passed; then five, then ten. Still, things seem much the same as always because they are much the same as they've always been.
So the question is this: What are you going to do this year to make your life better? How will you make it different from last year, and so many years before? What are you going to do to finally begin living that remarkable life you've dreamed of and hoped for all this time?
I outline bellow some of my all-time favorites must-have books that will change your life!

I’m a huge proponent of reading self-help career/ business or productivity books to level up my game for one simple reason: If you want to learn about business or improve on a particular aspect of your business, a $15 – $30 book is one of the cheapest crash-course educations you can get today.

t the risk of sounding cliché, reading those books has changed my life. It has changed the way I organize my time, approach my career, advance new skills, get more clarity, strive and achieve bigger things and value myself.

So I'm no longer keeping it a secret. Here's my ultimate list of books that will change your life.

[5 on reinventing your life and figuring out your dreams; 5 on finding your perfect career; 7 on starting and skyrocketing your dream business; and 6 books on enhancing productivity to reach more]

Reinvent Your Productivity

Proven productivity, time management and get-things done tools.

Reinvent Your Dream Life

The books that have completely chnaged my view of life and pushed me to grow BIGGER

Reinvent Your Career

Thinking of Changing careers? This is your starting point. Filled with practical tips.

Reinvent Your Business

Breaking out the cubical hamster wheel? Those books willk help you stand out
Thees are some of my favorite personal collection books. All are fabulous. Some are affiliate links – which means if you eventually decide to buy through the link I will get a small “hey-Rita-thanks-for-the-introduction” bonus, at NO extra cost to you!
Full disclosure here. 
Books can be incredibly powerful. They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. This is my ultimate list of books that will change your life
⇒ REINVENT YOUR DREAM LIFE
This book changed my life. Literally! I had been on the cusp for some time debating starting a business and some other major changes into my lifestyle. The catalyst that put it in motion was this book.
Despite the controversial title, it's not a "get rich quick book". It's about working hard, but working hard in a meaningful and efficient way.
I particularly liked his notion that we don't have to subscribe to the idea that we need to do the same thing over and over again for the rest of our lives. We can get involved in one activity, get good at it, make money with it, take a mini-retirement, and then look for something else to do (hello! Reinnvent Yourself Club) :)
The great thing about this book is that it can be applied not only to business but to personal productivity in general: In last few years, I managed to lower my working hours (yes, even though I have a full time day job and a growing online business), while increasing total salary and launching my own small business.
My biggest obstacle to buying the book was the title: “The School of Greatness.” I thought, who are you to teach me how to be great? Once I started to read the book, my objection was blown out of the water….
It's not about tricks and hacks, but rather insparation to become who you were meant to become.
Howes is an All-American athlete who after suffering a career-ending injury and being dumped after moving across the country found himself broke of heart and broke of spirit laid up on his sister’s couch for months. But sometimes rock bottom points us to our peak, and he ended up getting back up, creating a multi-million dollar business and motivating thousands as a public-speaker and consultant.
Sometimes, you pick up a book and just can't put it down. Something grabs you right away and pulls you along. It's like the author is speaking directly to you. That was the case with this one.
This book is all about understanding limiting beliefs, discovering from where they are derived, and learning how to bust through your self-imposed upper limit to realize your full potential.
Learn to live in the ZONE of GENIUS -- get out of the Zone of excellence or zone of competence where most of us stay. Your Zone of Genius is the set of activities you are uniquely suited to do. This book will help you DEFINE them.
I was 29 and the only girl in the room full with grey-haired, slightly overweight middle aged men -when I first realized I was a women. Yes I know it sounds super strange... but I never felt any gender bias before my role as a senior diplomat. That moment in the OECD Chateau in Paris changed my perspective. Sheryl's book changes my life!
This book was very useful in opening my eyes to the very real problems women face today in the workplace. Sheryl adds many examples of real-life situations that have happened to her, friends, and co-workers in their jobs. She also shares studies done in the fields of psychology and sociology that sheds light on how working, and ambitious, women are perceived in the workplace and culturally. One of the reasons that finally pushed me to start Reinvent Yourself Club.
I was expecting a touchy-feely book about how girls should have more confidence and drop everything to pursue your dreams, but I was incredibly pleasantly surprised in how scientific this book is. It was a perfect combination of real life women who are in positions of prestige (politicians, army generals, financiers, ,etc) and how they've struggled with confidence issues and what they've overcome with the science of how DNA affects our tepidness towards decisions and nature vs nurture.
I wish I had read this book when I was 18. Every young woman should read this. Understanding how the mind works, our strengths and weaknesses as women, and where and how culture and society influence our development is super important if you aim to advance as a strong female in our male dominated world.
⇒ REINVENT YOUR CAREER
My life mission is all about embracing my inner contradictions and reinventing myself time and time again. I read this book in a day, feeling as if Barbara Sher was speaking directly at ME!
If you are the type of person who can find interest in almost any subject; if you have lots of hobbies; if you feel you don't have enough lifetimes to do and experience all you want; THEN, get this book. Read it, and see yourself in the pages. The author has done a wonderful job of identifying and categorizing several different types of what she calls "scanners."
I absolutely love this book! It was a very quick read - I read it in 3 days! I couldn't put it down. Chris gives really great inspirational stories, actionable content, and a step by step plan for creating a side hustle. What he really shows in this book, winning the career lottery is never a linear path. In fact most people who won the career lottery through years of trial and error and experience. The career lottery is said to be Joy-Money-Flow and I couldn't agree more. I am on a journey to find my winning career that I enjoy, pays well, and that I'm good at. This looks different for everyone. He also talks about how many winners have in fact given up when something just wasn't working and it lead to something even better.
One of the best books I have read about passion and purpose and the path to finding your calling. It is good for people of any age, whether you are entering the empty nest phase and need some new direction... graduating from high school or college ... a stay at home mom looking for something to do in your spare moments or thinking of the future... or someone in mid-life who feels despair nearly every day because you hate your job and know you are not using any of your gifts and talents.
Why do people do what they do? What makes them happy and productive? Daniel Pink explores the things that motivate people to do their best work. Spoiler alert: It’s not money! Pink explains the three motivators: autonomy, mastery, and purpose, and the provides a road map to using them to create both career and life satisfaction. Understanding what motivates you is critical to finding career satisfaction wherever you go (and to helping others attain it). My favorite quote: ‘The most deeply motivated people—not to mention those who are most productive and satisfied—hitch their desires to a cause larger than themselves.
The job hunting tips in the first section of the book are brilliant. The author writes in a very tangible way and provides techniques and practices that readers can start using right away. He also pays very specific attention to the present time, and what works right now, and what doesn't work. The job market is dynamic, and he understands that and abridges the book EVERY YEAR with updates information to reflect that.
Books can be incredibly powerful. They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. This is my ultimate list of books that will change your life
⇒ REINVENT YOUR BUSINESS
We all want to be heard today. Don't think you're going to go on the internet and make a statement and you don't really want people to listen to what you have to say. If you didn't want that, you wouldn't be speaking anyway. If you have something to say and think it's good and that people should listen, don't you want to be noticed? Don't you want people to hear it and share it? Don't you think you'll be doing a service for the world when you get a message out that is needed or sell a product that needs to be sold or provide a service that needs to be given? If you want people to pay attention to what you have to say, Michael Hyatt has some advice for you.
I did not realize how much I didn't know about the power of influence in day to day life. The book is well organized and well written, with chapters delving deep into the persuasive tactics marketers and salespersons might use and just how powerful they are.
This topic is just fascinating - the hidden pushes and pulls that affect our decision making, even when we believe we are reasoning. One such example (p.146) is the 1974 Canadian study that found politicians who were more attractive got 2.5 times the number of votes. Despite the evidence of favoritism, 73% of Canadian voters denied "in the strongest possible terms" that their votes had been influenced by physical appearance; only 14% even admitted the possibility!
Want a key to a more accomplished, adventuresome and meaningful work and life with others? Try this: Distill your smarts and most passionate interests into a distinctive, much-needed method. What gets in your way of making that happen? “The curse of knowledge.” That’s when you know things that the others do not and you have forgotten what it’s like to not have this knowledge. Yet if you discover how to make that knowledge understandable and valuable to people or organizations in a new niche, you can become sought-after. You need to be able to step back and see, within your multi-faceted expertise what Dorie Clark calls your best breakthrough idea that can most attract others. She shows how you don’t necessarily need distinguished diplomas from top schools as approachable TV cooking celebrity Rachel Ray and Google engineer and Search Inside Yourself mindfulness teacher Chade-Meng Tan have proven.
In this business book, author and entrepreneur Eric Ries takes us through the lean startup approach, which has changed the way that many startup founders seek to build companies and launch new products—largely based around the principle of rapid idea validation before investing heavily into an idea. His definition of a startup is broad, any business from a solopreneur, blogger or freelancer operating out of their garage to a venture-backed project within a Fortune 500 company, as long as you’re determined to discover a successful path to building a sustainable business.
Success in the business world is nearly magic. You can gobs of money and loads of talent and still be bankrupt in a year. History is riddled with huge companies failing while small startups become huge successes.
Through his book, Sinek shows us success: Apple, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Wal-mart and others. He explains that these successes were built around great people who inspired others: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Herb Kelleher, Sam Walton, etc. These people may not have been great at business, in fact some did not know how to put together a business plan, but they understood what was most important to them. Once some of these men left their position, their business immediately began to flounder, mostly cause the company and its leader forgot their central purpose.
For a simple concept book, Start With Why was rather fascinating. It prompted me to look at my own work again; to remember why my career and how things will be better if I remember the “why.”
Crushing It! is the elite guide to growing a personal brand, business, or following around your passion. It is not a get rich quick guide, or follow these simple steps book. Gary emphasizes that to be successful in any field requires work, but if you choose your work around your passion, life will be more fulfilling. In today's current state of the internet this is possible, and Gary breaks down the principles and work required to achieve what you want. He doesn't promise millions of dollars. He DOES promise you will be happy, if that means leaving your $150K a year job, to make $90K, then that's what it takes.
What is truly inspiring in this book are the abundant stories of those who read his first book, Crush It! and tales of their successes in applying the same principles taught in this book.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You is based around the philosophy I agree wholeheartedly with, that “follow your passion” is some of the worst advice we’ve ever been told. Even more importantly, that following this bad advice and then failing at your “predetermined” passion can lead to anxiety, chronic job hopping and in the worst case depression due to lack of achievement.
In this business book, Newport argues that true passion is discovered only after you put the hard work into developing a strong skill—an ability that you in turn love to use because you’re truly great at it. It’s actually your natural talents and refined skills that should determine your career path or the type of business idea you start working on in the first place.
⇒ REINVENT YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
This business book is particularly unique in the productivity space because it offers up a new definition of what it means to be productive. This book teaches you how to shift your focus to managing how you think rather than spending time managing what you think. It’s core principle is that you can transform your life by making certain choices—and bestselling author Charles Duhigg gives you the tools to rewiring your decision-making process.
In Smarter Faster Better, Duhigg lays out a compelling case for how the traditional goal-setting model of focusing primarily on our big ambitions and ignoring all of the smaller decisions & easy goals along the way is inherently flawed if you want to create big change in your life or business.
"When you want the absolute best chance to succeed at anything you want, your approach should always be the same. Go small.
"Going small" is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It's recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It's a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It's realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.
The way to get the most out of your work and your life is to go as small as possible...
When you go as small as possible, you'll be staring at one thing. And that's the point." ~ Gary Keller from The ONE Thing
This book is phenomenal.
This book, while pretty old, is so insurmountably helpful with self-efficacy and really teaches so much valuable aspects of leadership and self betterment. It focuses on changing your personal cognitions about practically everything, including your own productivity, yourself, and your relationships with others. I have found so much practicality and help with this book. It is inspiring to say the least. The book is very well laid out, especially the diagram of the 7 habits that is repeated throughout the book. Covey has clearly thoroughly researched the topic and has extensive personal experienced, as evidenced by the abundance of supporting anecdotes. In this book he presents a clear, logical path to follow towards a more successful/effective life.
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller, this business book argues that one of the most valuable skills in the world is quickly becoming rare—the ability to focus without distraction on a demanding task. Author Cal Newport explains that by mastering this skill, you’ll be able to more effectively process complicated information and deliver better results in less time as a result.
This is one of those business books I picked up and started reading because I needed to reaffirm my commitment to not allowing myself to get distracted by chasing the wrong opportunities and spending time in other ways that don’t help me achieve my most meaningful goals.
This book is something like the modern Bible of productivity books – it appears on every single productivity list and is recommended by many. Allen’s premise is simple (even if the book is not): “our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax.” He’s developed a framework that you can customize to your own needs and get all those pesky free-floating to-do’s into one organized system filled with files and action lists. There are dedicated followers of this system (self-named GTDers), but know that this is a complex system requiring a level of self discipline and organization just to get through the book.
As the title suggests, this is a book about overcoming procrastination. With an upbeat tone and positive attitude, Fiore provides a comprehensive plan to overcome that pesky habit we all seem to have.
This book centers around the idea that procrastination is a natural response by the brain to high stress levels, and the two ways to break away from it are to create a situation where that stress does not exist (mostly through planning for breaks) and training your brain to either not register this stress or cope with it through rational thought.
As the title suggests, this is a book about overcoming procrastination. With an upbeat tone and positive attitude, Fiore provides a comprehensive plan to overcome that pesky habit we all seem to have.
This book centers around the idea that procrastination is a natural response by the brain to high stress levels, and the two ways to break away from it are to create a situation where that stress does not exist (mostly through planning for breaks) and training your brain to either not register this stress or cope with it through rational thought.

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  • My dad has been trying to get me to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for years, but I’ve always kind of brushed it off. Maybe I really should read it! Also, another great read is You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero!

    • Rita2G

      Thanks Shannon. I’ve heard a lot of good things about You Are a Badass… but didn;t get around to reading it yet

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