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Can A Book Change Your Life?

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The other day I was in a coffee shop and a man sat down at a table not far away from me. He was reading a book and sipping at his coffee for about 20 minutes until his friend showed up. He put his book aside and talked to his friend until a man came up to his table and asked him about the book. He told him that it was one of the best books he had ever read when it came to influencing people and building relationships.

After I heard that, I got up and went to the bathroom. When I got back, they were STILL talking, and as I started to pack up to leave, I heard the man with the book ask the other man for his number. He said, “I always like to make new friends who are interested in personal growth.”

They exchanged numbers and kept talking.

I walked by the table to see which book it was, and it was ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.’

That one book was not only changing that man’s perception on relationships, but it was also helping him make new friends! I thought that was totally awesome. Who knows where that new friendship is going to go and how it will benefit each of their lives.

This happens every day. One book has the power to change someone’s life completely.

Don’t believe me? I asked some friends what their favorite self-help book is and how it changed their life. Following are their answers.

Q. What Was The One Self-Help Book That Had The Biggest Impact On Your Life? Why?

A. Anna Fox (Blogger)

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Gone with the wind 🙂

No really, reading about such a stubborn and yet powerful woman has made a huge impact on my life. “I’ll think about this tomorrow” is the most effective method to avoid depression and keep sanity.

While this is not actually a self-help book (probably not something you’d expect here), but it has had a major impact on my life… I think it has defined many choices in my life and helped me face many challenges too.

A. Philtrate (The Teaching Escape Guy)

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The Brain Audit by Sean d’Souza.

I have read Sean’s site on and off for years and every word he writes is golden. The Brain Audit changed the way I look at everything I write. Most of the eBooks in my Library are freebies, but this is one I paid for and have never regretted doing so.

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Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod   because the author’s story is inspiring and his points in your morning routine are all eminently doable – AND they work

A. David Leonhardt (President, THGM Ghostwriters)

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My favorite self-help book is the one I wrote.  I wrote it because at the time there was no other book specifically about those habits for happiness.  Happiness habits can be very effective in helping us achieve happiness.  I felt it was an important approach, so I put together my thoughts in Climb Your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness.

The concept is that we develop habits, such as proactive appreciation and putting past failures, regrets and anger behind us, we can live happier days.  But we need to develop habits to internalize these things.

A. Steffiblack (Life/Career Coach and Kindness Advocate)

The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck.

Steffi Black #STK @steffiblackTwenty years ago I picked it up and the following paragraph made a huge impact: “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” It opened up a whole new way of thinking about obstacles for me and opened me up to self-development books that help us along our journey and the hills and valleys.

A. Cendrine Marrouat (Social media coach, blogger, curator, and author)

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This is not really a self-help book, but Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet came into my life when I was very depressed. It literally saved my life.

I call it my personal bible. Every time I read it, I learn something about myself.

A. Tat Apostolova

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While it was hard to choose just one book, here’s my top pick “Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways To Playfully Manifest A Meaningful Life” by Marney Makridakis.

Wherever you might be in your life, work or creative project, this book will give you the tools to make what you’re doing more fun. And in my world fun means that things get done, as opposed to put off for later and never seeing the light of the day.

Additionally, the playful activities in the book will inspire you to look at your situation in a new way and find new solutions to old problems.

A. Duccio Manfredi (Founder of HowToBeHappy)

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The Self-Help Book that had the biggest impact in my life was: “Awaken the Giant within” written by the world famous Life Coach, Anthony Robbins.

I discovered this book in 2001, when at that time I was working in London as a cab driver and I remember very well I wasn’t going through a nice period.

Then, one Sunday morning I picked up a gentleman for an airport job.

The guy seemed a nice smiling person and we started having a conversation that changed my life completely.

Having recognised my strong Italian accent, he asked me why I had left such a beautiful country like Italy and if I was happy with my new life.

I opened up telling a bit of my story, that it was four years I had moved to London from Italy and that I was stuck in a job that I didn’t like, I was feeling a kind of lost and didn’t know what to do about it.

I had left Italy to improve my life and instead… I wasn’t satisfied at all with my new life.

He then took a piece of paper and wrote it down the title of the book and suggested I read it, which I did and I loved it!

Now with great pleasure I really recommend everyone read “Awaken the Giant within” and I hope it will make a big positive impact in your life as it did in mine.

I am so grateful for having met that guy and having read that book, it’s like it opened a door to a world that was new for me and that’s how I started my personal development journey that I believe it will never end.

And here I am now, inspiring people to be happy and to live their life to the fullest.

Read, Reflect, Grow

While fiction helps us get away from our lives, non-fiction helps us face our life head on and make changes where we need to make them. But, as we’ve seen, even fiction can make a positive impact on our lives.

It may not be the next book you read, but the more you read, the more you are able to reflect on your life and become happier.

Read a book that changed your life? Please share in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Can A Book Change Your Life?”

  1. It’s good to see that books are still important in many people’s lives. There are times when I think I am alone in reading books. Bookmarked and I will read all of these. Thanks Kari

  2. Thanks for another great article. I had meant to contribute but as a complete bookworm I’m having huge problems thinking of just one book to write about! The most recent one I read was The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. It looks at the fact that many people reading self help books etc. fail to make changes because they give up before they see improvements. He discusses the principles of compound interest using various stories and the idea that taking small consistent actions every day will lead to amazing results with time. Although the book is a bit repetitive in places I think this philosophy is really important for any changes you are trying to initiate. I’ve found this a big help in dealing with overwhelm and procrastination as well as helping me to pace myself to stop burnout!

    Another great book I read in the last year is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. This is a great summary of the research into changing habits. It looks at the habit loop- a cue leads to a routine behaviour which leads to a reward. This could be about 2pm every afternoon I crave a chocolate bar so I walk to a cafe, chat to the people there as I eat it and that makes me feel better. If I am trying to lose weight I might want to change this habit so I need to analyse the habit loop and experiment a little to work out how I can change it. What is the exact cue at 2pm? What need am I trying to fulfil? Am I tired, genuinely hungry or bored and craving some social interaction? This will usually tie in with the reward I am getting- exercise, a sugear hit, human interaction. You then try out some alternative routines that will yield the same result. So I might decide that actually it is a mixture of a sugar slump and boredom so I still walk to the cafe at 2pm but I have a glass of cold water and an apple. This book pulls together a lot of ideas about habits into a simple easy to use format.

    1. I saw you mention the slight edge in Anna’s blog post and I figured you were referring to a book. I’m going to have to check it out! And habits – I’m all about those, so I will definitely take a look at that book as well. Thanks for adding to this post!

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