Someone once said that you can't buy happiness, but you can buy books and that's kind of the same thing! Reading helps in opening our vision and allows us to see the world we can't perceive with our eyes. Can you name any particular book that has widened your perception and helped you change the life?
It’s a general observation that great achievers are phenomenal readers too. Their desire of self-improvement lead them to explore the world of books literally. They gain this freedom of unrestricted expression and exchange of ideas by consuming words written by the other people. It’s proven that reading gives us protection against any kind of cognitive decline. There are a number of pieces written about the benefits of reading, aren’t there? Many a times, various high-achieving individuals have shared about their habits of daily reading, helping a common man in understanding the success formula.
You must have checked in my previous article about 05 books recommended by Steve Jobs. This time we’re going for a name that is growing rapidly on the global platform, Sandeep R. Maheshwari! He is a renowned name among youngsters as an Indian entrepreneur, photographer, and motivational speaker.
So, let’s take a concise look at what keeps this mass mover motivated.
Book 1: Man’s search for meaning
The book has been identified as one of the most influential books in the United States. At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, the book had sold over 10 million copies and had been translated into 24 languages.
Man's search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
It’s a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. It involves that methods used in identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about.
Quote from the book – “But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.”
This really seems relevant to Sandeep’s struggles in life and his bouncing back, fighting hard every time.
Book 2: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective people
With Covey’s supplemented conclusions on how the habits can be used in our modern age, the wisdom of the 7 Habits will be refreshed for a new generation of leaders.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective people by Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits have become famous and are integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people. In this book, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity!
Quote from the book –
“ Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw ”
So, these habits are said to be the heart of the book and no one can deny that following them will definitely lead to the possibility for what a man should do and what he can do!
Maheshwari’s thought of working on one’s self first totally looks agreeable with Covey’s thoughts in the book.
How to win Friends & Influence people by Dale Carnegie
Been published in 1998, the book highlights human psychology and leads the reader to the ways that help them learn to connect with other auras of human existence and hence influence one another gradually.
Book 4: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Great minds think alike! The Alchemist has been the book most recommended by almost all the great achievers from various fields.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens.
Quote from the book – “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
The constant theme in The Alchemist is to pursue your dreams by following what your heart desires. It has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.
Book 5: Rumi by Farrukh Dhondy
Rumi by Farrukh Dhondy
The poems of Jalaluddin Rumi continue to be relevant almost eight centuries after they were composed, with contemporary audiences finding new meanings in them. They bring together the divine and the human, the mystical and the corporeal to create a vivid kaleidoscope of poetic images.
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. His poetry is the most human expression of mystical experiences, in which readers can find their own favorite ideas and feelings—from enthusiastic flights into the heavens to matter-of-fact descriptions of daily life.
So, these books may have played an important role in Sandeep Maheshwari’s life, we can say.
Does this list have any of your favourites included? Let me know in the comments.