5 Books That Have Influenced My Life

You know that moment you’re reading a book, where you just stop to reflect and think, “Wow!”

These 5 books have really had that wow affect imprinted on my heart and soul, and I hope that it will have the same affect on you after I’ve shared them.

1. How To Win Friends And Influence People - Dale Carnegie

It’s a book by the brilliant Dale Carnegie that has taught me so much about communication. He will tell you how to:
  • Make friends quickly and easily.
  • Win people over to your way of thinking.
  • Improve your conversation skills and become more entertaining.
  • Acquire new clients and customers.

This book is great on a personal and professional level of development, using it in your close relationships as well pitching your business to a group of investors and trying to win them over.

2. The Way Of The Wizard - Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is the king when it comes to spirituality. Because of him I have found stillness in meditation, because I found meditation quite a hard practice and first. And this book has made understanding the way of life so much easier. It is a story following the relationship between Merlin the Wizard and King Arthur, in a time when Arthur was still a kid learning about life. Merlin raises Arthur by teaching him the way of the wizard and how wizards think and live. From the big kings to the small birds flying around the forest, Merlin has a special way of explaining perspectives with such simplicity, you can only sit back and admire his wisdom you’re willing to learn. A very good book for anyone starting their spiritual journey.

3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

This autobiography is the first of her seven-volume autobiography series, and tells her story about her early years growing up in Arkansas as an African-American. She discusses controversial topics like rape and racisme and it not only makes me sympathies for her, but makes me feel so proud of her strength and courage to tackle those hardships she has faced in her life, especially growing up in such a rough time. Unfortunately, she is not with us anymore and passed away in 2014, but her beautiful memory still lives on as a powerful woman whose legacy will inspire many women in particular to stand up for themselves and stay true to who you are.

4. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

You’ve probably heard it before, 10,000 hours is the magic number. If you practice something for 10,000 hours, you achieve mastery in a field. Well, yes it’s true and definitely takes some time! Gladwell studied the lives of extremely successful people to find out how they achieved success. It took Mozart 20 years to achieve the 10,000 hours of practice before he became the big man. The Beatles went to Hamburg, Germany in 1960 to play in the local clubs. They were absolutely terrible, but what did the Beatles get out of the Hamburg experience? Non-stop hours of playing time that forced them to get better. And by 1964 they had played over 1,200 concerts together, which is more than most bands play in their entire career. So if you want to become an expert in a certain field, practice practice practice and the quicker you get those 10,000 hours in the quicker you become an expert. More interesting stories like these of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other billionaires, athletes, rock stars and scientific geniuses in the book.

5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

My favourite book on this beautiful list! It is one of the only books that has made me cry, because I resonated so much with the main character, Santiago, who is a shepards boy. He follows a prophet to the Pyramids of Egypt, but its the journey that makes this book so special. The lessons he learns from the people he meets on his trip is so incredible and every person has some sort of added value to his life. This is pretty similar to my outlook on life, as I believe every person brings along a lesson to teach you which helps you grow and become a stronger person. It may hurt or it may lift you up, but the most important thing is to keep moving forward, and no matter how much time passes by, Santiago knows which direction he’s headed in, and only plans on moving towards that. A definite must read, especially for anyone feeling a little lost themselves and is wanting to get back on the open path of your journey.

Time to spread the awareness and feel free to share these books to anyone feeling lost and in need of some guidance. 

For more information on these incredible and how they’ve impacted my life, see the full Wilnis Wednesday episode below!

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“One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
– Cassandra Clare

Keep dreaming and believing! 

Yasmin x

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