Books that changed my life

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Books I think everyone needs to read.

I have a lot of books around me as you can imagine and even though I’m not the quickest reader I do listen to a lot of audio books, but I can probably count on my hand the number of books that made an impression on me, the ones that really made me think differently or changed my perspective on life and the books I still find myself referring to again and again, so I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you.

1. Choice Theory

This book came into my life about 17 years ago and really did change the way I do everything. It’s not an easy book to read and you either have a love it or hate it. I have described this book like going through the washing machine. It is a book that means you can’t live your old life anymore. It is a book that had such an impact on my life and my relationships that I ended up getting trained in the system known as Reality Therapy. It is really a book about taking responsibility and control for all areas of your life but be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

2. Anything by William Glasser

I adore any books by William Glasser and have read all of them, although I feel that the one that really had the biggest impact on me was David and Goliath. It really made me look at how we see our difficulties in life and reframe them. I was dyslexic when I was younger and always struggled with it; this book has a whole chapter called, ‘Would you wish dyslexia on your child?’ It’s a book that I recommend to any parent dealing with a child with any kind of challenge and it contains lots of techniques that I have used with young people I have coached and with my daughters. I would also highly recommend Outliners too.

3. The Genius in All of Us

This book blew my mind; it really goes through the idea that geniuses are made and not born and makes you look differently at intelligence and the whole world of the genius. I found this book fascinating and recommend anyone to give it read. It really does make you think about the stereotypes and ideals we hold as true.

4. The Art of Randomness

This book is based around the stock market, which I know sounds odd but honestly it’s so good. It’s really a book about the rationale of irrationality and uses the stock market to show how it works. It talks about why bad things happen to good people and really makes you think about how we look at random things. It really makes you think differently about so many aspects of your life.

5. Unpredictable Irrational

As a person who considers themselves a rebel and anything but predictable, this book made me realize that actually I am predictable, as everyone is. It is one of the most fascinating books I have listened to, with some incredible science and some of the most interesting studies I have ever read. It really is worth your time and I loved it.

6. Super Better

This is a book I keep going back and back too. It’s a book I think of often and it really is a book for our time. It’s about mental health, gaming and how one can help the other. In a world where we all think gaming is the devil, I love Jayne’s work because she really makes gaming not the devil. Jane’s work is always well researched and always shows such an interesting takes on things. I really do love the way she looks at things and I adore this book.

I’m sure as soon as I post this I will think of a ton more but I feel that if these are the ones that have come to my head and stuck with me that they will probably be the right ones.

Please let me know if you have read of these and which books have had a profound impact on you.