Mukesh Gupta

Reading is definitely one of the best feelings in life. Those who had not felt it yet, should listen to Jhumpa Lahiri, She said: “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” and I completely agree with this. When you read a book, you simply can’t stop yourself from belonging to world you are reading.

Life is full of Ups and Downs, when you are motivated, anything seems achievable. But when it lacks, it can be tough to get out of bed. So if you are feeling little low and need some motivation, pick a book from the below list and start reading. Below I have just given the little idea about the book content, because I don’t want to spoil your interest of reading.

I am sure once you start reading these books, you will feel motivated, wanted to go out and conquer the world. So let’s get started.

1. The art of happiness (Book by 14th Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler)

Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to conquer day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth.

Talking about the Courage and Hope Dalai Lama states: “There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

“Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings.”

My favorite line from the Book: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

2. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Book by Angela Duckworth)

As the word Grit describes itself: Strength of Character

Similarly this book talk about what goes through your head when you fall down and how that – not talent or luck – makes all the difference.

This must-read book is for anyone striving to succeed. Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela tells the real-life stories of cadets who are struggling through their initial experiences at West Point, teachers trying to work with students in inner-city schools, and insights from high achievers.

My favorite line from the Book: “I won’t just have a job; I’ll have a calling. I’ll challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.”

3. The Alchemist (Book by Paulo Coelho)

This motivational book is one of bestselling books of all time. This book will show you how to dream, how to listen to your intuition, how to take decisive action in uncertain times, how to choose between most important tasks and important tasks, and how to follow your heart. While reading this book you will realise that the secret to achieve your dreams lie within the very heart of your being. Once you start reading it, you won’t stop until you finish it!

In this book Paulo Coelho tells the story of a young shepherd boy in Southern Spain has the same dream about a hidden treasure in Egypt, over and over again, which eventually leads him to investigate it. He learns that one day, everyone finds out what their destiny is and that it requires passion and desire to make your destiny become a reality. Along the journey to find the treasure he meets new and strange people, some of which become his friends and touch his heart. The combined teachings of his companions finally lead him to a realization that is much bigger than even the treasure itself.

My favorite line from the book: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Book by Susan Cain)

There is a line by Jane Austen: “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

This book tells you the similar things. Many of us find ourselves Introvert and wish to be like someone who is very extrovert and charms the people with their talk. But you don’t have to be like them, you can have your own way.

In this book Susan introduces us to successful introverts — from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

My favorite line from the book: “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”

5. Zero to One (Book by Peter Thiel)

If you are in a situation where you don’t know how to take life forward, I will suggest you to read this book. Everyone of us, dreams to do something that no one had ever done, but it disappears with time because of many reasons. This book will motivate you to do the things you always wanted to do.

Peter says: “Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.”

My favorite line from the book: “Madness is rare in individuals—but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule,”

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Book by Stephen R. Covey)

There is a great saying by Henry Ford: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.”

This is very true in this Cut throat competition. If you wanted to achieve something in life you have to do it differently.

Covey says: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

While he gets a bit preachy sometimes, Stephen Covey’s road map for living doesn’t just help you develop better habits. It also convinces you that acquiring them will make you a better person.

My favorite line from the book: “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

7. Think and Grow Rich (Book by Napoleon Hill)

Once Albert Einstein said: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

This book can create a great impact in our life, it helps us to change our mindset and I strongly believe that our thoughts rule the world, so if we make our thoughts good, we can have a positive life ahead.

Most people think that this is a book on making money. But if you give it a read, you will know how important it is to read the book. The book is based on the insights of Napoleon Hill, who closely studied more than five hundred of the most successful individuals of his time.

The author once set out on a personal quest to find out what really made some people so successful. Why is it that some people manage to remain healthy, happy and financially independent, all at the same time? Why, after all, do some end up being called as lucky? The answers, no wonder, had to be no less than revelations. Author argues that 99% of people do not have a goal in their life and are therefore trapped in jobs that make them unhappy.

My favourite line from the book: “All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”

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