Top 10 Books That Changed My Life

Some of you asked me what books I would recommend for you to read regarding the topic self improvement. So I thought I put together a personal “Top 10 Books That Changed My Life” list.

I have read the following books after my experience, which had such a great impact on my life. These books were my signpost along my new life, guiding me in which direction I had to go.

Strangely enough these books were either brought to me by friends (sometimes strangers) or they simply appeared out of the blue. They always seemed to come when I needed them the most and when the time was right to understand and apply them.

Everything comes in the right moment.

You will notice that there are no “how to get over a break up”-books or relationship-help-books on the list. The reason for that is simply that there weren't any with great impact on me, and I read quite a few.

I decided to present the list in an order of significance as it appears to me.


Top 10 Books That Changed My Life

1Napoleon Hill - Think And Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill – Think And Grow Rich!

Do not let the title mislead you, it is not only about gaining financial riches, it is about having and reaching goals. This is an all-time bestseller and this is a book, which should be given out for free in schools.

This book taught me the importance of having goals and introduced me to the concept of affirmations for the first time. I learned a lot about myself when I first read this great book.

Andrew Carnegie, the richest man at that time, assigned Napoleon Hill to a mission. The mission to find the secret of success. 20 years and endless interviews later, Think And Grow Rich was published in 1937.

This is the restored version by Ross Cornwell, who added the first comprehensive endnotes, index, and appendix the book had ever contained.

Highly recommendable.

2Double Your Dating

David DeAngelo – Double Your Dating

This great book taught me what I wasn't able to learn by myself by trial and error: How to deal with women.

This is an important part of your life, if you have problems here and not face them early, they may haunt you your whole life.

  • Are you afraid of approaching women?
  • do you know how to talk to women?
  • why is “can I buy you a drink” a no no?
  • do better looking guys have better chances?
  • how to draw a woman to a man like a magnet?
  • when is a woman ready to be kissed?

Find the answers to this and a lot of more in Double Your Dating.

Find a more detailed review of this ebook and my personal experiences with it here.

3Shankti Gawain - Creative Visualisation

Shakti Gawain – Creative Visualization

This is one of the best books regarding visualization.

A good friend of mine gave it to me, when I needed it most and when the time for it was right. That way I could profit the most from it.

It describes the power of visualization and gives many examples, exercises and affirmations. It really opened my eyes and introduced me to visualization-techniques the first time in my life.

You can benefit from it in two ways: you can get an introduction in visualization-techniques and put the numerous affirmations listed into action.

A very good read!

4What the Bleep Do We Know!?

What the Bleep Do We Know!?

For the open-minded: This is the first documentary I know that accomplished to bring together science and the so called metaphysics. My mind opened to a completely new concept of our existence.

This documentary is an interesting visual and scientific exploration of something what we call the unknown. Quantum Physics seems to be the universal language to bring us closer to an understanding of ourselves and the world that surrounds us.

Watch it, it really can expand your horizons.

5The Secret

The Secret (Extended Edition)

This is the documentary that made the term “Law Of Attraction” popular. It has been there before, but not until Oprah introduced it to the public it became very popular.

The documentary is a visual demonstration of one of the universal laws of our existence: ask and it is given.

It is a clear demonstration and a visual manual for the law of attraction. If you follow it, you can reach any goal you want.

Very recommended if you want a first introduction to the law of attraction.

6Joseph Murphy - The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Joseph Murphy – The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

This is an absolute classic. Written in 1935 it introduces the fact that everybody has control over his surrounding.

This is the book that helped me cope with my break up the most. It gives you the power and the tools in hand to consciously change the way of thinking and therefore the reality that surrounds you.

Fact is, no matter what happen to us, we create our own perception of it. We choose to suffer by thinking in this terms.

The book showed me how to change my thinking-pattern that made me suffer.

A must have.

7Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

This is a book about a journey for a treasure, a journey from the Hispanic mountains to far far away. The hero finally has to realize that what he was looking for was already within. What was to be a journey for gold ends to be a spiritual journey for finding what is really important.

I like the simplicity of the language. No word acrobatic, just a true meaning.

Here is one of the countless allegories, my favorite, quoted for you:

“But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?” asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone. “Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,” said the wisest of wise men. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”

8Jane Roberts - Seth Speaks

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul

Now something for the very very open minded: This is a book that opens wide the window to a new thinking. Who are we and where do we go? These are questions the books answers in a way that you might find crazy. Nevertheless, it changes your view towards life – if you let it.

It changed my perception of the reality that I see with my eyes.

Osho - Courage

Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously

This book came to me exactly when I had to make an important decision. It helped me to realize, that there is nothing to be afraid of and that it is very vital for us to go for the unknown. Unknown situations are opportunities for adventure.

The book taught me that in order to make progress in life we have to move out of our “comfort-zone” with no fear:

“No, nothing is secure. That is my message. Nothing can be secure, because a secure life will be worse than death. Nothing is certain. Life is full of uncertainties, full of surprises – that is its beauty! You can never come to a moment when you can say, “Now I am certain.” When you say you are certain, you simply declare your death; you have committed suicide.”

10Deepak Chopra - The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Deepak Chopra – The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

As in Think And Grow Rich success is not always material wealth, it is only one component. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success describes this way to success through spiritual means.

Each chapter discusses a spiritual law, which is followed by three practical steps to assist you in living in harmony with that law.

The laws are:

  1. The Law of Pure Potentiality
  2. The Law of Giving
  3. The Law of Karma (or Cause and Effect)
  4. The Law of Least Effort
  5. The Law of Intention and Desire
  6. The Law of Detachment
  7. The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life