This list of 100 books to read in a lifetime will completely change the way you think, feel and live your life. They’re excellent resources on finding your true purpose, progressing on your spiritual journey and achieving your goals and dreams.

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100 Books That Will Completely Change Your Life


A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Andrew Carnegie

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Revised and Expanded): The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems

Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition: All Your Favorite Original Stories Plus 20 Bonus Stories for the Next 20 Years

Choose Yourself!

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

Do-Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Find a Way

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

How to Win Friends & Influence People

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition

Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Man’s Search for Meaning

Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Outliers: The Story of Success

Personal History

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Steve Jobs

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Stumbling on Happiness

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!

The 48 Laws of Power

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The Alchemist

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World (Art of Happiness Book)

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books)

The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and Life

The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

The Art Of War

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto)

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fourth Edition

The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials)

The Last Lecture

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Prophet (A Borzoi Book)

The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

The Road to Character

The Secret

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

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future