Non-fiction books are the ultimate gateway to expanding your mind. Listed here are 10 books to help you raise your IQ by the time you put the book down.
Book Recommendations | 10 Best Non-Fiction Books to Read and Feed Your Mind With
1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning tells the true story of Victor Frankl’s experiences during WWII. Originally published in 1946, this biography is considered a classic and a must-read even today.
It features a collection of Frankl’s memoirs about his days in a Nazi concentration camp, and how he used his experience to treat his patients. According to him, a person’s main drive is not to pursue pleasure, but in searching for what makes life more meaningful.
By the time you’re halfway done with this very fascinating read, you’ll never look at your life the same way again. The next time somebody comes to you feeling hopeless, you can help them out by repeating memorable lines from this life-changing book.
2. Quiet by Susan Cain
Around 50% of the world’s population are introverts. If you’re one of them, you know how difficult it is to live and adapt in a world that’s hard-wired for a different personality.
Quiet, a New York Times Bestseller, breaks away from the typical mold of self-help books and shows you the secret formula on how to harness the strengths introverts have. It walks you through the chemistry differences between introverts and extroverts, and talks about how works for one would not necessarily be a good fit for another.
Once you’re done reading this, you can show your extroverted friends and colleagues how to help you reach your biggest potential.
3. Mastery by Robert Greene
How do you become the master of your chosen craft? This is a question this book hopes the reader will be able to answer for whatever field they chose.
Mastery consists of 1000 biographies of some of the world’s greatest leaders and their story about their long, arduous journey to mastery. To do this, author Robert Greene analyzed the lives and behaviors of masters like Einstein and da Vinci and interviewed nine contemporary masters.
4. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Not all business books are created equal, but if you must read one of them, this is the one to reach out for. PayPal’s founder and pioneer Facebook investor Peter Thiel tell his story and shares some secrets and true to life lessons he learned on how to build a billion-dollar business.
This book will change the way you look at how businesses and capitalism work.
5. Mindset by Carol Dweck
Self-improvement is not just about caring for yourself (like eating and sleeping well). It’s also a journey that lets you enjoy the little things on a much deeper level.
Psychologist, researcher, and writer Carol Dweck shows you how to march on the path to self-improvement. She also talks about the various reasons why many people fall off the wagon.
Read this if you want to know how to improve your life by shifting your mindset about your skills and talents.
6. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
In Outliers, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell explains how the world’s top achievers from different industries reached the heights they did. Gladwell may not have come up with the 10,000 hour-rule nor is he the first author to have written about success stories throughout history, but how he ties these concepts and stories together are worth reading.
How did the Beatles become the best-selling band of all time? Why are the best hockey players born during the first three months of the year?
This book aims to answer interesting questions like these in an effort to explain how some people reach great success. Have a glimpse on how blood, sweat, and tears which were shed in turning these seemingly ordinary people into the game-changing icons we know today.
7. Where Good Ideas Come From By Steven Johnson
Don’t fall for the “lonely genius in the ivory tower” myth.
Ideas are created not out of a vacuum. It comes from a synthesis of various factors like location, opportunity, and even timing.
Synthesis is something Johnson is excellent at. He shows in this book how a simple thing can lead to a chain reaction of events and discoveries on various innovations you know and use in the present.
8. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
The only thing in this world that’s certain is change, and there are various ways you can respond to the uncertainty. If you’re ready to unlearn some misconceptions about human nature, this is the book for you.
Some flee at the first sign of trouble, while others weather the storm and stand at the same place they were before. The concept of “antifragility” is neither of those things.
Antifragile is about becoming better in the face of trials, and shows you how to be one of those people. It talks about tales on how antifragility has been used throughout history, during the present, and even on a personal level.
9. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
It’s a difficult task to discover your passion, hone it, and share it with others. This is exactly what Steve Martin did in this memoir about his years in the stand-up circles.
This candid and engaging read gives you a look into the factors that enable a champion to emerge from the shadows.
10. Bold by Peter Diamondis and Steven Kotler
Bold is a road map for those who aspire to make a huge impact in the world you live in. Having an idea is one thing, but it’s another game to put together the system and the people to help you make it happen.
If you’re a budding entrepreneur, or you just want to change the world in your own way, this is the book just for you.
These are just some of the best non-fiction books that can give you a mental boost and expand your knowledge. We hope you can pick up even a little something from these writers you can use to become one percent better.
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