I have a tattoo under my arm that I got at 19 and says Read more, learn more, change the world. It is a lyrich from a song “I can” by the rapper Nas and it is a believe which I live by every day.
I have another one on my chest that I got when I was 22 which says Memento mori (remember the death) a term which I became familiar with when studying Baroque paintings, one of my favourite of which is Caravaggio’s St. Jerome. This two words have been widely written about, most recently by Ryan Holiday one of the writers who influenced me the most.
Regrettably, I did not grow up a reader during my childhood, I became one later. It was not until I turned 19 that I realized the importance of books. From that moment I have tried my best to find inspirational and educational books to absorbe while on the bus, on the train or just anywhere. My academic education never thought me how to read, I was not analphabet, but I never found this activity important.
Here you can find a list of some of the best books out there. These are suggestions, books that I consider to have been important in different aspects of my personal growth and still help me improve every day and shape my mind. I hope they can help you as much as they have helped me.
Mastery by Robert Greene
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
The Element by Ken Robinson
Out of our minds: Learning to be creative by Ken Robinson
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
World Order by Henry Kissinger
The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan
Global Political Economy by Robert Gilpin
Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
Trust me I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday
Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger
Contagious Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
1984 by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Green Mile by Stephen King
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The Richest Man in Babylon by Gerge S. Clason
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari