I've never been much of a reader. Reading feels more like work than leisure when you're reading the wrong book. The right book is the one you can read through effortlessly and stays with you forever. Let me tell you about the three books that have stuck with me and taught me a bunch.
As far as I know, The Little Prince is considered a children's book but, also, it isn't. Short, sweet and written very simply, it digs in to topics that pertain us all. If this book teaches anything to the reader is to live life and find happiness. It points out some of the nonsensical priorities of adults and sheds light on the value of the little things in life.
In short, Outliers is a book about successful people. This is a collection of essays detailing the journey of some of the brightest and most successful people. It talks about the unique opportunities that were presented to these people, but also how hard they worked to take advantage of those opportunities. In short, legends like the Beatles, Bill Gates, et al are successful because they were at the right place at the right time, but also because they worked really hard at what they did. What did I learn from this book? Opportunities find you while working, so work hard at what you love.
This one comes from a very special place in my heart. Annie Leibovitz is my favorite portrait photographer and probably my biggest inspiration. I had read this life-changing book at the Brownsville public library and I was lucky enough to receive, from one of my best friends, a signed copy of this particular book for my birthday earlier this year. What I love the most about this book is how candidly Annie tells her story and the story behind each of the images presented in there.
I hope you find some much-needed inspiration and lessons in these just as I did.
Which books would you add to this list?