As you might know, I love to read books. I believe it’s one of the best ways to learn and get inspired. An example of books that I read recently is the biography of Elon Musk.

Since I’m always on the lookout for interesting books to read, I’d like to ask you:

What are the most inspiring books you have read and why?

Please leave your answer in the comments. I’m sure your answer will be useful not just for me, but also for everyone else in the community.

Thanks!

Categories: Learning

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  • Stu Lim

    I am rereading an inspiring book I bought in the 80s. ” The Magic Of Thinking Big” It

    • http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/ Donald Latumahina

      Interesting book. Thanks for sharing!

    • paul

      great book. in read it a week ago

  • bingbingwa

    Penthouse June 1980

  • http://ahscribbles.com/ ahscribbles

    I’m currently reading the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The book is filled with many gems and you get to see another side of Steve. Plus, the writing is very beautiful too so that helps.

    • http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/ Donald Latumahina

      I agree, it’s a great book. Thanks!

  • Sean

    An inspiring NON-fiction book was The Martian by Andy Weir, also an excellent read!

    • http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/ Donald Latumahina

      I’ve heard quite a lot about it but haven’t read it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Matt Karamazov

    There are SO many! I read hundreds of books every year (literally), but some incredible ones are:

    “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius: Roman Emperor 2,000 years ago, he belonged to the Stoics, a philosophical school that taught strength in the face of adversity and how to die well.

    “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau: One of the American transcendentalists, he built his own house in the woods for less than the price of renting (in the mid 1800’s) and lived there for 2 years. These are his observations during that time.

    “The Book” by Alan Watts: It’s just about how everything is interconnected and how we didn’t come “into” the world, but came “out” of it. A main idea from the book is that we are individually, something that the whole universe is “doing” in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing. Phenomenal read.

    “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr”: I’m reading this one now, and taking lots of notes. One of his letters is reproduced wherein he says that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Amazing man with a message of tolerance for all of us.

    “The Art of Loving” by Erich Fromm: He was the psychologist that Jackie Kennedy took her kids to go see after their father was assassinated. He makes observations like “love is the only rational answer to the problem of human existence”, and “if you think you love one person, but your love doesn’t extend to every single person on earth, then you don’t know what love is”. It’s one of my all time favorites.

    Happy reading!

    Matt K

    • http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/ Donald Latumahina

      Great recommendations. Thanks, Matt!

     

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