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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert teaches how to be creative despite fears and uncertainty and where innovative ideas actually come from.

An absolute must-read for anyone who is holding themselves back from pursuing her dreams and hesitating to take the next big leap in life.

“Creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that — merely by being here — you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own.”

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Jen Sincero talks about topics like the law of attraction and manifestation in a way everybody can understand and apply the lessons.

An absolute recommendation for anyone who wants to make the universal laws work for them and finally attract all their biggest desires.

“You’ve gotten to where you are right now by doing whatever it is you’re doing, so if you’re less than impressed with your current situation, you clearly need to change things up.”

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The book is not only packed with inspiration that will empower you to go out and live your best life, but it also includes actionable tasks and ideas on how to find your passion, or element, as Robinson calls it.

The ideal read for anyone who is still on the path of finding his passion and calling in life.

“If you’re doing something that you love, by the end of the day you may be physically tired but spiritually energized.”

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This book is the ultimate must-read for anyone who wants to level up her performance and life in general.

“Be more intentional about who you want to become. Have vision beyond your current circumstances. Imagine your best future self, and start acting like that person today.”

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It’s basically a look into all the lessons Oprah learned throughout the past decades.

She openly shares all the struggles she faced and the lessons learned on her path to becoming one of the most influential people of today’s wold.

“What I know for sure is that every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and step out and dance — to live free of regret and filled with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.”

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This one is a fantastic step-by-step guide on how to create a happier, more joyful life without much effort.

Rubin describes her own happiness project, which she practiced for 12 months and openly shares which strategies best worked for her and how you can apply them as well.

“The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted.”

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The 4-Hour Workweek is a bible for personal growth and business.

Ferriss teaches so many strategies on how to live better and build lasting, automated businesses. This sounds like too much to cover in a single book, but he truly delivers the value. 

“Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.”

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This is a fantastic piece that will convince you to speed up your decision-making process, no matter how important the decision seems to be.

Gladwell describes how most of our decisions are based on our gut feeling and what happens when we listen to our intuition instead of over-thinking and creating endless pro-contra lists.

“If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments.”

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21 Lessons For The 21st Century summarizes today’s highlights in terms of politics, culture, and economics in a way everybody can relate and still make up their own opinion.

“In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.”

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The maximalist philosophy of reading

The modern world equates the intelligent person will the well-read person. It's difficult to think of anyone arriving at any worthy insights without having read an impressive number of books.

But despite the pressure to read through multiple awarded and fascinating books, we might pause and reflect on an interesting aspect of the pre-modern world: Reading was important, but it never put people under any pressure to read very much at all. It was more important to read a few books very well and not waste time on a great number of volumes.

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Read Once & Reap the Benefits of Reading 10x

Many of us read, yet we are far from reaping its benefits, for we fail to retain the knowledge and apply it into our daily routine. Here is a 5 step strategy to help you reap the benefits:

  1. Read
  2. Harvest
  3. Curate
  4. Master
  5. Categorize

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Where‘s time..?

We stack books with full intent to read them all, but then time escapes us while our To Be Read pile grows ever taller. Luckily, there are ways we can make time for reading.

Reading for pure enjoyment has been on a sad decline for a while now, with reports saying 24% of Americans haven’t read at all for pleasure this last year.

Life gets busy; books don’t get prioritized. Pew Research Center states the average American is still likely to read around 12 books a year.

But with over a million books being published each year, the undeniable fact is: we need to find more time to read.

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