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Reading is important to everyone. Its also the source of
knowledge. Reading alone, however, isnt enough. What you read
Most of us read the wrong things. As the greater writer
Reading is important to everyone. Its also the source of knowledge. Reading alone, however, isnt enough. What you read matters.
Most of us read the wrong things. As the greater writer Haruki Murakami says, reading what everyone else reads means youre probably going to think what everyone else thinks. All those books from high-school? Everyone else has read them too. The best-sellers? Same.
Thats not to say these books arent valuable. They are. Theyre just not going to help you get unique insights, see problems in a different way than others, or even help you solve more problems. To win you need to see things that other people cant see. You need to connect things that other people cant connect.
With that in mind, here are five books that youve probably never heard of and that will change your life and enable you to see the world in a new light.
1.Collected Maxims and Other Reflections by La Rochefoucauld
La Rochefoucaulds critical and pithy analysis of human behavior wont soon be forgotten. A list of people affected by his book include Nietzsche, Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, and Conan Doyle. The readers best policy, Rochefoucauld suggests, is to assume that none of these proverbs is directed at him, and that he is the sole exception. After that, I assure that he will be the first to subscribe to them.
2. The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene
Ive never read this book in a cover-to-cover sense but Ive read each of the laws. For example, the first law is Never outshine the master. I worked as hard as I ever have to show off my talents and skills and at every turn it backfired over and over again. The lessonmake your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.
3. Xenophons Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War by Xenophon
It is the autobiography of Cyrus the Great, also known as Cyrus the Elder, who made the oldest known declaration of human rights. The book is full of leadership lessons. For example, Too much talking suggests desperation on the part of the leader. Speak shortly, precisely and to the point and couch your desires in such natural sense that no one can raise objections. Then move on.
4. Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
This book is a great example of timeless wisdom. The main motto of this book is how to raise your children in a world where they have plenty but the lessons apply to parents.
5. Models of my Life by Herbert Simon
An autobiography of Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon, a remarkable polymath who more people should know about. Crossing practices, he was at the intersection of information sciences. He won the Nobel for his theory of bounded rationality, and is perhaps best known for his wise quote A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.