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The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

This is THE book about using your subconscious to your advantage. It’s an absolute classic and million-copy bestseller.

Murphy identified early (1963!) that we can use visualization to turn the placebo effect to our advantage, that sleep restores our willpower, and that envy will only prevent us from getting what we want. Must-watch!

Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

1-Sentence-SummaryFour Thousand Weeks explores the popularized concept of time management from a different point of view, by tapping into ancient knowledge from famous philosophers, researchers, and spiritual figures, rather than promoting the contemporary idea of high-level productivity and constant self-optimization.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. As humans started to analyze and understand time, it became more valuable to them.
  2. Boost productivity by leaving room for procrastination and prioritizing your tasks.
  3. Spare time should be used for family activities and hobbies.

If you want to manage your time as best as you possibly can, this book is for you.

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Naval Ravikant

1-Sentence-SummaryThe Almanack of Naval Ravikant compiles the valuable lessons of Naval Ravikant, who teaches people how to build wealth and achieve long-term happiness by working on a few essential skills, all while discovering the secrets of living a good life.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Use the compounding rule to build the life you want.
  2. A good financial status can help you unlock new levels of freedom.
  3. Reacting with neutrality to certain events and staying quiet can enhance our happiness.

If you want to be wealthy and happy, this book is for you.

Discourses by Epictetus

1-Sentence-SummaryDiscourses is a transcription of Epictetus’s lectures which aim to address a series of life ethics and tales that can help us make sense of certain things happening to us, such as hardship, challenges, and life events that ultimately lead to a stronger character.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Without life’s challenges, we wouldn’t feel the need to grow and evolve.
  2. Everything that is great in life takes time and effort to build.
  3. If you can’t control it, don’t stress over it.

If you want to deepen your understanding of philosophy and ethics, this book is for you.