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Top 11 Life Changing, Purpose Finding, Books I've Read

Updated on January 5, 2017

Must Read Evergreen Books for 2017 and Beyond

This site is about some essential life changing books that I absolutely recommend. Ten years ago I began reading an inordinate amount of books. I started to read out of necessity, as I learned from a mentor of mine, that in order to gain an edge in business and in life, it was critical that I become voracious reader. So a reader I became, averaging about three books per month. If my math is right, this means that I've read somewhere around 288 books. Out of these 288 or so books I've come to really appreciate 11. Okay I appreciated a whole lot more than 11; however, there are 11 absolute superstars of all the books I have read. This lens is about those 11 life changing books. Therefore, I present the books that I recommend to any and all who are looking for resources to change your life .... for the better, the books that can help you find what you are truly looking for, 11 books that will inspire you and guide you to think and grow in a new and exciting way, here are my TOP 11 LIFE CHANGING, PURPOSE FINDING BOOKS OF ALL TIME (They Are Subject to Change of Course).

In addition to the top 11, I have also recommended the one book that I think has the most potential to help kids find their purpose and make significant life changes early, so be sure to take a look at it if you have kids. Happy reading!

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"The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries." - Rene Descartes

This is It: THE LIST - Top 11 Life Changing Books

  1. The Saint, The Surfer, and The CEO. by Robin Sharma

    This is a terrific book that captures the essence of being and gently guides its readers to an inviting world of wholeness and possibility. This book really put so much of my life into perspective, and made me realize that I wanted to do more, be more, and not in your typical material sense either. After reading this book on purpose, I felt whole and realized deep down inside how close I was to becoming my best self. I highly recommend this book. If you are interested in it too, you can learn more about it by clicking HERE.

    Also, if you are interested in Robin Sharma in general, perhaps you might want to visit his formal website sometime to learn of some of his other life changing books when you have the time...it will be worth it: Just go to RobinSharma.com.

  2. End The Struggle and Dance With Life by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D

    I used to work in a really cushy and safe corporate environment and made a move into self-employment a couple of years ago which had me worrying like crazy for my financial well being. After a couple months of experiencing stressed induced illnesses I found this baby.This book was so powerful in helping me live a better life. Honest to goodness as I read through this book I felt my life and general well being get easier, happier, and lighter. Stress was gone, worry was gone, and years later they have yet to rear their ugly little heads. It's an absolutely amazing and life changing book. You can learn more about this book by clicking HERE. And if you want to know more about this awesome author check out her website SusanJeffers.com. Susan also has another book called Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, which is a book worthy of your time as well.

  3. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    Wow...this is a book I would recommend to every single human alive. Seriously!! This is a book that I believe if everyone read and studied, the world would be a dramatically different place. Have you ever wondered why people are so weird or different, and then had an extremely difficult time dealing with them at work, in business, or in the necessary social gathering? Well, this book put it all into perspective for me and really allowed me to not only accept the intricacies of human relations for what they were, but gave me a leg up by showing me how to effectively and positively handle and manage individuals in almost every type of situation. I've added a link to a page that will give you more info into his works. This books is a must read as it will provide you with skills that you didn't think you needed, and as a result can seriously help you change or improve your life: HERE

  4. Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

    A somewhat tragic read but a classic. This story has philosophical gems of insight that will leave you forever better, nobler, and wiser for reading it. If you are not ready to go to your local library to check out this book on purpose, but still curious about the gist of this storyline and more content go HERE

  5. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

    This book contains a secret, one which has been put to a practical test by thousands of people from every walk of life. I believe this book truly contains the fundamentals of what is needed to create the richness and wealth one seeks in life. This potentially life changing book outlines specific tactics which will lead you to your ultimate goals. If you really want to get the most out of his material, the Napoleon Hill Foundation has been set up in honor of his work, to check it out go HERE

  6. Real Magic by Dr. Wayne Dyer

    An eye opening, life changing book. I was extremely skeptical and thought myself to be a "know-it-all" before exploring this book. I gained immense trust/faith in life and in myself while reading this. Through this book, Wayne Dyer ultimately shifted my whole experience in life to one which was once again comprised of wonder, possibility, potential, and faith. A magnificent read with potential to put the magic spark back into your life. He has a pretty neat website,that lists some of his other life changing books. To learn more go HERE
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  7. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

    I read this years ago but the principles taught in this book have stuck with me ever since. Robert teaches significant principles on finances and investing which helps people realize that wealth, money, and early retirement aren't just ideas and realities experienced by the rich or by celebrities, but rather, easily attainable circumstances that can be created by anyone who wants it. You'll gain a new financial consciousness and learn excellent ideas that may be a huge shift from what you've been taught or previously known about money, and will ultimately prove more promising. If interested in learning more about his community of individuals seeking more financial knowledge go HERE

  8. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

    This book will completely revolutionize your thinking about yourself and about spirituality. This book, if read thoroughly and seriously, can transform your thinking and bestow upon you an existence filled with more joy, awareness, peace, and meaning..NOW. I highly recommend this book on purpose. To get it, click HERE

    In addition, the author, Eckhart Tolle, has a pretty nice website too...if you want to learn more about him, you can do so at www.EckharTtolle.com

  9. Tribes by Seth Godin

    A phenomenal book by the master of marketing. I've read almost all of Seth Godin's books but this one really galvanized my soul. Seth plays the role of professional disturber in this one, provoking his readers to get off of their couch of comfort and lead. It's an easy read, however it is packed with powerful nudges of encouragement and personal challenges that will leave you dying to get started on your personal movement to positively help change your world or industry. It is not necessarily a book on purpose, but it does give some good direction. Visit his website/blog HERE.

  10. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

    An extremely philosophical book and a very difficult read. As claimed by the Author, it is a "book for all and a book for none". This statement struck me as a personal challenge by the author, so I read the book a couple of times. Actually, only after reading this book a couple of times will it make sense..so be patient. In all seriousness though, this book will probably offend or anger you and at the very least disturb you, but after it is all said and done, this book is in my mind great, as it was created in order to push individuals at all levels of their existence to surpass what they now know and experience in order to become and overcome themselves again and again. Think kaizen principles and self development to the extreme. The book is definitely a life changing book if studied and taken seriously. Want to know more? I would suggest starting with wikipedia HERE

  11. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

    This book has really had a huge impact on my life...like KABOOM IMPACT!! The content can be a bit "philosophic with slightly poetic overtones", but I believe its worth powering through, primarily because it dives so deep, getting to the roots of why our lives are the way they are. The book helps its readers see how powerful their own thinking can be in the creation of their individual circumstances, while simultaneously guiding readers towards ways of thinking that can improve those circumstances. Truly, this book is a gem, and anyone who earnestly studies this book, and seeks to apply the ideas and concepts suggested to their own lives, will see amazing and positive developments surface in proportion to the intensity of your efforts.

    Did you enjoy the list? I certainly hope so. These life changing books really touched my life and believe or not, helped me ultimately find my purpose. I found that one of the trickiest things about finding one's purpose is being able to implement it into a practical way of making a living. If you are like me, and know what you really want to do with your life, but just can't seem to pull it all together in a way that has you doing it full time, reading these books will help.

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."

— JIM ROHN

Interested in Greatness? Then Read These Books!

There following resource provides an excellent list of books that are the foundation for anyone seeking greatness. Aside from autobiographies of great men and women, these books are the best place to start.

If achieving your greatness is something that you may be interested in, check out this list of Books on GREATNESS!

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."

- FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Interested In Money? Then Read These Money Books!

Read and Grow Rich

If you've already read most of the top books that I've recommend above on changing your life, perhaps you might be interested in books that teach you how to change your levels of prosperity. If you ever become interested in making some dramatic life changes regarding your financial situation, then I have a great resource for you that details all the books that will be most suitable for helping you out in this department.

If you follow the link below, you will be taken to another "best of" page. Only this time, it's a Top 7 list, and it is all the books recommended for helping to change one's life as it pertains to money. It's a great resource that's contains a wealth of knowledge (pun intended)...Take a look!

The People's Choice - Ultimate Book on Purpose - Of all the books on purpose, this seems to be the ultimate book on purpose

Perhaps this book won't change your life immediately, but it may help you get on a faster track towards finding your purpose, which isn't a bad starting place for making some significant changes in your life.

Paper back and Kindle below.

Man's Search for Meaning
Man's Search for Meaning

I've read this book, and I must agree, it is a powerful book that can help people gain clarity on what really matters in life , and provides insights on how we can all find our own unique purpose.

 

New!!! Life Changing Book Debate - Self-leadership Vs. Literature

I've always been curious to find outwhat books inspire change in other people. For me, I've been most inspired by books written by other successful people who give specific tip/ideas on how to improve in a particular area. This genre is typically known as self-help, but I like to refer to it as self-leadership. Of course, I've also read a few classical literature pieces that have equally moved me and inspired me to be better. So what's you pick and why?

Which type of book have you found to inspire/move you the most?

Self-leadership/Self Help Books

Self-leadership/Self Help Books

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— JIM ROHN

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      simply-accounting 3 years ago

      Great post !

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      Love these books and this lens! Good job.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. I love that you have some classic works listed along with the modern books. Thank you

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      rashi-agarwal-1023 4 years ago

      Hey, thanks for sharing the list.

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      FloridaCarTitleLoans 4 years ago

      Some pretty predictable books here. Does not seem like you're too versatile, a lot of good life books though.

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      JasonRafeal 4 years ago

      Let me know if I can support you in anyway? But I am definitely recommending you on my blog.

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      JasonRafeal 4 years ago

      I really like this blog, it reminds me of my own. I think we complement each other. Great Job!

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Great list! I'm going to check these out. Sundae ;-)

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      blackbeltreader 4 years ago

      Thanks for the list.

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      Lee Nitus 4 years ago

      @renyou: You'll love both. Faust is a really, really good story, but it is the subtlety, hidden wisdom and with that make is so terrific.

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. Great list.

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      renyou 4 years ago

      These are great, want to read most tribe and faust.

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      renyou 4 years ago

      These are great, want to read most tribe and faust.

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      amasonauthor 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Thanks for you Top Ten, I look forward to purchasing and reading some of the books you listed.

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      Lee Nitus 4 years ago

      @shashikantdabral: Thanks for sharing shashikandtdabral. I'll be sure to check this book out for its life changing potential. :)

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      shashikantdabral 4 years ago

      Good information. I would like to add one more to the list "You can Win" by Shiv Khera.

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      Liveliferead LM 4 years ago

      Nice! I should get my hand on a few of these. I would add to this The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo, it isn't a guide of any kind, but it's significance is so clear and meaning is so deep. No matter how old you are, you could get a whole lot out of this book, a true masterpiece!

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @timothy-rayner: Hi Timothy, thanks for stopping by my page on life changing books. I will be sure to take a look at your philosophical guide.

      All the Best,

      Nathan

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @timothy-rayner: Hi Timothy, thanks for stopping by my page on life changing books. I will be sure to take a look at your philosophical guide.

      All the Best,

      Nathan

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      timothy-rayner 5 years ago

      Hey Nathan. Check out out Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide - I think you'll like it! http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/philosoph...

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      "The 7 Habits of highly Effective Teens" is so excellent. I was happy to see it on here. I'm bookmarking your lens to come back and read some from your list. Thanks for the mini-reviews and recommendations! "Squid Angel blessed."

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Great Collection of life-changing books! Nice lens! Thanks for sharing. God bless.

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @RadaFrancis LM: You're welcome...and thanks for stopping by.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Nice selection and have read a few of these.

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @poldepc lm: Thanks poldepc. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      neuromancer lm 5 years ago

      Hmm interesting read, thinkig now about getting some of these books myslef.

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      great lens! Thank you for sharing your favorite books

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      what a good lens..so much rich contents

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These book selections are certain to provide an interesting paradigm to think differently and experience life situations in 'different' ways! Nice list!

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @bookbuyer: Sorry for the late response bookbuyer... but I am glad you enjoyed the list. Please let me know if you can think of ways I can make the list better. Thanks for visiting.

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      bookbuyer 5 years ago

      Awesome list! I like how you not only named the books, but explained why you like them. Some of the things you said really resonated with me.

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @Serj: Excellent point Serj. The 7 Habits is truly an awesome life changing book, and I just might have to swap out one of the books on my list with it... as it is truly an impactufl book. Thanks stopping by!

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      Serj 5 years ago

      Some good books here, though I'm surprised, because you mention the 7 habits of highly effective teens but don't include the original, which is my #1 book, The 7 habits of highly effective people... Anyways, nicely done lens!

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping and commenting on my lens on life changing books. It's much appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      interesting lens.......with good books.......well done

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @spartakct: Thanks for visiting the "books on purpose" lens spartackt.

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      spartakct 5 years ago

      Nice list of books, cool lens

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @EdTecher: Thanks for stopping by Iravidlearner, I really look forward to hearing what you thought of it after your read it. I am sure you will like it :) All the Best!

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      Heidi Reina 5 years ago from USA

      I've read several of the books on your life changing list, and they've helped me tremendously. I do want to read The Saint, the Surfer and the CEO" after reading your review. Great list!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Someof these books have really helped me a lot.

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @aesta1: Hi Aesta! Thanks for the squid like! It is much appreciated :) I think you will definitely love the first one... the author, Robin Sharma.. is a pretty amazing guy.

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Man's search for meaning is an amazingly powerful book. I should seriously consider adding to my list. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the list! I went to see Eckhart Tolle speak after his "A New Earth" book was published. Brilliant to see someone so centered and present. Made the Q&A a bit slow though!

      If you haven't read it yet, I strongly recommend "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E Frankl. Powerful, inspiring and humbling.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am glad to see this list. I have read some but I haven't read the first one. Will get it.

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      Lee Nitus 7 years ago

      @lostinfiction: Hi lostinfiction, thanks for the comment. I will certainly look into Liz Gilbert's work as I have not read it. However I did find Eckhart Tolle inspirational even though I didn't read Liz's work.... Thanks also for the infloox resourse... it's really good!

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      lostinfiction 7 years ago

      I couldn't take Eckhart Tolle all that seriously, but if you've read Liz Gilbert's work, you'll probably find it quite inspirational. The infloox site should also give some good recommendations, eg; if you look up influences of people you admire etc.

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      Very nice list of books with well written overviews on each. Added a few to my "must read" list. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dr_Paul_DeBell 7 years ago

      Nice lens! This is a very helpful list of books to check out. I'd love for you to drop by my lens on Decoding The Spiritual Messages of Everyday Life and say hello.

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens! 108 books - I'd say that makes you an expert on this particular topic. I rarely have time to read, but when I do, I like to read fictional thriller/suspense and non-fiction. The next time I've got time, I'd read 'End Struggle and Dance with Life since I have a chronic illness and could use some help in that area.

      One of my favorite books was The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs....it got me started working with Millennium Promise which is one of the charities that I support wholeheartedly (wrote a lens about it). The only downside to the book was you can only digest about 10 pages at a time because it has a lot of detail about economics.

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Lee Nitus 8 years ago

      Thank you! Let me know when you do.. I'd like to know what you think about them. Thanks again!! [in reply to AppalachianCountry]

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Great lens. Thank-you for the tips on the books. We haven't read them all yet.

      5 stars*****

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      Teddi14 LM 8 years ago

      I loved Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki!!! One of the best books I have read. You have reminded me about it and I need to re-read it! :-) 5*'s

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      You've picked some good ones. I've read Tribes and Rich Dad, those are both great motivational books that should change your perspective at least a little bit in how you look at certain business and financial situations. Nice work and welcome to Squidoo!

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      Lee Nitus 8 years ago

      Awesome. It's good to know that Rich Dad Poor Dad had the same affect on you. Perhaps we can swap some ideas on creating multiple streams of income?.. Best[in reply to Awle]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yeah!! of the 10 books you mentioned i have read 2. My specialty; Rich dad poor dad. Why? It changed my out look on life and career. I am still an employee yet on the path of securing multiple streams of income online. Any success? Not yet, but sure thing i am learning a lot and working hard.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love them! My favorite is "100 Simple Secrets of Happy People" by David Niven! It's research and real life experience about how happy people do simple things to keep them that way...

      Thanks for all this inspiring info!