5 Books That Changed My Life

I’ve read a ton of books and I’m sure that I’ll do several lists featuring several books that mean a lot to me. Today I’m going to share 5 books that had the greatest impact on me to date (because I’m sure this list will evolve over time).


Law 1: The 48 Laws Of Power

1. The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene: I love anything by Robert Greene but the “laws” helped me the summer before moving to New York for my summer internship at Unilever. I think I was maybe 21 and had never worked at a job that didn’t have a cash register up until that point. I had NO idea how to navigate office politics or overly emotional people on the job. I randomly found this book at “Virgin Records” in San Francisco and was so glad that I found it. Now I rarely have a conversation with someone who hasn’t read the book.

“When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others” — Robert Greene


2. The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside The Cube by Michelle Goodman: I got this book from a friend after I had already started my “entrepreneurial” journey but I can admit that back then I had NO clue what I was doing. After I read this I had to get her other book, “My So Called Freelance Life.” These books just help me make sense of the kind of life I wanted to live with the kind of freedom I wanted to have. So many of us don’t have ANY idea how to even get started. These two books are sure to help!


Go ahead and get it.


3. Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho: I had just gone through a break up and this …

“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”

and this …

“No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it”

then this …

“Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with.”

and finally THIS …

“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.”


This book truly is a gift.


4. Maximize The Moment: God’s Action Plan for Your Life by T.D. Jakes: I spent much of my life going to private school where prayer was mandatory. It was more of a reflex than a real connection and it took me some time make my own personal connection that I don’t discuss much. I had reached one of what felt like the lowest moments in my life and this book was my sunshine. I STILL have this book on my shelf and when I pick it up I remember where I was in my life (in my 20s) and am just so grateful for it. Bishop Jakes can get me together with a few sentences.

“I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.”


5. Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design by Laurence G. Boldt: I was at my first job out of college and I knew that I was close to doing what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life but not there YET. I was working at Distinctive Assets and saw this book on the desk of the BEST sales person in the office. I remember him watching him sell his ass off. I finally asked him if I could take a look at the book and get his thoughts on it. It’s a THICK book and will remind you of something from school but that’s exactly what you need when you’re trying to sort your LIFE out forever right?


A page in the book.


“One’s true work is never merely ‘my work,’ but humanity’s work. It’s not really self-expression, unless by ‘self’ we mean it with a capital S, and that Self is the Self within all mankind.”


My “career” has been more of a personal journey and I’m grateful for this book for helping me understand what it truly means to make a living. There’s the saying that “when you love what you do you never work a day in your life” and that’s not true. You will LOVE what you’re doing but you will (read: should) work your ASS off.

Find more books that I love here.