2 Books That Completely Changed My Life

2 Books That Completely Changed My Life

Hasn’t our living style changed drastically with modernization? Having spare time is like a fantasy for most of us. Long hours of jobs and merging ourselves into research fields and schooling has dominated our 24/7.

Earlier, I had no world besides schooling. I remember it was July 2018, when I visited the school library and saw a book called ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. I went there to issue my course books. But due to some reasons, I ended up borrowing The 7 Habits book. 

Reading this didn’t bring divine changes in me. Instead, I saw many possible ways to live my life peacefully yet with strong principles. 

Now, let’s check out the books that will boost your personal skills, shall we? 

Books:

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  2. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari



1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

– Stephen R Covey

★★★★★

Since reading it for the first time, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has always been on the list of my favorite books. This book focuses on simple principles, which when followed enhances our way of thinking. It urges inner demand to expand our spectrum of knowledge.

Stephen R Covey believed that following all the principles in the book might be difficult at a particular time. But having a continuous effort to harmonize a few of these principles in our daily life will bring positive results. 

The primary lesson you would grasp from the book is about Time Management. Amid this Coronavirus Pandemic, we have a great opportunity to imply this principle. 

How many of us pick up the phone right after hearing the first beep? Can you resist doing it so as to not interrupt the important task you have been doing at that time?

For most people including me, I doubt so. But with the Time Management Matrix from this book, I have been able to prioritize my important activities first. This Matrix helps you to differentiate urgent and non-urgent activities. Also, we are able to determine whether the task we are doing is important, or otherwise.

Urgency drives most of us. When we head towards the deadline, our actual works come into play. However, Stephen writes about the importance of elements in Quadrant II – tasks that are Important, but Not Urgent.

It takes self-leadership to follow Quadrant II. Even though it might not bring in quick changes, we will slowly observe its deepest outcome. This teaches us Why Investing in Yourself is so Important?

Another valuable lesson from this book is the mentality of Win/Win. What it means is that we have to make sure whatever we do, it’s a win for us as well as the other person. For example, during a negotiation, we shouldn’t focus on just what we want. We have to consider the other person’s desires as well, and in the end, come to a mutually beneficial agreement. 

Going for what both of us want creates a synergistic environment and builds a trust that is essential for mutual growth. This win/win idea is very realistic and essential in our personal life as well as professional life. 

Likewise, the book suggests us to picture the end results and examine what matters the most to you. Finding a solid destination is the beginning of your successful life. 

When you visualize what to achieve, you can track your requirements to accomplish your goals. This will support you to identify the major issues before even jumping to achieve those goals.

So, let’s embrace principles from this book to Know About Ourselves, shall we?

Get this best selling book! (Currently available in India only)The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself.”

Stephen R Covey

 

2. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Robin Sharma

★★★★

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a masterpiece by Robin Sharma, which has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. The book emphasizes living with the fullest and accepting all the changes that come into our life.

Julian, the main character, explores the world of sages and learns lessons of enlightened living. With the motive to inspire the world, he comes back to his country and shares his learning with his friend John. 

Each second of our life is determined by how we choose to live it. The only problem is when we strike with difficulties, most of us leave without going further. After all, we all love to choose the easy path, don’t we? 

We create many excuses that interrupt our growth. To put my own example, I blame myself saying that my body needs long hours of sleep. For that reason, I wasn’t being able to accomplish my daily goals. I felt I was having a shortage of time. It’s a huge Challenge As a Millennial for most of us. I was astonished to find out from the book that it was a way to create an excuse for self-discipline.

Robin states that it is not how long we sleep that matters, it is what the quality of sleep is. A person driven with motives doesn’t need to sleep long hours, it is his laziness that provokes him to blame his body. 

In the book, Robin has widened my view on personal growth with illustrated examples. The simple story of a sumo wrestler in the book has been able to grasp my attention to the principle of radiant living. The significance of the golden stopwatch in the story is that there is nothing without time. So, be the time consciousness and plant the thriving inspiration within you. 

For inner peace, you don’t have to give up everything. You just need to schedule your Morning Routines as well as Daily Routines and live like those sages who are master of personal growth

Get this best selling book! (Currently available in India only)The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“Success cannot be pursued; success ensues. It flows as the unintended byproduct of efforts concentrated in the direction of a worthy cause.”

Robin Sharma

 

To not make the article lengthy, I have described just 2 books here. There are a few more books that have changed my life. I will be writing about them in the near future.

I have written a similar article about my experience with social media in this coronavirus lockdown. Check it out – My Personal Experience With Social Media In This Coronavirus Lockdown

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This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. Leah

    Great books! I enjoyed reading them, as well.

  2. avihappyhub

    I have read ‘The Monk…’ and it’s a great book. The other one is in my “to read” list.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Hey Avi!
      It’s great to know that. How did you find the book ‘The Monk…’?

      1. avihappyhub

        Its full of wisdom. It makes you think, what is purpose of your life, are materials enough for happiness, what is true happiness and so on….

        1. Pro Investivity

          Yup! Great insights about the book. I’m glad you learned a lot from the book.

  3. J

    Nice post, I enjoyed reading those.
    There is also a fantastic visual/animated summary of the 7 habits on YouTube

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thanks a lot!
      Oh really! I’d love to check it out!
      Thanks for letting me know.

  4. Zoheir

    Added the second book to my “books to read” list. Thanks you for sharing.

  5. Karsten

    The book ‘7 habits of highly successful people is on my list to buy.

    I can recommend you another book of mine “Atomic Habits’ on my list its number 008-2020. It is another book on habits, but also gives you a different way of looking at a habit, something that is an identity and not just a temporary goal.

    Keep well!

    1. Pro Investivity

      Hi Karsten!
      It’s great to know that you will be reading the 7 Habits soon.

      Yup, Atomic Habits is a wonderful book as well, to say the least. I am actually considering to write about it in one of my future posts!

      Thank you for your time to read this! Cheers! 🙂

  6. uzzawal1911

    Surely, the monk who sold his Ferrari is a great book, Robin Sharma has provided a lot valueable and eye opening insights in the book.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for your nice words! 🙂
      I agree with you! It has so many eye opening insights. I’m glad you liked the book.

  7. Raghuvendra

    Both the books are masterclasses in itself. Your writing made an urge to re-read them, specially in this lockdown period. And Loved your writing. 👍🙂

  8. Pro Investivity

    It’s my pleasure! 🙂
    I am eagerly waiting for your future posts!
    Also, may I ask you for a small favor? Since you have such beautiful writing, would you mind checking out my blog? Your feedback will be invaluable to me. Thank you very much!

  9. I am half way through this book “The monk who sold his Ferrari. Was reading it a year ago and could not go back and complete it due to time constraints. A slow book with a lot of insights into life. It was a good read so far.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Yup, you are very correct! It’s great to know that you are reading it again. Thanks for your warm words 🙂

  10. Shintaro Tachihara

    Your insights are colourful, detailed, and easy to read. This is a great post. Keep going!

  11. Peshy Jums

    The Monk who sold his Ferrari is a bang! I’ve been applying some of the lessons this year. I read it earlier this year. Great post xx

    1. Pro Investivity

      Hi Peshy! 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words.
      It’ great to know that you are applying the lessons of The Monk who sold his Ferrari.

  12. Absolutely invaluable books that I appreciate as well! Also, this is a great blog drawing together investing and personal development 🙂 Definitely something I would be interested in continuing to read about. Will will be following your blog. Keep up the amazing work that you do.

    -Kristina

    1. Pro Investivity

      Hi Kristina,

      I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful comment. I’m glad you are interested to read about these topics!

      Have a good day! 🙂

      – Kiran

  13. Wordzy

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing

    1. Pro Investivity

      These books are really inspiring! You can grasp most out of these. Thank you for stopping by, Anshika 🙂

  14. Mariyam Khan

    Nice to see that some people are dedicated enough to share their personal learnings and stuff that helped them

  15. CHUMBU @chumbu.wordpress.com

    Yes… I have read there books… your review was very good…

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