The best books on finding your purpose and success within that purpose

The Books I Picked & Why

Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life

By Robert Fritz

Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life

Why this book?

This is a classic and has been foundational to my thinking and work. Fritz explains that we all live on the path of least resistance. Our lives change when we learn to ask one question; “What result do I want to create?” We all think we ask this question, but we do not. We ask; “How do I get what I want?” The difference is critical in the impact it can have on our lives. This book is filled with practical insight and wisdom.


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Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

By Victor J. Strecher

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

Why this book?

Stecher is a scientist who can also communicate ideas effectively. He does a tour of the literature on purpose and translates it into concepts of practical significance. The data suggests that you and I are designed by nature to be people of higher purpose. Until this happens, we are literally throwing our life away.


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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By Angela Duckworth

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Why this book?

This is a very readable book in which Duckworth translates her research on success. The message is that “grit,” or the ability to press on in the face of adversity, is the major predictor of success in life. She explains how each of us can obtain the attribute and find greater success.


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Outliers: The Story of Success

By Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success

Why this book?

This is Gladwell’s best book. He tries to explain why and how people move to the far-right side of the excellence curve. The book is filled with examples that make the ideas accessible. He invites the reader to see patterns that are contrary to conventional thinking.


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Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

Why this book?

In this book, the authors travel the world to interview people who are doing things that border on the impossible. In the book, they share and integrate the examples. They provide inspiring insights on how to make a positive difference in the world.


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