Six Books That Changed My Life

today I want to talk about the six books that have had the greatest impact on my life when I first started out as a freelancer I knew that I wasn't going to be able to do it alone and I didn't know many other people who were following a similar path to myself so books became very important I absorbed everything that I could anytime somebody that I respected recommended a book whether through a tweet or in person I made sure to add it to a running list so today I want to talk about the six books that had the greatest impact on me and really changed the direction of my life the war of art by Steven Pressfield this book demonstrates and clearly articulates what it takes to bring something meaningful into the world there's a secret that real writers know that one of the writers done and the secret is it's not the writing part that's hard what's hard is sitting down to write what keeps us from sitting down as resistance you have a battle every single day to get to work the resistance is gonna try to prevent you in any way possible from getting the work done but that's where greatness lies that's where you're able to truly deliver yourself to your craft when you actually sit down avoid procrastination and just get started the dip by Seth Godin it's really hard to choose just one of Seth Godin books that have had the biggest impact on my life because he's written many and I've read almost all of them but I chose the dip because it was the first book I read it's very digestible very short and it shows what most creators most entrepreneurs most creatives go through when they first start out a project strategic quitting is the secret of successful organizations reactive quitting and serial quitting are the bane of those that strive and fail to get what they want and most people do just that they quit when it's painful and stick when they can't be bothered to quit in the beginning of a project it's so exciting you have so much energy your work the logo the branding and all the fun stuff and then eventually you enter the dip you enter the place where things get a little bit more difficult and where most people quit the thing about this book though is it tells you that it's okay to quit and there are some times when you should quit and there are times when you should stick and really the the greatest entrepreneurs and the greatest creators are those that know the difference the art of possibility by Ben and Roz Zander I remember this book having a very transformative effect on my life and it reminded me of what was most important it reminded me to not take myself so damn seriously all the time mistakes can be like ice if we resist them we may keep on slipping into a posture of defeat if we include mistakes in our definition of performance we are likely to glide through them and appreciate the beauty of the longer-run it shows you to treat other people with dignity and respect it will ignite curiosity and an entire world of possibility once you read it and it might be one of the reasons why I'm trying to get the rock on my podcast I told myself I wouldn't freak out but the rock just tweeted at me anything in life is possible anything is within reach with the right attitude so many people think that these ideas are not possible and are never gonna happen so most people don't thrive so that means that the few that actually do have a better shot okay so I have to talk about this book because if I didn't I would be lying the first book that I ever read within the world of self-development was the game by Neil Strauss it is a book in which he penetrates a secret society of pickup artists to learn how to talk to women the probably tells you a little bit about where I was at in college when I read this book I've never been a true believer in anything I've preferred to combine teaching and wisdom from various sources find what applies to me and discard what doesn't so before this book I was into personal development at all I was not in the self-help books it wasn't something that interested me I thought I had it all figured out and then it kind of opened my eyes up to realize that I didn't know that I had so much to learn how do you feel about the fact that the game is one of the books that inspire me most in life I feel betrayed I feel anger I feel yeah I'm actually intrigued this is the book that led me to read every other book so really it was one of the most important things for me Tim Ferriss is the 4-hour workweek was one of those books that I read early on that got me to think deeply about productivity about what it means to live a fulfilled life what it means to define success for yourself one million dollars in the bank isn't the fantasy the fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows the question is then how can one achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without first having one million dollars it's really the book that kind of tipped the whole lifestyle design movement it is about creating a life and thinking intentionally about the lives that we are creating as many of you know I graduated college with ninety seven thousand dollars in student loan debt and immediately bought a brand-new car I didn't make the best decisions in life at a young age but one of the best decisions I did make was buying the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey for the longest time I refused to look inside to look inside my wallet and inside myself to realize I had a problem to realize that my personal finances were completely to put it lightly if you keep doing the same things you will keep getting the same results you are where you are right now financially as a sum total of the decisions you've made to this point and when I finally looked in I realized that there was a way out and there was an opportunity to have a tremendous amount of freedom by simply getting out of so which book or books have had the greatest impact in your life leave a comment below I can't wait to hear from you

34 thoughts on “Six Books That Changed My Life

  1. You guys like books too!? Did we just become best friends? Maybe I'll do some more of these in the future.

  2. the subtle art of not giving a f*ck : we only have a limited amounts of fucks to five, so give them wisely

  3. “Kitchen Confidential”-it kept me in the cooking game for 25yrs.
    “Let My People Go Surfing”-it taught me how to live more simply, by doing less damage to the planet.
    “Cesar’s Way”-taught me that in order for me to make a positive difference in the world, I need to follow three steps, EXERCISE, DISCIPLINE, & AFFECTION in that order to live a balanced life.

  4. Hey Matt. Great video. I have noticed though that you have quite the obsession with The Rock. What's that about and how did it all start? This sounds like a good video idea!!!

  5. Not the greatest impact but one of the best self-help books I've ever read : The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

  6. Most Influential In My Library

    1) Think and Grow Rich
    2) Rich Dad Poor Dad
    3) 7 Spiritual Laws of Success
    4) The Secret

  7. i think "Model: attract women" is better that "The Game" in terms of long term relationships and not just picking up girls

  8. TMM along with Dave and his cast has re positioned me and my finances and I'm here to say that if you stick to it… the light at the end of the tunnel is worth it! $74,000 in 14 months!

  9. I curated a list of top 10 books for beginners or new readers with Input from 7 readers. These are written in simple, lucid language. These are perfect for new readers or beginners searching for simple books to start with. Having said that, these are also some of the best books I’ve ever read.

  10. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell!!! It will definitely change the way you look at successful people and the stories that have been told about their endeavors.

  11. This video inspired me to start reading after around a 5 year period of turning my brain off and staring at screens. I really appreciate this video and the book recommendations. So far I have read The 4-Hour Workweek and am making my way through The Total Money Makeover. Thanks for all the inspirational videos, Matt. They really do help.

  12. The Alchemist, The Compound Effect and How to Win Friends and Influence People – The best trio of books you could ever purchase for self development. It covers spirituality, logical growth in every aspect of your life and how to make people like you to use that as a leverage in business and other relationships.

  13. I read The Dip maybe 10 years ago, I recommend it to people 6-8x a year, maybe more. It’s profoundly simple yet so effective.

  14. How to Win Friends and Influence People and The Purpose Driven Life were huge for me. I read them in high school and I can attribute a lot of my successes to the mindset those books instilled.

  15. Maybe it can be a little bit much spiritualist but I love herman hesse siddharta. That will be "the book" for me a long time.

  16. Holy crap the color grading and overall quality of this video is outstanding to this day, it's so very rare to find a YouTuber with this level of quality these days

  17. I guess the book with the biggest impact on me was How To Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

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