The books you have to read if you want to change your life in 2018

One of my main resolution or rather goal this year is to finally quit the bullshitting and start tirelessly working towards my goals. Not listening to my mind telling me all this crap and constantly preventing me from truly being the person I was meant to be!

Besides listening to podcasts and watching youtube videos, I also got back into reading. There are so many amazing motivational books out there. I only have managed to read a few so far. Two of them had the most impact on me in the last year. If you are also determined to make your dreams come true this year, I advise you to pick up these two books, make yourself comfortable and start reading. You won’t regret it!


1. Total Recall: My Unbeliveably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Total Recall: My Unbelivably True Life Story

I have meant to read this book for a long while now. Last year I finally found the time. And once I started, I could not stop! Seriously, if you have some crazy out of the world dreams (such as I do) then this book is for you! It shows you that with the right mindset and amount of dedication, everything is possible!

Favorite quotes:

“If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.”

“What is the point of being on earth if you are going to be like everyone else?”


2. The Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

A Brief History of Humankind

I first read about this book in an article that talked about the books big world leaders are reading. Let me tell you, I’m not a huge history nerd but this book makes it really interesting. I learned so much about the human species and why we sometimes behave the way we do. Everything makes sense now. I have not yet finished it but I can already tell that this book will change your perspective on life and humans entirely!

Biggest insights so far:

  • “We did not domesticate wheat, it domesticated us” meaning that with the start of the farming days not only came a worse diet but also longer working hours, new dieseases and uglier forms of hierarchy. Everytime we underwent some kind of development that promised a huge improvement in our existence, we also compromised a piece of freedom. All the technological devies, for example, were supposed to make our lifes easier. Instead they made it more stressful than ever.
  • Sapiens love to band together in communities. They are mostly formed due to the same believe like a religion or ideology. Religion may not be as strong today as it onces was. But the root of its existence lives on, just in a different form. Nowadays, people build entire communities around diets, fitness or cosmic believes.
  • Knowledge is power and science has helped us over the years to gain more and more knowledge about ourselves in the world. Harari claims that with this kind of power we are able to become immortal one day. Just look at how drastically we have increased our life span over the last decades. I’m still a little sceptical about this fact but just because I can’t imagine it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It’s funny because I just read an article over on Business Insider that talked about the same issue. The future remains exciting!


I talk a little bit deeper about the books in the video below:




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