By Chistopher O. | Strong Female Leaders | Reading Time: Five Minutes

Looking for books that will change your life? Below are five of our top picks.

5 Best Books to Change Your Life
1) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then so is success. In today's hustle culture, success is often defined by one's networth, job title and signs of prestige. This attitude of "keeping up with the Joneses" can lead to developing fatigue, demotivation and at the worst depression. If you feel the burden of always having to keep up with society's definition of success, then The Alchemist is a good read for you.
Written by Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist focuses on defining and pursuing success as per the individual's own dreams and desires, and not through society's lens. The book guides you in rediscovering yourself and finding true purpose in life, and refocusing your energy on the true value that you add to the world.
2) Sapiens by Noah Harari
If you are the intellectual type, then this book is for you. Composed of the author's lectures, the book, Sapiens, explains the composition of elements that makes our species successful in surviving wars, turmoils and dissasters. The book requires attention to fully grasp some of the ideas but is worthwhile because it is quite enlightening.
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3) Educated by Tara Westover
If you think your mom and dad are overbearing, then you have to meet author Tara Westover's Mormon parents. In fact, most of her immediate family was fanatical about preserving the Mormon way, as in eliminating western medicine, education and basically the modern world. However isolated and traumatic her childhood was, somehow Westover found herself studying and working in some of the most prestigious educational institutions. The book is part memoir and part coming-of-age novel. Overall, it is an inspiration to anyone who feels stuck in their circumstances.
The message is clear: you are never stuck if you choose not to be.
4) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
You cannot just grow rich. You have to think first.
Published during the great depression, the book stood the test of time, because author, Napolean Hill, crafted a blueprint of personal growth and thought leadership that lays the foundation of accumulating wealth. The blueprint applies to anyone at any age; and the book is so inspirational that it transforms the way we think and changes lives.
5) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
This book is great if you feel stuck in a rut and are about to give up; because the book introduces the notion that failure isn't final and that we are capable to change our mindsets. The most novel idea from the book is the comparison between the fixed and growth mindsets, and how having a growth mindset can increase one's resilience.

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