>0 grizzly @ 2022/03/20 01:09
What book (or books) changed your life? I'm looking for inspiration and would love to hear what and how you were impacted.
>1 jacksonbenete @ 2022/03/20 02:26
A lot of books had a great impact on me, though "change life" might be a bit too much. I'm still broke and single, not quite a change. haha But if you're looking for inspiration, books that have inspired me before: - Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. - Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Siddhartha was a gift from a friend, some years ago when I was feeling lost. He said that he read it when he was feeling lost and thought it would help me. It did. After that I decided to move abroad. The book is about someone that's quite lost as well, and looking for his own way. The Alchemist is another book that I keep reading again everytime I lost meaning and need inspiration. The story shows you that you can't just expect to understand "destiny", you just have to focus on something, and things eventually just happen if you're working hard for it. Atlas Shrugged is a very famous book on the political spectrum. It did teached me some lessons, but it was inspiring because it's really a good novel, with good characters, and seeing so many bright people working hard for something made me take the decision to study and enter College back then. I have read many books in my life, but most of them were technical books like mathematics, chemistry, software engineering... There are some good philosophy books as well, I would recommend Enchiridion, it have a lot of very nice lessons and things to think about. There is a book called The Intellectual Life. It's from a priest, but if you handwave the religion, that's a book that can makes you wonder about studying, hardwork and if you're really using your time wisely. Being a "Intellectual" is no easy task, someone have to devote it's life on something like this. I think it's interesting because you don't quite find someone devoting their lives into something anymore, at least not like this. We don't question too much how we use our time and sometimes we don't even have a focus. If you want some inspiration, try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQMbvJNRpLE
>2 jacksonbenete @ 2022/03/20 02:45
I just thought a bit more about it. There is a book that shaped a lot my critical thinking, thus, kind of changed my life. "Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow" by Ludwig von Mises. It's a smallish 100 pages book divided into "6 lessons", that is, 6 chapters. Each chapter is an exercise on praxiology, and invites you to think about the consequences of naive actions and decisions. I would recommend it considering it's such a small book, you can read one chapter or two and see if it's something that would interest you, pdf is free I think in their institute. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was surprisingly good and quite inspiring as well. There are too many good books, I guess that at this point I'm flooding.
>3 grizzly @ 2022/03/20 04:50
>>1 >>2 Thank you for your reply! Thank you so much for so many interesting suggestions! Probably your suggestions can be useful to anyone reading this post. Thanks again!