Books are a big part of my life. I read over 30 a year.
As I got into my twenties, my focus shifted to non-fiction. Mostly entrepreneur biographies, business, leadership and general lifestyle improvement topics. That continued into my thirties, with a slight shift towards lifestyle improvement books. I’m also starting to get back into nonfiction. At the moment, I’m hooked on anything by John Sandford.
Reading books and blog posts, and listening to audio programmes and podcasts have been such a big influence on my life. It’s more than just consuming information. It’s about wanting to be the best version of myself, and being open to learning and growing.
I’ve been thinking lately about how to pass some of this onto my daughter Fearne.
One idea I had, was to create a box of books that have had a big influence in my life. I thought it would be cool to include a small note in each one too – explaining why I chose it. And then give it to her when she is old enough to find them useful.
It made me reflect on some of the books that might be in that box.
How to Win Friends and Influence People is just incredible and is still my all-time favorite book. Life lessons for how to deal with people, that stretch over personal and business life.
When Breath Becomes Air is a shocking wake up call for what’s important in life and a reminder of mortality. It made me think very differently about life priorities and decisions.
80,000 hours is a career advice book I wish I had access to when I was 18. Awesome advice for how to do high impact, meaningful work that will make you happy.
The Millionaire Next Door is required reading to have the right attitude and mindset around money and being wealthy. I try and live to these principles.
The Alchemist is just an awesome read. A great story and many subtle life lessons. It made me appreciate that you can’t map everything out. You have to get comfortable with taking risks and have faith in small steps. Often, things happen for a reason and most decisions, even big ones can be reversed of pivoted.
I’ve also read a few blog posts I think are profound. For example, I’d like to include something about why it’s important to get good at writing. I’ve read a few really good books on how to write, but they don’t quite feel right. But, I remember a great blog post or two which it might be nice to include.
I’m going to think about this over the next few weeks and decide if and how to action it.
I’m curious. Has anyone else done anything like this or have any good advice for how to share life changing books with your children?