Recommended books with powerful ideas to transform your life.
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius kept a notebook close at hand. In it he scribbled important thoughts and advice to himself on how to live, rule and view the world. The notebook was never meant for publication, but "Meditations" is still widely read 2000 years later today. Marcus was inspired by the ancient philosophy Stoicism and was well aware that power corrupts the mind unless actively held in check by cultivating a different mindset.
Charlie Munger is a billionaire and business partner of Warren Buffett in Berkshire Hathaway. The book is a collection of speeches made by Charlie Munger during his life. Charlie stresses the importance of knowing the main mental models across the academic disciplines and applying them to problems. Without applying basic probability thinking to your problems you're a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.
It's not the size of your income that matters, it's your savings rate. This book will teach you the power of a high savings rate combined with compound interest investing. Jacob proved that you can become financially independent (or retire) after just 5 years of work on a regular salary. You can apply this concept in a meaningful way to your own life no matter the goal.
The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu met up to chat about living a life of joy in a world with struggle and adversity. I was surprised to learn that both of them use mind-tricks like "reframing" and that they're certainly not immune to frustration and anger. There's a lot of good advice on how to cultivate a happier mind in this book.
Seneca's letters changed my perspective on wealth. Seneca became powerful and wealthy navigating the deadly political times of three Roman tyrants. Seneca was eventually forced to commit suicide by his former pupil Emperor Nero. Seneca's writing can be pompous and have a hypocritical ring to it. To better understand his life and the context of his Letters read "Seneca: A Life" by Emily Wilson.