Books I really like
The Road Less Traveled
A wonderful book about how life works and how you might approach it:
Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
I re-read it about every two years.
Man's Search for Meaning
This book helped a lot with setting things that happen in my life into perspective. Also, I love this bit:
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
The Achievement Habit
Same as with Man's Search for Meaning and The Road Less Traveled, this book is a great read about how to approach life. I loved the part about being right or wrong:
Whenever I find myself challenged to a game of right and wrong, I stop playing. Next time you find yourself playing right and wrong, remember. You give everything in your life its meaning, so you can choose to end the game. It does not matter how right you are or how wrong they are; you lose just by playing.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F\*ck
Mark Manson writes a lot of clever things. This book is no exception. A lot of gems inside, here are a few from my Kindle highlights:
To try to avoid pain is to give too many fucks about pain. In contrast, if you're able to not give a fuck about the pain, you become unstoppable.
(Cold showers! 😅)
Self-awareness is like an onion. There are multiple layers to it, and the more you peel them back, the more likely you're going to start crying at inappropriate times.
You are already great because in the face of endless confusion and certain death, you continue to choose what to give a fuck about and what not to. This mere fact, this simple optioning for your own values in life, already makes you beautiful, already makes you successful, and already makes you loved.