24 Books to Course-Correct Your Life

One of the pillars of long lasting happiness is personal growth. On my self-improvement adventure, here are 24 of the most influential and culture-shattering books that have inspired my actions.

You can get most of these books for free from your local library, or if you’re like me and love to take notes, you can click through the image for the Amazon links.

Find the book that speaks to you.

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

A fable about a shepherd following his dreams. I read this book every year and get a different insight every time.

Choose Yourself - James Altucher

Why it’s actually riskier to work for someone than it is to be an entrepreneur. Your company isn't going to choose you, so you have to choose yourself.

Vagabonding - Rolf Potts

The difference between a one week vacation and a three month journey are deeper than you know and easier to do than you think.

She Comes First - Ian Kerner

"The thinking man's guide to pleasuring a woman."

You're not that good. You need to read this.

Your Are a Badass - Jen Sincero

Tap into source energy, truth, and gratitude for badassery. Jen’s words will want to make you drop kick life in the face.

The Geography of Bliss - Eric Weiner

If America is the greatest, then why are we 23rd in happiness? An exploration of the happiest and most depressed countries & what makes them so.

Humans of New York - Brandon Stanton

Brandon's incredible street photography of people in New York paired with the story behind them. You are not alone. We are one. Get the physical copy of this one to do it justice.

Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Athletes and creatives call it “The Zone”. How to give yourself the best possible chance to reach “flow” state for having optimal experiences in life.

I Am Keats - Tom Asacker

There are two men that live in your head. Which one will you let guide you? A book for the chronic overthinker.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - Mark Manson


Based on the popular article, a hilarious book about living your truth.

Willpower - Baumeister & Tierney

Fascinating studies on willpower. The quality of your life depends on the quality of your willpower. Here's how to execute.

Living with a SEAL - Jesse Itzler

A hilarious true story of pushing human limits by living with a Navy SEAL for a month. The 40% rule may change your life.

The Game - Neil Strauss

Part instruction manual, part cautionary exposé on the world of picking up women. The earth-shaking bible that will change your perspective of the dynamics between men and women.

Love Factually - Duana C. Welch

A sobering and quantifiable look at ultimate love and the active steps you need to take to find it. If you're serious about finding quality, there are questions in here that you need to ask yourself. 

Creativity, Inc. - Ed Catmull

The unseen forces of creativity as tapped into by Steve Jobs with Pixar. Cultivate a more creative office, home, and life.

The Way of the Superior Man - David Deida

A book highly recommended by women for men. Channel your masculine energy to achieve what you want.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

Decluttering space declutters your mind, which allows joy and the clarity of following purpose.

Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari

There's a radical change in love from previous generations. We're making ourselves miserable, but there is a fix.

The 4 Hour Workweek - Tim Terriss

This book changed my life. Consider this your Tyler Durden. Maybe it's time to blow it all up?

The Crossroads of Should and Must - Elle Luna

If you’re a creative or hoping to be, here’s the simple story of how. Because of the beautiful watercolor art in this book, get the physical copy.

Training Camp - Jon Gordon

The elite men and women of their field all follow a series of repeatable steps. If you want to be the best, consider this coach.

Money: Master the Game - Tony Robbins

Investing is made to be confusing so Wall St. can steal from you. This is the book that made Tony come out of writing retirement. Right your financial ship.

The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

There's a strategy to beating yourself at your own game. A book universally suggested by writers for writers.

The Magic of Thinking Big - David Schwartz

The OG 1959 guide to radically overhauling your life. There’s a reason why it's a classic.