Five Books That Will Change The Way You Think About The World (Guaranteed)

5 books that will change the way you think about the world.

Stuck in a rut? Read these five books to change the way you think about the world (or your money back).

These five books are guaranteed to change the way you think about the world. From fact checking history to using your obstacles as leverage to achieve great things, you won’t be able to put down these books.  

Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Read if you: want to learn about where we came from and why we do what we do.

The cover of 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind'.
Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian, intellectual and professor.

A captivating read that will change the way you think about human nature. Harari takes the reader on a journey through time from the six different species of humans inhabited the Earth to todays Homo Sapiens.

The cover of 'Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think' the book.
This is one of Bill Gates favourite books and in 2018 he gave away free copies to college graduates.

Title: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Author: Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Read if you: want to blow our mind and impress people with your fact checking skills.

Factfulness shows that global issues as well as everyday issues are not nearly as bad as you think. The book begins with a multiple-choice quiz containing 13 questions. With the average mark for the quiz being 2.2/13 this book stresses the importance of learning the facts and being conscious of the news-biased negativity that most people believe.

Rutger Bregman is a Dutch historian.

Title: Humankind: A Hopeful History

Author: Rutger Bregman

Read if you: watch too much news and want to see humanity from a fresh perspective.

This book challenges the notion that human beings are inherently selfish and governed by self-interest. Rutger Bregmen reframes some of the world’s best known studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history.

Title: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Author: Dr. Seuss

Read if you: want to honour your inner child.

Wonderfully wise and comically true Oh, The Places You’ll Go! needs to be on your reading list. Filled with whimsical illustrations and poetic prose read this book when you need a reminder that success lies within.

‘Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!’- Dr Seuss.

Title: Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

The cover of 'The Obstacle is The Way', by Ryan Holiday.
Ryan Holiday subscribes to the ancient philosophy of Stoicism.

Author: Ryan Holiday

Read if you: want to achieve great things (who doesn’t).

Drawing inspiration from the ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism which treats enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience, Obstacle Is The Way is laden with true stories that will inspire. Follow the lives of John D. Rockefeller, Amelia Earhart, Steve Jobs and more and turn your problems into your biggest advantages.

Whether you read a book a week or you’re more of a casual reader, change the way you think about the world today by picking up one of these five books.

Sarah Oughtred

Sarah is a practicing artist with an interest in health and fitness. When she is not talking about why everyone should start meditating, she is Salsa dancing, traveling or drawing. Sarah's passions include dark chocolate and running and she has recently started taking cold showers (almost) exclusively. Sarah started her own pet portraiture business in 2020 and hasn’t stopped patting stranger's dogs since.

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