The book is intended to be a guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and transcending thoughts of the past or future.
Published in the late 1990s, the book was recommended by Oprah Winfrey and has been translated into 33 languages.
The book draws from a variety of “spiritual traditions”, and has been described by one reviewer as “Buddhism mixed with mysticism and a few references to Jesus Christ, a sort of New Age re-working of Zen.” It uses these traditions to describe a “belief system based on living in the present moment”.
“Power of Now is the OG,” says Naval Ravikant on his twitter wall and recommends this to read.
Also a favourite book of Kristen Ulmer. She recommends this book and says, “it was so powerful because it outlines non-dual states—a.k.a something bigger than my own personal, limited view of the world.”
“Meg Ryan and Ellen DeGeneres gave me copies of this book, and it’s gotten me through more crises than I can count. It truly helped me discover how to live in the now—to not linger on past mistakes, but to learn from them and then let them go,” says Oprah on her favourite book.
Chris Evans says in a video chat with fans, “I really like Eckhart Tolle. He wrote The Power of Now.”
The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese-American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It is Gibran’s best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over 100 different languages, making it one of the most translated books in history, and it has never been out of print.
The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.
“The Prophet is a beautiful book, enjoy!” Naval replied to a comment on twitter.
“One of the first ‘spiritual’ books I read as a teenager, which gave me plenty of seeds for thought from short, but to-the-point, topics,” says Kelly Slater.
Also a favourite of Paulo Coelho. He praises the book, “an underrated masterpiece on dealing with human conflicts.”
It is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagined the future affected his longevity. The book intends to answer the question “How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?” Part One constitutes Frankl’s analysis of his experiences in the concentration camps, while Part Two introduces his ideas of meaning and his theory called logotherapy.
PewDiePie reveals his secret of inspiration. “I suddenly feel better equipped for in case–I know that sounds a bit weird to say, but in case something really bad happens, I feel like from reading this book, I’m better equipped to know how to handle it. That’s a bit naive to say, but I really think there are some important stuff in here.”
“Wow it’s dark,” Naval Ravikant replied to a user on twitter.
“Looks at how we find purpose by dedicating ourselves to a cause, learning to love and finding a meaning to our suffering,” says Ryan Holiday about his favourite book.
It’s also on the bookshelf of Sam Altman.
“Another book that I’ve read dozens of times. It taught me that if you change the meaning, you change everything. Meaning equals emotion, and emotion equals life,” says Tony Robbins.
The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a Gypsy fortune teller in the nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyption pyramids.
Will Smith has said in an interview that it is his favourite book ever and that he had his kids read it several times. The book’s main theme is about finding one’s destiny, although according to The New York Times, The Alchemist is “more self-help than literature.” The advice given Santiago that “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true” is the core of the novel’s philosophy and a motif that plays throughout it.
Also a favourite of Tony Robbins, he describes the book as “a remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one’s destiny”.
Issa Rae says of the book “it’s the perfect, most inspiring book to read if you’re considering pursuing your dreams and/or becoming an entrepreneur. Or even if you’re unsure about what it is you’re meant to do.
It is a book by the 14th Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, a psychiatrist who posed questions to the Dalai Lama. Cutler quotes the Dalai Lama at length, providing context and describing some details of the settings in which the interviews took place, as well as adding his own reflections on issues raised.
The book explores training the human outlook that alters perception. The concepts that the purpose of life is happiness, that happiness is determined more by the state of one’s mind than by one’s external conditions, circumstances, or events—at least once one’s basic survival needs are met and that happiness can be achieved through the systematic training of our hearts and minds.
In an interview with Bizjournals.com in 2013 Jeff Weiner mentioned the two books that have had the biggest influence on him. Number one is “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama. Jeff Weiner said: “that’s where I learned the true definition of compassion and the difference between compassion and empathy and how important it is to aspire to live compassionately and manage compassionately.”
It’s an autobiography of Paramahansa Yogananda (January 5, 1893–March 7, 1952) first published in 1946. Paramahansa Yogananda was born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India, into a Bengali Hindu family. This book introduces the reader to the life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his encounters with spiritual figures of both the Eastern and the Western world.
The book is an introduction to the methods of attaining God-realization and to the spiritual wisdom of the East, which had only been available to a few in 1946. It takes the reader on a journey into the spiritual adventures of Paramahansa Yogananda.
“Reminded me to have faith at a low point in my life, hence I share it as widely as possible to pull others out of their misery,” says Richa Chadha about her favourite book.
Also a favourite book of Steve Jobs. Jobs explained: “there was a copy of “Autobiography of a Yogi” in English that a previous traveler had left, and I read it several times, because there was not a lot to do, and I walked around from village to village and recovered from my dysentery.”
Unlike the sickness, the book remained a major part of Jobs’ life. He reread it every year.
It’s New York Times “bestseller, published in 2007. The Untethered Soul describes how you can untie yourself from your ego, harness your inner energy, expand beyond yourself and float through the river of life instead of blocking or fighting it
When the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList, Naval Ravikant was asked to recommend some books in the genre, he offered the following: “An intro, for someone starting out I love Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. For someone who’s more advanced Jiddu Krishnamurti– I like his Total Freedom book. Osho’s – Great Challenge. Michael Singer’s – Untethered Soul”.
“A useful read for those suffering with anxiety,” says, Ryan Hoover.
Lady Gaga showed love for her favourite book by posting a photo of page 95 on her Instagram page with a quotation, “The mind is simply a…. -Michael A. Singer”