Other than a dog, a book can be your best friend. Acclaimed author Groucho Marx is known to have uttered these resounding words. The most interesting part of it is that they ring true. Books can keep you company on long trips, in your home, in-between tasks at work and anywhere else you can find some time, solace and energy to read. There are various types of books. Examples of these are fiction, fantasy, biographies, historical and inspirational books too. The ones that encourage you and compel you to transform your life so as to enjoy one of a higher quality are known as inspirational books. They offer practical ways in which you can change your life in a positive way. Here are 30 life changing books you should definitely read in 2017.

How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big

This book is written by Scott Adams. He is a cartoonist. He provides the reader with some counterintuitive thinking on how to achieve success in life. The book is fun to read and contains some gems of wisdom. For example, Scott indicates that creativity is the process of making mistakes while art is knowing which are most valuable to keep. It will challenge your perspective of success in 2017.


Written by acclaimed psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, this book shows you how to achieve an optimal experience in your life. This experience is also known as a flow state. It is where everything feels easy and right with very little effort from you. Many of us fake joy and happiness every day. Thus, the state of flow can help you to remain real and excel in your life throughout 2017.

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Option B

This is a book which is written by Sheryl Sandberg. She is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook. She is a renown writer and this is her second book. It was inspired by the sudden death of her husband, Dave Goldberg. In the book, she collaborates with Adam Grant and writes a treatise that shows you how to overcome adversity. If you desire to build resilience in 2017, this is the book to get.

The Push

This book is written by Tommy Caldwell. It documents the feat performed by the author and Kevin Jorgenson when they ascended El Capitan's Dawn Wall in a free ascent with no ropes or supports. Their action simply shocked the world. Tommy was inspired to write a book encouraging people to find their own Dawn Wall and ascend it. It requires blind faith and confidence on your abilities. This is one book you should read to feel challenged in 2017.

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Zero to One

The author of this book is Peter Thiel. He is one of the founders of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook. He wrote this book targeting entrepreneurs. In essence, Zero to One is a book that challenges the establishment in the world of business. He tackles the communication methods used in advertising, the concept of monopoly and also the methods of education today. If you have a pioneering heart, this is the book for you.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Written by Ben Horowitz, this is a book that is perfect for entrepreneurs. It is also ideal for people who are trying to achieve something amazing in their lives. The author indicates that there are struggles in life and everything isn't as easy as you would want it to be. Moreover, business shares the same characteristics. The book points this out but still offers a ray of hope in that there is a lesson to be learned in every situation.

The Third Wave

This book discusses the waves that characterize the emergence of computer technology in the world. The first wave occurred between 1985 and 2000 while the second one occurred between 2000 and 2015. The third one is expected to occur between 2015 and 2030. Steve Case indicates that the adoption of expansive networks on a widespread nature will happen all around us. He expresses that computer networks will feature in our homes, pets and even our bodies. He says that people and businesses should be ready for the Third Wave.

Mavericks At Work

Authored by Bill Taylor, this is book about companies, organizations and what makes them tick. He points out poignant concepts which inspire you to think about whether you should join a particular company. His advice can also help you to determine if your company is actually capable of attracting the best people to work for you. According to Bill, its not about the money, its about the passion. 

Thinking fast and slow

Not being able to make a decision in your life is frustrating for you and the people around you. Therefore, you can remedy it in 2017 by reading this book by Daniel Kahnemann. This award winning book shows you how your brain works to create the biases which influence your judgment. With a better understanding of your own brain, you can make better decisions in your life.

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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam Grant points out how the people who actually succeed in changing the world accomplish this. He indicates that they are able to do so in very unexpected ways. He says that the people who change the world are able to do so by inspiring their followers to find something that they can be great at for the rest of their lives. He encourages us to reject the default way of doing things and search to find a better option if one exists.

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