Books/philosophical readings that have made an impact on your life
January 1, 2014 8:34 AM Subscribe
I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my life. This New Year's has been an introspective one for me, and has had me really contemplating my life's purpose - what I have accomplished thus far, and what I wish to accomplish from this point on. I've been doing some reading on the importance of finding and nurturing a purpose in one's life, which has certainly made a positive impact on my overall attitude and outlook. I want to discover more standouts from any genre - self-help, goal-setting, philosophical or otherwise - that have helped you, my fellow mefites, see the world and your respective circumstances in in a different, more positive light.
posted by Kamelot123 to Religion & Philosophy (27 answers total) 100 users marked this as a favorite
Some books and ideas that have resonated with me:
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frank: his determination to keep a positive attitude in the midst of the most horrific of circumstances moved me to tears. Also, I can identify with his ideas of logotherapy.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: Had a lot of interesting ideas on personal goal-setting and pursuing your passions in life.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey: I ... ahem... have found myself to be lacking in many of these habits.
On Writing by Stephen King
The list is rather short at the moment. I would like to grow it. I haven't read much philosophy up to this point, and would like to hear suggestions of any influential works that might perhaps broaden my perspective. But like I said in the question - any book that you feel made a significant positive impact on your life, regardless of genre, is most welcome.