What Are the Top 5 Must Read Books?

Most people don’t have the time to read all the books they want or are suggested, but Eric Barker – writer for Wired magazine and blogger – broke down his must-reads for you book lovers.

1) Influence – by Robert B. Cialdini
Most consider it the single best book on the psychology of persuasion, teaching that there are universal principles that make something influential:scarcity, authority, social proof, liking, reciprocity, and consistency.

2) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – by Daniel H. Pink
The best, most accessible research-based book on what motivates us. For jobs that require creativity and problem solving, research shows we’re motivated by a desire for autonomy, mastery and purpose. Money is really only a motivator for work that does not inspire passion or deep thought. The single best motivator is progress, and the best predictor of success is “grit.”

3) The Power of Habit – by Charles Duhig
An engaging read that explains the science of how habits work — and how we can change them. Is teaches that about 40% of the actions we perform in a day are habits — so we’re on autopilot almost half our life. Identifying what triggers your habits is key. Assigning new habits to established triggers is how you change a bad habit into a good one. Friends can be a major part of whether you’re able to change for the better.

4) The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study – by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin
They studied over 1000 people for the duration of their lives – from childhood until old age — giving them regular physical and psychological tests and tracking the results.
What they discovered confirmed some things we all believe about what it takes to live a good, long life — and more interestingly they found out where our common beliefs are wrong.

5) The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work – by Shawn Achor

What should I read nextYou can also try the What Should I Read Next? website, where enter a book you like and the site will analyse a huge database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Best regards and good reads,
Pedro Calado


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