The setting was great, amazing weather and a great cold beer. I’m meeting with a friend of mine, very proactive, ambitious and humble guy. It’s been a while since the last time we catch up.

We start talking, randomly jump from one topic to another, simply sharing project ideas without a concrete destination, our minds engage in providing feedback and seeing how we can support each other get further.

As beers make their way through, he suddenly begins to share with me his biggest influences, those that allow him to overcome the obstacles in his mind.

He was sharing with me his personal list of must-read books. Those books that had had a big impact in the way he saw life. The ones that hold an important shelf place in his library. They are as follows:

5) The leader who had no title by Robert Sharma

4) Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

3) 7 Habits of highly effective people by Steven Covey

2) Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl

1) Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill

I’m sure that one way or another you have heard of at least 2 of these titles. It just takes a simple google search to find these books in blog posts lists across the whole internet.

As he mentioned these books, I asked him why did they have such a big influence in his life? As he answered, I realized one thing.

There has to be a very strong connection between the time in which you are in your life and the book that you read. And that match just happens by luck I believe.

Just like certain blog post go viral months after they have been written, books have the same conditions with you. They can go viral in your mind but, only when you read them when you are ready for them.

Here are his top 5 books and what I got to say about them.

5) Has been recommended to me a couple of times already. Sharma uses a simple, everyday story of a man who worked in library shop to showcase how we tend to put leadership up on a pedestal when in reality it’s more of an everyday habit.

4) More important than IQ, Goleman explains to us how Emotional Intelligence is actually more relevant when it comes to measuring the intelligence of a person because it showcases the individual’s ability to manage relationships, struggle and its own development.

3) Has become the book that I’ve recommended the most. I love the way Steven Covey creates a framework for personal development that is easy to implement. Focusing on the internal growth to later scale it through collaboration with others.

Each chapter is a different habit and he groups them between internal and with others. Each has shaped the way I see life by allowing me to lead myself proactive and create my own success, rather than depend and react to the environment in which I engage.

2) Holocaust survivor, Jewish, Viennese psychiatrist Viktor Frankl shares with us how through a combination of attitude and luck he was able to make it alive from the almost 4 years that he spent in concentration camps throughout Europe.

During his time in the camps he came to the conclusion that “perhaps his captors had the liberty to do whatever they wanted, but he had the freedom of deciding how he want to think” and this allowed him, therefore, to choose the way he wanted to react to his environment.

1) Published during the Great Depression of the 1930’s in USA. Napoleon Hill, based on his close friendships with business magnates of the time, he identified 13 principles that showcased the attitude that they all had in common towards life and business.

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