If I had a book time machine, that could only send six books back to my seventeen-year-old self, these are the six books that I would send.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead gives you the sense of what it means to live for yourself, to be a creator, and to live a self-directed life. It is an incredibly insightful story showing the power of philosophy in your life and the perils of selfless living.
Mastery by Robert Greene
Mastery gives you concrete examples of the paths men and women have taken to become historical greats in their fields. You learn that the path to Mastery is not a credentialled and conventional path, and start to see the problems with the standard approaches to education in our society.
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
No book does a better job of explaining the foundational truths of economics. Econ in one lesson helps you see through the nonsense spewed by politicians and understand what drives individuals and nations.
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
The emotional experience of life is regularly neglected. NVC is a framework to learn, relate to, and use your emotions to enrich your life and relationships.
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden
You can’t have enriching relationships with others until you have a positive relationship with yourself. Six Pillars gives you a framework for understanding and improving your relationship with yourself.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
When you understand habits, you have the power to change. So many people never make significant personal challenges because they don’t understand what is motivating their actions. The Power of Habit gives you the tools to figure out what drives most of your behavior and how to change it.