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Building Power15 Books You Need To Read (self.TheRedPill)

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Yo RPers! I have put a lot of time in picking some of the world’s most excellent personal development books. I hope you enjoy the list.

Here are 15 personal development books that may aid you in moving in a direction of progression rather than generation my bros. Please give me your recommendations too, or anything else i've missed.

1 The Slight Edge

Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

The Slight Edge is not only a book title, it is a way of thinking, a complete philosophy. The Slight Edge gives a unique perspective on your actions. This perspective enables you to make certain choices, choices to either push towards progression, success and happiness or failure. Through the book Jeff Olson explains the ins and outs of why some people actualize their dreams and some have their whole lives experienced to actualize the dreams of others. These tools that you use to achieve this success are already in you, according to Olson. All you need is the ability to recognize them.

2 Mastery

Robert Greene is well known for his personal development books. I especially hold his best seller Mastery in high regard. Greene has a solid belief that every single human being has the innate potential to be a master of a specific field. Through lessons in apprenticeship, you will understand how to surpass others in brilliance, understand your own behavioral patterns, learn from yourself. Greene’s writing will give you this knowledge through studying the behaviors of some of the most well renowned masters of human history, including: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and many more.

3 The 4-Hour Workweek

Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

Timothy Ferriss has made a huge name for himself and for good reason. A New York Times bestselling author, Ferriss’s incredible book on how to escape the normal mundane 9-5 life of today and live on your own terms to achieve financial freedom is a must read. Just on a personal note, this book is amazing. The Four Hour Work Week will give you everything you need to know from how to create businesses, manage them and how to eliminate 50% of your work load. A must read for any upcoming entrepreneur.

4 The Art of Power

Power is something everyone wants. But what exactly is power? Thich Nhat Hanh goes into depth on what true power is. He is a world-renowned zen/spiritual leader and a best selling author. In a very simple summary the The Art of Power goes into detail on the fact that what we seek, we already have. A new perspective on what power truly is, a must read for anybody who appreciates the spiritual side of life. Turning our conventional understanding of power on its head, The Art of Power reveals how true power comes from within.

5 Thinking, Fast, and Slow

Thinking, Fast and slow is an international best seller. Daniel Kaheman is a well respected psychologist and Nobel Prize winner of economics. The book is basically broken down into describing the two planes of thought processes humans have. One is fast based on emotional reactions and the second is one based on logic and factual deliberation. Why read this book? To better understand our thought processes means your strategies for decisions you make in life can be understood better allowing you to make your decisions for the right reasons. To understand Kahneman’s principle’s is beneficial and enlightening for our personal and business lives.

6 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective people has been around for 25 years and nothing has come close to surpassing its status. It is one of the world’s greatest personal development books. The book is incredible not only because of the 7 habits, which are thought provoking, introspective and genius. What really makes the book great is that these habits can be applied to any person on earth. Changing lives of leaders, teachers, parents, educators, of all age and all backgrounds.

7 The Power of Now

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The Power of Now has sold well over 2 million copies in over 30 languages. This book is inspiring, simple as that. Eckhart Tolle is an incredible author who takes you on a journey of self discovery to understand your true and deepest self. The Power of Now will transform you into a spiritually aware person. Through understanding the natural enemy; the mind and the importance of being present and grounded throughout life you will come closer to spiritual enlightenment.

8 The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit is one for the curious mind. Charles Duhigg helps us understand, through science based research, why we do what we do. Why do we all have certain habits? By reading The Power Habit, you will gain a greater understanding of true human nature at its core. Understand these fundamentals allows you to understand why you act in certain ways and have certain habits. This knowledge crosses over to businesses, personal success or wherever your intentions lie in.

9 Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?

Seth Godin is the author of the famous book The Dip, which is further down in this list and is actually one of my favourite books. Watcha Gonna Do With That Duck is a great book, besides the odd but thought provoking name. “Getting your ducks in a row is a fine thing to do, but deciding what you are going to do with that duck is a far more important issue”. Simply, this book is all about understanding what to do with what you have, rather than aiming to obtain what you don’t have. A similar concept to The Simple Edge, I’d suggest to read these two books back to back for a deep introspection on the small decisions you make in life.

10 The 48 Laws of Power

The New York Times Bestseller

The 48 Laws of Power is not for the soft heart. Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power is a manual for people to gain control, defend and observe. To fully understand this book is to understand certain ‘powers’ which can be used to your advantage either for good or bad, this is why it is a very powerful and of course, popular book. It has been described as amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive. Every law in this book has one underlying intention and that is to dominate whatever you choose to pursue. This is one of the personal development books that is perfect if your goal is one of total conquest.

11 Your True Home

The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

Present energy is the key to living to the fullest. As simple as it is being present has the ability to manifest enormous change in our lives. This book does, especially with regards to today’s heavily attention deficit lifestyle may seem a bit woo woo. If you focus and really listen to Thich Nhat Hanh and his 365 daily wisdom from one of our lifetime’s greatest Buddhist influences. In finishing this piece of literature you may come to understand how present energy is a power tool to provoke change in every area of your life, if patience and practice is worked at.

12 Ego Is the Enemy

The general consensus on the hindrance of a successful life is on the outside world. Our ego is the cause of any shortcomings. Talent is not cultivated early enough because of our ego and with that our faults and aptitudes are hidden from us, leading to future problems. Each time the ego manifests itself the issues become bigger.

Today we are sucked into social media, every single day. Holiday writes “you will be less invested in the story you tell about your own importance and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.” Leaving the ego aside will allow you to add value and this you will have an easier time going out to set the mission you have for yourself; ego deflated.

13 The 4 Hour Body

An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

This is not just another diet and fitness book.

First of all, what I like about The 4-Hour Body is that it’s based on a quest to figure out how we can hack our own bodies and master all things physical in an effective and efficient manner. Through the collaboration of dozens of MDs, personal experimentation, this information comes together in one book. The 4-Hour Body is a fundamental tool to understand how both men and women can master their bodies. In the gym, in the bedroom and most importantly for the long term. All by utilizing the smallest increments of change for the largest results.

14 The UltraMind Solution

The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind

If you find it difficult to concentrate and focus and have a lack of general drive or motivation, you may have a ‘broken brain’. Don’t lose hope, Ultramind Solution written by Mark Hyman shows us that the fix is in food. Dr Hyman gives you a simple easy to follow 6 week plan that is scientifically backed and proven to restore health to the function of your brain and body. I highly recommend this book if you are seeking confidence, a peaceful state of mind and general vitality. Hence if you lack vibrancy in your energy, chance are it’s down to your diet.

15 The Dip

A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

The Dip is iconic. Seth Godin is a popular blogger and author who shows us that those who succeed quit and quit often. The difference is that they stop quitting once the right dip is found.

All new projects are fun and exciting. The success which can potentially evolve from these projects comes from breaking through the hard part. In whichever endevour you are in you may possibly be in a dip. The successful people in this world can distinguish between a dip and failure. The dip by Seth Godin will allow you to determine whether a chosen path is worth your time.

How To Read More Consistently

As a result — “winners do quit, and quitters do win.”


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[–]Arabian_Wolf 36 points37 points  (12 children)

No More Mr. Nice Guy! is a life changing book that I could relate to most of it even though I am a 29 years old Incel.

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    [–]Arabian_Wolf 0 points1 point  (10 children)

    Involuntary Celibacy.

    Doesn't also help that I live in one of the most conservative countries in the world, dating here is like death sentence, not much luck with dating apps and afraid to the bone from cold approaching and such.

    [–]mattizie 2 points3 points  (7 children)

    Get a hooker. Or wait 11 more years and become a wizard.

    [–]Arabian_Wolf 0 points1 point  (6 children)

    Hookers only applicable at 400 km away, that's the plan after Ramadan.

    [–][deleted]  (5 children)

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      [–]Arabian_Wolf 0 points1 point  (4 children)

      Haha, bluepill is strong here in my place.

      You reminded me of Law 27: Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cult like Following.

      Need to renew my personal and car licenses otherwise I'll be refused to entry.

      And my car isn't mine, it is my fathers and need few maintenances.

      (In anger phase right now, I am not as happy going as my replies here).

      EDIT: back in the days if I read your comment I'd go emotional and defense in my reply while I feel fear, now I just laugh it off, wonder if these are side effects of swallowing the pill.

      [–]mattizie 2 points3 points  (3 children)

      Use that anger to motivate you.

      You're 29. Your previous generation would have been 10 years into a career, with at least 2 kids by your age.

      Less theory, more action.

      Renew your licences.

      Find part time work... anything you can do for money.

      Buy YOUR OWN car.

      Stop eating that vegetarian/vegan shit: eat meat and fats. Steak and eggs diet if you're fat.

      Lift, use that anger and move something heavy.


      EDIT: and don't marry your cousin.

      [–]Arabian_Wolf 0 points1 point  (2 children)

      What you meant by previous generation?

      In my place most get a proper job at the age of 22+, with most being mid 20's in average, I wanted to focus on getting my bachelor degree, which I finally at the late age of 28.

      For the kids part most got only 1 kid before the age of 30 (expensive up-front dowry and most wellpaying jobs require college degree), as most here marry at least in their mid 20s due to mentioned reasons.

      As for myself, Got conditional job offer to work at pharmacy at famous hospital, gonna be their intern for two weeks, hopefully things get well, full-time job, also got offer to open up my own business, leaning toward full-timing the latter option and learn through trial and error.

      Right now I cut down on refined sugar and swimming HIIT style for 15 mins 3 times/week on Sat/Mon/Wed, tiering but feels great after it.

      And I want to have a kid, not from cousin of course, cousins are evil and produce weak offsprings, also as I plan partial-enstrangement from my dysfunctional family.

      [–]Hellomelonsoup 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      Move to a big liberal city like nyc

      [–]RXience 11 points12 points  (1 child)

      If you liked The Like Switch you may also like How to Make Friends and Influence People if you haven't already read it.

      [–]BlackJ1 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      Those two books are like a primer to social interactions.

      If you struggle with social behavior these books will revolutionize how social you are.

      [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Thank you for suggesting "The like switch". I snatched the audiobook to listen to the first chapter on my way to work and found it rather interesting, especially when you consider that this approach even works when we're talking about surpassing phobias (like someone who's afraid of dogs). So (at least the first chapter) it talks about something that is widely used in the animal kingdom.

      [–]79trombones 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      A relatively new book that I recommend checking out is: Fundamentals of Female Dynamics by Michael Knight.

      [–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      You've seen it before cause OP posts under like 20 different names

      [–]BenzoBoomer 21 points22 points  (3 children)

      Phenomenal books, but you need to reiterate how important it is to APPLY the lessons learnt in the books. Make notes/highlight the key points, and implement them into your daily life.

      Similar to TRP, you can know all the theory you want, but if you don't go out and game, you'll never fulfil your potential.

      And to reference one of my favourite quotes "What a man can be, he must be" Kurt Goldstein

      [–]NutFudge 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Already ordered 3 of these books. Gonna slowly absorb every bit of information i can from every single piece. It's sad how i have overlooked the power of books. Knowledge really is everything nowadays.

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        [–]BenzoBoomer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Sounds like procrastination to me, you need to practice self-discipline more. I recommend meditation or physically removing the things that are distracting you, like your phone etc...

        [–]Huntermunder 18 points19 points  (1 child)

        what about "Influence" by Rorbert Cialdini

        [–]Ck240 25 points26 points  (1 child)

        Check out "Extreme Ownership" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. They are retired Navy SEALs and they talk about lessons learned on leadership and life from combat.

        [–]sharp7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I loved this book. First book on leadership that actually helped.

        [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Don't forget "The Manipulated Man", it's on the sidebar.

        [–]thirdincomestream 15 points16 points  (0 children)

        Solid list.

        I want to expand on one of my favorites on your list - The 4 Hour Work Week.

        Getting redpilled on money and jobs goes hand in hand with being rp'd on women. This book, along with The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco will really give you an insight into how much of a raw deal that the masses accept when it comes to money and work.

        [–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        The Flinch is also a great book. It's short and free too.

        [–]1nzgs 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        It's a heavy read but I would recommend Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche, I find he encapsulates TRP ideas better than any other philosopher other than maybe Rand. It's partly why both authors are so viciously hated by academic intellectuals. You often find the most powerful redpill truths wherever bluepill people don't want you to look.

        [–]ValhallaShores 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        "Fountainhead" made me the workaholic I am today.

        [–]everyone_wins 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        If you like books on nondualistic spirituality then I highly recommend two books:

        The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin - this book led me to a true spiritual awakening. Infinite love, complete oneness. But beyond that it has helped me make more money and enjoy better health and relationships. If you are goal oriented you will love the Sedona Method.

        I Am That by Sri Nisagardatta Maharaj - this book outlines the simplest way to enlightenment. He was more or less illiterate so the book is actually a transcript of excerpts from his satsangs. This book contains mind shattering words of wisdom.

        I highly recommend that everyone here seek first the kingdom of heaven. The desires for sex, money, power etc. are all keeping you in the illusion. You will gain the whole world when you give up your desires and fears.

        [–]Patresko 4 points5 points  (2 children)

        Be sure to check out Tools of Titans also by Tim Ferris.

        [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        What does it cover specifically, and what does it offer that the 4hour body doesn't?

        [–]aDrunkenWhaler 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Apples and oranges. The only thing they have in common is the author.

        [–]smirk_addict 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I also like Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam. Practical and safe investment advice that anyone can follow.

        [–]JF803 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        The way of the Superior man by David Deida is fantastic and outlined how to deal with women and the feminine spirit in general through your own masculinity

        [–]twolanterns 3 points4 points  (2 children)

        Aurelius' Meditations is a must as well!

        [–]Sarzan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday is also a great resource on stoicism and life lessons. I listen to it often for all the great material within.

        [–]Foregone_Destruction 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Finished it a few days ago. It doesnt live up to the hype. His writing style was exhausting, only rarely his formulations were worth reading and nearly nothing was new to me even though im not much of a reader of philosophical texts or even that deep into rp literature.

        [–]30fretibanezguy 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        Interested in mental health/psychiatry/human nature?

        Madness explained: Psychosis and Human Nature (Richard Bentall)

        Doctoring the Mind (Richard Bentall) (amazing read)

        The Interpretation of Dreams (Sigmund Freud) - fun to form your own opinions as you read.

        [–]Jake_le_Dog 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Great contribution, man!

        Many books I haven't heard of yet.

        [–]BusterVadge 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        They're all good books, except for the 4h body... Tim Ferriss may as well have wrote an entire book about the Slow Carb Diet, because it's the best thing about the entire book. There is a lot of garbage advice in the 4 hour body.

        [–]cantFindValidNam 6 points7 points  (4 children)

        I would just like to point out for those who haven't read it that the "slight edge" is just a fancy way of saying "discipline". I don't think the book is worthless or scammy, it's a good read that can fuel your motivation. But I've not found much new information in it and the central idea (the so called slight edge) is certainly not the life hack so many reviewers make it out to be. The TLDR of the book is: be consistent in doing the actions that serve you and over time you'll get results. Just common sense really.

        [–]Drenmar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        The last time I've seen this list, I recommended reading "The Compound Effect" in addition to or even instead of "The Slight Edge". The former covers the same strategies but is also way more actionable than the latter. It also makes you look for intrinsic motivation first so you'll be more likely to consistently act upon the advice.

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          [–]SlappaDaBayssMon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          I'd read it anyway, I downed it over the course of two cross country plane rides. For me, it put discipline into a perspective I could easily digest and internalize. I feel I got a lot out of it.

          [–]twomeows 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          The slight edge is a bit different, give it a shot

          [–]Prime_Tyme 13 points14 points  (2 children)

          Reading too many books makes you lazy.

          Pick maybe one or two of these books and draw up an action plan from there.

          Come back and read another book if your plans fail.

          Books are useless if they don't yield results.

          [–]squatbro 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          Reading without taking action gives you a false sense of accomplishment. Just look at a lot of of the self-proclaimed personal development people out there; most of them read tons of book yet do not really apply it, apart from writing and telling others about it.

          [–]socalsolja 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          Very true. Too much reading, and no action is no bueno

          [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          I've only read 1, 2, 3 and 10. Good books, highly recommended.

          [–]NarcKammerjaeger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          "Outwitting the Devil" a underdog by Napoleon Hill is a must. And likely the only self help book you will ever need.

          You'll find it at YouTube spoken by a very good narrative. Listen to it 10 times and come back.

          [–]Powerofchoices 2 points3 points  (3 children)

          Hate to be the guy that adds books to an already great list but...

          Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

          Basically made me realize I don't deserve success after hearing what others had to go through to get there success. Very inspirational and Redpilled.

          [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          You can still experience hunger while poor African children starve to death.

          Basing yourself from the lives of people worlds away is worthless. You have to earn it. You deserve nothing.

          [–]Sideak 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          I agree with the slight edge being number 1. It is an eye opener. As for The power of now It is one of best spiritual books out there that targets the EGO and how the mind works... I showed it to my GF and she read like 75 percent. Understood nothing LOL. I consider myself spiritual and this book is the way. Nice list dude

          [–]yallapapi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          Great list but I feel like you just browsed the nytimes best seller list and picked fifteen books from the business and self improvement categories. How about some more obscure titles?

          [–]berkeley_jr 0 points1 point  (2 children)

          What do you guys think of the secret book?

          [–]twomeows 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          The Slight Edge changed my life

          [–]TonyL69994878 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          [–]jairo55 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          Thank you one of this books changed my life. I rarely reply on reddit I just really like your list and brief explanations of what the Golden nuggets from each book might be.

          [–]alphabatwolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          More posts like this please!

          [–]TheSlicemanCometh -2 points-1 points  (9 children)

          Honestly, don't read the Tim Ferris books until you have already read everything else. They aren't filled with very practical advice. It's more less junk food.

          [–]SlappaDaBayssMon 1 point2 points  (5 children)

          I think The 4 Hour Work Week isn't for people who aren't entrepreneurs or in an industry where they can put it to practical use.

          If you're a tradesman, for example, you won't be gleaming much practical advice from T4HWW.

          If you're a programmer, or run a business it's a gold.

          [–]TheSlicemanCometh 1 point2 points  (4 children)

          I think The 4 Hour Work Week isn't for people who aren't entrepreneurs or in an industry where they can put it to practical use.

          So that rules out 95% of the male population.

          I reference my OP. Dont read it till after youve read everything else necessary. (unless you are the extreme minority of men who are already independently wealthy at 25, unlikely)

          Tim is telling you to work 4 hours a week. How much do you think he works? Hes a goddamn workhorse. Id bet, like most other ultra successful men, he barely does anything BUT work.

          [–]Alakagom 1 point2 points  (3 children)

          He actually doesn't, you clearly didn't read the book and only looked at the title. It's just click baity title, but if you read the book and that's what you got away with it, then welp

          [–]TheSlicemanCometh 1 point2 points  (2 children)

          I only made it halfway through before I realized it wasnt much more than really good salesmanship from Tim Ferris.

          [–]Alakagom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          I agree with you that Ferris books are quite fluffy, but for some there is genuinely bit of advice that could change life

          [–]MaxwellGaine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          Half the value of the book is in analyzing his salesmanship. It's a nice freebie.

          [–]aDrunkenWhaler 0 points1 point  (1 child)

          What are you smoking? Tim Ferris is all about practical advice, breaking down and simplifying things to overcome them.

          [–]velinxs 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          TL:DR outsource everything, take advantage of currency differences abroad so you can retire in Thailand banging hookers for rest of your life.

          [–]Rss111 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

          I would definitely recommend The 4 Hour Body, loads of great stuff for men