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The 5 Books To Read To Transform Your Life

Want to feel more satisfied with life? We picked out these 5 books that will change your outlook.
by Sandra Wu | Dec 3 2021

When Warren Buffett was asked about the secret to his wealth and success, he revealed that he read every day—500 pages, to be precise. Unfortunately, if you’re already working 9-5, you might not have enough time to read. But what if you could?

You can! With the Blinkist app, you can understand the key learnings from the best nonfiction books in minutes—not hours or days. Our experts take the insights from these books to create quick, memorable, easy-to-understand insights which can either be read or listened to in just 15 minutes.

That’s the magic of the Blinkist app. You can listen or read to these books wherever, whenever: in between meetings, on the way to work, while doing chores, or waiting at the doctor’s office. Blinkist is available on the web or on your phone’s app store, conveniently located on whichever device you are currently using. No longer worry about finding time to learn, because you can easily fit powerful ideas into your life, however you want.

“Blinkist encourages you to read more nonfiction books. The app contains cleverly written digests—called Blinks—where books are broken down into their main arguments.”
The New York Times

This innovative concept is helping millions of people change their lives and has caught the attention of some of the world’s most prominent organizations. The app has won a prestigious design award from Google, been named one of the world’s best apps by Apple, and was even listed as a Global Leader in Learning and Education by the United Nations.

Apple’s App Store featured Blinkist over 500 times as the “App of the Day” and “Today’s Top Apps.”

“With Blinkist you can boost your knowledge and gain new perspectives so that you can be a better professional, a better partner, or a better you—and finally get through your book list or make sense of the increasingly big and busy world of ideas.”
– United Nations, World Summit Awards

The app now has 20 million users who are learning from the world’s best nonfiction. And there are more than 5000 titles to choose from, spanning 27 categories like personal development, productivity and entrepreneurship. Start with the 5 most-read titles on self-improvement and see if you don’t feel a little more satisfied already.

1. Thirteen Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

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Do you struggle to get over your failures? Or dwell on things out of your control? Getting over these obstacles can have a profound influence on your everyday life. Morin shares how her most successful therapy patients overcame these difficulties.

2. Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel

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Does your to-do list feel like it has no end? No matter how hard you try, you have more to do and less time to do it? In Ari Meisel’s Less Doing, More Living you will be guided through nine fundamental steps that have been tried and tested to make you more effective. With his formula, you will not only be able to check off more tasks than you ever have before but inevitably make more time for the things that matter to you most.

3. Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson

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Everyone has a passion. If you don’t know what yours is, it just means you haven’t discovered it yet. Or perhaps you have, but it was dismissed early in life. Find out how you can break free of society’s strict rules and find your calling in life.

4. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

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Did you know if your pulse rate rises above 100 bpm, you’re deemed too emotional to think rationally? You probably let feelings cloud your judgment more often than you know. Goleman explains how you can avoid letting your emotions rule you and make better decisions in life.

5. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon

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Are you making the right trade-offs in life? While career achievements can be satisfying, neglecting your family and friends can be detrimental in the long-run – in ways you can’t even imagine.

A Book Explained in 15 Minutes

The average book takes about eight hours to read. That means if you wanted to check out every book on this list, it would take at least 40 hours. With Blinkist, you can get the core messages in 1 hour, 15 minutes.

The Blinkist app gathers the key ideas from nonfiction books and explains them in 15 minutes. So, if you want to check out any of the books on this list, you can get the most important ideas quickly on the app. Plus, there are 5000 other titles to explore.

Get a solid introduction to any topic with Blinkist’s collections or tailored recommendations.

Blinkist Helps Users Make Real Change

Using Blinkist is literally life-changing for its 20 million users. The app helps them to implement and use the new things they learn to make a real difference to their daily lives.

In fact, 87.5% of 3,500 users surveyed in the US said they often make changes to their lives based on what they learn on Blinkist.

“I read a lot of management, self-improvement, and entrepreneurial books through Blinkist because I can gain specific knowledge on my industry or on ways to improve myself.”
– Steven Renwick, CPO of Regis24

Each piece of content includes actionable advice, specific examples and practical tips which make new ideas easy to understand and use day to day.

For each title, there’s also a final summary to help to cement the key takeaways and changes users can make in their own careers or personal lives.

“Blinkist has helped me read more – period. I love that I can get the key learnings from 10+ books a week, and immediately implement them in my own life.”
– Hitha Palepu, entrepreneur and author

Millions are Learning by Listening

What’s more, these explainers are available to read and listen to. Listening with Blinkist ensures learning never has to be deprioritized and can fit easily into any spare moment of the day.

You can listen to or read the key ideas of the world’s best nonfiction books wherever, whenever.

As it turns out, listening is the most popular way people use Blinkist to learn, with around 70% of the 20 million users opting to listen as opposed to reading the 15-minute explainer packs. This comes as no surprise given that around 30% of people retain information better when it’s listened to.

Find New Titles with Expert Curation

There are so many books out there and limited time to read them, so finding which ones are worth checking out is key.

Blinkist adds titles across 27 categories to ensure users can explore a broad range of interests. Expert curators look for new reads on bestseller lists—like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal—as well as on Amazon charts and awards lists.

To decide where to start, turn to Blinkist’s curated lists. These lists round up titles around certain topics—like mindfulness and flow—and recommendations from thought leaders like Tim Ferriss, Arianna Huffington, and Bill Gates.

Users can also get tailored recommendations on the app. Once they’ve read a title or two, Blinkist will learn what they like and recommend other books that are similar.

Through reading lists, spot-on recommendations and expert picks, users can find titles they might not have found otherwise and discover new ideas, authors and topics they knew nothing about before.

Join millions of other learners and download Blinkist to start listening today!

All illustrations were created by Catalina Williams for Blinkist. © @color_fuel.

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