Books, I read a lot of them.
That’s probably only about half of my collection but books and reading have been such an integral part of my life as I continue to grow into the best version of myself.
I know that sounds so fuzzy, fuzzy, wuzzy but it’s true.
In this blog post I’m giving you four books that have absolutely changed my life, let’s get started!
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1 | Choose Yourself – James Altucher
I was so frustrated with my work environment and having to deal with crappy people and being put in a box and not being able to be creative and express my ideas and being bullied and manipulated and taken for granted and getting paid pennies and #allthethings that comes with working in the real world.
I’m pretty sure you can relate.
Choose yourself really helped me to see that I wasn’t crazy for starting my own brand and betting on myself compared to going the traditional route and relying on a traditional job.
For those of you that are new to my blog and don’t really know my story, I started my YouTube channel and building my own brand my sports media brand call SportsNAYtion back in 2010 and I went from making videos in my mama’s kitchen to then becoming an international sports presenter all through the power of the internet.
Besides being a TV presenter, I’m also now an entrepreneur and I teach others how they can use the internet to build their dream brands and business online.
Choose Yourself teaches you that everything that we thought was safe, like going to college and getting a degree and getting that dream job isn’t going to happen the way we’ve been taught or lied to about how it’s going to happen.
Ultimately in this day and age if you want to be successful you have to stop waiting and hoping and praying that someone is gonna choose you and you ultimately need to choose yourself.
2 | Crushing It – Gary Vaynerchuk
That leads me to book number two, the Godfather of personal branding and social media and the advocate for making positivity louder Mr. Gary Vaynerchuk with his book Crush It and also Crushing It.
Now Gary Vee is a huge influence as to why I’m so passionate about teaching people how to brand their brilliance online.
The biggest thing I love about Gary Vee is that him as well as James Altucher, is that they teach you why it’s important to choose yourself and that you can make a living and be happy by doing what you love and that you can actually package your passion and not ask permission from anybody and go live the life of your dreams using the internet.
In Crushing It, Gary Vee gives so many examples of people that are using the power of the Internet to build their dream life online and it’s basically just a testimony to prove and to show that if all of these people can do it, then so can you.
3 | What I Know For Sure – Oprah Winfrey
Now I’m gonna dive into the personal development side of things and a book that is so dear to my heart and has transformed my life is a book by Oprah Winfrey called ‘What I Know For Sure‘.
I look up to Oprah a lot like many of us females out there do because for me I had and I still have lots of insecurities about my deep desire for greatness in my life and pursuing excellence.
What I Know For Sure just basically reaffirmed to me that Nadine you’re on the right path, don’t ever apologize for who you are and who you want to be especially when you’re coming from a place of positivity and goodness.
One of the biggest things I’ll say from this book is that I learned is to keep fighting, through all the pain all the struggle all the heartache, keep going and don’t ever, ever dim your light.
4 | Believe Bigger – Marshawn Evans
The fourth book that has changed my life is a book that I recently read by Marshawn Evans called ‘Believe Bigger’.
Now a lot of you don’t know this but I am domestic violence survivor and in Believe Bigger, Marshawn talks about her split rock moment when she discovered that her fiance was cheating on her and this was right before she was supposed to get married.
She talks a lot about that season of pain and betrayal and how her breakdown ultimately led to her breakthrough.
In reading Believe Bigger, I felt like I was Marshawn in the book.
Smart, successful, positive, and just trying to navigate and figure out how to rebound from such a soul-crushing experience and to discover the true path to your life purpose.
The quote that really affected me the most in a positive way was
“Disruption comes to disrupt our patterns and interrupt our momentum taking us down an inferior path.”
This book had me crying tears of gratefulness because it taught me how I could turn my pain into positive power and it will teach you how to mentally, spiritually, and emotionally invest in your superpowers so you can become the best version of yourself.
Those are the four books that have tremendously changed my life.
Now, it’s time for the question of the day! What books have changed your life?
I would really like to hear some of your personal recommendations so let me know in the comments below.