Essential books to help build the foundation of your thought system and develop self awareness. A foundation of personal strength, resilience, logic, and virtues. These timeless selections can be read, listened to, and practiced repeatedly throughout life to reinforce and continue to uncover the endless fountain of knowledge while sharpening your saw.
- Letters from a Stoic By Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 65 AD
- Meditations By Marcus Aurelius c. 170 to 180 AD
- As A Man Thinketh By James Allen c. 1903
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen Covey c. 1989
- The Four Agreements By Don Miguel Ruiz c. 1997
- Search Inside Yourself By Chade-Meng Tan c. 2012
Each time I revisit these foundational books I gain a new insight or reinforce the teachings they offer.
I keep multiple formats for several of these including audio, paperback, and eBook. Having various mediums allows for frequent listening during activities (driving, walking, etc), searching digital notations, and the un-replaceable experience of paper.
While I believe all 6 are foundational, my 3 favorites and most frequently read are Mediations, Letters from a Stoic, and The Four Agreements. I encourage you to wholly devour the books in this list, find your favorites, and share your own playlist of foundational books for life.
Here are some selected passages you can listen to:
"I am happy though this has happened to me..." - Marcus Aurelius
This clip was shared with you from Audible. Description: One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by t...
"On the terrors of death..." - Seneca
This clip was shared with you from Audible. Description: The Tao of Seneca (volumes 1-3) is an introduction to Stoic philosophy through the words of Seneca. If you study Seneca, you'll be in goo...