Books are the best source to gain new experiences without having troubled even a little bit and provides the best way to learn and grow from the mistakes of others. They take you to a whole new world, at the comfort of your bedroom, and you get to encounter new perspectives and ideologies.

Reading books can be very helpful and insightful for college students, as they are in their best time period for personality and character development. During this period, learning from as many experiences as you can, should be your first priority, for which, books are one of the best sources. Apart from introducing you to essential perspectives and knowledge, book reading also develops concentration, patience and optimistic behaviour.

This article will provide a list of 5 suggested books, motivational and inspirational, that every college student must read, and try to inculcate in practice during their college days itself, for the full development of their character and personality.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Making friends and dealing with people are the two most important skills that will help you not only throughout your college life, but also in your life ahead, irrespective of which field you choose to go with.

This famous book discusses deeply into the strategies of making people like you and into the art of persuasive communication, along with many other things pertaining to human nature and emotion.

Here are some of the most influencing quotes/phrases from the book:

  • “The rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage.”
  •  “Arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him.”
  • “Success in dealing with people depends on a sympathetic grasp of the other person’s viewpoint.”
  • “Flaming enthusiasm backed up by horse sense and persistence is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”
  •  “Ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.”
  • “To be interesting, be interested.”
  • “It raises one above the herd and gives one a feeling of nobility and exaltation to admit one’s mistakes.”
  • 2. The secret by Rhonda Byrne

One of the finest ever written, The Secret is a masterpiece by Rhonda Byrne. Based on the law of attraction with all the scientific and philosophical proofs and backs, the book urges the reader to change the perspective of life. It tends to transform one’s soul towards a more optimistic and confident one. As a student, this would proof to be a life changing book for you.

The book will guide you on how to use the secret in your every day life with positive affirmation and gratitude, which will gradually transform any aspect of the your life you want.

The book has hundreds of excellent quotes:

  • “Whenever you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.”
  • “Every thought of yours is a real thing – a force.”
  • “Food cannot cause you to put on weight, unless you think it can.”
  • “You become what you think about most… But you also attract what you think about most.”
  •  “We’ve all accepted many false ideas and beliefs throughout our lives, and those false ideas and beliefs have kept us enslaved.”
  • 3. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Forming good habits and getting off the bad ones is the simplest and yet the most difficult task for a student. This brilliant book by James Clear includes in it many strategies and methods to build new habits, through small and consistent efforts cumulated in a long period of time.

The author believes that making tiny changes every day has the capability to produce remarkable big changes in terms of habits and thus emphasises upon those small steps one must take and focus upon.

Some of the best quotes from the book are listed below:

  • “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”
  • “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”
  • “Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.”
  • “When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.”
  • “The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes part of your identity. It’s one thing to say I’m the type of person who wants this. It’s something very different to say I’m the type of person who is this.”
  • “We imitate the habits of three groups in particular: The close. The many. The powerful.”
  • 4. The Power of your subconscious mind by Dr Joseph Murphy

This remarkable book will make you aware of the potentials of your subconscious mind, how it works and how you can take over it to rule your life. The book promotes the method of visualisation and other techniques to conquer the functioning of subconscious mind for a successful life.

The book also has separate chapters on money and relationships, thus giving it a practical touch.

Check out the following quotes from the book:

  • “As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.”
  • “Remember, you have the capacity to choose. Choose life! Choose love! Choose health!”
  • “Know that in your deeper mind are Infinite Intelligence and Infinite Power.”
  • “All disease originates in the mind. Nothing appears on the body unless there is a mental pattern corresponding to it.”
  • “You are as young as you think you are. You are as strong as you think you are. You are as useful as you think you are. You are as young as your thoughts.”
  • 5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

College time is the best to learn and implement financial knowledge, and Rich Dad Poor Dad is the classic book to start with. The book revolves around the strategies of two dads – the real dad of Robert Kiyosaki (poor dad) and his friend’s dad (rich dad) – and through it, makes the reader understand the necessities of being good at money management and investing, while defying the myth that one has to earn high in order to be rich.

The book will prove to be very useful for a college student’s perspective on money and finances. Here are some of the best quotes from the book:

  • “You’re only poor if you give up. The most important thing is that you did something. Most people only talk and dream of getting rich. You’ve done something.”
  • “Workers work hard enough to not be fired, and owners pay just enough so that workers won’t quit.”
  • “There is a difference between being poor and being broke. Broke is temporary. Poor is eternal.”
  • “We all have tremendous potential, and we all are blessed with gifts. Yet, the one thing that holds all of us back is some degree of self-doubt. It is not so much the lack of technical information that holds us back, but more the lack of self-confidence.”
  • “Most people fail to realize that in life, it’s not how much money you make, it’s how much money you keep.”

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