“Today’s Readers Are Tomorrow’s Leaders.” In this article you will get to know about 5 good and motivational books that every college student must read. We all aspire to be successful and famous in our lives and we draw our inspiration from the people around us about whom we read daily in newspapers and magazines e.g. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerberg, APJ Abdul Kalam and many more. We try to follow their path and read about them to get an insight into their lives and discover what makes them different from all the others. Well the one thing that makes them stand out from the crowd is their habit of reading.
You will always find people who read a lot despite how busy their schedule is. They take out time to read and by reading I don’t mean newspapers but good novels and books from their areas of interest e.g. Inspirational book, biographies, historical etc. Bill Gates is an ardent reader and reads almost 50 books in a year. He always inspires and requests everybody to read by sharing his voracious appetite for words and the books that have influenced his life and mind. After the death of our late President APJ Abdul Kalam, all he left behind were six trousers (2 DRDO uniforms), four shirts (2 DRDO uniforms) three suits (1 western, 2 Indian) and around 2,500 books This clearly explains the love these people have for good books.
While similar to Bill Gates and Kalam sir, some of you may actually be readers, but most of the people these days believe that spending time in playing games, chatting on WhatsApp or watching television Is better than sitting with a book in your hands. Well chatting and playing maybe a simpler job to do, but reading helps you expand your horizon and know more about life. Books grant you the wisdom that no one can ever impart you.
Readers are never bored or scared of solitude as they always have a friend alongside them i.e. books which keep them engaged and busy in their own world. Now another argument some of you may have is, we don’t have enough time to read in college. Well I beg to differ; college is a great time to expand your knowledge in every possible way. Think beyond your classrooms and you will find plenty of opportunities for learning.
Reading is important as it sparks creativity in students. Moreover, when you read a profound book, you might feel it has an influence on how you see certain situations and thus impacts your life. There are lots of motivational books for students which are written to inspire people to dream big and never settle for small. These motivational books help develop self-confidence and the will to do whatever you have ever dreamt of. With this we would like to share with you some must read books for college students in order to make their future bright and aim for the stars. While we promise not to tell you about the story in the book, we just will provide an insight into the book that will motivate you to read the books. These are some of the best motivational books for students that one must read:
- The Alchemist: Written beautifully by the famous writer Paulo Coelho. Alchemist is a book that somehow resonates with each one of us through the protagonist Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy. It tells you about the basic human desires, we all have passion for something which some of us follow whereas the other hide within, due to the fear of the society and the world. This book teaches us the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing the opportunities and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path and most importantly to follow your dreams. We all are aware of the principles that govern the world and which are necessary for one to follow, this book reminds us of all those principles:
- People are capable at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of.
- When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
- Love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny
- The secret of life, though is to fall seven times and to get up for eighth time
- The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.
- Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how others should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
- Never Stop Dreaming.
‘Manuscripts Found in Accra’ from the same author is also one lovely book that you can pick up after you have completely The Alchemist.
- The Last lecture: We all go to our elders for advice, words of wisdom and for any suggestion. Well this book is written on similar grounds. At 47 Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and this is his last lecture that he writes for all his students and the readers, inspiring them to live each day with purpose and joy.The book is both inspiring and powerful and you never want it to end. Pausch tells his life stories that revolve around dreaming big, hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, self-confidence, modesty, courage, positive outlook and dealing with adversity. Some of the beautiful lines that one comes across while reading this book are:
- Luck is where preparation meets opportunity
- The brick walls are not there to keep us out, but instead to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. They are there to stop other people.
- Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.
- The key question to keep asking is, are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.
- Never ever underestimate the importance of having fun.
- 7 habits of Highly Effective People: Written by Stephen R. Covey in the awake condition of 90s when Americans needed higher productivity in business, this book concentrates on how habits are developed and what types of habits are needed to be highly productive. The author believes that habits are the results of repeated actions and a certain level of commitment. The author in 4 parts of the book introduces and explains the 7 habits that make one great and highly effective. The seven habits are :
- Pro-active: Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.
- Begin with the end in mind: All things are created twice – Once it is created in the mind and the other becomes physically visible.
- Put first things first: The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities
- Think win-win: Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.
- Seek first to understand than be understood: Most peopledo not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
- Synergize: Success of human life can be achieved through habit of synergy in every walk of life.
- Sharpen the saw: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a hab
- The Fountainhead: Right from our childhood we are advised to be crazy for your passion. Only when you follow it with your heart and mind you get what you dream of. Well in this book Ayn Rand beautifully crafts a story around 5 characters with her protagonist being Howard Roark. The story describes the art of survival in a society which refuses to accept your principles and thoughts. The book may not grab your attention at first but as it moves forward, the life of Roark makes you question your own ethics. Ayn describes how some people just settle for what is offered to them while only the talented and the dreamers shape their life their style.Roark is very passionate and dedicated to his dream of being an architect but he refuses to design buildings in the regular way. He is also very humble and secure about his talent which is why he does not mind helping his friend, Keating, in designing building though he gains absolutely nothing out of it. All the characters in the book describe different types of people one encounters in their journey of life. Without focusing on any single person the author gives you the choice of choosing your own path and your own story.The main theme of “The Fountainhead” is the struggle of the free mind, struggle for creativity and individualism (all symbolized in Roark) and struggle against the common opinion, the “second-handers”, the people who think only about what other people think (mostly symbolized in Keating).
Some great lines from the book are:
- “Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.”
- Dean: “My dear fellow, who will let you?”
Roark: “That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?”
- The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.
- To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That’s what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul – would you understand why that’s much harder?
- Listen to what is being preached today. Look at everyone around us. You’ve wondered why they suffer, why they seek happiness and never find it. If any man stopped and asked himself whether he’s ever held a truly personal desire, he’d find the answer. He’d see that all his wishes, his efforts, his dreams; his ambitions are motivated by other men. He’s not really struggling even for material wealth, but for the second-hander’s delusion – prestige. A stamp of approval, not his own. He can find no joy in the struggle and no joy when he has succeeded. He can’t say about a single thing: ‘This is what I wanted because I wanted it, not because it made my neighbors gape at me’. Then he wonders why he’s unhappy
- Ignited MindsA book dedicated to the youth and the students of the country; Ignited Minds is a blessing Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has bestowed on us before leaving. Written in an essay form the book is easy to understand and a must read for the youth of India. The book begins with an inspirational message to the youth of India to dream big and to believe that their dream will come true. In his book Dr. Kalam questions the attitude of Indians to settle down.With limited achievement and without utilizing their full potential –resources, talent and skills he talks to the Indian youth who have stopped dreaming and are just following the rat race of doing what others around are doing. Dr Kalam talks about the fusion of science and spirituality, where he emphasis how important spiritual development is along with the development in other areas like education, agriculture, Information Technology etc.Through his experiences and interactions with people from different spheres of the society, including school and college students, eminent scientists and visionaries, saints and industrialists he urges the people of India to unite and to work with a mission.
Some beautiful lines form the book are:
- Thinking is the capital, Enterprise is the way, Hard Work is the solution
- I realized then that if something is at stake, the human mind gets ignited and working capacity gets enhanced manifold.
- Change is crucial. It brings new thought; new thought leads to innovative actions.
- Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.
- Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.
Reading quality literature expands our cultural awareness, our thinking paradigms and sharpens our mental saw.
These are some of the best motivational books for college students that we believe every student must read. College is a very crucial time for all the students. What you decide now will be what will shape your future ahead. Therefore, before deciding or fixing your mind on anything, read some good books. Reading good literature expands your cultural awareness, your thinking paradigm and sharpens your mental saw. Reading makes you aware of the struggle one goes through to achieve excellence and to understand that nothing in this world comes easy.
So it is not necessary that you read 50 books a year but start with little steps. The must read books mentioned above are a good start as it will catch your attention and get you on the groove to make reading a habit. Write to us if you want to know more about books and what to read.
All the Best.