Life is a learning process. And when you stop learning… you start dying. You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a degree in order to make something of yourself – you just need to be curious and continuously learn new things.
The idea that reading makes you smarter has been proven by numerous research studies, including those that have identified improvements in crystallized, fluid and emotional intelligence in those subjects who read regularly.
Here are ten books that are supposed to make you smarter
- THE BIBLE
The Bible, to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
- ASTROPHYSICS- A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME BY STEPHEN HAWKING
This book is still the best book on the topic available. It starts off from the basics so any non-science person can easily follow and then takes a dive into the complex area of physics even Nobel laureates get dumbfounded by. More importantly, this book will humble you into realizing that your problems are nothing in comparison to the scale of the universe.
- THE ART OF WAR BY SUN TZU
While this ancient book might, at first, appear like a manual that you would use in the military, the ideas about strategy contained within its pages translate into successful tactics that anyone from a CEO to an entrepreneur can use to create a more intelligent strategy for their business.
- THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY CHARLES DARWIN
To learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth. Darwin’s theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task.
- A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING BY BILL BRYSON
Bill Bryson’s quest to answer many of the questions facing humanity today is encapsulated in this book. With the help of some the world’s most advanced anthropologists, historians, and mathematicians, Bryson guides the reader through his queries with entertaining and clever prose. What’s it about? Just check the title.
- GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL BY JARED M. DIAMOND
Jared Diamond take you on a historical journey examining how geography, technology, war, and culture have all combined to shape our modern world. You’ll understand the forces that create modern empires and the commonalities that the cultures share and repeat.
- GULLIVER’S TRAVELS BY JONATHAN SWIFT
To learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos.Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) writes towards the end of his book: …an author perfectly blameless, against whom the tribe of answerers, considerers, observers, reflectors, detecters, remarkers, will never be able to find matter for exercising their talents.
- THE AGE OF REASON BY THOMAS PAINE
To learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world. The Age of Reason represents the results of years of study and reflection by Thomas Paine on the place of religion in society.
- THE WEALTH OF NATIONS BY ADAM SMITH
To learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself. An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations influenced a broad range of thinkers from David Ricardo to Karl Marx. Smith stresses the importance of the division of labor to economic progress. Opposing mercantilist monopolism, he offers a theoretical & historical case for free trade
- THE PRINCE BY MACHIAVELLI To learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it. a classic book that explores the attainment, maintenance, and utilization of political power in the western world. Machiavelli wrote The Prince to demonstrate his skill in the art of the state, presenting advice on how a prince might acquire and hold power. Machiavelli defended the notion of rule by force rather than by law.