20 Powerful Books To Read in 2021

20 Powerful Books To Read in 2021

If you are looking to level-up in any area of your life, I would highly recommend checking out these 20 powerful books. These books cover everything from finance to mindset and can truly help to expand your mind.

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Quick Look At 20 Powerful Books To Read This Year

20 Powerful Books To Read This Year

Here are 20 powerful books to add to your reading list this year!

1. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad. Robert shares the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

Positive review: “I read this book about 11 years ago at 27 years old, had no money, I followed the advice in this book and now have 15 rental properties paid off free and clear, my assets more than cover all my expenses. I just bought this book again, I’m in the middle of reading it again now 11 years later and can’t put it down.” –ilive4him24

2. Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens

Are you tired of counting calories, eliminating foods from your diet, or obsessing about food all day? If so, an intermittent fasting lifestyle might be for you! In this book, you will learn the science behind intermittent fasting, and how to use various intermittent fasting plans for your unique lifestyle.

The best part about intermittent fasting is that it doesn’t require you to give up your favorite foods! You’ll learn how to change WHEN to eat, so you don’t have to change WHAT you eat. Are you ready to take control of your health and finally step off of the diet roller coaster? All you have to do is learn how to “delay, don’t deny!”

Positive review: “Holy Cow! This is like the ‘holy grail’ of reinvention regarding a permanent WOE (way of eating). Please consider getting this amazing book if you’d like to stop dieting forever while regaining your health. NO more of the YoYo diet rollercoaster for me!! While not a medical professional – Gin Stephens is a master a simplifying the complex. This easy healthy approach to food enables you to just live. Since wholeheartedly adopting this WOE to my life (just since December) I not only did NOT gain my typical 10+ lbs at Christmas time- I lost weight!! I am down almost 9 lbs and over 12 inches. This intermittent fasting WOE lifestyle is a GAME CHANGER folks.” –1WildWoman

3. Fast, Feast, Repeat by Gin Stephens

Fast, Feast, Repeat is Gin Stephen’s lastest book about intermittent fasting. Delay, Don’t Deny is a great place to start, but this book dives into the science behind fasting.

However, don’t let that scare you away! Gin Stephens explains the science in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand manner. If you are ready to finally reach your weight loss and health goals, THIS is the book for you.

Positive review: “This is an excellent, accessible book that lays out the what, why, and how of an intermittent fasting lifestyle. With IF I’ve been set free from over 40 years of diet mentality and struggle, and this is THE go-to resource. Be careful, it might just change your life! And for you numbers folks, I’ve lost 20 lbs effortlessly – during the Covid quarantine no less- and kept it off without denying myself any foods that I love.” –Ashely

4. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

The Slight Edge is a way of thinking and processing information that enables you to make daily choices that will lead you to success and happiness. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. This book is not just another self-help motivation tool of methods that you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.

Positive review: “I purchased for my mom, dad, and fiancé. For anyone struggling with bad habits, wanting the secret of success, this is it. My life will never be the same. UPDATE: 72 days after reading this book I’ve accomplished things that were on my to-do list for 4 years. It really gave me a kick in the pants and helped me see how I was wasting each day. I highly recommend this book for people who have struggled with procrastination or “I’ll do it tomorrow” syndrome.” –S.R.

5. You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero 

You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Jen Sincero shares her own transformation—over just a few years—from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style.

Positive review: “I really LOVE this audiobook. It was just so cool how she articulates beautifully the blending of how our thoughts and our vibration create our reality (Law of Attraction). That we all basically deserve to be rich (from Wallace Wattles, the Science of Getting Rich). But, the piece that has stimulated me most that is usually never mentioned in the same context with these messages is that you DO have to take the big risks, dig deep, have faith, and never ever give up. This book is inspirational.” –Victoria

6. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg focuses the conversation around women in the workplace. In this book, Sheryl Sandberg shares personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit from supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

Positive review: “This book CHANGED MY LIFE. I had been working in the same position at the same company for the last 12 years wondering why I wasn’t being promoted or approached by competitors. Along with gaining experience over the years and building my own self-confidence, I needed this book to push me to take the next steps. I know this sounds silly and self-absorbed, but when I was reading it, it was like Sandberg was talking directly to me. She gave me insight into some of the things that were happening around me, and some tips on what I could do to change the course of my career.” –LVangl5

7. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity.

Positive review: “This book gives you an understanding of how to live a life based in principles. With every chapter, you grow from inside out. The precious teachings contained here will resonate with you, because they make all the sense in the world, and you’ll notice you can apply them in every aspect of your life. It’s wonderfully written, very clear, and easy to understand and incorporate into your life. It has helped me in my marriage, my career, my friendships, my family. I go back to it every now and then, and it always feels right, contemporary, and accurate.” –Amazon Customer

8. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne 

  In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life—money, health, relationships, happiness and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers—men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

Positive review: “When I first heard about this, I wasn’t sure what to think. It sounded a little hokey, to be honest, but then I started reading it and that changed. This book makes you really look at how you see the world and your thoughts about it. You really can change everything. If you’re floundering or struggling, read this book. Seriously, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!” –BATBFanForLife

9. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone

Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how! Success is your duty, obligation and responsibility, and this audiobook gives you step-by-step guidance on how to achieve phenomenal success for yourself!

Positive review: “Great book. Gets right under your skin. I got it as an audiobook and have enjoyed it so much to the point that I’m thinking going through it again. There is no “discovery” and there is no magic in the content – if you are responsible for your own actions – this book most likely is going to help you BIG time. If however, you want to sit and do nothing – save your money and buy a comic book. This book is not motivational – the book makes you think, plan, and act at your own will. If you want that additional push from the cliff and ready to fly – buy this book. Read and apply.” – Vlad

10. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.

Start With Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

Positive review: “I’ve read and studied a lot of material over the last 2 years looking for answers to my life and business. What I didn’t realize, is that I was looking for this book. While no book stands alone, this book puts the big picture together for me. Without a why I can find myself drifting from one opportunity to the next, with nothing more than fleeting excitement for a new idea. This book has inspired many thoughts as I read it, but it has helped me to truly put into perspective the age-old advice to follow your passion. It’s not enough to follow your passion, you got to know why you’re passionate about it. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to figure out what they want to do when they grow up. I’m off to read his follow-up book, Find Your Why.” –Clark

11. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any—or EVERY—area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.

Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life-the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined—is about to begin.

Positive review: “This book is life-changing. It basically teaches you that in order to defeat mediocrity and start living the life of your dreams, you must start to win each day. How do you do that? Simply by taking the time to intentionally and purposefully waking up in the morning a little earlier than usual. What do you do in the extra time gained? You work on improving yourself. According to the author, you do all 6 of the following self-improvement practices: silence, affirmations, visualizations, exercise, reading, and journaling.” –Dobra

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

Need a change in how you treat others? Having trouble making friends? These tried and true methods have proven themselves over the last 80 years. This book could change your life. You can go after the job you want—and get it! Take the job you have—and improve it! You can take any situation—and make it work for you!

Positive review: “I wish I had purchased this book sooner. Dale Carnegie’s advice has remained constant and applicable across the years for a reason. It’s simple and his techniques make perfect sense. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be kicking yourself when you see how you could have handled situations differently. I’m being transformed from a socially awkward, timid, and defensive person, to someone that seems collected and confident.” –CJ

13. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight 

Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In Shoe Dog, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike. Knight and his team harnessed the power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports to create a brand—and a culture, that changed everything.

Positive review: “This will be a great read for anybody, but if you’re thinking about starting a business, especially a business that you expect to grow, this book belongs on your must-read list. You’ll learn things that you won’t learn anywhere else and you’ll learn things that you can only learn from a story.” –Wally

14. The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung

Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones—in everyone—and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss.

In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight—for good.

Positive review: “Simply put, this book changed my life. I was not diabetic or viewed as very “obese” but I knew I was overweight for many years. Was only getting worse. I was watching my health slowly slip away. But now thanks to this book I’m down 50 pounds. Multiple other health issues I was having related to my weight gain have gone away (digestion issues, sleep apnea, etc). My partner even says I don’t snore anymore at all! It’s almost a year later and I’m STILL losing some weight! I’ve been wearing all my old clothes with my belt cinched super tight because with all my other momentary weight loss I always regretted buying smaller clothes just to rebound again and not be able to fit in them. But I’m well past the six-month mark and I’ve started buying smaller clothes with confidence. I don’t feel like I’m “on a diet” I feel like I’ve just changed the way I live.” –Billy

15. Atomic Habits by James Clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving – every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Positive review: “This book came to me as amazon recommended. I thought, oh great, another book on building good habits. But I took a glance at it, and decided to look deeper, so I bought a copy. It completely changed my thinking about setting and focusing on goals. I had fallen into the same trap the author writes about, I would set an ambitious goal, with no particular system for achieving that goal. I wasn’t consistent with my goals. Sometimes I did the small 1% steps to get to the goal, other times I would do something a few times and give up. It was purely by chance whether I would stick to something or not. What I’ve learned from the book is to be systematic about my approach. Even more important to align my identity to the goal I want to achieve.”- John

16. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your life? Do you often find yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you frequently busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  It is not a time management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. 

Essentialism is not one more thing—it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

Positive review: “This book has become my go-to book whenever I feel overwhelmed with life. It helps me simplify – but so much more than just that. It helps me analyze my current projects and focus on the 2-3 that will 1) help the most people 2) have the greatest impact and 3) be the kind of work I want to be known for. I just published my own book tonight and then I decided to pay it forward by reviewing the books that have helped me focus and get this book done after 3.5 years. Two weeks ago I went to read Essentialism again (I was feeling overwhelmed with publishing stress) and then realized I have already read it twice this year. What can I say, it’s become a staple book in my reading diet.” –Destiny

17. The Power of Broke by Daymond John

Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With a $40 budget, Daymond had to strategize out-of-the-box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an idea for a creative campaign that eventually launched the FUBU brand into a $6 billion dollar global phenomenon.  But it might not have happened if he hadn’t started out broke – with nothing but hope and a ferocious drive to succeed by any means possible.

Broke can actually be your greatest competitive advantage as an entrepreneur. Why?  Because starting a business from broke forces you to think more creatively.  It forces you to use your resources more efficiently, forces you to connect with your customers more authentically, and market your ideas more imaginatively. It forces you to be true to yourself, stay laser-focused on your goals, and come up with those innovative solutions required to make a meaningful mark. 

When your back is up against the wall, your bank account is empty, and creativity and passion are the only resources you can afford, success is your only option. You’ll learn how to tap into that Power of Broke to scrape, hustle, and dream your way to the top.

Positive review: “Every morning before I start work I read. Sometimes I read for 10 minutes, sometimes for an hour. This book has provided me with some incredibly valuable tips about running my own show, and making good business decisions. You know that over-used quote from Jim Rohn, that you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with? Reading Daymond John’s book I felt I was there with him as he shared his own story and stories of others he’s helped. I read books that help me with my mindset. So this is one I’ll return to for a tune-up.” –Amy

18. Purple Cow by Seth Godin

You’re either a Purple Cow or you’re not. You’re either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice. What do Apple, Starbucks and Dyson all have in common? How do they achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and-true brands to gasp their last? The old checklist of P’s used by marketers – Pricing, Promotion, Publicity – aren’t working anymore. The golden age of advertising is over. It’s time to add a new P – the Purple Cow.

“Purple Cow” describes something phenomenal, something counterintuitive and exciting and flat-out unbelievable. Seth Godin urges you to put a Purple Cow into everything you build and everything you do, to create something truly noticeable. It’s a manifesto for anyone who wants to create products and services that are worth marketing in the first place.

Positive review: “For those reviewers who were looking for actionable, step-by-step how-to… This book is wonderful in that it opens one’s eyes to the concept of USP (unique selling proposition) and being the industry’s Purple Cow, and getting you into the right mindset before going forward developing a brand, product, and marketing strategy.” –M

19. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell takes readers on a journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from. Along the way, he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Positive review: “Malcolm Gladwell’s writing is simple and easy to comprehend but yet has such deep profound insights. His books like Outliers take modern issues and he finds very simple solutions to them that were there just staring right at your face. When Malcolm points out these solutions, you just hit your head and say why didn’t I think of that?” –Sonny

20. How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell

America’s leadership expert John C. Maxwell will teach you how to be more creative and when to question popular thinking. You’ll learn how to capture the big picture while focusing your thinking. You’ll learn how to tap into your creative potential, develop shared ideas, and derive lessons from the past to understand the future. With these eleven keys to more effective thinking, you’ll clearly see the path to personal success.

Positive review: “This is an excellent book focusing on what to do to get things done in a timely and professional fashion. If you are blocked or procrastinating, this book will help you break big projects into smaller steps and to focus on what is most important.” –Nancy

Bottom Line

All of these books are great choices and can make a powerful impact on your life. What books are on your book list for this year?

20 Powerful Books To Read This Year