I first read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg when I was in university. It was one of the first personal development/popular psychology books I had ever read. Since then, I have used many of the concepts in this book to change and build new habits.
I first heard about The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey many years ago on a guitar forum. It was recommended because the principles in this book apply not only to tennis, but to many other activities, including playing the guitar. I eventually read this book when I was in university, and indeed, the concepts in this book have since had a big influence on how I perform many activities, such as weightlifting and playing the guitar.
I first came across The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau at a local bookstore many years ago while I was in university. At the time when I read this book, the concepts were not immediately relevant to me. However, since graduating, many of the ideas in this book have had an influence on me. This book offers plenty of practical advice and detailed steps on starting a small business. The following summary includes the essence of each chapter.
I first came across The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson at the local book store, and recall how the cover immediately caught my attention - both the colour, typography, and the actual title of the book. I eventually read this book after it was recommended to me many times.