Autobiography simply means the tale of one’s life written in his own words. Autobiographies play an important part in your life, it gives you an honest picture of someone’s life so that you can relate with someone, draw motivation from it. It has become more important in this world of social media where everyone is hiding behind the veil.
We’ve curated a list of seven such powerful, inspiring books to help become the true versions of yourself. Go ahead and indulge!
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Becoming is her autobiography. Before we move forward to describe what we felt about the book, let’s have a look at what Mrs. Obama thinks about her book ‘Becoming’
For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end
– Michelle Obama
The book begins with her childhood. She has spent most of her childhood in the south of Chicago in a one-room apartment. She adores and appreciates both her parents; how they always work hard to complete all their demands. She claims herself as a hard worker, always working to become a better version of her. The autobiography turns into a love book after she joins a reputed law firm and meets Barack Obama. Later in the book, she talked about her miscarriage; that scene which can break any person. She also shows some clear signs that she didn’t like politics, and yet politics had changed her in ways that she couldn’t even imagine.
Open- Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi is a retired professional tennis player. This book is not about all the wins that Andre has in his name. The book is more about the lost matches, what he learned from the match, how he gets back on his feet, how he manages to fight back again and again. To be honest, anyone can read this book; no matter in which profession you are, you will relate to this.
On a serious note, this book is not for children. This book deals with some pretty serious adult issues, like drugs, women, and some deep psychology topics.
From Andre to you, “Now that I’ve won a slam, I know something very few people on earth are permitted to know. A win doesn’t feel as good as a loss feels bad, and the good feeling doesn’t last long as the bad. Not even close.“
The Beauty of all my days- Ruskin Bond
The main concerns of this book are: how the environment you are living can change your life, how we are forgetting to enjoy the small beautiful moments in our life. The author talks about how his life has changed after coming to India. His love for India was clearly seen throughout the book. The book also has a lovely collection of photos. The author never tries to show anything special in this book, yet it feels magical to read. However, one negative point about the book is that there is a certain predictable chronology, which can be a turn-off for some readers.
When Breath Becomes Air- Paul Kalanithi
This book will make you cry. This book is about a neurosurgeon dying from cancer at an early stage in his life. There are various enlightening spiritual topics about which the author talked like; what are life and death? What is the truth? The book is more of a novella around 100 pages but very powerful, and can create a huge impact on the reader. Many people found it depressing, yet many people found it as motivation. The author talked a lot about how he is trying to make the best out of his life.
A message from Paul to you: ‘There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.’
Mind Master – Viswanathan Anand
A book about Vishwanathan Anand’s chess career that is a special life lesson in its own. If you are thinking that this book is about chess strategies, let us warn you, no, this book is about the life lessons that Vishwanathan Anand learned. This is more of a self-development book, in which the author talks about what was his strategy to deal with the ups and downs of life. The author deserves a grand salute for his frankness and honesty other than his determination, patience, and integrity. The author talks a lot about how his family, friends, co-workers helped him throughout the journey.
Unlearning is perhaps the hardest thing to do, but it is a necessity if growth and success are your goals.
The Mindset by Ace Bowers
This book is the journey of our author from a Janitor to a Silicon Valley Millionaire. This Author faced many difficulties like Poverty, abusive parents, insecurities, etc. but despite all this when the same choice was given to him that was once given to his parents, he chose to act differently, he chose to work hard for his child, and to never let him down. A tip from Ace to you “Mindset is everything. Endlessly complaining about what I didn’t have would get me nowhere; instead, I had to start going after what I wanted”
Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra
This is the autobiography of the Miss World 2000 pageant- Priyanka Chopra. It’s more of a collection of Essays poetries and observations. The book sets an example to all the women out there, how she converted herself from a small-town girl to a legendary star, is indeed great and motivating. She talks a lot about her family, her loving mother, her brave father.
This was the supreme list; each and every book listed above is special in its own way. Every book will take you on a different life voyage; will motivate you in ways you have never thought about. Grab a book and tell us about your experience.