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Top 10 books on how to live intentionally, redefine success and have a creative life

Milena Regos

In a world obsessed with busyness and chasing success at all costs, we end up burnt out, stressed out, and lonely. At Unhustle, my vision is to shift this paradigm. It’s about finding the sweet spot between doing and real living, embracing a lifestyle that balances life enjoyment with purposeful achievement. This is the future I’m creating with Unhustle—a sustainable, prosperous future for ourselves, our families, communities, teams, companies, and the planet.

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Over the past 9 years, I’ve read over 300 books on how to live intentionally, perform better and grow your business sustainably.

Save yourself the time and read these top 10 ?:

Book #1: Four Thousand Weeks 

Most people fall for time management, productivity and efficiency.

The average human lifespan is about 4,000 weeks.

This book teaches you how to construct a meaningful life by embracing finitude. It will shift your perspective.

Book #2: Essentialism

Most people try to get more done in less time. You end up overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked.

This book teaches you how to get the right things done.

Book #3: Rest

When everyone tells you to work more, it makes you wonder when enough is enough. You fall for the cult of busyness.

This book teaches you that rest is the path to success.

Book #4: The Burnout Epidemic 

Most people misunderstand burnout and how to cure it.

This book teaches you that burnout is not a personal problem but rather an organizational and societal one. We can create happier, healthier and more productive workplace.

Book #5: Dark Horse 

For generations, we’ve been taught that success is to be like everyone else, just better, leaving most people unfulfilled and struggling.

Dark Horse teaches you to blaze your own trail to bliss. Harness your individuality in the pursuit of fulfillment to achieve excellence.

Book #6: Time Off 

Most people see busyness as a badge of honor.

Challenge the notion that busy=productive.

This book teaches you that your work ethic needs similarly strong rest ethic.

Book #7: Big Magic 

Most people don’t allow themselves to be creative.

Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) shows you how to tap into your creative flow so you can have a creative life, without fear.

Book #8: Orbiting the Giant Hairball

Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a “giant hairball”–a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems. Mediocrity sets in.

Gordon McKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years and he teaches you how to rise above the mold and dare to create your most creative and fulfilling work.

Book #9: It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy At Work 

Most people think that long hours, aggressive hustle, and “whatever it takes” are required to run a successful business today.

The answer to better productivity isn’t more hours—it’s less waste and fewer things that induce distraction and persistent stress. The answer is to create “calm company.”

Book #10: Flow

Most people chase the wrong definition of success.

This book holds the key to unlocking meaning, creativity, peak performance, and true happiness. Optimal experiences lead to flow.

TL;DR: Out of 300+ books, read these 10:

  • Four Thousand Weeks
  • Essentialism
  • Rest
  • The Burnout Epidemic
  • Dark Horse
  • Time Off
  • Big Magic
  • Orbiting the Giant Hairball
  • It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work
  • Flow

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