RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Below you will find a list of books that we recommend. All of these books make you think and have great perspectives on life.
The following books are our favorite books since they detail a great deal about our personal development as an individual, as a society, and as citizens of the world. We strongly recommend them! If you would like to publish a book review, add books or have any suggestions, please send us an email to mirilenoff@knownsuccess.com

A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

Written by Martin E. P. Seligman.


In this book, E.P. Selligman shows us how we can enrich and grow our lives. Based on positive psychology, the book details which ways makes the human being full. It is not only happiness, but also exploring talents, establishing relationships with others, feeling pleasure and contributing to the world. This book takes a different angle and questions us in the areas of education, economics, therapy, medicine and politics. This is a book that includes many areas of development, including our personal area.

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

Written by Viktor Mayer-Schonberg and Kenneth Cukier.


In this book, the authors explain to us in which way the world has changed and how massive data will change the way in which we live. The government uses this data to fight terrorism, but businesses uses this data to predict buying patterns. We have reached a moment in which information can predict our behavior. The authors explain how this is changing our lives and what we can do to prevent danger.

Building Social Business

Written by Muhammad Yunus.


This book is fundamental to understand new developments in the world. Yunus received the Nobel Peace Price in 2006 for his growth in microcredit. He is the pioneer of microcredit, and his book details his developments in social business as a continued practice in today’s world by major corporations. Social business has become a new dimension of capitalism. Through this book, we hope you learn from Yunus’ example.

Business Model Generation

Written by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur.


This book shows us how we can apply different business models in our world. With practical and innovative ideas, the authors are very clear and they design a systematic process for the reader. We can find many examples and exercises to show the content. This book is a guide for visionaries and businessmen and women to improve their business and for anyone who would like to learn different business models which is a skill that is necessary in any field.

Business Model You

Written by Timothy Clark, Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur.


This book details a visual method for business. Using only one piece of paper, the authors explain this method to evaluate, summarize and reflect any business idea or business product. By doing this, the reader understands different and new creative ways to adapt and find satisfactory solutions. The book teaches us the model of business and helps us improve our professional area.

Creating a New Civilization through Social Entrepreneurship

Written by Patrick U. Petit.


Why the book Creating a New Civilization through Social Entrepreneurship? This is a book that can be generalized for students of any area at the University level. Also, this book shows how entrepreneurship is possible, especially in tough times of financial and economic crisis. Social entrepreneurs are emerging in all facets of society undertaking important tasks. We hope you enjoy this book and learn from great entrepreneurs.

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

Written by Ken Robinson.


In this book, Ken Robinson explains the need to reform education so that it becomes more practical and creative. Robinson details his plan in his book and how to make work his new educative system. Today’s education is based on the Industrial Revolution. After 200 years, a drastic change is necessary. Robinson would like to use today’s resources so that students can maximize their potential. This book helps us reflect on the great sense of education in the XXI century.
Additionally, Ken Robinson has talked about this topic on TED. Please click here to watch the videoconference.

Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness

Written by Tal Ben-Shahar.


Tal Ben-Shahar shows us how the small decisions that we make in our lives are as determinant to us for our happiness. The book shows us how we can change our lives so that we have a happy life. With the 101 examples, the author shows us a different way to choose the life that we want to live. We invite you to read the book and put your life in perspective. This book can have a huge influence in the questionnaire that you completed in the first phase.

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

Written by David Bornstein.


With David Bornstein, the level of human consciousness is reborn as a vital element in the new world trend of Social Entrepreneur at every level of the human being. This will take us to the evolutionary development which breaks all current paradigms that may represent all of us, with determination and innovation, a huge difference and impact to our global village.

Fractal Time

Written by the Gregg Braden.


Through this book, you will find an interesting perspective on life cycles to modern discoveries. Braden explains how our present mirrors our past cycles of time. You will find how to make sense of the constant changes in today’s world. Through these discoveries, we will be guided away from the destructive choices we have made in the past and we will be demonstrated a way “to the greatest possibilities of our lives”. The author does a great job explaining how the past can reveal our future.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Written by Malala Yousafzai.


In this book, Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner, details her courageous story of fighting for her basic rights. The right to study and go to school was the impetus for Malala. She was shot in a bus while she was going to school. She writes about the importance of education for women and the importance to fight for what one believes in. Malala has become a peace symbol at her early age of 16 and shows us how to have the power to change the world.

In Defense of Globalization

Written by Bhagwati, Jagdish.


Through this assignment, you will get the vision of the benefits of Globalization in this world, rather than the distraction of seeing it as an inconvenience. We can take the opportunity to reduce poverty, to include the rights of women and children, as well as democracy, culture, human rights, and improve our environment. Then, we can also minimize the social and economic risks, or the fanatic financial capitalism.

Rising Strong

Written by Brené Brown.


In this book, Brené Brown writes about the significance of vulnerability. Brown has heard numerous leaders of worldly companies where these leaders have had the courage, they have fallen, but they have risen. Brown has seen how they all have something in common. With this book, Brown shows us the power of our emotions and the power of the process to be who we are and admitting our vulnerability. This is a book where one understands how to write our own histories and be able to write our own final chapter.

The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State

Written by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge


In this book, the authors explain the three transitions that the world has had in the history of the modern world. We are actually undergoing a fourth revolution. Through industrialization, we have transformed our economies and they have left us toxic effects. The book details the crisis and guides us towards the future. Some ideas are about how to change our governments and progress. The future is in our hands and we need to act as soon as possible.

The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Written by Angus Deaton, Nobel Economics Prize winner.


Angus Deaton details the possibilities of change in our social, economic, international and health environments. The Great Escape, gives us an interesting perspective through economics and poverty. Deaton explains the history of 250 years where some parts of the world change their ways to a sustainable process which opened up possibilities to what we see today. The world has been transformed and the new technologies have opened up many new opportunities. Deaton shows us how this world’s standards have changed our world and gives us a guide of the direction that we should approach.

The Hidden Connections

Written by Fritjof Capra.


Why the book Hidden Connections? Because it is a book that integrates the different technical and human disciplines that allows us to have a holistic vision in the resolution of developing alternatives in interdisciplinary matters as well as in the globalized world in which we live in, and to obtain a sustainable development.

The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does

Written by Sonja Lyubomirsky.


In this book, Sonja Lyubomirsky clarifies life’s promises that say make us happy. What people say that makes us happy makes us unhappy many times, what people don’t believe that makes us happy is the absolute happiness. Having a clear vision where not everything is black and white, the authors teaches us how we can change our life. The book is full of practical lessons that can be adapted to what we believe in. This book shows with scientific evidence that it is not only our circumstances but our way of thinking that is the most important to reach happiness.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

Written by Michael A. Singer.


Michael A Singer shares with us the importance of how to liberate our mind and spirt beyond any limit. This book teaches us how to learn about ourselves and about the relationships between us and the world. Through meditation, there is a conscious development that can erase everything to reach the happiness that we desire. Singer explains how these energies within us can liberate our thoughts and emotions that limit our conscience. This book is the freedom of ourselves to reach to be who we want to be.

What tHe βL€€ P Dθ ω∑ (k)πow

Written by William Arnatz, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente.


This book is fundamental to integrate the advances and scientific tendencies in our daily lives as the one of our communities, optimizing the evolution possibilities. It is very satisfactory to find integrated in a single film and/or book most of the thoughts, theories, and discoveries of the present scientists; with greater reason when they appear to us of an accessible way and with an ample range of applications that are concrete and practical

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Written by Peter Thiel.


Through this book, we realize how we can reach to invent the future. Thiel explains the vertical invention instead of the horizontal invention. Meaning, generating one invention takes us from 0 to 1. Generating a horizontal invention takes us from 1 to n. To do what we already know is not ideally what the world needs. In the end, we need to start thinking for ourselves to reach that place. This book transcends any area and makes us reevaluate courageous ideas.

Additionally, the following list contains names of other books that you might find interesting:

57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students

Written by: Kevin D. Haggerty & Aaron Doyle.



A 20-Minute Summary of Peter Thiel’s Zero to One

Written by: Peter Thiel.



Absolutely Everything That Matters in Science in 1001 Bite-Sized Explanations

Written by: Parsons Paul.



A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Written by: Warren Berger.



Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds

Written by: Howard Gardner.



Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

Written by: Muhammad Yunus.



From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity: ATreatise on Matter, Information, Life & Thought

Written by: Manfred Eigen.



Gogoogle: 20 Ways To Reach More Customers and Build Revenue with Google Business Tools

Written by: Greg Holden.



Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin

Written by: Lawrence Weinstein and John A. Adams.



Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEAM Achievement

Written by: Freeman A. Hrabowski III.



How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

Written by: Annie Murphy Paul.



MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

Written by: Anthony Robbins.



On Complexity

Written by: Edgar Morin.



Performance Intervention Maps: 39 Strategies for Solving Your Organization's Problems

Written by: Ethan S. Sanders and Sivasaliam Thiagarajan.



Philosophy in Crisis: The Need for Reconstruction

Written by: Mario Bunge.



Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception

Written by: George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Shiller.



Quantum Shift in the Global Brain

Written by: Ervin Laszlo.



Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness

Written by: Bruce Resemble and Fred Kutter.



Reforming Complexity: Perspectives from the North and the South

Written by: Fritjof Capra, Alicia Juarrero.



Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda and Winning

Written by: Marion Nestle.



Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything. Inner Traditions

Written by: Ervin Laszlo.



Self comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Written by: Antonio Damasio.



Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future

Written by: Edgar Morin.



Stop Acting Like a Seller and Start Thinking Like a Buyer: Improve Sales Effectiveness by Helping Customers Buy

Written by: Jerry Acuff and Wally Wood.



Superstrings and Other Things: A Guide to Physics

Written by: Carlos Calle.



The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality

Written by: by Luciano Floridi.



The Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory Field

Written by: Ervin Laszlo.



The Brain: The Story of You

Written by: David Eagleman.



The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines

Written by: Malcolm Gay.



The Bond: How to Fix Your Falling-Down World

Written by: Lynne McTaggart.



The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products & Services for Three Billion New Customers

Written by: Paul Polak & Mal Warwick.



The Conscience of Humanity

Written by: Andrei Sakharow.



The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief

Written by: Gregg Braden.



The Element

Written by: Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica.



The Emotion Code

Written by: Bradley Nelson.



The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge

Written by: Matt Ridley.



The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits

Written by: C.K Prahalad.



The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating & Avoiding the Pitfalls that Can Sink a Startup

Written by: Noam Wasserman.



The Humanity of Humanity. The Human Identity

Written by: Edgar Morin.



The Mind's Eye

Written by: Oliver Sacks.



The Next Global Stage

Written by: Kenichi Omae.



The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

Written by: Salman Khan.



The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World

Written by: Oliver Morton.



The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience

Written by: Bradley Nelson.



The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits

Written by: Gregg Braden.



The Systems Model of Creativity

Written by: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.



The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

Written by: V.S. Ramachandran.



Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family

Written by: Anne-Marie Slaughter.



Welcome to Your Brain

Written by: Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang.



Where Good Ideas Come From

Written by: Steve Johnson.



Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation

Written by: Shane O’Mara.



Wikinomics: La Nueva Economia de las Multitudes Inteligentes

Written by: Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.



You’re It: How to enjoy a SUCCESSFUL life through creative attitudes

Written by: Mary Kay Slesinger Rich.