Coffee Table Books to Make You Look Smart

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Coffee Table Books to Make You Look Smart

Books you probably haven't read but boy do they make you look interesting!

A brand new year has just begun and you find yourself full of energy and the motivation needed to ensure that 2019 is one for the books. Of course you're going to lose that last pesky ten pounds, start off every morning with 30 minutes of meaningful meditation and finish at least one book a month. All of these goals are absolutely achievable but when you inevitably give in to the cookies in the break room (when did your job get so generous anyway?) and that 30 minutes of meaningful mediation becomes you desperately clinging to your covers before your alarm comes along to ruin your world, at least these books that you haven't read will look really nice on your coffee table.  

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Touted as one of Will Smith's favorite books, the Alchemist tells the story of Santiago the shepherd and his incredible journey. Whenever Santiago sleeps under the sycamore tree, he has dreams of treasure buried at the base of the pyramids. Eventually, Santiago is convinced by a gypsy woman and a strange old man to follow his dream and he sets off towards the pyramids to find the treasure. Before he can reach the pyramids, Santiago is robbed and has to temporarily stop his mission. After facing many hardships and speed bumps along the way, Santiago finally makes it to the pyramids and begins digging only to be beat up by two men. Santiago discusses his dream with the men and one of the men shares a similar recurring dream about finding treasure that he's also been having. In the mans dream, the treasure was hidden at the base of the sycamore tree where Santiago had been sleeping previously. Santiago returns home and finally finds the treasure he's been searching for was at home all along.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
In his breakout bestseller, Robert Greene stands on the shoulders of giants to deliver watered down revelations about navigating the world...a world...a fictional world that is easily navigated by these arbitrary rules. Drawing inspiration from Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and Carl Von Clausewitz, Greene offers (over)simplified laws that you can use in your everyday life (*stifles laughter*) to help gain the power you want and maximize the power you already have. Laws such as number 29 "plan all the way to the end" can actually be applied to the real world but laws like number 16 "use absence to increase respect and honour" will probably only serve to irritate those around you and really tick off your boss. The use of the British spelling of "honour" despite the author being from California should tell you all you need to know about how to apply these "laws" to your real life. 

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
According to Dr. Gary Chapman, marriage expert and author of this book, every person has a love language that defines how they give and receive love in a relationship. The 5 love languages are as follows:
1. Words of affirmation. 2. Quality time. 3. Receiving gifts. 4. Acts of service. 5. Physical touch. These differences are important because if you and your partner have different love languages, it can be difficult to communicate how you feel to one another. For example, if your love language is words of affirmation but your partners love language is physical touch, one or both parties may feel unappreciated because they are not receiving love in a way that is meaningful to them. 

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
If you found 48 laws entirely too many to live by then might I suggest narrowing it down to four simple (see also: vague) rules by which to govern your life. Don Miguel Ruiz, surgeon and author of The Four Agreements brings us four rules that supposedly can change your life and the way you see the world. The four rules are: 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don't take anything personally. 3. Don't make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. If you found these "agreements" to be life changing, I have four additional everyday rules to live by that will blow your mind. 1. Floss daily. 2. Never bite the hand that feeds you. 3. If you step on a crack, you'll break your mothers back. 4. Finders keepers, losers weepers. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
By now you're probably thinking "Gee 48 rules are too many to live by but four simply isn't enough." In a slight variation from rules to live by to habits to incorporate into your daily life, Stephen Covey brings us 7 habits which adopted properly can lead you to great success. The 7 habits are as follows: 1. Be proactive. 2. Begin with the end in mind. 3. Put first things first. 4. Think win-win. 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. 6. Synergize. 7. Sharpen the saw. Now, since I've provided you with those 7 habits (for free no less),

I assume you've all become great successes since reading this post, and adding these books to your coffee table, my job here is done!