We are living in a rapidly changing world where it is really hard to be original. The immense amount of new ideas and businesses push humanity forward but it also makes it hard for us to keep pace and stand out as an individual. These 5 books will help you question the outdated rules of society and find your own voice while living your life on your own terms.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

After reading this book you will forget about the myth of being simply talented and understand how the combination of hard work and opportunities helped some of the most successful people on Earth achieve their goals in life. Gladwell points out that carrying a cultural heritage and being different can not only be an advantage but it could be the very reason why some people succeed.

Being stubbornly faithful to your identity and embracing the characteristics that make you stand out from your surrounding will make you go a long way. The Outliers will prove this statement with countless intriguing stories from the business world.

The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

This book from 2007 is already considered a classic read, especially among entrepreneurs, as it proposes a fundamentally different approach to work to people who try to succeed in the 9-to-5 world. According to Ferriss, flexible working hours can enhance your productivity in leaps and bounds because it will motivate you to get your work done in less time instead of filling up the entire day with unnecessary to-dos.

With the Four Hour Workweek, you can simplify your life and optimize your earnings to a level where you can make a living from a few hours of super-productive work a week. It’s a must read for entrepreneurs and everyone else who don’t want to follow a 9-to-5 schedule anymore.

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

This is the latest and most technologically hooked-up book from the entire list from the founder and CEO of Mindvalley who has interviewed many of the most extraordinary minds of our time. He provides a hands-on guide for anyone who feels ready to question the rules of society and build a life on their own terms.

The book takes a holistic approach and talks about the outdated rules in relationships, education, spirituality, work, and so on, and gives you a way to improve all areas of your life at once. You can also get to know the real reasons of happiness and the way we form particular beliefs and habits in our lives if you read all these thought-provoking chapters. You have been warned: Once you read this book, it is like taking the „red pill” and entering the matrix. You will never see the world as the majority of society anymore.

Originals by Adam Grant

How Non-Conformists Move the World – the subheading of this edition sums up the essence of this brilliant book well and after getting to the end of it, you might just feel like to go out and change the world yourself. Adam Grant’s thoughts are surprising and powerful and his stories will show you how to choose the right idea, speak up and act at the right time and the right way, and manage your self-doubts.

All ground-breaking innovations and movements had been criticized or ridiculed at first in history, but with the help of this book you can find the way to create value and let your voice be heard.

Million Dollar Women by Julia Pimsleur

Although this book is addressed to women who try to work their way up in the business world, it is an inspirational piece for all who are committed to building a successful company no matter what it takes. The chapters provide a step-to-step guide from starting small through getting investment all the way up to turning your company into a million-dollar business.

The kind of candor and persistence that reveals itself through the words of Pimsleur will make you want to rewrite your business plan right away and dream bigger than you ever have. It is a truly motivating read and a must-have on the shelf of business women who still doubt that gender differences can stop them from success.