My relationship with non-fiction books is … complicated, especially with the self-development ones. While I acknowledge their potential usefulness, I miss the plot twists that I enjoy so much in fiction books. However, from time to time I find a self-development book I actually like reading – and this is the case with “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind” by Vishan Lakhiani.

There are two ideas from the book that I want to share with you:

  • the upgrading belief – one of the key messages of the book is that us, as humans, can update our systems for living just as computers update their software; an easy and efficient manner to do that is to read books on different topics (yay!)
  • 12 segments of life – these segments are inter-connected and when one is lacking, “it will pull down the others”; Lakhiani provides specific recommendations of books for each area of life

In the spirit of #NonfictionNovember and with the enthusiasm of sharing the Extraordinary Mind spirit, here are the 12 segments of life and their associated books!


1 | Love relationships – “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” by John Grey

2 | Friendships – “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

3 | Adventures – “Losing My Virginity” by Richard Branson

4 | Environment – “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz


5 | Health & fitness – here there are two recommendations:

  • for men – “The Bulletproof Diet” by Dave Asprey
  • for women – “The Virgin Diet” by JJ Virgin

6 | Intellectual life – here there’s no book recommendation, but classes of Jim Kwik

7 | Skills – “The Four-Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss

8 | Spiritual life – here there are two recommendations:

  • “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch
  • “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramhansa Yogananda


9 | Career – “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam Grant

10 | Creative life – “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield

11 | Family life – “The Mastery of Love” by Don Miguel Ruiz

12 | Community life – “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh

I must admit that I did not read any of the books mentioned above. I tried few years ago to read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, but unfortunately I did not manage to go through all the book.

What about you – have you read any of the books mentioned above? Would you recommend any of them?


‘Till next time … happy reading!


Cover picture by Stanislav Kondratiev on Unsplash

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