When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Well I’m a little impatient, so if you are like me and like to go out and find the teacher, then these top autobiographies are for you. Reading autobiographies is a great way to get multiple things done at once, because with an autobiography, you can build knowledge, relax and mentally prepare for success all at the same time while learning from a master.
Note: If you’re really impatient, and just want my list of Top Autobiographies, scroll down for the list.
Autobiographies are powerful, inspirational stories.
People who get around to writing their autobiography have a message to share and that message is usually interesting and insightful. They are truly inspirational books, and because the language comes straight from the individual, autobiographies are much more powerful books than most other books, even what I consider good books.
Autobiographies can shape your mind and make you more flexible.
There is truth in autobiographies and it is so much easier to tune in with the thoughts and feelings of the author through their autobiography. The language used opens the mind to understanding why the author took specific actions and achieved their successes. So scroll down and grab some inspiration direct from the pen (or keyboard) of someone who lived it.
Get into the head of the dead*.
One of the most powerful ways to achieve success is by modeling successful people. It has been shown that there are mirror neurons which are neurons which mirror someone else’s experience in your own brain even at a distance. This is a key reason why we learn so well from watching someone doing something and why we feel funny when we see a spider crawling up someone else’s arm. Through direct language, you are better able to model success and avoid pitfalls. This is really making the teacher appear by taking positive (but enjoyable) action.
What is an Autobiography?
Biography Definition: A biography is a book about someone’s life story written by a 3rd party author.
Auto-biography Definition and Meaning: An autobiography is a book about someone’s life story written by the person themselves. IE. The person who was there, lived it, felt the pain and the joy, did the hard yards and experienced the successes.
Biography Vs Autobiography – There is no contest.
Reading Biographies are for those interested in light entertainment or history. There is nothing wrong with reading a biography, but it is much harder to gain a new perspective on life through the filters of a biographer. Biographers are often just looking to write a good book, and that’s what you get. That said, biographies are fine if you are either
- Really bored and have nothing else to read
- Want to study the biographer themselves (eg serial biographers) and their writing style
- Really passionate about a particular time in history and are looking to build deep knowledge.
Autobiographies however let you think, feel, act and experience as the author through their first-hand narration of their own powerful life story. They contain more meaning – Autobiographies contain thoughts, emotions, actions and experiences which is a ladder to success. I believe that as you read an autobiography, you get closer to the author and the way they think, so it gives you flexibility of thought. Flexibility is a cornerstone of solving problems, and solving problems is a key to personal fulfillment.
Leave the biography on the shelf, autobiographies are the way to go.
How to Find the Best Autobiography for Yourself.
I’m pretty ruthless. I really only read inspirational autobiographies from people who have achieved something great in their lives in areas that I am interested in. Before I pick it up, I ask myself …
What inspires me about this person?
The best way to find a good autobiography is to head over to the Amazon, search for “autobiography” then refine either on rating or a subject you are interested in. It’s easier on Amazon, because you can see the author right on the search page. If you search on the internet, there are lot of people who confuse auto-biography with biography, so you end up wasting a time only to end up in the wrong head!
Click to Amazon and start your search: Amazon Memoirs (Hint: Add a keyword like ‘autobiography’, ‘music’, ‘success’ etc.)
If in doubt when choosing, choose the more famous autobiography or the one with the best rating. People become popular or famous for a reason.
How to Read an Autobiography
The key is to read an autobiography with an open mind. Don’t let your own perceptions of the person block you from seeing why they were successful in what they did. EG. You might think that someone was naturally talented, but they may have had massive perseverance like Michael Jordan (see below) that allowed them to break through . Allow yourself to see the hidden clues in their thoughts, decisions and language. They are a teacher with experience who has demonstrated success.
A bit of fun: Since you are clearly a person of insight and value to the world, think of how you might write your own autobiography when it is the right time. Develop your own writing style. Taking notes may just come in handy one day….
Here are my Top Autobiographies to read.