Often people ask: “What the book changed your life?”
It was John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent. I read it at a time when the haze of youthful idealism is beginning to dissipate and a cynical reality is opening in my eyes. I went through an emotional fall with the hero and experienced hope with him.
After that, there were many more books that shaped the person I am now. If not Steinbeck, Irvin Yalom or Yuval Harrari, I would have thought differently today.
And when you are asked about life’s most important books, then there is a great opportunity to remember who you were yesterday and what you want to be tomorrow.
© Fortune, 2009
Do you have a book that changed your attitude to life?