The ONE Book You Should Read At Least Once In Your Life

A timeless book that teaches the most important life lessons

Thomas Oppong


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What is the best life-changing book you’ve read recently? What is the one book you keep reading over and over again?

Some books are meant to be devoured or digested slowly.

There are not many books that require total immersion. So when I come across a timeless and valuable book that has changed many lives over the years, I take the words of the author or writer seriously.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is one of the greatest and original books ever written. It’s a life compass.

You don’t just read it once and put it on the shelf. You keep it close for easy access. You read and ponder. It’s full of practical wisdom for life.

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a famous Stoic philosopher. He wrote Meditations during his reign as a source of psychological advice for himself.

He originally called all the 12 books in the book “Writings To Myself.” He wrote it during a pandemic (Antonine Plague, named after him), which killed about 5 million people.

“He frequently applies Stoic philosophy to the challenges of coping with pain, illness, anxiety and loss,” writes Donald Robertson of the Guardian.

Meditations was not meant for publication, which is why it’s so personal and genuine. Marcus used it as a guide to understand and encourage himself or make sense of the uncertain and challenging world.

It’s a timeless collection that has been read for centuries. So, if you choose to read it, you are not alone. Millions of people before you have read it, including intellectuals, politicians and entrepreneurs.

Marcus’ wisdom can help you overcome the many challenges of life. He focuses mainly on life, logic, meaning, work, mortality, self discipline and the shortness of life.

We are all here for a short time, and knowing how to make the most of the present life you have can change the trajectory of your life.



Thomas Oppong

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