What book taught you the most important lesson that you still remember? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Dean Yeong, author of DeanYeong.com, on Quora:

I've read quite a few books in my lifetime.

Most of them were interesting and had taught me valuable lessons. But not all of them are equally impactful in my life.

However, there are a handful of lessons I'll likely never forget:

  1. The first book that comes to my mind is Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I'll never forget the four quadrants of ESBI and its concept of assets and liabilities. This book sparked a strong desire in me to become an entrepreneur and investor. At the same time, it taught me lessons about managing my finances that I believe everyone should learn.
  2. The second book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. These seven habits quickly became part of my life principles. They left such a strong impression on me because it's not easy to practice them. One needs to remind himself or herself from day to day to stick to--and thrive with--these seven life habits.
  3. The third book is called the Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday. As a writer, I found this book valuable. It pushes me to two realities: (1) creating is hard, and you have to work endlessly to get better every single day, and (2) the fundamentals of marketing are about positioning and word of mouth. Everything else changes quicker than we can catch up.

I'm now reading Principles: Work & Life by Ray Dalio, and I have a strong sense that it will soon become one of the most important books I've ever read.

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Published on: Mar 7, 2018