Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a company specializing in dietary supplements, fitness equipment, and apparel. He is also a New York Times bestselling author, professional mixed martial arts fighter, and host of The Aubrey Marcus Podcast.
Born on February 28, 1981, Marcus grew up in Weston, Connecticut. He attended college at Wesleyan University, where he studied psychology and philosophy. After graduation, he moved to Austin, Texas to pursue a career in mixed martial arts (MMA).
In addition to his work with Onnit, Marcus is also an accomplished author.
In this article, Marcus shares his top book recommendations for anyone looking to improve their life.
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” has been praised by many as a life-changing work. In it, Tolle describes his own journey from a life of depression and anxiety to one of inner peace and contentment. He argues that the key to happiness lies not in external things like possessions or success, but in our own state of mind.
Tolle’s message is simple but profound: if we can learn to quiet our minds and be present in the moment, we will find true happiness. This is not an easy task, but Tolle’s book provides readers with practical advice on how to do it. “A New Earth” is essential reading for anyone who wants to create a more peaceful and joyful life.
Awakening Spirits by Tom Brown Jr.
In Awakening Spirits, Tom Brown Jr. explores the spiritual world and our connection to it. He shares his own experiences and insights, as well as those of Native Americans and other spiritual traditions.
Brown offers a fresh perspective on spirituality and our place in the universe. He shows how we can connect with our higher selves, nature, and the divine. Awakening Spirits is an informative and inspiring read for anyone interested in spirituality or personal growth.
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Cyrano de Bergerac, a play by Edmond Rostand, is a story about a man who is in love with a woman who is in love with another man. Cyrano is not the best-looking man and he knows it, but he doesn’t let that stop him from wooing the woman he loves.
He writes love letters to her on behalf of the man she loves and eventually confesses his own love for her. The play is set in France in the 1600s and is full of sword fights, witty banter, and unrequited love.
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
In his book, Ego Is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday explores how the ego can be the biggest obstacle to success. He argues that the ego can blind us to our own faults and lead us to make decisions that are not in our best interests.
The holiday provides examples of how the ego has derailed successful people in history and offers advice on how to avoid letting it sabotage our own lives.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I never thought I would be reading a book like Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s not the kind of book I would usually go for, but I’m so glad I did. It was an amazing, wild ride from start to finish.
If you’re looking for a book that’s going to sweep you off your feet and leave you wanting more, then Fifty Shades of Grey is definitely the one for you. E.L. James has done an incredible job of creating a story that is both erotic and romantic, and I couldn’t put it down.
If you’re looking for something a little different, something that will make your heart race and your pulse pound, then pick up Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. You won’t regret it.
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
In his book, “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan explores the science of psychedelics and the potential they have for healing mental illness.
Psychedelics have been used for centuries by indigenous cultures for religious and spiritual purposes. In the mid-20th century, psychedelics were studied for their potential therapeutic benefits. However, research was halted due to the widespread recreational use of these drugs in the 1960s.
Recent studies have shown that psychedelics can be effective in treating a variety of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and addiction. Psychedelics work by promoting neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to new experiences.
Pollan argues that we need to rethink our approach to mental health care and explore all available treatment options, including psychedelics.
Island by Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley’s Island is a novel about a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the intelligent use of technology. The Islanders have perfected their way of life and are content with their simple, yet fulfilling existence.
However, when a group of outsiders arrives on the island, they begin to question the utopians’ way of life and soon realize that not everything is as perfect as it seems.
Huxley’s Island is a thought-provoking novel that will leave readers questioning what is truly important in life. The utopians’ simple way of life may seem unappealing at first, but upon further reflection, one begins to see the beauty in it. The novel raises important questions about the nature of happiness and what it means to be truly alive.
Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock
In his book, Magicians of the Gods, Graham Hancock sets out to prove that many of the myths and legends from around the world are actually based on real events. He argues that a global cataclysm occurred around 12,800 years ago, wiping out most of humanity and leaving behind only a small group of survivors.
These survivors then went on to repopulate the earth, passing down their stories through oral tradition.
Hancock has spent decades researching this topic and his work has been praised by many leading experts in the field. In Magicians of the Gods, he presents a compelling case that will change the way we think about our history.
Mastery by Robert Greene
In his book, Mastery, Robert Greene argues that the path to success is not necessarily linear. Instead, he posits that successful people are often those who have mastered a particular skill or trade.
Greene draws on the stories of successful people throughout history to support his argument. He cites examples of how many people who achieved greatness did so by first mastering a particular skill.
Greene’s book provides readers with an alternative view of success. Rather than seeing it as something that is unattainable, Greene shows that anyone can achieve mastery if they are willing to put in the work.
Not Afraid by Daniele Bolelli
Daniele Bolelli’s book “Not Afraid” is a collection of essays that explore the author’s personal journey through fear.
Bolelli writes about his fear of flying, his fear of public speaking, and his fear of death. He also tackles larger topics like the fear of failure and the fear of change.
Throughout the book, Bolelli shares what he has learned about facing his fears head-on. He offers readers practical advice for dealing with their own fears, as well as insights into the nature of fear itself.
“Not Afraid” is an inspiring and thought-provoking read for anyone who struggles with fear can be paralyzing, but it doesn’t have to be. In “Not Afraid,” Daniele Bolelli shows us how to face our fears and live life to the fullest.
Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker
In Ted Dekker’s Rise of the Mystics, readers are taken on a journey with four unlikely heroes who must save the world from destruction.
These mystics must use their unique gifts to battle evil forces and prevent the world from being plunged into darkness. With exciting action and suspense, Rise of the Mystics is sure to keep readers entertained from beginning to end.
Sleep by Nick Littlehales
Sleep by Nick Littlehales is a book about the importance of sleep and how to get the most out of it.
Most people don’t get enough sleep, and it can have a major impact on our health, mood, and productivity.
Littlehales offers practical tips on how to get better sleep, including what to do before bed, during the day, and even at work.
sleep is essential for our health and well-being, and this book is a great resource for anyone looking to improve their sleep habits.
Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler
In his book, “Stealing Fire,” Steven Kotler explores the recent trend of using drugs to enhance performance.
Kotler looks at the history of using substances to improve performance, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day athletes. He also examines the science behind why these drugs work and the ethical implications of their use.
While some may see the use of drugs as cheating, Kotler argues that we should be more open to their use as a way to level the playing field. He also believes that we can learn from those who are using these substances to improve their performance.
Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan
Christopher Ryan’s book, Sex at Dawn, takes an evolutionary look at human sexuality. He argues that humans are not naturally monogamous and that sexual promiscuity is the norm. This view challenges the traditional view of human sexuality.
Ryan’s book has generated a lot of controversies. Some people argue that his view is misinformed and that he is downplaying the importance of monogamy. Others find his arguments to be convincing and thought-provoking.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, Sex at Dawn is sure to spark some interesting conversations about human sexuality.
Stress Less, Accomplish More by Emily Fletcher
In her book, Stress Less, Accomplish More, Emily Fletcher teaches readers how to manage their stress in order to be more productive.
Fletcher begins by discussing the different types of stress and their effects on the body. She then provides tips on how to identify and manage stressors in your life.
With Fletcher’s help, you’ll learn how to take control of your stress so that it doesn’t control you. By reducing your stress levels, you’ll be able to accomplish more in both your personal and professional life.
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
In The 48 Laws of Power, author Robert Greene outlines a comprehensive guide to gaining and maintaining power. Using historical and contemporary examples, Greene explores each law in depth, providing readers with a framework for understanding and achieving success.
Whether you’re looking to gain an edge in your career or simply want to better understand the machinations of the powerful, The 48 Laws of Power is essential reading.
The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Book of Freedom by Paul Selig
The Book of Truth by Paul Selig
The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby
The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Game by Neil Strauss
The Journeys of Socrates by Dan Millman
The Mastery of Love by Miguel Ruiz
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
The Red Queen by Matt Ridley
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Create Your Own Religion by Daniele Bolelli
The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castañeda
The Toltec Art of Life and Death by Miguel Ruiz
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield
The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
The Wheel of Time by Carlos Castañeda
Tripping Over the Truth by Travis Christofferson
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
You Are the Placebo by Joe Dispenza
Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Zero Limits by Joe Vitale