Harry S. Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Reading has an amazing effect on your personal and business growth, allowing you to glean valuable principles and tactics from experts which sharpens and elevates your skills. Through implementation of what you learn, reading is a sure way to helping you overcome obstacles, achieve goals, and overall, bettering your life.
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
There are a plethora of personal development books to choose from, but, if you’re just getting started in implementing consistent reading in your life or wondering which books to begin with in your personal and business growth, here are seven life-changing books that are worth looking into that can propel you to your next level.
7 Books Everyone Should Read
#1 The Bible
Indeed the bestselling book of all time, the stories shared in the Bible are a testament of faith, perseverance, overcoming adversity, and believing in the unseen…all key elements to having a successful business. There’s a saying that goes “there is nothing new under the sun.” Anything that has been experienced in life is in this Book…and so are the answers.
#2 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This book will shift your mindset towards wealth, prosperity, and the undeniable belief that you can attain anything you set your mind to achieving. Think and Grow Rich is one of those books that should be read and re-read to keep your faith fired up on accomplishing your realest goals. The underlining theme in this book is that to achieve something, you must first conceive what you want — your definite purpose — knowing where you want to go. Then, you must have a positive mental attitude to go with it.
You will be amazed at how far this principle can take you simply by believing and taking action.
#3 The Success Principles™ by Jack Canfield
“If you could only read one book this year, you have it in your hands.” ~Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 bestseller Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
Co-author of the successful Chicken Soup for the Soul series, in his book, Jack Canfield shows you how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Outlined in 67 success principles, he gives the exact values he’s embraced and studied that’s lead to a fulfilling career as a coach, multiple New York Times bestseller, keynote speaker, and popular radio and TV talk show guest.
This comprehensive guide will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all of your ambitions. It is a great investment to experience real transformation…beyond your wildest dreams!
#4 How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The most successful leaders all have one thing in common: they’ve read How to Win Friends and Influence People (Source: Hubspot). Perhaps one of the best personal development books written, this source is packed with 30 timeless principles that shows you how to effectively communicate with people, get others to believe and trust in your vision, and how to lead in a way that fosters growth in your team and business.
How to Win Friends and Influence People is a must-read for entrepreneurs who desire to build strong relationships with their customers and grow a winning team of motivated people.
#5 As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
There is a Bible scripture that says “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). In other words, whatever you believe, you become. This book As a Man Thinketh is based on the idea that we are what we think. Everything about who you are is made up from your thoughts. With that said, if you can begin to change those inner thoughts about yourself towards success, wealth, accomplishment, and great health, you will begin to change your action which brings your thoughts to fruition.
This is a simple read and should be on everyone’s shelf.
#6 The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Most people desire riches, yet in order to obtain and maintain wealth, there are key principles that must be honed in order to manifest this dream. Clason does an exceptional job outlining these principles through parables that are easily relatable and achievable. Set in ancient Babylon, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in financial wisdom through their experiences in business and managing household finances.
Today, The Richest Man in Babylon is considered a classic, having sold more than 2 million copies in 26 languages. This is the ideal choice for your financial freedom source.
#7 The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Darren Hardy, former publisher of SUCCESS magazine, gives a straight-forward approach on how to make your dreams a reality through little, everyday decision that compound over time. In other words, there is no magic bullet or secret sauce to success. The six strategies outlined, when applied in order, will catapult your income, your life…your success, simply by taking action. Whatever you aim to achieve, this book will show you how!
Reading is a success habit and an essential ingredient to your personal and business growth. Start with just one of the books listed and commit to reading 20 minutes minimal everyday (mornings are suggested but choose the time that works with your schedule). Don’t read it like you would read a novel. Read a bit, take notes, and especially focus on how you can implement in your life the principles you are learning.
By the way, congratulations on making the decision to want to improve and elevate your life!
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