Are you a fan of reading? Do you read a book every now and then, or would you rather spend your time doing something else? Maybe this article will change your mind.
Experience has shown me that if you want to be successful in life or want to better yourself, you should read as much as you can. For me, reading has been a transformational experience and I would absolutely recommend that everyone should read a book on a daily basis. It’s helped me to grow as a person and has taught me a lot about people – something that’s proved invaluable on my journey to success.
In fact, I’d go as far as saying that valuing books and learning materials is precisely what got me to where I am today.
Depending on the source material, the immediate benefits you get out of reading can vary, but any book – even light fiction novels – can provide your mind with much-needed stimulation, expanding your vocabulary and developing your analytical skills. But I digress.
Anyone who’s read a book is undoubtedly aware of the benefits of reading, of the immense pleasure of learning new things and of discovering new ideas that give insight and inspiration.
So, why does the average person choose to read a book less these days? The rise of technology could well be one reason. But whilst the many distractions of social media, video games and countless online TV shows can be partly to blame, they’re not the main culprit.
As the saying goes – if you want to read a book, you’ll find the time; and if you can’t find the time, you’ll make it. It seems to me that most people would rather not bother with the hassle of finding a good book and carrying it around. That’s fair. Still, why not leverage all of that technology you carry around every day to learn more?
Yes, spending time with your friends and family is important and investing time and effort in recreation you enjoy is also perfectly fine! Nobody’s saying you should throw your social life out the window and lock yourself in a lonely dark room with a mountain of books. What isn’t fine is using this as an excuse to avoid reading, because the only person you’re depriving of the learning experience it brings is yourself.
“You can’t open a book without learning something”
If I’m being honest with you, at first I also thought finding enough books to read would be difficult. But then I realised something: I can also listen to my reading list with an audiobook while I’m doing other things.
A few years ago I realised that there is plenty of time during which you can read or listen to audiobooks via Audible and I find it really convenient to learn new things while having breakfast, performing my morning routine or driving to work. Also, if, like lots of people, you’re not good at multitasking, just stick to the simpler tasks, like sitting in public transport, getting dressed, prepping for a meeting or working out.
Learning and adapting are the very basis of what makes humans the wonderful beings we are. Knowing more has always been an advantage and, in the business world, this is doubly true. Every successful person reads, and particularly the most successful ones, who read even more than the average person.
When you’ve got people like Elon Musk, who supposedly learned rocket science simply through reading books and Bill Gates, who strives to read 50 (non-fiction) books a year, you should probably think about the value books can bring to your life.
Reading can also vastly improve your social life, and I don’t mean to read a book of the ’pickup tricks’ variety here. Getting basic knowledge about a broad spectrum of topics will make you a better conversation partner and give you the ability to actively take part in discussions that you would have otherwise had to sit out.
Well-written fiction books can provide you with an edge by exposing you to different personality types that you wouldn’t have necessarily met with in real life. Looking at the world from the viewpoint of a well-read person will change your entire outlook on life for the better!
There are countless books written on just about any subject that people are interested in. This makes finding the ’right’ books for you difficult. I often pick my books by recommendation. In fact, the majority of books currently on my phone’s library are there because of friendly suggestions. I’ve got some books on my phone that I’ve listened to 2-3 times over – they’re just that good!
So, I’d like to share with you a few of my favourite books. This is also my first post about sharing more personal information – what I like to do and read and I’m very excited to hear you will think about the books!
I’m also open to ideas and recommendations – if I’ve missed your favourite book or if you think I should re-read one of these titles, do tell me in the comments below!
Here’s my list of personal favourites:
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
- Money: The Top 100 Best Ways To Make And Manage Money – Ace McCloud
- Business Secrets from the Bible – Daniel Lapin
- The New One Minute Manager – Kenneth Blanchard
- Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy
- Key Person of Influence – Daniel Priestley
- The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss
- Keys to Success – Napoleon Hill
- How to Be Brilliant – Michael Heppell
- The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J Stanley
- MONEY Master the Game – Tony Robbins
- Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom – Tony Robbins
- The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham
- The Wealthy Barber – David Chilton
- Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind – Harv Eker
- Think and Grow Rich! – Napoleon Hill
- I Moved Your Cheese – Deepak Malhotra
- How to Persuade and Influence People – Philip Hesketh
- Legacy – James Kerr
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
- Finding My Virginity – Richard Branson
- 24 Assets – Daniel Priestley
Rich Dad Poor Dad was the very first English book I picked up, and I still keep its hardcover version at home to this day! When I seriously got into listening to audiobooks, it was also the very first one in my phone’s library. Over the last five years, I’ve listened to it five times! It’s an easy-to-understand book and every time I go over it I manage to find new ideas and inspiration.
If I had to read a book out of this entire list, though, it would definitely be Business Secrets from the Bible, by the brilliant Rabbi Lapin. It’s by far one of the most exciting titles that I’ve come across and it has really broadened my horizons when it comes to financing. It definitely takes the prize when we’re talking about a book that’s a combination of interesting, useful, and challenging to read. But that’s only fitting – if you want to be successful, you need to really pay attention to the details.
What about you? What’s the last book you’ve read or listened to? What did you learn from it?
I look forward to seeing your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. Just don’t dare tell me you don’t have the time to read!
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