In today’s post, we’ll talk about books. Or, more specifically, about some books that I really like and I think everyone should read.
Okay so, I know that we’ve talked about reading a couple of times already, but I feel like I need to repeat this – reading is good for you! And that’s really an understatement. If you want to change your life for the better, learn new stuff, advance your career, start a business, make money with stocks or properties, improve your health, confidence or relationships, your best bet would be reading a book. But not just any book, mind you. A good book. And don’t get me wrong here, because I’m not trying to pretend that I’m some sort of a book critic, but there’s a really, really big difference between a good book and an average one. For me, reading is not just a hobby, but a way to improve myself, so I’ve read tons and tons of books. And I’d call only some of those books “good” for the purpose of improving efficiently. Information is great, but the way it’s presented can make all the difference, especially if you’re trying to learn new things. Add to this the fact that reading is not really popular anymore, because videos are much easier to consume, and you’ll see why so many people miss important things.
And this is exactly why I keep making these book lists. Because I get to share some excellent books that I believe everyone should read, and it lets me highlight the importance of reading. Of course, if you’re short on time, audiobooks will do just fine as well. I usually listen to books while I’m doing things around the house or travelling because it’s much more convenient and helps me use my time more effectively. So, let’s get to the list.
Top Ten Books to Read in 2022
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
Basic stuff. This is the starting point for most entrepreneurs and everyone who just wants to succeed in life and build wealth in general. It’s absolutely a must-read, no matter who you are, what you do or where you come from. It will give you some essential pointers and help build perspective. It will give you a new outlook on life. If you’ve already read it, please consider giving it a re-read because it’s easily a 10/10. It also happens to be one of the first books I read when I got into business, and it reminds me of Ivor, a good friend of mine who relentlessly encouraged me to achieve more.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
A similar premise, even if more advanced. Would definitely recommend giving it a couple of re-reads as I have. It will expand and solidify your new outlook on the material side of life and show you how to be more effective at the things you do.
How to be Brilliant: Change Your Ways In 90 Days! by Michael Heppell
An excellent book about taking action and overcoming your limits. It is a perfect follow-up to the first two books on this list.
I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else’s Maze by Deepak Malhotra
A book about change. Like I always say, improvement requires change. And this book will tell you all about that. Push your boundaries. Broaden your horizons. Strive for more. Achieve more.
Legacy by James Kerr
If you’re looking to build a career, climb the corporate ladder or start your own business, you need to read this book. James Kerr talks about teamwork, mission, vision, values, overcoming obstacles and roadblocks and more. And, even if you aren’t planning to lead a team in a professional setting soon, don’t worry because all these concepts can be applied to your daily life!
How to Persuade and Influence People by Philip Hesketh
Another classic. Just like with Legacy, I’d recommend this book to everyone, no matter their position or long-term goals. There’s just a ton of really, really valuable insights here about human interaction, negotiations and credibility. So again, even if you don’t plan to start your own business, I bet that you can find a way to benefit from the things in this book.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
You know how everyone (including yours truly) keeps making lists like “Top Habits for Success and Wealth”? Well, this book does just that, except much better, because, well, it’s got a lot more space to explain things. And, once again, it’s a title that any reader can benefit from. You don’t have to be a billionaire to learn from them.
24 Assets by Daniel Priestley
This one is mostly about entrepreneurship and leadership. I really enjoyed this book, and I’ve read it a couple of times already, but I’d mostly suggest it to people interested in making a career out of leading others. It’s great for team leaders, managers, business owners and similar positions.
Money: The Top 100 Best Ways to Make and Manage Money by Ace McCloud
Success, wealth building and financial independence all in one neat package. It’s an excellent read for everyone and can really change how you see money.
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
A book that needs no introduction. If you’ve ever thought about investing, you’ve probably heard about it. But even if you’ve read it, I’d highly advise you to give it another go. It’s just one of those timeless books that have something new for you each time you go back.
The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton
Financial independence, planning, self-help and taking action. It’s another very famous book, and I’m surprised by just how many people manage to miss it. It deals with the importance of planning and persistence while also highlighting that you don’t need a big budget to start building wealth. Financial independence, wealth building and starting a business are all possible on an average salary as long as you’re smart with your money. And don’t worry, because it also shows you how it can be done!
As I said at the start, I believe that all of these books are 100% worth your time. And, if you’ve already read all of them, consider going back for a second round. They’re just the type of books that get better and better the more you learn, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to walk away with at least a couple of new insights. Personally, I like to revisit these titles at least once every other year, and I still haven’t reached the point where I feel like they have nothing more to teach me.
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