What if there were 12 must read books that guaranteed your success in any area of your life?
Would you actually spend the time to read them or just turn away and hunch your shoulders?
I can honestly say that reading these books have transformed my life in more ways than one. I have in fact read many books in the field of personal development, success and happiness. I decided to compile a list of randomized must read books for anyone who has the desire to be a successful in business and in life.
I’ve given a brief summary of each book below.
12 Must Read Books #1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This was the first book I read in the field of personal development that had a transforming affect on my life. I typed out the 7 habits and have it up on my office wall. I started to tell people
As the title suggests, Stephen Covey describes the 7 habits of successful people. As you may know habits are activities we do or don’t do over and over again.
The book teaches that no matter what habits you have right now you can replace destructive habits with ones that serve you better. If you adopt the 7 habits as described you will be more effective and happier in all areas of your life.
Pick up a copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People here.
12 Must Read Books #2. Think And Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill
This book is not what I expected. I thought it was just going to be about making money but it is much more than that. I have an interest in psychology so it was very interesting to read about the concepts of how your beliefs create your thoughts and then your actions.
I do believe that focusing the right way on achieving success is more likely to get you there than focusing on your failures.
Pick up a copy of Think and Grow Rich here.
12 Must Read Books #3. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
This is one of those books I read in the right place at the right time. I had just gotten started with my first network marketing company. It completely changed my way of thinking. My daughter was at university at the time and I found myself talking to her in a completely different way. My son is 15 now and I am not pushing him to go to university.
He wants to be an bestselling author and a millionaire. He has already published his first book and earning a very small residual income. I know if I had never read this book I may never have encouraged him to do that.
Pick up a copy of Rich Dad Poor Dad here.
12 Must Read Books #4. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
This was the first time I was introduced to the concept of building a business to sell. Most people who go into business end up just employing themselves. The book talks about the importance of systematizing your business – a bit like the McDonald’s model. The idea is that you have a turnkey system that operates whether you are there or not.
Pick up your copy of The Emyth Revisited here.
12 Must Read Books #5. The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clasen
This book opened my eyes to creating wealth for the ordinary guy. It is a great introduction to finance. How you can create financial freedom from the smallest of beginnings if you follow a particular set of principles. I love the way it is written – very engaging.
Pick up a copy of the Richest Man In Babylon here.
12 Must Read Books #6. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
This is an amazing book for just opening your eyes to what is possible if you think out of the box. It allowed me to re-evaluate how I would exit from my 9 to 5 job into the world of entrepreneurship.
I can genuinely say that I have implemented some of the strategies in this book which has allowed me to negotiate with my employers the flexibility to work from home. On those days I add at least a couple of hours to my family and or my entrepreneurial projects.
Pick up your copy of The 4 Hour Work Week here.
12 Must Read Books #7. Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
This was my introduction to Tony Robbins and his technologies for reconditioning the mind to transform your life. I ended up going to his famous 4 day event Unleash The Power Within and the experience completely changed my life. It was then I decided to dream again.
I had already started on the path of being an entrepreneur this experience reaffirmed that I’d made the right decision.
Pick up a copy of Unlimited Power here.
12 Must Read Books #8. 7 Strategies For Wealth And Happiness by Jim Rohn
This a short very easy to read book full of Jim Rohn’s humour. It was from this book that I took on the idea of earning enough money so that I could live on 30% of my income and give the rest away to charity.
Pick up your copy of 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness here.
12 Must Read Books #9. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
In this world where it seems that everyone wants to do more in less time here is a book that gives you permission to do exactly the office. As start on your journey to be an entrepreneur at times it will seem that there is just too much information to take in.
It will feel as if you don’t have the time to do all the things you want to do. My favourite chapter give strategies to enable you to say “no” so you can say “yes” to the things that are important to you in life.
Pick up a copy of Essentialism here.
12 Must Read Books #10. Fish Tales by Stephen C Lundin
I read this book when I was going through a difficult time at work. On some days I did not want to go into the office. I picked up this book and did not put it down until I’d read it from cover to cover. I went into the office the next day with a completely different attitude.
You see I’d learn that I could choose the attitude I take into work with me. I now love my job. This may seem strange because I wish to be an entrepreneur and have financial freedom. You see my job has been important in providing the financial resources to cover my day to day expenses as well as invest in my business.
Pick up your copy of The Fish Tales here.
12 Must Read Books #11. Getting Things Done by David Allen
I had to include a productivity book in this list. As a part time entrepreneur it is really important how I use my time. This book has been instrumental in giving me the tools and strategies to properly plan and work on those activities that are important in moving my business forward.
Pick up a copy of Getting Things Done here.
It has also shown me how I can have a full time business, a job, family commitments and still have a life.
12 Must Read Books #12. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles
When I was first introduced to this book I remember reading an online version from cover to cover in probably under an hour. I thought it was good but I didn’t really get it. I was reminded of the book again some years later and again I read the book from cover to cover and well…I put it down. I still didn’t get it.
As I am writing this I have a physical copy of the book sitting by my computer. If I flip through the pages you can see where I’ve underlined and highlighted passages. I’ve also got notebook open where I’ve been taking notes. In two days time I’ll be joining 20 or more people on a live webinar and we’ll be sharing what we understand from reading chapters 6 and 7.
When I read this book before it was purely a transactional process. I didn’t get it. This time I would say that it has been life changing. This time it has been a transformational process. Since starting to study this book almost 2 weeks ago I’ve probably gone through 3 or 4 times already. I’ve listened to the audio versions on my laptop, my iPad and my iPhone. When I’m in bed, cooking, driving and whenever I have a moment and can plug the earphones in my ears.
I can already feel the mindset change as I go through this book. So it was not my intention to leave this book until last. However, I do believe that this will be the book that will create the biggest change in me.
I hope you decide to invest in your success by becoming an avid reader. They say that leaders are readers.
I am fortunate to have partnered with a company that takes reading seriously. One of the 8 core commitments to achieving success is to read daily. So I read daily.
Choose your book and decide that from this day on you too will read daily.