I must admit, I am learning to have a love for books. The more I remind myself of the importance of the written word, the more my love for it grows.
The following is a list of some of the best life-changing literature we’ve read so far.
I absolutely loved the film the “Pursuit of Happyness”. We read a lot of self-help books because it empowers us to be greater versions of ourselves. This book is a fantastic read with profound insight and powerful life lessons which we will carry with us forever. Chris Gardner; the man who inspired the filming of the “Pursuit of Happyness” has a great talent for the written word and running a multi-million dollar business. His story is a real “rags to riches” tale, showcasing the strength of the human spirit. This book should be read over and over again.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People remains one of the most referenced books in the self-improvement genre. Begin whatever you do with the end in mind. Stephen Covey’s book is a go-to resource for anyone who wants to improve themselves and want to improve relationships with family, colleagues, managers or have more productive social relations. Covey’s teachings have remained relevant as a solid foundation in interpersonal communication today.
“If you will make the sacrifices now that most people aren’t willing to make, later on, you will be able to live as those folks will never be able to live.”
“The Total Money Makeover” is by far the best book I have read on financial literacy, responsibility, and even economic spirituality. If I could only recommend one book, this would be it. All of the marketing, business and personal growth books I suggest will be of no help to you if your money management habits are crap. It is imperative to learn how to save, earn and invest; without these skills, all of your income will be mismanaged and wasted due to negligence.
The baby steps Dave recommends are simple and to the point. Each step produces tangible results if you follow them without too much variation. If you can muster 2 to 3 years of discomfort, then you will gain a type of freedom that not many people will experience in this lifetime. Think about it. Are you willing to experience minor financial discomfort which leads to economic independence or do you prefer a lifetime of bondage to debt?
This book has changed our lives twice. The first time we read this book, we cleared up a lot of our debt and our credit score shot through the roof. Unfortunately, we went back into our poor spending habits because the temptation of credit card and loan offers. Now, we read Dave’s book daily, like a mantra and constant reminder that we are not meant to owe any man. At the center of Dave’s philosophy is what he calls the seven baby steps, which will lead to financial freedom if followed in order. I must add, that the one compromise we had to make was credit card usage. I we travel internationally, it has been imperative that we have at least one credit card at our disposal.
You can download a copy of the baby steps HERE. The Total Money Makeover also comes with a workbook. Also, be sure to check out Dave’s YouTube channel where he speaks to live callers about personal financial dilemmas. The YouTube channel alone has been a tremendous help as well.
The “Year of Yes,” is Shonda Rhimes story about saying YES for a whole year. The title told you that much, right? Here’s what I appreciate about Shonda’s journey: saying “yes” was her taking action. It was her showing up for herself. It was her being a doer and not just a dreamer. The fact is, the difference between “doers” and “dreamers” is that there are those who accomplish their desires with a purpose and choose to take the world by storm while following their passion and purpose. If you needed a nudge of encouragement to push you in the right direction, then this book is it.
Have you ever realized how much happier, lighter and energized you feel when your home is organized, clean, and spacious? Well, we certainly have, and that’s why my family and I are on the path to minimalism and organization. Marie Kondo encourages the reader to throw out everything that doesn’t “spark joy.” She hates to see inanimate objects stacked one on top of another. Marie’s book breaks down her radical, divisive approach to tidying. First, put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank the object for its service and get rid of it. Second, once you are left with the belongings you love the most, put each object in a place where it’s visible, accessible, and easy to grab and then designate a permanent home for it. Only then, Kondo says, will you have reached the nirvana of housekeeping, and never have to clean again.
I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. I was captivated from the start by the straightforward, conversational writing style. It was all very personal, and the activities in the book helped me to develope a more laser-like focus on what matters most in my life and business. Two of the most significant moments in the book for me: “I commit to living in my Zone of Genius, now and forever.” Hendricks asks the reader to commit to doing the things we know we can do best.
“I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.” Hendricks calls this “The Ultimate Success Mantra.” Hendricks believes that staying in your own Zone of Genius will lead you to the ultimate success in life, and I tend to agree
Jack Canfield’s book “The Success Principles, is one of those timeless books that people will read for generations. If you are looking for a real glimpse of success, then read this book. If you want to know what successful people do, day in and day out, this book is it. I suggest reading it once through and then a few pages every week.
The Power of Habit is one of the most eye-opening books I’ve ever read. It shows us how habits are formed, why they are so powerful, and how to change them. This is a must-read for anyone looking to grow professionally or personally.
Did you know that most millionaires live very simple lifestyles? The writers of “The Millionaire Next Door,” Thomas Stanely and William Danko, did extensive profiling of people whose net worth defined them as millionaires and created a detailed profile of who a real millionaire typically is. Also, this book opposes the concept of pop culture millionaires and gives you a complete picture of what it means to be wealthy in today’s society.
The “Art of money getting” was much more valuable than the opinions surrounding monetary success and responsibility. The author creatively stresses the importance of achieving financial gain through integrity and charity. He also has a charming and honest manner to his writing, as well. This book isn’t really about making money (though it is the central theme). It’s more about finding real joy and living your life to the fullest through morality and decency. This book is a quick and short read being only about 71 pages.
What are some of your favorite personal development books?
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