When it comes to books “don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it but you will never grow from it.” This is a quote from one my favourite motivational speakers Jim Rohn. Where I don’t agree that an easy read won’t help you grow (as we all have to start somewhere) he does have a point.
What feels like many moons ago I had big dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, a self-made lady of wealth, a career woman. As life went by my priorities changed and what once seemed important to me didn’t anymore. However while I was going through that phase I read many books which I find useful in every life even now. While I wouldn’t say these books drastically changed my life there were four books in particular that expanded the way I think and like they say the most important conversation is the one you have with yourself.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
This was such an engrossing read and one of my favourites. What I liked best about this book was the way it was written. It reminded me of Aesops Fables in that it told stories each with a moral or lesson behind it which can be applied to everyday life. The lessons relate to money in particular and how to manage it so that it works better for you. I’m sure you can agree many of us view money like water, forever slipping out of our hands but this book changed that for me. If you’re in need of some money management tips but not that keen on your regular preachy-type self-help books then I would recommend this one. It doesn't give you a quick fix to financial freedom but it does advise how you can start taking steps to improve your finances for the future.
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
I brought this book, read the first two pages then never touched it again for a few years. This is a short but difficult read. It consists of 7 chapters all centred around the power of thought and no it’s not your average "think your way to wealth" book but just goes into detail about how the way you think can affect how you view things and how much better life can become if you change your angle. This was originally written as a literary essay then formed into a book so it can be quite heavy in places. I would not suggest this to be the first book you read of its type but I would definitely recommend you read it at some point.
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
I’ll be honest I think the book was a drawn out way of saying “do something consistently and it will pay off” but sometimes these things have to be broken down so they are more manageable and relatable. I think every person who has some kind of ambition be it writing, dancing, playing a sport or even learning a new language could take a few tips from this book. As humans, most of us have a tendency to try something for a short amount of time then quit after seeing minimal to no results. This book explains the importance of consistent work and smart choices.
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen
There are some books you read all the way through and there are others you read halfway through before realising there is nothing further you can get. I never made it to the end of this book as I found it quite repetitive but in the first few chapters, he makes some very good points as to why some people make it and others don’t. This is a good book to read if you’re of a mindset that only people from privileged backgrounds can make it. Yes, being from a certain background or class can be advantageous to success but it is not the only contributing factor.
So there it is my manageable list of books that I would recommend you read after all “The book you don’t read won’t help you.”
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