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Must-Read Books on Success and Being Successful

These reads are the ultimate guides on personal and professional growth. Pick up one of these books on success to watch your life change!

Who doesn't strive for success? Reading is one of the best outlets for expanding the way you think, and ultimately, how you live your life. These ten must-read books on success and being successful are perfect for anyone who wants to gain knowledge on the world of progress. Achieving success does not come easy, but these authors make it as simple as possible. 

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley and Dr. William D. Danko

The premise of wealth is expanded on by authors Tom Stanley and William Danko in The Millionaire Next Door. After researching, they come up with the idea that wealth is not how you spend money, but rather how you accumulate it. The chapters follow the men's investigation on how people become wealthy. Looking to get rich? Read all about the characteristics of the wealthy for yourself. 

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

As the #1 personal finance book, Robert Kiyosaki tells his story of having two father figures as he grew up. One father, his own biological dad, was poor, while his best friend's father was rich. Rich Dad Poor Dad expands on how each of these men shaped the way he was educated on money and how to invest. He wants you to consider the concept of either working for money or having money work for you. The choice is up to you!

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

Unlike many popular books on success, Give and Take by Adam Grant focuses on the importance of how we interact with others. Grant is an award-winning researcher and professor. He stresses the downfall of those who fail to realize that work, productivity, and success go hand in hand with the way we can communicate and interact with each other. It is possible to remain personable while staying powerful. 

How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life by Caroline Webb

Based off of behavioral science findings, it is clear, more than ever, how our brains work. Caroline Webb is an economist and former McKinsey partner who wrote How to Have a Good Day to share the wealth on how to approach each day based on science.  For example, she explains how to go about daunting tasks with the use of her findings. Sounds like something we've never read before! Read this book to have a multitude of good days. 

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

One of the most popular books on success, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie has changed many people's approach on life. What does it mean to be successful to Carnegie? He focuses on the fact that you need to go for the life you want, improve the life you have, and make any situation breathable. There are also six ways to make people like you, twelve to win people to your way of thinking, and nine to change people while avoiding resentment. 

How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits by Judy Robinett

One of the most successful business books How to Be a Power Connector stresses the goal of being strategic relationship planner in the business world. Judy Robinett talks about the need for both personal and professional success to live your best life. 

She wrote the contents of her book by researching social groups that are larger than 150. This lead to her "5+50+100" method, in which large groups will separate in a group of 50 rather than 150. She uses this example to emphasize this list of advice: maintain contact with the top five connections in your life daily, the top 50 weekly, and the top 100 monthly. Sound overwhelming? She makes it simple in her book. 

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

This New York Times bestseller is written by Timothy Ferriss. It is all about how to work less and live life to the fullest.  Ferris expands on his own personal story of how he went from earning $40,000 per year while working 80/hr weeks, to $40,000 per week while working only four hours... per week! 

The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard

Over two million hardcover copies of The One Minute Manager have been read. The producer of personal development and motivational programs Kenneth H. Blanchard gives his readers insight on how to set goals, manage their lives, and boost profits, all within one minute time. 

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz

The secrets of success hide in this book. David J. Schwartz helps you secure topics like financial security, a job you are happy at, gaining power, a happy relationship, and ultimately,  success in life. He encourages his readers to set goals for themselves that may seem unreasonable in The Magic of Thinking Big, while still acknowledging the fear of failure. This read is life changing. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Covey Stephen

Originally published in 1988, the advice and self-help motivation by Stephen R. Covey is a timeless approach to life. As one of the most helpful books on success, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People sets up a step-by-step process for change while maintaining security. The wisdom of power and opportunity will change the way you think about life forever. You will no doubt find success after putting down this book. 

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