1) How to Win Friends and Influence People
There’s a reason I made it #1 on my list first for the 5 must read success books.This book should be a must read for all kids in school before they step foot into the real world. It gives amazing insights and examples on how to deal with people, how to make them like you, and how to be more effective as a person and leader.
You learn how to motivate others and get them to do things without being manipulative (a concern for most people). You also learn how to be charismatic and liked by anyone you talk to. I learned about this book when I was reading a biography on Warren Buffet (Billionaire) and learned that this was the book that motivated him to become successful and rich. After i read it, I understood why it did. Don’t read any other book on this page until you read this one! It changed my life!
2) Think and Grow Rich
The book not only shows you what successful people do, but how and why their actions gets them results. My personal favorite part of this book is Chapter 3 on Faith. This chapter goes into detail on how having faith and being persistent, you really can have whatever goal you desire.
It gives details on why being as specific as possible with our goals is necessary. As an example, instead of saying “I make a lot of money”, you should be more specific and say “I earn $10,000.00 a month”.
It also explains why constantly repeating your goal forces your mind to believe that its possible. This works by removing any doubts you may have and by beginning to shape your actions towards that goal. As a result, you achieve whatever it is you desire.
I make it a priority to read this book at least twice a year. Yes, it’s that good and necessary for success.
3) Awaken the Giant Within
I owe a LOT of credit for my success in business and life to this book. It really motivated me to do the most important thing necessary when trying to become more successful, TAKE ACTION!
Tony Robbins, who is referred to as one of the most influential motivational speakers today, goes into detail on how our mind convinces us to stay the same. Your mind resists change, even if it’s GOOD change.
There’s a chapter in the book where Tony explains how everything you do in life is to either gain pleasure or prevent pain. He further explains how the programming in your mind affects you when trying to grow and become more successful.
This book is JAM-PACKED with valuable information that will both motivate and inspire you to take action. The reviews online speak for themselves and were what motivated me to buy it! I’ve read his other books but NONE of them come close to this one! This is the only one from him you’ll need.
4) The Power of Now
The Power of Now is very powerful. It provides insight on how and why it’s important to live your life in the present. Eckhart Tolle explains how your mind controls you and that until you take control of it, you will never be fully aware and happy.
Your mind has a lot of thoughts, beliefs, and conversations going on that you’re not even aware of. Some of these can be good resulting from positive memories. Others can be bad due to negative moments or experiences in your past.
The good news about the negative ones is that they are in your past. However, negative experiences make it hard to notice and appreciate good things in the present.
Eckhart explains how the more you live in the present, the less power you give to negative experiences or memories you may have. The Power of Now shows you how to appreciate every moment of everyday.
You’ll learn how to assign meaning to the smallest things and how to notice the positive in everything. This book is life changing and I recommend you give someone a copy after you’ve read it. I’m sure you’ll agree.
Get it on Amazon.
5) The Secret
I’m sure somewhere along the way, you’ve heard someone either talk about the book or movie.The Secret delivers such a simple message that it’s hard for people to accept.That message is:
Whatever you think about the most is what you attract into your life.
You have a part in your brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS). The RAS is like a filter for your most consistent thoughts and beliefs.If you say to yourself over and over “I have a red Corvette”, the RAS part of your brain will start to notice red Corvettes everywhere!
Eventually, your thoughts will guide your RAS to lead you to a red Corvette. Though this book doesn’t mention the RAS part of the brain, its message on how “The Secret” works is the same.
The Secret is the law of attraction. Whatever you think about over and over is what you get.The book features many successful personal development and motivational speakers who have attained great success in all areas of their lives using “The Secret”.
This book is very motivating, especially with the life story of the author Rhonda Byrne. She explains how her life was in turmoil until she discovered “the secret” in a book given to her by her daughter.
The knowledge helped Rhonda turn her life around leading her to write this book in hopes of helping as many people as possible change their lives for the better.The writing style makes it enjoyable and easy to understand.The advice and principles in this book will go on to change your life!
To your success,