Top Ten Books Everyone Should Read
Reading for success
If you truly want to succeed in life, you need to be a good reader. As Jim Rohn said, "Poor people have big TVs, rich people have big libraries." You must be committed to lifelong learning.
Here is my list of the top 10 books that everyone should read. It's very difficult to narrow a list down to just 10 books. Without a doubt, some people will question my choices. These aren't meant to be the greatest literary classics. These books are the ones which, in my belief, will provide the most help to get what you want out of life. There are no scholarly books on this list. If you're going to benefit from a book, it must be easy to read and understand. All of these titles fit that category.
The first six books deal with life and how to live it. But you also need to achieve some level of economic success. The last four deal with the economics of life.
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. This is a very short, easy to read book. It's based on the Bible verse "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he". It's not the circumstances that make the man; rather, the way a man thinks determines his circumstances. This book should be read often. It can be read in less than two hours.
A Manual for Living - Epectitus. This is another very short, easy to read book, but filled with many valuable lessons. "Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control." You will benefit greatly each time you read the book.
The University of Hard Knocks - Ralph Parlette. This is a very humorous book with lots of great, down to earth lessons. One of my favorites was, "You have been chosen. And how he was suckered in by advertising that played on his ego - he was chosen for an investment that would yield huge returns." There are lots of lessons in this book. It truly is a university degree in how to live. This book is out of print, but you can find plenty of copies on Alibris.
The Power of the Subconscious Mind - Joseph Murphy. A wonderful book that deals with the power of the human brain. Well worth reading. You will learn how powerful your brain is and why you need to harness the power of your subconscious mind.
The Greatest Salesman in the World - Og Mandino. This is one of the best selling motivational books ever. It is a very powerful story and a manual for designing your life. You should also learn the story of Og Mandino and how he turned his life around.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol Dweck. Our mindset has more to do with our success than any other single factor. We can have a closed mindset or an open mindset. Dweck discusses both mindsets in depth, giving good examples. The book is filled with interesting stories, including the fall of Enron and Andersen.
Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill. This is the classic self help book. It gives you step by step instructions on how to achieve what you want in life. The only problem is, most people read it and fail to take the action that Hill recommends. I highly recommend you learn more about his life story and how he came to write the book, which is extremely interesting and motivational.
The Richest Man in Babylon - George Clason. This is a classic book on how to manage your finances. This should be required reading by everyone in America. The steps to financial security are simple and straightforward. The problem is our inability to delay gratification. We want everything now.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind - T. Harv Eker. This is a wonderful book that will teach you how to think about money. Most people grew up with some negative thoughts about money. Unless you change your thought patterns, you will always have problems with money. The book is easy to read, straightforward and extremely beneficial.
How to Make Millions With Your Ideas: An Entrepreneur's Guide - Dan S. Kennedy. Dan Kennedy has a unique style. He tells it like he sees it: not a lot of polish, just hard facts. It is down to earth, good solid advice. I am not sure that you could find more solid advice in one book.