We all want success, both in our personal and business lives. So, each day, we wake up to join others in the hustle, and do all we can to manage the unfriendly atmosphere on the streets of Lagos. We cope with the business landscape in Nigeria, even though we don’t find it easy.
Waking up each day to work your way to success is great, but do you do it with a direction? What’s your hustle guide? Many times we tend to just work, thinking that’s all we need. But do you know a single book can set you in motion for success. It can be your hustle guide, so you just don’t work with nothing to show for it.
Here are 10 great books that should be on your reading list if becoming successful is included in your bucket list:
Doctors Stanley and Danko spent 20 years interviewing members of the elite club whose net worth exceeded $1 million dollars. Their findings resulted in seven conclusive rules, ranging from living below your means to choosing your occupation wisely. This book won’t teach you investment tips to hit it big, but rather how to lead a lifestyle that creates wealth.
Originally published in 1937, Napoleon Hill’s book is old, but not outdated. The messages in it are not exclusively financial, because Hill does not limit wealth to the confines of monetary worth. With stories from the top businessmen of the time, Hill finds that success is derived as much from personal satisfaction as it is from financial flair.
Robert Kiyosaki shares the two influences on his life growing up, one financially unsuccessful and the other fiscally responsible. One of the core themes he came to learn and advocate was that “the poor and middle class work for money” while “the rich have money work for them.” Throughout the book, Kiyosaki seeks to teach a level of financial literacy often ignored in formal education.
At its core is the belief that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Allen uses eloquent period language to bring readers to the realization that thoughts and character are inseparably intertwined. Equally as important is the lesson of personal responsibility taking precedence over thoughts and actions. He prescribes focused time to reflect and discover yourself and your dreams, and to put forth energy and time to make those dreams reality. This book, now in the public domain and freely accessible on the Internet, should be in every achiever’s library.
Peter Thiel’s book focuses on disproving the misconception that there are no more frontiers. He preaches a mentality of thinking for yourself in order to find the space and means to innovate and create. The book aims to teach you to ask questions and not just follow in the footsteps of other thinkers.
In “Awaken the Giant Within,” Tony Robbins seeks to give you the techniques necessary to take control of your own life. An expert in the psychology of change, Robbins gives you the tools to achieve your peak performance — for your body, relationships, or finances.
The One Minute Manager is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands.
The book also presents several studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences that clearly explain why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book’s end you will know how to apply them to your own situation and enjoy the benefits.
Got a lot on your to-do list? Of course you do. But what separates productive people from others is their ability to focus on a singular task at a time, and getting it done before moving on to the next one.
Sounds simple in theory, but this can be extremely difficult in practice. In Focal Point Brian Tracy offers tips to help build discipline and organization into your day so you can get more stuff done.
Recognizing that some people have innate leadership-personality traits, the book provides direction for becoming more effective. But John Maxwell’s book debunks the myth that only an exclusive few are born to be leaders. Instead, he suggests that everyone benefits from learning self-discipline, seeking mentors and adding to their skills through training.
Maxwell defines leadership as influence and points out that a management title isn’t a prerequisite. Regardless of your career, position or personality, learn how to become an effective leader.
In The Seasons of Life, Jim Rohn and Ronald Reynolds draw parallels between life and the changing seasons. When you learn that change is the only guarantee, you can make the most of each season as it comes into your life.
It’s possible to learn and grow from every experience. The authors help readers understand that every season is necessary and valuable-even winter, when life seems harsh and your actions unfruitful.
Have you read any book that helped you achieve success? Share it with us in the comment box!