I recently made a goal this year to sit down in apply myself to reading 10 pages per day. I figured if I could get in the habit of reading just 10 pages per day (20 to 30 minutes or less), by the end of the year I would have read over 3500 pages of something. Most books are around 200 pages in length, so by doing this, I could read at least 10 new books this year.
In the past up until now I have read some pretty amazing books and for any of you that just aren’t satisfied or would like to continue to grow in this journey called life; I want to share with you just 10 books that I have had a profound affect on my life. So here it goes, my top 10 list of books that have changed the way I look at things and had a deep impact on my life.
- The Bible – The inspired word of god is made up some amazing stories of men that struggled in life and were able to overcome great obstacles with God on their side. Whether you believe in the stories or not, The Bible has definitely had an impact in my life.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki– When I had first picked up this book about 10 years ago I had all but given up on the idea of being my own boss. I was quite content just making a living working for someone else and really had never examined some of the ideas that were laid out in this book. I highly recommend you read it if you have any interest in investing or becoming an entrepreneur.
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book was originally published in 1903, but holds some great ideas to how our minds and thoughts can affect our futures. This book really made me aware of how I thought about things and looked at the world.
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – I had never heard of The Law of Attraction before reading this book. In fact, I was under the assumption that most everything happened for a reason and where I ended up was based more on my own destiny. This book helped me to realize that I could change my future by changing my thoughts. A longer more in depth version of As a Man Thinketh.
- The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris – This book is awesome as most of us have been programmed that being busy equates to being productive. Most tasks can be done in only a few minutes per day and most of the time we spend is wasted when it comes to work and business. This book will help you become way more productive and recognize when you are wasting your time and get you off of auto pilot.
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – This book will help you to understand people and how building a network is so important to achieving success. This will also give you tools to become a better listener, a better person, and help you gain friends much faster. It will also help you persuade others to your way of thinking or influencing others with your ideas. A must-read for anyone in sales, network marketing, or business.
- Harmonic Wealth by James Arthur Ray – I loved this book. Unlike so many books on business or success, it talked about the 5 Pillars of Success – Financial, relational, mental, physical, and spiritual. It basically said you aren’t truly successful until you find success in all five areas.
- The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer – Wayne is no longer with us in the physical reality, but he had some great ideas and certainly had made an impact on my life through his books and lectures. This book really stands out as my most favorite of all The Wayne Dyer Books I have read and would say it’s a must read for everyone regardless of their pursuits. This book will help you become a co-creator with the universe and understand that our intentions will ultimately create our reality.
- The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson – This book is based on the idea that all great things whether it be money saved, success on the football field, or a successful business owner all have one thing in common – an accumulation of good daily habits that compound over a period of time. The Slight Edge shows you how to get powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you and will help you recognize and become aware of your activities for the better. This book is a must read and I am so glad that I read it.
- The Four Year Career: How to Make Your Dreams of Fun and Financial Freedom Come True Or Not by Richard Bliss Brook – This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in building a career or a 2nd income in network marketing. This will help you understand the business and why it works, how it works, and how so many have found above average income in this industry. I was honored to have given a testimonial on this book in the past.
Well, there are my 10 favorite books of all time and I hope that you find a few or add a few to your list to read in the near future. You will not be sorry.
I try and spend every day improving myself and one of the ways that I do that is by reading quotes. I have been reading quotes daily for years and wanted to share with my top 10 favorite Success Quotes of all time.
“A formal education will make you a living, a self-education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn
“Whether you believe you can or cannot – you’re right.” Henry Ford
“Success is the ability to from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
“Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value.” Albert Einstein
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.” Jim Rohn
“I’ve failed over and over in my life, that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best position for the next moment.” Oprah Winfrey
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell
Well, there are my top 10 favorite success quotes of all time. If you like these quotes or have better ones that you like, please feel free to comment and share below.
Around 8 years ago I lost pretty much everything after going through a divorce. I have spent the last 8 years not building my bank account so much, but building my mindset. I would take a strong mindset over anything on the planet. Your mindset if strong, can heal disease, always create money, get you out of debt, and take you to places beyond your wildest dreams. I’ve even used it to attract love and even cars. I have more faith today than ever and see the world where possibility is limitless for those who can believe and it all starts in the mind.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford
Here are 10 tips that I have used to save me from bankruptcy and create lots of money and much more.
- Read books that inspire you every day (get in the habit of reading 10 pages per day)
- Subconscious reprogramming (music and guided meditation), you can find on YouTube or the internet (most is free). Make sure to get a good pair of headphones.
- Learn to be present (this will help you to control your thoughts and become a master at slowing down time).
- Meditate and pray daily (I try to spend a few minutes a day praying and up to 30 minutes per day in meditation).
- BE CAREFUL WHO YOU SPEND TIME WITH (Don’t cut off all friends, as you can be a great inspiration, but spend most of your time with those that have more of what you want).
- Always be open to new opportunities for either business or investment. (Stay open because your faith is strong.)
- BE REALLY CLEAR (Be very clear on what it is you want until you are clear don’t get into action).
- Live life to the fullest (Don’t every deny yourself of life’s many pleasures, in other words, if you want to drive a luxury car or go on an exotic vacation – go get it. Know that you deserve it and go after it like you already own it before you do.)
- Work harder on yourself than your business, than your job, or anything else. (Always be working on becoming the best version of you.)
- Find a mentor or mentors. I’ve had life coaches, mentors, and connect with people often who I look up to. These mentors can all be of great help in helping you achieve your goals. One of my life coaches helped me increase my income dramatically in less than a year.
So there you have it. 10 tips I have used to help me get back on my feet, avoid bankruptcy and pretty much live the life that I desire most of the time. It’s not so much about how much money you have in your bank account, but how you feel about yourself. I personally know millionaires who are financially insecure. Security isn’t in your net worth but in your self-worth.
Years ago when I was first learning about becoming an entrepreneur and leaving my corporate job back in 2007 for a one year adventure overseas, I heard the term, “leaders are readers.” I wasn’t sure what to make of that, but I noticed that as I started to read more self-help books mainly from authors like Jim Rohn, Wayne Dyer, and Napolean Hill I noticed over time that I started to look at things differently. In fact, I think the first time I read the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki I thought differently about working, money, and just about everything to do with business. I went from working for the past 10 years of my life to being self-employed again. As for the past 10 years I have only been employed for 4 of them. Before I started reading these books I had come to the conclusion that I had little control over my destiny and I pretty much had to give up on my dreams even though as a child and young adult I had many dreams.
Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. – Buckminster Fuller 1927, a
Luckily, in my mid-thirties I didn’t buy into the idea of settling for a life of mediocrity. In fact, I felt like I was beginning to live again after reading those books. I began to think differently and realized that my thoughts and actions were in correlation to my future.
I remember around the same time that I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I had also watched the movie The Secret and shortly thereafter purchased the book. The Secret was a best seller and based on the idea of The Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction was basically and idea that our thoughts become things, so if we are going to think we might as well think positive. I kind of compared it to what the bible had to say over a thousand years ago, “As a man thinks so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
So my challenge to you over the next 30 days until it becomes a habit is to pick up an inspirational or educational book and challenge yourself to read 10 pages per day. Do this for a period of 30 days and I will do it with you and lets see if our thoughts begin to change.
Below I have listed some of my favorite books to help get you started.
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- The Richest Man in Babylon by Jim Rohn
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
- Harmonic Wealth by James Arthur Ray
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- Multiple Streams of Income by Robert G. Allen
- The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
- Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
- The Bible the inspired word of God
I have read all of the above and recommend any of them to you and guarantee that if you start reading any of them on a daily basis that your thoughts will begin to change for the better.
This article was retrieved from another article I wrote on 3/22/17 at medium.com