Recommended books comes in all different contexts! In the past, when people recommended books to me, I take a look at the source from who’s telling me about it.
- Why are they recommending this particular publication to me?
- Have they read it and can talk about it in depth?
- What was their biggest take-a-way from their recommendation?
- How are their real world results different after reading the book?
There are so many more questions that run through my mind when someone tells me there’s a book out there perfect for me. I do this not to find reasons to not read the book, rather, I do it to determine what priority I’m going to give the book.
- Should I buy it right away?
- Will I take the time to read the reviews?
- Am I going to read the book once I buy it or will I read it whenever I get to it?
I Love Books
This is me and how I think things through, decide for yourself how you choose to buy and read books. Because I’m so open about my love for reading and writing books, it’s unlikely that a week will go by without a few suggested readings from people.
For years people have been asking me what books I recommend, I now to view the list of my Top 150 Recommended Books. Rather than telling someone that there’s only one book that’s right for them, they can determine themselves which books is truly right for them.
Recommended Books to Read
150 books is a lot to choose from. In psychology marketing, they say to only give people 2-3 choices to choose from, not 150! If you’re an avid reader, you already know how difficult this is to narrow your suggestions down to your top twenty, let alone only two.
As a side note, I was at a networking party last night and I did recommend one particular book to someone because of what they do for a living. If you’re a leader in any capacity and you do what you can to empower your people, it’s a no-brainer for me to recommend Dr. Stephen Covey’s book The 8th Habit just like I did last night.
Great Starter Books
These are only a few books I expect everyone I surround myself with to have read at least once, if not 10x over. They’re great for everyone who’s competent enough to read. Also, view my list of Top 150 Recommended Books for more recommendations.
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill – Think & Grow Rich. Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself.
The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz
Dr. David J. Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big. Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life. The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. You don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction—but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives you those secrets!
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
Wallace D. Wattles – The Science of Getting Rich. Still in print after 100 years, it was a major inspiration for Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling book and film The Secret. According to USA Today, the book is “divided into 17 short, straight-to-the-point chapters that explain how to overcome mental barriers, and how creation, not competition, is the hidden key to wealth attraction.” The mental technique that he called “thinking in the Certain Way,” was intended to establish a state of positivity and self-affirmation.
Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy – Maximum Achievement. The step-by-step blueprint for success and achievement presented in these pages includes proven principles drawn from psychology, religion, philosophy, business, economics, politics, history, and metaphysics. These ideas are combined in a fast-moving, informative series of steps that will lead you to greater success than you ever imagined possible — they can raise your self-esteem, improve personal performance, and give you complete control over every aspect of your personal and professional life.
Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins – Unlimited Power. If you have ever dreamed of a better life, Unlimited Power will show you how to achieve the extraordinary quality of life you desire and deserve, and how to master your personal and professional life. Unlimited Power is a revolutionary fitness book for the mind. It will show you, step by step, how to perform at your peak while gaining emotional and financial freedom, attaining leadership and self-confidence, and winning the cooperation of others. It will give you the knowledge and the courage to remake yourself and your world. Unlimited Power is a guidebook to superior performance in an age of success.
Check out my Top 150 Recommended Books and find some that speak to you. Either buy them through Amazon, purchase from a local Barnes & Noble, or go check them out at your nearest library. Read them cover to cover while taking notes!