What is the point of reading a book?
I feel the point of reading business and self-help books is to learn and keep you in a proper mindset. I’m not an expert on much so I have to learn when I can. I keep hearing that if you read 3 books on a topic you then know more about that topic than 95% of people. I don’t know how true that is but it sure makes me feel happy and smart!
Mindset may be more important than having the proper knowledge. If you’re doing something other than what your immediate peer group is doing then it will be hard for you to change. Friends don’t let friends change because we’re all comfortable and feel safe in that space/zone/mindset. So a good book can help keep you motivated in your goals if it’s not what your peers are doing.
Books for Pandemic Reading
Because of the Pandemic, now is a great time to order a few books and upgrade your skills. We have seen work from home or remote working happening for jobs that were previously thought unable to be work from home. There is a paradigm change in how we do work and we all need to be ready. Either we improve our skills to better work our jobs at home or we improve our skills to start our own side hustle we can work from home.
How to Win Friends & Influence People
When I was on the local library board and the regional library board back in the mid-2000’s I would listen to “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie in my truck. When you have a 2-4 hour drive to get to a meeting it’s always a good time to listen to a good book. This book really got me out of my introverted shell. I have listened to it multiple times, read it twice, and I should read it again soon.
How to Win Friends & Influence People is a great book for anyone doing sales or networking. Any job or task that involves talking and meeting with people can be improved by this book.
Think & Grow Rich
I have read “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
twice three times and I need to read it more! One of the ideas from this book is to start a Mastermind Group; where like-minded people can help each other. I was part of a group like this and it was directly responsible for me getting a job because of the networking it generated for me.
This will give you the foundation and secrets needed for you to create lasting wealth.
Rich Dad Poor Dad
A very good book for making you think less about having a long term job or career and more about making true passive cash flow with the right ideas. Basically, with “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki you start to think like a rich person, not a poor person. No longer trying to win the lotto as you now know how to create your own luck. You can better understand your life based on 4 quadrants and a balance sheet.
I feel this book should be part of our high school curriculum to get our youth thinking of a happy life not just a Just Over Broke J.O.B.
The Magic of Thinking Big
This book will help you get out of the small thinking rut you’re in. If your goals are big or gigantic and you fail; chances are you’re doing better than most people! “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwarts really got me motivated when I finished high school and started my own business. As with most of these books I need to read it again!
As I mentioned near the start of this blog, mindset is important. This book will really help get you out of a dark place. It will also help you break free from any negative friends and family.
The One Minute Millionaire
This I think is the most interesting of this list. There are two versions of “The One Minute Millionaire” by Make Victor Hansen & Robert G. Allen printed on the odd and even pages! You can read the fictional story of a woman put in an impossible situation and the things she had to do to overcome it. On the flip side, you can read the non-fiction things the woman did to become a millionaire in such a short time.
Books Give You That Something Extra
Reading books has given me the little extra I needed as an introvert to start my own HR consulting business.