9 Amazing Books Recommended By The World’s Most Successful People
Recently, I asked my friends what they thought successful people have in common.
“Talent,” one of them said.
“Money,” another said.
“Opportunity,” was another answer.
I couldn’t disagree with any of the answers, but then I asked them a second question.
“Do you think successful people started out with talent, money, knowledge and opportunity, or do you think those things came to them once they started doing certain things?”
The answers were roughly divided 50/50 between yes and no.
What I wanted to point out was that successful people have a lot of common traits, and I wondered if my friends knew why they shared these common traits. Is it because successful people are different to the rest of us? Is it because God blessed them with something us, mere mortals, haven’t got? Did the talent and knowledge to succeed just “come”?
Nope! The reason successful people have so much in common is because they all read the same books and grew the same knowledge.
They didn’t start out with money and opportunity. They started out by reading books that taught them invaluable insights which they learned and then applied to their own lives.
And it turns out that anyone can read these books and develop the exact same mind as successful people.
If you’re curious to discover what books are in the library of successful people, here are 10 amazing books recommend by the world’s most successful folk.
Ever wanted to networked with people but find that you struggle to adapt to different folk and situations?
Crucial Conversations is the book that will help you be at your premium whoever you’re talking to, and wherever you are. Becoming a flexible person has never been so easy.
Virgil was a Roman poet who wrote the epic Latin poem The Aeneid over two-thousand years ago. Despite its age, The Aeneid contains timeless wisdom that many successful people today apply to their own lives.
It’s essentially a story that follows a prince of Troy and his family as they wander around the Mediterranean. During the time it was written, it was seen as little more than moral propaganda that was used to back-up the inability of the Roman Empire. Today, readers are encouraged to take what they can from it as it’s packed with life-affirming quotes such as “I think therefore I can.”
Tropic of Cancer is a novel but it isn’t really a novel. If it’s anything, it’s an anti-novel. It has no plots, no major characters besides the protagonist, and it’s partly auto-biographical.
Writer Henry Miller wrote the novel after he fled to Paris from New York, leaving behind a humdrum – but safe – life of work, marriage and mundanity that he despised. In Paris, he lived a hand-to-mouth existence, and it is his daily excursions that are detailed in this book.
Perhaps the reason why so many successful people read this novel-that-isn’t-a-novel is because of Henry Miller’s sheer effervesce. Here is a man who loves life now that he has found his mojo, and he finds joy in even the smallest things. He is also a man who knew what it meant to risk everything to find yourself and your passions.
Sometimes, we have to make quick decisions under pressure. We have to make them “in the blink of an eye.” The problem is that these quick decisions are never our best!
In Blink, author Malcolm Gladwell teaches you why great people make awesome decisions in “the blink of an eye” because their judgement is impeccable.
Oh, and he also teaches you how to do it, too.
When entrepreneur and tango-dancer Tim Ferris wrote The 4-Hour Work Week, he sold a dream to millions of people around the globe. He basically wrote down a manifesto for people who wanted to know whether or not it really was possible to leave behind the 9-5 life and work and live anywhere while putting in just 4 hours per week.
Aimed squarely at the laptop generation, Ferris’s main idea here is that if you outsource, automate, delegate and abide by the 80/20 rule, you can live the life of your dreams.
It’s certainly a book that has captured imaginations, but can it work for you, too?
The One Minute Manager is a short and concise book on the art of communication. A phenomenal best-seller, it has inspired scores of off-shoots.
In a nutshell, The One Minute Manager teaches you how to save time by managing yourself and other people efficiently and productively. It teaches you how to set goals properly, and how to enhance your life so that you and your employees can complete tasks with less hassle. It basically seeks to help you cut out time-wasting exercises.
The best thing is that it’s so short that you can read it all in afternoon.
Marcus Aurelius was arguably the thinking man’s Emperor, who oversaw bloody wars by day and recorded his solitary thoughts by night. Although Meditations was never intended to be published, editors have pulled together Marcus’ most profound thoughts and created one of the greatest pieces of Stoic literature.
What successful people take from Meditations is a series of aphorisms that teach us to rise above our emotions and remain calm and rational under pressure. Rather than go for the short-term victories and gambles, we should instead think always of the bigger picture. Reason should be at the heart of everything.
A lot of people are surprised when they find out that How To Win Friends And Influence People was published way back in 1937 because everyone has heard of it and it sounds like a 1990’s movie.
But indeed this clever and simple book by Dale Carnegie was written a few years after the Wall Street crash, and it’s stuffed with anecdotes from the world’s best leaders. Interesting and enlightening, it’s a call to arms for all newbie entrepreneurs.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was the book that kick-started the personal development niche we see in full thrall today. Written back in 1989, it’s not entirely original but it powerfully communicates to a contemporary audience what traits effective people have in common.