I took some time to decide which one made it into my 10 books to read one more time and again. I have always made an excuse or two as to why I didn’t have the time to read a book, from finding it hard to actually get past a few pages without drifting off to never-land, to being bored stiff from page one. What I have come to accept over the past few years is the many ways one can consume the information in books .
I started off my journey into books by the visual book to screen adaptation model that helped me get the story or plot of a book without investing so much time into it, but that only really worked for entertainment books and not the books that would inevitably change my life.
” Pay Yourself First”
The audio-book mode was my next venture into my journey and I must admit that I found it suited me much better that the traditional routes because it always kept me engaged. I then moved into both listening and reading along which was yet another “masterful” stroke of genius for me as it gave me the chance to give my eyes a good test and I soon found myself outpacing the audio on many occasions.
Now that I am comfortable with either reading or listening I decided to pick 10 books that fit into my vision of where I wanted to go with the rest of my life. These books gave me an all round spiritual, economical and exponential self discovery in every aspect and I find myself coming back to read them time and time again and in no articular order, I believe these are the 10 books to keep reading one more time.
The 10 books to read are as follows:
- Rich dad poor dad
I read this book way back in high school and never really took time to enjoy and take in all the lesson and nuggets it is filled with or to finish it to be honest.
My takeaway from it when reading it now was that the rich dad believed that money without financial intelligence is money soon gone. This is why he expressed the importance of financial education. Schools only teach people how to work for money. They are designed to produce good employees instead of employers.
- On the shortness of life
This particular book took me by surprise as I hadn’t quite got into the life of stoicism yet. Is a very quick read and very engaging once you get into the flow of it.
The book stresses that wasting time is the worst thing we can do to ourselves, but of course, there are many things and people that would take away our precious time. When Seneca says to be “miserly” with your time, he means it.
He implores us to be suspicious of any activity that will take a lot of time and be prepared to defend ourselves against unworthy pursuits.
“Always be prepared.”
- the art of war
This book is timeless and I guess is one of those that carries gems for every moment and challenge you may find yourself engulfed in.
“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight”, Sun Tzu says that nations must only engage in armed conflict when they have a clear advantage, and avoid spreading their forces too thin. This lesson, extended into daily life, has a lot of value.
The man teaches the value and results of strategy over spur of the moment reactions and shows that in any situation, one must always do what he can to act and react on his/her own terms and I am pretty sure this book would be in everyone’s 10 books to keep list.
- the 48 laws of power
Power is very multi-dimensional and many of us detest the notion of possessing power because we always fear that power comes with corruption and downfall, but there are those who live with the belief that life demands that one harness some kid of power to be able to succeed in life.
I must confess that I fall with the latter and this book allowed me to look at power from many angles and acknowledge my station and my future desires well.
The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene teaches you to be a king among man. This book covers the Machiavellian tactics you need to embrace and master to become the modern alpha and be more successful in life. basically its a book about how to understand power. Everyone wants power and this is how you get it.
- Failing Forward
This topic is very touchy to so many of us and carries so much emotion, but it is when I accept and welcome the notion of failing that I am truly making headway into my goals in life.
The book delivers that “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Denis Waitley
“Pay Yourself First.”
- the richest man in Babylon
Perhaps my favorite read of all I must admit, this book took me on a fantastic account of my life and how I had been dealing with money.
With nuggets like “Pay Yourself First, Live Within Your Means, Put Your Money to Work, Keep Your Money Safe, Be a Homeowner, Insure Your Future Income and Improve Your Skills to Earn More Income”, It gears one to plan and put their time into their relationship with money.
I had been starting businesses and closing down due to lack of capital or operational funding. This book reminded me that I had all the money that I needed to start the business I wanted if only I can sacrifices small but incremental amounts to my goals, and not only look at funding the one big business Idea I had but build with small ideas and opportunities that I come across along my journey of making , saving and spending money.
- the obstacle is the way
We all face challenges in life, and that is true for 100 percent of us, but how we react to those challenges becomes our story of our success or failure.
This book gave me a dimension to run when facing challenges. My inherited reaction was to step away and avoid dealing with challenges. This dimension says to anticipate challenges, be persistent and flexible in dealing with them, accept the things outside your control so you can focus on finding solutions, and love everything that happens to you because there’s no better reaction.
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- the monk who sold his Ferrari
I found this book quite funny and entertaining that it had to be on my 10 books to keep list, it was delivered in a light and everyday bro to bro manner. I am learning to cultivate self-discipline and act courageously, value time as our most important commodity, nourish our relationships, and live fully, one day at a time.
“The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is the story of a highly sought litigator, Julian Mantle, who turned Monk. His high flying career was put to a halt after a heart failure while he was representing in the court. He was left with two choices — ending his career or ending his life.”
- think and grow rich
In order to attract money you must first become conscious about money, you must realize that thoughts become things. Thoughts literally get transmuted from the mental reality in our minds into the physical reality.
Because thoughts are so POWERFUL, we must learn to control our thoughts. According to Hill, the best way to do that is to have a burning desire to accomplish one major definite purpose. If our desire is BIG and STRONG enough we will automatically think about achieving it 24/7. This meant that the mind is constantly filled with positive thoughts of us achieving our desire.
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
In other words, we can best drive our thoughts by occupying our mind with a BURNING DESIRE to accomplish ONE MAJOR DEFINITE PURPOSE. Once we have both desire and purpose, we must develop faith (through visualization) that we can achieve our purpose. We must believe that it’s going to happen.
Next up, we need to create a plan to achieve our one major definite purpose. If that first plan fails, we must replace it with a new one. In fact, Every time one of our plans fails, we must immediately create a new plan. In other words, we must be PERSISTENT and never give up.
- The compound effect.
“The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices.” This idea behind The Compound Effect is that small consistent action over a long period of time has greater pay offs than intensely large but short changes.
Darren Hardy expresses that the small choices we make, either consciously or unconsciously, when done consistently can lead to habits does produce The Compound Effect over time. He emphasized, that whether we choose to make it work for us or we ignore it, the Compound Effect is always working. To maximize the Compound Effect in a positive way, he shares the lessons and best practices he actually executes.
These 10 books to keep reading one more time have become my “daily bread” in a way, as they are very instrumental in keeping me on the path to the goals I most want to achieve. I think we all have things that resonate with our success desires and for me, these books have helped me paint a clear picture and get busy working on my mind, body and spiritual goals.