Readers make great leaders. Somehow reading quality books provides a great foundation for success. If you want to be successful you need to start reading good books that will propel you to success. So here are five wonderful books that will aid your journey to success.
In this thrilling book authored by Stanford professor, Carol Dweck, the focus is on what kind of mindset can define your success. In her book she distinguishes between the growth and fixed mindset. She explains how persons with a growth mindset have a stronger chance of being successful than person with a fixed mindset.
People with a growth mindset are constantly challenging themselves to become better and aspiring for higher goals. They don’t settle in the comfort zone, but push themselves to meet with challenges and make something out of them.
The Millionaire next door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
Authored by Thomas Stanley and William Danko, The Millionaire Next Door is a book built on years of researching many of America’s millionaires. In the book, authors Thomas and William Danko focus on secrets that truly make persons rich. It is not about the income since many high income earners simply adjust their lives to hyper-consumer lifestyles. Becoming a millionaire starts with learning how to live below your means and allocating time, energy and money efficiently in ways to building wealth.
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
Authored by Charles Duhigg takes on a broad look of how you can truly become more productive. The Pullitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter defines productivity as “is the name we give our attempts to figure out the best uses of our energy, intellect, and time as we try to seize the most meaningful rewards with the least wasted effort.”
Charles Duhigg is a masterful storyteller which will make you love the story since he is citing examples and telling stories about the Air France plane that crashed as opposed to the Quantas flight that didn’t, and to General Motors workers who improved manufacturing by studying Toyota. He details why being close to a problem makes you able to solve it smarter, faster and better. Altogether this book goes beyond productivity and delves into effectiveness as well.
Stephen Covey’s book was perhaps the most famous personal development book of the 90s. The seven habits discussed by the author embrace the fundamentals and core of your life. The author wants you to focus on things that are central to who you are and bring out the best in you. Habits like being proactive, starting with the end in mind and seeking to understand before you are understood are all effective strategies in making you a more efficient person. The book could be philosophical in nature, but its principles are actionable and timeless. There is no universal take-home since it is up to you to adapt these strategies into your life and make something out of them.
Napoleon Hill’s timeless masterpiece is one book that will certainly guide you to success. The book that has gone ahead to sell over 20 million copies is a well-researched piece on several successful people at the time, from Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford to Thomas Edison. According to Hill, there is a lot we can attain if we program our mental compass and ignore the barriers of life.
According to Napoleon Hill, mastery over your mind is the key to success. You have to be specific if you want to be successful. So you need to write down your goals and be clear about it. At the end of the day it is also about consistency and planning all the way to the end, rather than retreating when you meet with obstacles.