Evolve or die, it’s a simple principle yet so powerful. If you’re not learning, growing and evolving from who you were yesterday – who you will be tomorrow is going to be no better.
Put simply, If you’re not growing… you are falling behind.
Now more than ever there has been a drive to push reading books, and the reason for that is basic. When you read you learn, when you learn you grow. The one ultimate game changer in life is a mentality that never stops learning.
Take a minute and think about some of the most successful people you know.
I would bet they are great with people, are super-productive, and think differently than most. After all, that’s how they got to be where they are today.
According to an HBR article, “Nike founder Phil Knight so reveres his library that when you enter you have to take off your shoes and bow.”
Oprah Winfrey credits books with much of her success: “Books were my pass to personal freedom.” She has shared her reading habit with the world via her book club. These 2 are not just the only high profile names that have a great reading regime.
Warren Buffett spends five to six hours per day reading five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reporte.
Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year.
Mark Zuckerberg reads at least one book every two weeks.
Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day, accirding to his brother .
Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours everyday. Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot, reads two hours a day.
Billionaire entrepreneur David Rubenstein reads six books a week.
Dan Gilbert, self-made billionaire and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reads one to two hours a day.
Have i sold you yet on the importance of reading?
I cannot over emphasise the importance of developing a reading habit. The habit will create a new system for you that gets you ready to succeed. What you read is entirely up to you and where you want to go or be in life but allow me to recommend some of my favourite reads to date.We all are searching for power of some type. We may not say it out loud, but deep inside we all know that this is a true statement . Click To Tweet
This book for me is “phenomenal”. Its addresses i would say everyone’s most burning question – Will I Succeed? Have you ever imagined what your life would look like if you gave it everything you had? And I mean everything, putting in the work and the effort! Average Skill Phenomenal Will is a life changing offering. What is emphasises is It’s ok if you have average skill because, if you have Phenomenal Will, the world can be yours! I know it’s hard to believe but, If you have the drive and the passion to say I will make it then this read is for you.
2.The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
This should be in everyone’s library in whatever form you can find it. The Alchemist is more self-help than literature. The advice given to the main character, Santiago that “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true” is the core of the novel’s philosophy and that makes it a book about destiny. I love the wisdom in this book and how it tackles day to day living. My favourite quote is “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
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3.Mastery – Robert Greene
Become who you are by learning who you are… Mastery is just class from start to finish, this book teaches how to become so good at what you do, regardless of what it is you do. We all are searching for power of some type. We may not say it out loud, but deep inside we all know that this is a true statement. Whether it’s power through success or power through knowledge or whatever, we are all searching. On this quest for power we usually find that we have personal obstacles that get in our way, that we struggle to overcome, and block us at every turn. This book, Mastery by Robert Green wants to teach you how to overcome one of the biggest obstacles we face.
4.Daughters Of Africa – Margaret Busby
A magnificent starting place for any reader interested in becoming part of the collective enterprise of discovering and uncovering the silent, forgotten, and underrated voices of black women.
From all over the world and through the ages, here is a dazzling collection of two hundred women writers of African descent, showcased as never before, including:
Toni Cade Bambara, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Childress, Maryse Conde, Aldo do Espirito Santo, Marita Golden, Pilar Lopez Gonzales, June Jordan, Terry McMillan, Queen of Sheba, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Phillis Weatley, and many, many others.
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5.The Art of War – Sun Tzu
I quoted Sun Tzu so much in my own book World War You – How to Overcome Yourself. Mainly because i found his writings very practical and straight to the point. The Art of War is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike. No matter where you are in life there are gems that you can get from this book to apply to your life. Strategy never gets old, and this book is full of it.
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