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Reading is a very important part of life. When I was younger I would mostly read for fun and read fiction books. I would say from junior high through about my junior year of college, I really didn’t read that much because of the required reading for school and to be honest, I was lazy and would rather just play sports and hang out with friends or watch tv and video games than read books that would expand my knowledge and start to impact me as a person. In college some of my friends would give me books to read and that started peaking my interest and after that I started reading a lot more. Currently I mainly read business, self-help, mindset, and finance books. What I’ve realized is that there is so much information out there and many of the questions you may have about different things are in these books. All you have to do is look and ask around and you will learn so much! Here are the tops 5 books I’ve read and some of the things I’ve learned from them.
Also don't just read just to say you read 10 books or 20 books just because it sounds good when you talk about it and bring it up to people. Read and APPLY what you learn from them! It's better to read a chapter from a book and start applying what you've learned from that chapter to your life than reading the whole book and not doing anything.
1. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by John Gordon
I read this two summers ago and it really made me rethink about how I view certain situations that I’m in, good or bad and how just by looking at it in a different perspective, it can make the difference. The book follows the story of a guy who was down on his luck and about to lose it all, meets a bus driver who has tons of positive energy, and she shares the 10 Rules of positivity with him and by following her rules he is able to turn his life around. I’m big on having good energy now and being around people with good energy as well! We’ve all been around people who have that and those who don’t and the difference between the two is everything!
2. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason
I read this at the book at the beginning of my senior year and it was given to me by and friend and I would consider it my favorite book on wealth and money that I have read. This book laid the foundation for me on money habits, investing, and also helping others which I think is essential for everyone to know. It is told as a story, there is a man in Babylon who is the richest man there, and a guy asks him how he can get rich like him. The wealthy man replies he will hold a class and show the people interested how he amassed his wealth and how you can to and covers everything from paying yourself first, to achieving a great amount of wealth for yourself.
3. Charlie Munger the Complete Investor by Tren Griffin
I read this book after basketball season ended and was given to me by a friend as well. Charlie Munger is Warren Buffet’s partner at Berkshire Hathaway. Warren Buffet is one of the people I look up to because of his success in the market and also how he operates with a pretty simplistic lifestyle still yet a lot of his success is due to having a great partner in Charlie Munger who challenged Buffett in a good way and brought new ideas that benefited Berkshire Hathaway immensely! This book talks about their investing philosophy, how to keep your emotions under control and in check while investing, and also things that can prevent a person from achieving their full potential.
4. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosak
I read this book over the summer after constantly hearing people talk about it and see it around I finally decided to read it. The title is very interesting, and the book was even better! This is told through a story as well of a kid who is raised by his poor educated dad who made good money but didn’t have a lot of money. He then decides to listen to his friend’s dad, the not so educated but rich dad who owns business and has a lot of items in the asset column. For me it laid the ground for why entrepreneurship is the route that I want to choose and other ways that are unconventional outside of working at a job for 40 years and retiring are what people should want to do. It also gives an intro to real estate as an investment vehicle to generate wealth. This was an awesome book and really opens your eyes and makes you rethink everything you’ve been taught in a conventional sense. While I don’t agree with everything that he says and talks about in the book, for me it just opened my eyes to other possibilities that are out there.
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This was the first book I read once I got overseas and it connected perfectly with what I was going through. It’s about a boy named Santiago that goes on a journey to find a treasure but along the way is trying to learn and figure out what his Personal Legend is. Everyone has their own personal legend and it’s up to us to figure out what it is. One of the biggest takeaways I took from this book is that when you really want to achieve something, the universe will conspire to make it happen. Along the way you will be tested and will struggle but there will be people along the way to help you and you should always listen to what your heart is saying! I liked this book because it’s told as a story and you get sucked in to what is happening and want to see Santiago fulfill his personal legend.
Reading can be a powerful thing! Because I have a lot of free time while playing overseas I try to read at least an hour a day and not only does it keep me staying productive, but also brings me new ideas and ways of looking at things that I hadn't previously thought of. If you want to read one of these books there's a link if you click the title and it will take you to Amazon. I would love to hear what some of your guy's favorite books are so comment below and let me know!