A couple weeks ago I committed to reading at least one book a week for the rest of the year. I was reflecting on how reading personal development books in the past has catapulted my life, my career, my relationships and my health, so I decided to make this a part of every single week, to continue to grow and learn.
It’s funny, years ago personal development wasn’t even a term. When you went to the bookstore the genre was called “Self Help.” Ew. Sounds like you got yourself a problem. I wasn’t a fan of that genre name, and I even felt a little sheepish standing in that section checking out the titles. I’d try to read the bindings as quickly as possible while periodically looking over my shoulder, worried I’d run into someone I know. What would they think? That I’m messed up? (we all are) That I need therapy? (we all do) That I’m having marital troubles? That I’m a sex addict?? (It didn’t help that the Erotica section was mixed in there).
Fast forward to today and that same section is called Personal Development. I just want to pop my collar when I walk over to it. Heh, Oh yeah. I’ve read a bunch of these. Gabby Bernstein? check. Tony Robbins? check. Gary Vaynerchuk check. Allen? The other Allen? Peale? Byrne? Covey? Check. Check. Check.
So what’s next on my list? A mix of manifesting, mindset, money management, career, and other non-fiction works that have been highly recommended over the years. I would LOVE to start a book club with these books. It’s tough finding people who love this stuff as much as I do, or people who want to talk about it. Need a life upgrade? Lemme know! I’ll keep you clued in on what I”m reading in case you’d like to join me!
Over the last 3 weeks I’ve read The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach, The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, and As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. I strongly recommend all three.
The Automatic Millionaire is a very easy read in which Bach gives one very simple strategy for becoming a millionaire. Pay yourself first, automatically. Take 10% of your pay and invest it for your future. Put it in your 401k or an IRA or a Roth, but put it away. The key is to have it automatically deducted from your paycheck so you never miss it. Make that money work for you. And with the beauty of compound interest, you could seriously have a million bucks in the bank before retirement. This book inspired me to take another look at our budget, refine some spending and find places where we could save a little bit more.
Next I read The Greatest Salesman in the World. It is another easy read that I’d recommend to everyone, regardless of if you’re in sales or customer service or not. It is an inspiring and uplifting book about bringing your best self to the world. The story is about a boy looking to make it in the world of sales, and he is given a series of scrolls by the ‘greatest salesman in the world,’ scrolls that the salesman attributed to his success. Each scroll contains advice to follow. It is a beautiful story, motivating and it just makes you want to be a better person overall. Interestingly enough, this book also echos the mentality of putting away 10% of your money.
And most recently I finished As a Man Thinketh. Wow. I read this because it was on a list of Tony Robbins top book recommendations. This is a super short read with massive impact. Beautiful. Touching. Thought provoking. He convincingly and beautifully describes how our thoughts become things, and how we can leverage this to create the lives we want, or we can unconsciously create the life we DON’T want, all through the way we think. My favorite quote from the book:
“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” So dang awesome, right? READ this book. It’s under 50 pages and I have a feeling it’s one I’ll reread over and over again.
Going forward I’ll post about each book separately, why I read it, key takeaways, if I plan to apply anything from it into my life, and any other details that could be helpful to you. Let me know if you want to join along in the comments below or on Instagram! Also, send me your recommendations! I’d love to hear what books have had the biggest impact on you!