Best Success Books
I'm looking for success book recommendations.
I've read dozens of success books recently. Nearly all of them are crap. The gurus pretend to unleash the "secrets" of success that, if applied, guarantee life transformation. They like to organize their secrets in a special "system" that is "unique." Their alliterative advice keys often leave out really important topics like how to choose good goals (not just how to achieve them) or how to pick a spouse wisely or how to succeed in certain specific situations.
One of my favorites so far that bucked the trend was John T. Reed's "Succeeding", a no-nonsense breakdown of success principles for all the important areas of life.
What success books are actually worth my time?
David Burnet - The Business Renovator - Coaching and Investing
Have fun. =]
(It's the Laws of Success, of Napoleon Hill fame -> T&GR)
Invent your own system. Learn to think for yourself. I made my own system, based on what I could relate to. Its the link in my signature. Its the progress that I made over the course of a couple of months. I reread it weekly. I read other books, and they say the same things, all in their own unique language.
There are so many systems, because each author discovered it himself, could not relate to anyone elses, and therefore thinks his way is unique, and so writes yet another book about the subject.
Here's a list of books recommended by Steve:
I would also recommend that you see if the author has accomplished the results that you want, and whether or not those results are replicable for you. Those two principles will help you cut through the worthless books and find the best books on success.
I find the best books aren't the biz books/self-help books per se, they are the stories that we can relate to and from which we can pull out important life lessons. For a combination of stories and a small handful of top drawer "how to's", my booklist can be found here.
This is the same list I share with my grad students when I teach leadership.
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥! I would highly recommend these books...
1. Think and Grow Rich... Napoleon Hill
2. Awaken the Giant Within... Anthony Robbins
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People... Stephen R. Covey
We each dance to the tune of a different drummer... you simply have to experiment and find out who you really connect with... and, that, no one else can do for you...
The very best of luck to you...
I just finished "The Millionaire Mind". It's less a motivational book and more a case study on real millionaires and what factors have influenced their success. Some things are really surprising. I guess the most inspirational part for many people is that the typical millionaire has a lot of weaknesses and was not a perfect student. And you mentioned "how to pick a spouse wisely". I don't know if you really need to know that or were just giving an example, but it actually has a whole chapter on that topic.
Success? Check out Jeff Winston's lives in Replay by the late Ken Grimwood.
There is a warm video tribute to Ken in this YouTube video by Darren Debari.
(but don't watch if you want to first read the book as it gives some of the story away).
YouTube - Ken Grimwood's Replay
And if you really get into the book's message, you are not alone...
Remembering Ken Grimwood (immediacy)
Recently I was very pleased with Amazing Success by Douglas Vermeeren. I have heard him speak in person and bought the book on amazon. Very enjoyable and good information.
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