My goal for the year is to read 52 books, crazy! I’m committed myself on Goodreads to the challenge, but I’ve started to make lists of books I want to read in order to fill this goal. If you have any great suggestions, let me know in the comments below!
In the morning I read something either business or self-improvement related. It helps me get my brain going and starts the day off on a really positive and productive foot, not like the lazy ones that take forever to wake up. Setting my alarm 15 or 20 minutes earlier is worth missing my warm bed because it means a bit more time focused on me (some people have probably stopped reading at this ridiculous thing I just said, if you haven’t, I’m proud of you). I’ve come to enjoy my little mornings with coffee, warm blankets on the couch, and book to help me grow.
One important thing about reading any self-improvement book or business book or anything that’s meant to teach you: you need to apply it’s lessons. I heard it once in The Book on Rental Property Investing, and this simple but strong rule stuck in my head ever since. You can read as many books as you want, but if you don’t use what you read then what’s the point? Every day that you read take that time and apply something you learned.
If you’re wanting to jump on team-no-sleep with me and spend the morning cuddled up with a great author and learning about life strategies, then here’s some suggestions that I have to make. All of these are great books to help you with your career, passion, life, happiness, and I think are critical if you’re an entrepreneur, or really anyone who wants to get more out of life.
I listened to this one on an audiobook last year, but I really feel like I need to spend the time to read it to get everything out of it. Gary Keller’s main point in this book is to focus on the biggest, most important task every day, and accomplishing that one will help knock down a lot of smaller tasks in the process. Very important book if you want to focus on growth and using your time better this year.
Speaking of using your time better this year, The Miracle Morning will help you shape your morning to be a time to focus on yourself and become centered to take down the day. Hal’s story is pretty incredible, and I love one of his guiding principles that created this book: you can only succeed as much as you have allowed yourself to grow (I swear he says it better in his book!). Basically, if you don’t take the time to invest in yourself and grow as a person spirtually, mentally, physically, then how can you plan to obtain higher levels of success? Increased self growth equals increased success, and the morning is the perfect opportunity to dedicate time for that.
This is a book that’s on my must-read list this year, especially because I have some big goals that I want to accomplish and I won’t get there without thinking big. Grant Cardone’s book wants you to take the goal you are aiming for and multiple it by ten. Then figure out what you would need to do in order to get there and do that. Why stop are making 25% more money this year, how could you make 250% more?!
My husband read this one and loved it. We listen to and read a lot of business/real estate/financial/self-improvement books (we sound really lame there) and he says this one basically calls them all garbage and here’s why… I’m intrigued. I’ll let you know how this one goes once I check it out this year.
Another new one that’s on my reading list for this year. It’s similar to The One Thing, where the goal is to focus more on accomplishing the tough stuff in order to get the ball rolling. However, I feel like this one is more about action and less about the psychology of it, so hopefully it will be a useful one for the year!
If you’re an entrepreneur and haven’t read this yet, I don’t know if you can really call yourself that. Tim Ferris wrote this book about how he learned to automate, outsource, and delegate work and responsibilities to enjoy the life that he wants. The first time I read it I literally stopped reading because I didn’t believe his philosophy or how he made it sound so easy. However, after listening to his podcast for some time now and understand that he wasn’t saying ‘look how easy it is,’ rather, ‘it can be done and there’s a way to do it.’ Definitely one I’m reading again this year as a refresher.
This one is super interesting for anyone just getting in to or wanting to learn more about wealth generation, investing, or real estate. Fair warning: it’s quite dry, but there’s a lot of fun facts about what the true millionaires of our country look like, how they grew up, where they got their money, how they spend, and how they live. It’s not as flashy as it seems and it makes you look at the world and how you spend a little differently.
The $100 Start Up is one of those books that has been on my reading list for a while now and I’m finally moving it up to the top. It’s filled with a lot of intriguing stories and people and real strategies of how they were able to live a life that they dreamed of. I’m excited to give this one a shot and I’ll let you know how it goes!
What’s on your reading list this year?!