Our success and our failure is a result of our habits. Good habits take us up the path to success faster than you can imagine, even if it doesn’t seem fast enough in the current moment. Bad habits take us down the path to failure slowly, but steadily, even if we can’t see the consequences of our actions immediately.
The number one positive habit of successful people is reading good books on a regular basis. Books that lift you up, books that teach you new and useful skills, books that make you look at the world in a different way, books that help you grow into a better person. Fortunately the list of amazing books is longer than you can possibly imagine and we all have access through our wonderful public library system.
Personally though, I’m a huge fan of building your own personal success library. Most of my books I read annually because they are so full of wisdom and valuable reminders. We only truly know something when we do it, and rereading the classics help keep me on track. I have been collecting my books for over 20 years now. They are my most valuable possessions and have been pivotal in growing me into the person I am.
My five favourite books are first on my reading list each year and are also high on my gift giving list.
1. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield audio available
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey audio available
3. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman audio available
4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch audio available
5. Unstoppable by Cynthia Kersey
Everything you need to know to make your life all you dreamed of is in these books. Financial success, good health, amazing personal relationships, and personal mastery are on those pages. They are not the only ones by far, and I am always adding new and wonderful books to my collection. Friends, clients, and business associates are always sharing their brilliant finds with me. Being introduced to a new book is always a happy moment for me.
If you are already a reader, and the majority of your literature is life building, congratulations and keep up the good work. If you aren’t a reader, get started. All you need is 15 minutes a day to start you on the success path. Personally I like to take 15 minutes in the morning before I get up and 15 minutes at night before I go to be. I find this sets me up for a positive and productive day and significantly reduces my stress.
I challenge you to pick one of my favourite five and read it all the way through and see how it affects you. The good news is you can find most books on audio for those who don’t have the time or inclination to sit down and read. Either way you get the great information and can start making positive changes in your life.
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”