“Ensure your reading is in alignment with your goals. Read everything you can find on your goals and your profession. It’s the best investment you can make.” ― Mark Matteson
What’s a simple life long habit for success?
The answer is simple.
Books are a pathway to learning, knowledge, and success.
Knowledge makes all things possible. You can learn anything you need to know to become successful at anything you want!
What’s the difference between the average working person and top CEO’s?
The average person reads less than one book a year and makes 320 times less money than top CEO’s.
Top CEO’s read more than 50 books a year.
When Elon Musk, the founder of Paypal, Tesla, and SpaceX was asked how he learned to build rockets, he said, “I read books.”
Bill Gates reads 50 books a year.
Mark Zuckerberg reads a new book every two weeks.
Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours a day.
Warren Buffett reads 500 pages a day.
Successful people are always learning and growing in knowledge and experience. If you really want to grow your relationships, business, and life, just read!
Successful people approach a $30 book as though it has potential to make them a million dollars. They take seminars and educate themselves at every opportunity. Unsuccessful people only worry about the cost of a book or a seminar, without seeing the potential value.
Want to double your income?
Invest the same amount as you spend on your car every month toward your education. People spend around $500 a month in car related expenses. Your car is a depreciating asset. Your education will only increase. Take seminars, continuing education courses, and read books related to your field.
Times are changing, fast. If you don’t learn new things, your knowledge and skills will become obsolete.
Always be constantly learning. Warren Buffett says that learning has a compounding effect. It’s a slow process but it pays off immensely.
Turn your car into a university. The average person spends 30 minutes a day commuting. That’s about 5 hours a week driving to work. Listen to audiobooks while you’re stuck in traffic. Make Audible and Kindle your best friend. Spend every free time you have reading and learning.
People take their years of life experience, knowledge, and wisdom; and distill it down into a single book. You don’t have to make the same mistakes they did. Save yourself years of struggle by learning from them.
Books are like good movies. You can watch them over and over. Reread great books to refresh yourself. Like with studying, repeating concepts over and over will help them stay fresh on your mind.
The more you use and apply what you learn the better. Make what you learn yours. Keep the concepts and apply it in your life.
“The worst thing you can ever do is think that you know enough. Never stop learning. Ever” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
When reading, keep an open mind. If you don’t agree with the author, don’t throw the book away. Read it completely before judging it prematurely. You can’t make a sound conclusion by skimming through a book.
If you can gain one bit of helpful knowledge, even if you don’t agree with some things, it can still be of value to you.
If something goes against your belief system, don’t completely reject it. That’s how closed minded people remain ignorant. They aren’t willing to consider any new information because they don’t “like” it.
Growth happens outside of your comfort zone.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle
Also, when reading books, you can’t expect it to instantly change your life. Like with anything in life, it takes hard work and effort to achieve success.
Begin to take full responsibility for your own life. You are where you are in life because of your decisions and prior actions or lack of action.
If you want to change, YOU must change. Nobody can change your life, only you can. If you consume knowledge and make them yours, putting them into action, you will see results.
Knowledge is power, but knowledge put into action is super power!
What you do with what you learn can change your life. Become as powerful as you can be!
Gain knowledge and apply what you learn to achieve any goal you want!!!
Here are some excellent resources to help you on your life journey!
Let these authors mentor you to success! These are the best of the best books.
Boundaries (audio version is excellent)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families (audio is excellent)
Screamfree Parenting (audio is excellent)
Effectiveness & Productivity
Eat That Frog! (audiobook is great)
Understanding Your Personal Strengths
StandOut 2.0: Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work (Includes free test)
StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Includes assessment test)
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (audiobook is outstanding)
The Energy Bus (audio is excellent!)
Start with Why (audiobook is excellent)
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (audiobook is excellent)
How To Turn Your Digital Footprint Into Leads (excellent digital marketing)
The Thank You Economy (Excellent book by Gary Vee)
Maximum Achievement (A must read!!!)
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (audio is excellent!)
Wink and Grow Rich (audio is excellent)