“The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t read”- Mark Twain

Among thousands of books only a few hundred are worth reading. And among those hundreds you will find only a few books from where you can learn something. There is no time to start reading books that help you become the best, happiest and the most successful version of yourself. So here are the top 8 books that a person of any phase in life must read to get success in each and every step he is ongoing through.   

1 .As a Man Thinketh

It is one of the best seller books of the world, narrated by James Allen and published in 1903. It was described by Allen as dealing with the power of thought, and particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues. It shows how, in his own thought-world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances. The main idea of this book is you must consciously cultivate the seeds of your mind with positivity or you will end up with weeds. Your habits, values and characters are the sum total of your thoughts and decisions.

2 .What got you here won’t get you there

What got you here won’t get you there by Marshall Goldsmith is a best motivating book. In this book the author identifies the 20 habits managers need to break so they can have more influence in their organization and continue to grow in their organization and their career. A lot of books teach people what to do, Mr. Goldsmith takes the approach of what leaders need to stop doing. Although this book was written for managers and leaders, I believe that the 20 principles can also be applied in your daily life as a friend, a colleague, a relative, a parent. These habits can be displayed in all of our interactions with others, and they can diminish our influence with these individuals we wish to have influence with.

3 .Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow is a best-selling book published in 2011 and written by Daniel Kahneman. It was the 2012 winner of the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that helps the public understanding of topics in behavioral science, engineering and medicine. The book summarizes research that Kahneman conducted over decades, often in collaboration with Amos Tversky. It covers all three phases of his career: his early days working on cognitive biases, his work on prospect theory, and his later work on happiness.

4 .The power of habit

 Author: Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit is by far one of the most recommended books (by me), I believe everyone should read it if they want to take control over their life. It explains perfectly how our habits work backed by science, research, and real-life stories. Besides, the book has provided practical strategies and techniques to apply the changes on the individual, organizational and society level. According to this book habits are triggered by cues which then lead into a routine and routine ultimately lead to reward.

5 . Think and Grow Rich

Author: Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill researched more than forty millionaires to find out what made them the men that they were. In Think and Grow Rich, he imparts that knowledge to readers. According to him, whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve

         Ideas in this book:

  1. The starting point of all achievement is desire
  2. You are the master of your destiny
  3. When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal
  4. Your greatest success will often come just one step beyond the point at which defeat has overtaken you
  5. Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.

6 .Managing Oneself

It’s a book by Peter F. Drucker who is widely regarded as the father of modern management, offering penetrating insights into the business that still resonate today. The readers will learn about self-education, mindset, and self-management. It’s a short but powerful book on self-awareness and management. Peter F. Drucker explains timeless concepts in a simple way yet provokes deep thinking about one’s future. Biggest lesson: Knowing yourself will not only set you free but will allow you to grow and reach your full potential. This book summaries following points:

– Concentrate on your strengths. Put yourself where your strengths can produce results.

– One should waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence.

– Some people learn by doing. Others learn by hearing themselves talk.

 – Managing yourself requires taking responsibility for relationships.

7 .Rich Dad Poor Dad

The book is the story of a person (the narrator and author) who has two fathers: the first was his biological father – the poor dad – and the other was the father of his childhood best friend, Mike – the rich dad. Both fathers taught the author how to achieve success but with very disparate approaches. It became evident to the author which father’s approach made more financial sense. Throughout the book, the author compares both fathers – their principles, ideas, financial practices, and degree of dynamism and how his real father, the poor and struggling but highly educated man, paled against his rich dad in terms of asset building and business acumen.

The author presents six major lessons which he discusses throughout the book:

   – The rich don’t work for money

   – The importance of financial literacy

   – Minding your own business

   – Taxes and corporations

   – The rich invent money

  – The need to work to learn and not to work for money

8 .How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a self-help book written by Dale Carnegie, published in 1936. Over 15 million copies have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. In 2011, it was number 19 on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books. This book covers the major 4 topics given below and is written in simple and easy language:

-Techniques in handling people.

– Ways to make people like you.

– Win people to your way of thinking.

-Be a leader: How to change people without giving offense.

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