What is your hobby? Is it singing, cooking, modelling, hiking or gardening? What do you do in your free time: Watch movies, read books, go shopping, hang out with friends or be online? Regardless of your hobby and pastime, reading is involved, and this post appreciates the fact that knowledge builds our lives.
While growing up, reading of books was generally associated with nerds and anti-social people. However, with smartphones, Google search, and social media explosion, reading has become the order of the day. Whether reading to follow political events and activities, reading to be up to date on celebrity gossip, stalk friends, survey the price of products before shopping…whatever it is, reading has become part of our day-to-day lives. Through this post, I intend to appreciate some published materials that have behind them people succeeding in areas you want to succeed in, people with experience you can borrow a lot from and books that can make taking the next step in your life much easier. There are the books with a confounding impact on your practical life.
It is my pleasure to share a short story of my journey with books since 2015. The following books have been strategic in my journey of being the person I am today, and am grateful to the authors behind these, and others that currently stand as contemporary.
2015. As a class representative in campus, the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie led to me leading and relating better with my class. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene enabled me to understand what power really is, and saved me from the self intimidation and fear of political power and bureaucracies.Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill opened my mind to a more holistic view of wealth and success, where all success and prosperity starts from inside me. My favorite quote from the book is “I am Master of my fate, captain of my soul, because I have the power to control my thoughts.”
2016. I was finishing campus and this book: The Defining Decade by Meg Jay was a summary of most mistakes and misconceptions affecting people aged between 20 and 30 years. This was a life save. The Power of Broke by Daymond John gave me a paradigm shift – we get broke and get heartbroken, which bring many down while giving others a sense of purpose. That bad thing happening to you can give be a catalyst to a major life purpose, or an unseen breakthrough. Then the book You were Born Rich by Bob Proctor encouraged me to do what I can, where I am and with what I have.
2017. How to Get from Where you Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield was like an orientation to life after campus. Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy is the MASTER BOOK. I have healed and understood myself and others using this invaluable book. I even know the laws by which to live in to the future I want. It is up to me to start getting responsible to my life.
You definitely know of some senior, important people, key to a major breakthrough in your life. These are people you want to spend time with and learn from them. However, due to geographical barriers, time factors and context challenges, reaching them becomes a complicated affair. Did you know you can meet such a person, or even a better one through a book? And did you know it would be cheaper, and, through the book, spend more time and learn from these people more comfortably and at your pace?
A book published by an accomplished person in an area you want to succeed in is a cheap asset. I say cheap because it takes years of experience to write a quality script. Years that include success and failure, experiences you may never get to know of from meeting a person for a short time. The scripting of a book takes hundreds of days and multiple people to get a final draft. An idea gets written and rewritten several times. There are many changes made to an original script to make it meet a certain standard or quality to appeal to the reader. It is a polished product of an author’s thoughts and feelings, something made with you the reader in mind. Better still, you will absorb these thoughts and feelings at your pace.
I would like to emphasize that it is not any book that deserves your time and energy. You have your style and preferences, hopes and desires. They are your guiding compass when exploring books and other published sources of information. An insight from a book is an enlightenment to be, do, or have more in your life. The only books you need are those that are relevant and necessary for your progress to the next steps of your life.
Finally, all answers to life do not come from published materials. There is a lot to learn from the people, the circumstances, things and events around you. With good knowledge and experience, you can also write publish and reach out to others, just as those books that will change your life, one page at a time.