I've read thousands if not tens of thousands of books in my lifetime, reading numerous books every week for more than 35 years. That may sound like a lot of time to spend each week, but it really doesn't take that long to read a book once you have practiced it a lot. I read for a half hour to an hour a day on average, less than most people spend watching TV.
I believe this habit more than anything else has been instrumental in my success. I now run a multi-million dollar IT company, serve on multiple company boards, coach a Toastmasters club, lead several groups at church including a leadership development group, run this website, and have a wonderful wife and 5 children.
So what does that mean to you? In a nutshell, if you are looking to improve your life, you will be very hard pressed to find better material than what I have posted here.
Warren Buffett, who is considered by many to be the greatest investor who ever lived, once said, "The best investment you can make is in yourself."
Decide to make an investment in your future today by reading these life-changing books and implementing the ideas you find there.
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This book delivers a clear framework for how to reach the pinnacle of success as a leader, driving results while developing deep relationships. One of my favorites, I believe this should be required reading for anyone in a leadership or management position.
2. ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal RunkelScreamFree and Parenting don't go together in the same sentence, do they? With 5 kids myself, I can tell you that while you will likely still pull your hair out at times, this book will make a major impact on your family. This isn't just about lowering your voice, it gives practical advice on how to control your own emotional reactions and respond effectively so that you and your kids will have a better relationship. Take charge of your family confidently and lead well with the wisdom captured in this book, you and your kids will be thankful you read this!
3. The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M. R. Covey and Stephen R. CoveyTrust, you either have it or you don't, right? This book challenges that assumption by giving practical advice on how to rapidly build and rebuild trust. After reading this book, I realized it described exactly what I couldn't put into words about what the people I trust did. If you thoroughly trust those around you, things will happen at lightning speed, especially in business. Learn how to foster that by reading this excellent book!
4. Getting Ready for Marriage: How to Really Get to Know the Person You're Going to Marry by Jerry Hardin and Dianne SloanAre you thinking about marriage? How do you know if this is really the right fit? My wife and I used this intensive workbook to make sure we were on the right track before we got married. You and your partner will be asked hard questions you've never even thought of, and be able to work through scenarios before they happen to make sure you are on the same page. Why wouldn't you invest some time into this before committing to spending the rest of your life with someone? This book brought us much closer together and made it obvious that we were making the right choice.
Skills & Time Management
Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren't first. Rather than offering you another clock, First Things First provides you with a compass, because where you're headed is more important than how fast you're going. Are you heading in the right direction?
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Books for Personal Development: Finances, Business, Relationships, Skills, and Time Management Reviewed by Don Smith on 9:31:00 AM Rating: