One of the modern day personal development coaches and mentors, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones stated that “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read”. I wanted to expand on Charlie’s quote by stating that “Your future success will depend on the choices you make today – your thoughts, your attitude, the people you meet, the books you read, the plans you make and the actions you take!”
Learning is the foundation of a personal development program. Books can provide you with mental growth and the ability to learn from other people’s experiences. They can also provide you with self-education where the learnings can be applied to your work and personal life.
I am a believer of establishing a professional development library and slowly building a wealth of knowledge for yourself and your family. The first step in starting your library is to write a list of the books you feel will make a difference to your self-education and personal development. If you cannot afford to establish your own professional development library then I would suggest you subscribe to your local public library.
Senior executives of successful corporations and high achievers generally read at least one book per month, while a proportion will read up to four books per month.
Following is my list of the top 10 books that would add value to your self-education or personal development program. I have focused my list on the proven classics but have also included some modern classics (for further information on each book click onto the title below):
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
- The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel
- The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
- The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- The Greatest Salesman in the World By Og Mandino
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
- 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn
What would your reading list of the top 10 books look like? Go ahead – add your list as a comment.
Make it a great day!
Dr John Kapeleris