Years ago when I was first learning about becoming an entrepreneur and leaving my corporate job back in 2007 for a one year adventure overseas, I heard the term, “leaders are readers.” I wasn’t sure what to make of that, but I noticed that as I started to read more self-help books mainly from authors like Jim Rohn, Wayne Dyer, and Napolean Hill I noticed over time that I started to look at things differently. In fact, I think the first time I read the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki I thought differently about working, money, and just about everything to do with business. I went from working for the past 10 years of my life to being self-employed again. As for the past 10 years I have only been employed for 4 of them. Before I started reading these books I had come to the conclusion that I had little control over my destiny and I pretty much had to give up on my dreams even though as a child and young adult I had many dreams.
Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. — Buckminster Fuller 1927, a
Luckily, in my mid-thirties I didn’t buy into the idea of settling for a life of mediocrity. In fact, I felt like I was beginning to live again after reading those books. I began to think differently and realized that my thoughts and actions were in correlation to my future.
I remember around the same time that I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I had also watched the movie The Secret and shortly thereafter purchased the book. The Secret was a best seller and based on the idea of The Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction was basically and idea that our thoughts become things, so if we are going to think we might as well think positive. I kind of compared it to what the bible had to say over a thousand years ago, “As a man thinks so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
So my challenge to you over the next 30 days until it becomes a habit is to pick up an inspirational or educational book and challenge yourself to read 10 pages per day. Do this for a period of 30 days and I will do it with you and lets see if our thoughts begin to change.
Below I have listed some of my favorite books to help get you started.
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- The Richest Man in Babylon by Jim Rohn
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
- Harmonic Wealth by James Arthur Ray
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- Multiple Streams of Income by Robert G. Allen
- The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
- Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
- The Bible the inspired word of God
I have read all of the above and recommend any of them to you and guarantee that if you start reading any of them on a daily basis that your thoughts will begin to change for the better.