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5 books to take your collection to the next level

Any gentleman should have 2 TV sets.

One in the living-room and another in the kitchen. Wrong? Perhaps. The point here is how we really invest our time and money is the key to become interested AND interesting. My friends, books!

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading is precisely borrowing the minds of rared intellect folks. Are you conversing with someone on a hot topic? Do you need to face a specific situation or problem? That’s it, you’ll then bring your soon-to-be gentleman’s mind alongside all the others you’ve encountered in your life. I assume you have a good memory, of course!

1. Meditations by Marcos Aurelius

Meditations is one of the most complete books of our time. Marcus Aurelius takes us on a journey filled with priceless lessons about our place in the society, an incredible tool for building character and strength. This book is definitely a good one to revisit several times during our lifetime.

2. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This classic from the 1930’s is a timeless piece to learn how to handle people, succeed in social circles and brush up those leadership skills. HubSpot created a comprehensive summary (available here), no wonder as Carnegie was a salesman himself. Don’t make this stop you from reading the whole thing though! One thought from the book: “Become genuinely interested in other people”.

3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Becoming rich is a hard path. We all want to have an expensive lifestyle, enjoying our days without worrying about money and being able to afford that trip to the Maldives, several times over. Napoleon Hill comprised this insightful bible interviewing successful people during the Great Depression, turning the “desire for wealth” of many into actionable thoughts. This winning mindset goes beyond money and it is also applicable into one’s ability to be successful in any other area of life.

4. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Warren Buffet needs no introductions, this is clear after having Benjamin Graham as a teacher and mentor. The winning principles of value investing take into account long-term investment strategies and the awareness about our investment type (active, passive, aggressive, etc.). One of the most notorious ideas of the book, for a layman, is learning to go against the tide and avoid a panic nature. If everyone is doing it then it doesn’t sound that great, right?

5. Good to Great by Napoleon Hill

Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline. — Jim Collins. THE business book, it is filled with amazingly simple concepts (some would even say commonsense) to outperform the market average and create lasting companies. An enduring idea presented follows the necessity to get the right people and acquire the best management possible. Don’t you think a great jockey will prove itself on top of any horse? We do.

Originally published at on May 17, 2016.

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