There’s no limit to the power books hold; some works are so full of wisdom you can almost see it bursting out from between the front and back covers! Girl, listen up: if you aren’t already a reader, now’s the time to start. Somewhere within the walls of your nearest Barnes & Noble (or more likely, the Amazon warehouse) is a book that will shake you up on some deep, fundamental level. It will snatch your understanding of the world with both hands, mould it like putty and hand it back to you—changed, very much for the better. What will that book be? I can’t tell you for sure: it could be The Art of War, but it could just as easily be Charlotte’s Web. (I don’t Judge!) These, however, are a handful of books that made me take a BIG step back and re-evaluate… well, just about everything in my life. They’ve helped me; they’ve helped thousands (possibly millions) of people all over the world, and I’d bet money on them helping you too!
Think and Grow Rich
For a book that’s growing dangerously close to its 100th birthday (it was published in 1937), Think and Grow Rich doesn’t look a day over 21 in terms of how relevant it is today! In the book, Napoleon Hill outlines his philosophy and ideas on how we should all approach our goals, dreams and desires. It’s written with monetary and entrepreneurial success as the central focus, but the ideas hold up whatever your life aspirations are! Artists, performers, public speakers or even retail managers! It doesn’t matter who you are, sis, this book CAN help you!
The author researched dozens of millionaires (in 1937 money, remember) to reinforce his ideas, and the result is an inspiring take on making innermost desires a concrete reality. 100% worth a read!
Rich Dad Poor Dad
A little more recent this time (1997). Rich Dad Poor Dad is the autobiographical account of Robert Kiyosaki and his experience of the two—very different—father figures that dominated his childhood. If the title didn’t tip you off, one was rich, the other was poor! Don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t a mere judgement of fatherhood: it’s a little more productive than that! Kiyosaki uses the two figures to explore the ways in which people handle money and how you, as the reader, should best develop a positive and beneficial mindset around money.
The 4-Hour Workweek
Sounds like a fantasy, doesn’t it? Well, girl, what if I told you it might not have to be! The 4-Hour Workweek is author Tim Ferriss’ guide to slamming the door in the face of the 9-5 routine and forging a (successful) lifestyle that works for you! It doesn’t promise to make you a mega-rich ultra billionaire! However, it does strive to make you independent, successful and—most of all—happy.
These are just three books, but they’re three that had a profound impact on myself and many others. What are you waiting for? Grab those reading glasses, pour yourself a nice hot drink and get your ‘self-help’ on!