Have you ever noticed that, after attending a seminar or reading a book, only one concept tends to stick in your mind? Sure, a day or two later, you can still remember most of the ideas but, six months down the line, how many of them are you actually using?
Probably just one.
With that in mind, I’ve trawled through 20 of the most life changing books known to man to present you with their most salient point.
Do I expect you to apply all 20 of them? Probably not. However, there will be 3 or 4 concepts you take from this blog post that could be responsible for your future life success.
For ease of use, I’ve split the books into 4 categories – Spiritual, Business, Lifestyle and Personal Development. These should cover every aspect of your life and ensure that your growth is balanced, leading to love, happiness and success.
As A Man Thinketh – James Allen
You are what you think. Your outer world is a reflection of your habitual thinking. Therefore, if you want to change your life, you must change your thoughts.
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Your suffering occurs through not living in the moment. If you can let go of regrets from the past, fear about the future and calm your racing thoughts, then a life of peace and happiness will be yours.
Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting – Lynn Grabhorn
The energy you live with is the key to being successful and living the life you want. Therefore, on a daily basis, find ways to feel great and avoid remaining in a negative state for any length of time.
The Power of your Subconscious Mind – Joseph Murphy
You can programme your subconscious to reveal life changing insights, heal your body and find you love. This is achieved through repeating affirmations, reading written statements and visualising mental movies which all positively state you already are that which you want to become.
Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
As long as you have a purpose for your life, you can endure almost any circumstances. Find this purpose through the work you are passionate about, your loved ones or a commitment to bear your suffering with dignity.
The 80/20 Principle – Richard Koch
Your efforts won’t yield result according to a 50/50 ratio. Instead, only 20% of what you do will account for 80% of your results. Discover where your 20% lies and focus your attention there.
Business Stripped Bare – Richard Branson
There are no barriers to entry and you don’t have to follow the rules when venturing into the world of business. All you need is your gut instinct and the wisdom to learn from your experiences.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Richard Kiyosaki
You get wealthy through owning assets, not working for your money. This means buying property, shares, bonds, creating/owning intellectual property, investing in start ups and avoiding liabilities like a heavily mortgaged homes, luxury items and credit cards.
The One Thing – Gary Keller
Have one major focus for your life (this can change over time). To achieve this one thing, figure out what the one action you need to take today to get you closer to your overall objective is, and work on that to the exclusion of other tasks.
Start with Why – Simon Sinek
Clients and customers make decisions based in their emotions. Therefore, to get them excited about your work or product, don’t tell them about what you do, or how you do it, tell them about why you do it.
Willpower – Roy Baumeister
Your willpower is like a muscle. It can be developed but it can also be exhausted. Therefore, tackle major life challenges likes stopping smoking or weight loss, one at a time.
I Can Make you Thin – Paul McKenna
Only eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Follow this rule religiously and what you eat won’t be such an issue.
The Game – Neil Strauss
Appealing to other people (in any capacity), is a skill that can be learned. Irrespective of looks, money and past successes, by making yourself stand out, and appearing to be valuable, other people will be drawn to you.
The Latte Factor – David Bach
You have more money than you think. Cutting back on a few insignificant luxuries (your daily Latte) and diverting these funds into relatively high interest investments is the path to your financial freedom.
Easy Way to Stop Smoking – Allan Carr
Addictions are lies. The so-called benefits you think they bring are all psychological. Therefore, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain by stopping and, once you realise this, breaking a lifelong habit becomes easy.
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Write down a statement regarding how much money you desire, what you will do to achieve it (selling a certain product, writing books etc) and the date by which you want to be in possession of the funds. Condition your subconscious to assist you in the acquisition of the money by repeating this statement upon waking up and going to bed.
Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz
Your subconscious works like a guided missile. Give it clear and frequent instructions regarding what you want from life and it will course adjust to bring you your desired outcome.
Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins
When you think you can’t work any harder, or go any further, you are only at 40% of your true capacity. However, to bring out your hidden reserves, you must break free from your comfort zone.
Never Too Late to be Great – Tom Butler-Bowdon
With advances in modern medicine, and changes in lifestyle, you have many chances to be great at something, or many things, in your lifetime. Take a long-term view of your life and you’ll realise success is virtually guaranteed.
Escape The System – Joe Barnes
Free yourself from the negative influence of society’s conditioning and the possibilities for your life are limitless. You are under no obligation to accept a mediocre life when you have the potential to create a great one.
Please share this article with anyone you think will find it useful. Also, were there any books you feel I should’ve included on the list? Let me know in the comments section below.