Three Books I Wish Everyone Would Read

books Feb 04, 2021
Little boy reading a book

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Like most entrepreneurs, I love to read.

I think it’s one of the best investments you can make.

Think about it:

For about twenty bucks, you can learn a wealth of information that would probably cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars if the author coached you directly.

In 2018, I read 43 books. 2019, 34. And in 2020, 43.

I was never much of a reader growing up.

In fact, I loathed reading anything other than the sports section and the comics.

Even in college (university), I read only what I needed to for class.

But once I became an entrepreneur in 2005, I discovered that many very successful people read…a lot.

  • Warren Buffet reads eight hours a day. (That’s not a typo!)
  • Bill Gates reads 50 books a year.
  • Mark Cuban can spend up to 3 hours a day reading.
  • Elon Musk is an avid reader.
  • The average CEO reads a book a week.

As Tony Robbins says, “success leaves clues.”

So, instead of trying to figure out how to be successful on my own, I decided to do what they do: read…a lot!

How I read so much

I prioritize reading.

I don’t fit it in or hope I’ll have time.

What gets scheduled gets done…so I schedule a time to read on my calendar every day.

I used to have a standing goal to read 52 books a year. To be honest, I was often reading just to achieve that goal. Each book, for the most part, was just an entry on my books-read log. How silly of me.

Now, I choose books on topics I want to read about very carefully. And I am slowing down as I read them. I want to absorb as much of the book as I can. No more speed reading for me. There are some books I’ve read more than once!

Reading, for me, is not a race. There’s not a prize for “most books read” when you die.

It goes without saying that not every book is worth the paper it's printed on. Some books should never be read or, for that matter, even written in the first place!

But here are three books that I’ve read (some more than once) that I wish everyone would read.

Note: Links to books below are affiliate links, which means if you purchase it by clicking on the link, I will get a small commission from Amazon. This does not change the price you pay.

The 5 AM Club (Robin Sharma)

For years, I resisted the call to be an early riser.

Don’t take this to mean that I would get up at Noon…but 5 am?

No, thank you.

I heard “the early bird gets the worm” more times than I can count.

And then there’s Benjamin Franklin, who is credited as saying, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Again, no, thank you.

But then somehow, Mr. Sharma’s book, The 5 AM Club, made into my hands in mid-January 2020.

Halfway through the book, on February 4th, I decided to “try out” this 5 am thing.

Except for one day due to a family emergency, I’ve not missed a day. I now arise at 5 am seven days a week, and I’m out the door running for 30 minutes by 5:15 am.

But the book is way more than just telling you to get up at 5 am. It lays out habits that will make you a more productive member of society.

This book is so good; I’m rereading it as part of my morning routine in 2021.

Deep Work (Cal Newport)

I was born in June 1965 (I’m 55-years-young). It was a time way before the Internet, cell phones, and all those apps that we’re addicted to these days (just calling it as I see it).

As I navigated through K-12 (I graduated in June 1983), I didn’t have nearly the number of distractions as I do now. I remember when we only had four television stations!

As I write these words, I think back to when I was in school and working on assignments.

There wasn’t much to distract me.

Sadly, that is no longer true in 2021.

You have to fight hard to avoid distractions.

Have you ever stopped to think of how often you’re distracted?

I challenge you to write down every time you’re distracted for just one hour. It’ll blow your mind. Please don’t do more than an hour because it’ll demoralize you. Write down anything that distracts you.

That’s why I love Mr. Newport’s book, Deep Work, so much.

He shows how anyone can reduce the distractions in their lives and really get stuff done.

His book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, is also a must-read, but I didn’t include it in my list of three because I have another book to share…

Millionaire Success Habits (Dean Graziosi)

Whether you want to become a millionaire or not, this book is a must-read.

It lays out what habits successful people have and why they’re so critical to your success.

My big takeaway from the book is that anyone can implement these habits into their lives. They’re not complicated. Every one of them is within reach.

Now, I’m not saying that this will be easy. Chances are, the habits you have ingrained in your life have been there for a while. It’ll take some work on your part to get rid of bad habits and replace them with millionaire success habits.

Let me be fully transparent with you: I’ve not implemented all of the habits Mr. Graziosi writes about. And some I’ve implemented, only to revert to my old habits. Life is a work in progress.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Thank you for reading it. 

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