There are many other ways to gain knowledge other than through formal education. We learn through our experiences, traveling, mingling with other cultures, the news, our history, our elders, successful people, the internet and reading books. However, in this digital age of skimmers and headline readers, the average American barely reads a book a year. There really are many ways of reading a book now, with technology making it easier than ever. For instance, you can download an e-book instantly and read it offline or you can download an audiobook to listen to, so the old excuses no longer hold. If anything, we should be reading more! Let’s change the statistics in our reading habits and drive up the number of books we read yearly.
Here are five of my favorite books to help get you started:
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
The founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, (a clothing store that started out on eBay, managed solely by her and selling vintage pieces online, and now a huge success and popular brand for clothing, accessories, and shoes) shares snippets of her upbringing and how she managed to build a successful million-dollar retailer with more than 400 employees. Her book proves that regardless of your background you can still make something of yourself.
Act Like a Success, Think like a Success by Steve Harvey
Broderick Stephen Harvey, better known as, Steve Harvey is a successful comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, businessman, and author. Take it from a man who had to work hard, risk a lot, and fight his way to the top, Steve Harvey knows more than just a thing or two about becoming successful. In his book, he shares his principles to success, how to overcome challenges, and how to stay motivated during hard times.
How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
This book is written and presented in a very colorful, fun, and engaging way. You will feel like Singh is talking to you face-to-face and not like you’re reading a book alone. Lilly Singh is also a top YouTuber who has extended her resume from YouTuber to actor, author, and businesswoman. She has made millions from YouTube with her comedic sketches all from the comfort of her room where she first started making videos.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This self-help book is a good foundation to start your list. Originally written in 1937, a lot of the principals presented in this book are still applicable in today’s modern society. It’s one of the best-selling self-help books of all time. “The thirteen steps to riches described in this book offer the shortest dependable philosophy of individual achievement ever presented for the benefit of anyone searching for a definite goal in life”.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Sincero doesn’t hold back in this unfiltered & zany guide to a better life and a better you. 27 brief chapters full of inspiring stories, advice, simple exercises to follow, humor and more; helping readers find new behaviors and a belief system to help them get what they most desire out of life. By the end of “You Are a Badass”, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and more.
Let us know your top self-help books in the comments below!