I read a lot. I’ve been reading a book a week for the past year now.
I’ve learned that a lot of books actually aren’t that good. I quit books halfway through all the time. If you’re not into it, close it and put it away. As Seth Godin once wrote, “Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.” Better to find a good book you’ll read than struggle through a bad one for weeks.
With that, here are 7 of the most important books I’ve ever read.
1. The reason I’m earning thousands of dollars a month from my online business
DotCom Secrets: The Underground Playbook For Growing Your Company Online by Russel Brunson
“The people who related to my stories were the ones who bought my products.”
“Consumers want and expect messaging that speaks directly to them, or they will likely ignore you.”
2. This book helped me use my adversity to become stronger and more sure of myself
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
“Bad things are fuel. You don’t just want fuel — you need it. You can’t go anywhere without it.”
“Every failure, every problem, evert obstacle is an opportunity to learn, to grow, to become great.”
“Great people turn personal tragedy — really anything, everything — to their advantage.”
3. A mind-altering guidebook on how to become confident and successful
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck
“In order to get to the next level of whatever you’re doing, you must think and act in a wildly different way than you previously have been.”
“Success is not something that happens to you; it’s something that happens because of you and because of the actions you take.”
“If you aren’t creating enough new problems for yourself, then you aren’t taking enough action.”
4. An easy-to-remember parable about how to get rich
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
“This is the process by which wealth is accumulated; first in small sums, then in larger ones as a man learns and becomes more capable.”
“Advice is one thing that is freely given away, but watch that you only take what is worth having.”
“The reason why we have never found measure of wealth. We never sought it.”
5. A masterclass in explaining why Christianity is so powerful, authentic, and true
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
“An individual is free only to the extent of his or her own self-mastery. Those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.”
“You cannot allow the actions of others to define your reality.”
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day, and trying.”
6. A strategy guide for anyone who wants to be more assertive and emotionally healthy
How to Be an Adult by David Richo
“To act out of fear of guilt or of looking bad or of punishment means that our values have not had the chance to achieve their full primacy in our lives.”
Unfinished business in early life can sabotage adult self-esteem.”
“Once we acknowledge that true change foes not have to mean becoming totally different, we become happier and lighter.”
7. My favorite fiction book that I read once a year
The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
“All falsehood is a mask; and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face.”
“In general, people only ask for advice that they may not follow it; or, if they should follow it, that they may have somebody to blame for having given it.”
“Never trust the enemy that gives you presents.”
Admittedly, the best book I’ve ever read is the Bible (as a Christian, it’s the guiding text for my entire life, and always will be). I recommend it, too.
Any more suggestions for me?