What does success mean to you, and more importantly, how can you achieve it? The question isn’t a new one, but the search for success seems to wield an irresistible power that keeps us looking for answers. With a definition that extends all the way from the accomplishment of a goal to the attainment of fame and fortune, the true meaning of success may lie in the fact that its definition is unique for each of us.
To help you achieve more success in your life, we’ve gathered together a collection of must-read books by some of the most sought-after and highly respected minds in the business world and beyond. Whether personal or professional – and many would argue that they’re one and the same – success is a journey of personal development that should be tweaked regularly and nurtured at every opportunity. Happy reading!
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Ever wondered why some people seem to make all of their dreams come true, while the rest of us stand on the sidelines? Author, Jeff Olson helps readers to understand that the road to success is all about creating life-altering dynamics out of the simple choices we make every day.
There are no motivational methods to learn. The Slight Edge is a simple yet powerful way of thinking and processing information that relies on tools we already possess. This is your chance to discover the life-changing concepts that can transform simple daily activities into the happiness and success you desire.
Success, inspiration, and innovative thinking all begin with asking the question: Why? Some of the world’s most influential leaders – from Steve Jobs to Martin Luther King Jr. – owe their incredible achievements to their innate ability to understand WHY they were doing the things that they did.
If you truly want to become a leader who inspires trust and loyalty in employees, customers, and colleagues, you need to recognize how starting with “why”can help you to think, act, and communicate like the world’s greatest visionaries. Explore the powerful framework, dubbed The Golden Circle, upon which some of the most successful organizations have been built.
What matters most to you? This is the deceptively simple question that authors Keller and Papasan set out to explore. Their conclusion? The more of your considerable energy you can bring to focus on the one thing you want most, the more rewarding your life will be.
Having less and more at the same time is all about learning how to cut through the clutter of daily distractions to ramp up your productivity, personal relationships, and level of life satisfaction. This book shows you how discovering your “one thing” can transform that torrent of daily stresses into high-energy, momentum-driven success.
If you’ve never thought of yourself as a “morning person,” this book might just change your mind! Hailed as one of the most life-changing reads ever, The Miracle Morning is based on one very simple premise: the way you begin your day is largely responsible for the quality of your life.
By practicing a simple morning ritual, author Hal Elrod promises you’ll discover the fastest and most effective route to the life you’ve always wanted – even if you’re a hardened “night owl”. These best practices developed over centuries, but The Miracle Morning condenses them into a straightforward routine that’s sure to transform your life.
Described as, “tough love for yourself”, The War of Art was written to guide and inspire those of us who regularly fight to express our creativity. Discover the roadblocks that are keeping you from pursuing what you love – whether it’s creating that original masterpiece, or starting the business venture of your dreams.
This book offers a practical approach to overcoming the enemy that is your own personal resistance. Taking the form of a well-designed battle plan, The War of Art brings your internal foe into the open and shows you exactly how to overcome the hurdles that are keeping you from your natural ambitions.
Luck, talent, and a lot of hard work will take you far in the business world, but there’s a fourth, often overlooked, element that boosts productivity, profitability, and team building to an entirely new level. This new model for success harnesses the power of reciprocity and is all about the way we interact with others.
Give and Take offers a revolutionary approach to understanding success that’s based on abolishing the “me first” perspective in favor of helping others. Rather than burning out or being exploited, author Adam Grant draws on advanced research to show you how smart entrepreneurs turn giving into transformative success.
Perhaps best known for his “Chicken Soup for the Soul” philosophies, Canfield offers a guide for success that’s both practical and inspirational. If you’re serious about getting from where you are now to where you really want to be, The Success Principles will show you how.
As a compilation of 64 time-honored principles for success, this book shows you how to use these practices to live passionately, purposefully, and confidently as you take on life’s daily trials. More than just a book, The Success Principles is a blueprint for realizing your ambitions, achieving your dreams, and redirecting your life.
The Compound Effect asks readers one simple question: Do you want success? If your answer is a resounding YES, this book will show you the truth behind getting more success than you ever dreamed possible – gimmick and exaggeration-free.
Hardy shows us that our habits and choices, momentum and influences, are all core values in driving success and that each plays a role in directing the path that we’re on. By adopting the rather astonishing operating system outlined in The Compound Effect, you can exploit a formula that combines wise, incremental choices with time and consistency, to create the radical change you desire.
Prepare to be inspired. This biography of the man behind the magic brings the many elements of Walt Disney’s gifted life together in one read. Disney remains one of the most well-known and iconic figures of this century, looked up to not only for his incredible imagination but also for his optimism and perseverance.
If you’re looking to learn from one of the legendary role models of success, you need to look no further than Disney. How To Be Like Walt is the product of more than a thousand interviews, and is a refreshing and honest take on one of the world’s greatest influencers.
Originally published in 1936, this classic book is still one of the best resources around for understanding the concepts behind long-term business success. Millions of readers have taken advantage of these enduring principles that cover everything from winning people over, to bringing them around to your way of thinking.
Carnegie’s ideologies are just as relevant in today’s business environment as they were decades ago. For practical, solid, and timeless advice on how to become more effective in your influence over others, this book is a must-read for every entrepreneur – aspiring and established alike.
As an overnight-sensation-turned-business-bible-classic, Covey’s 7 Habits has been directing business owners down the path to success since 1989. This step-by-step guide to solving the problems we all frequently encounter in our business and personal relationships is cleverly wrapped in a package of piercing insights and superbly relevant anecdotes.
Read this book to discover how living a life that’s based on dignity, service, and integrity can translate into the ability to both adapt to the inevitability of change and to make the most of the success opportunities that change tends to bring.
Tired of empty words that promise victory but get you nowhere? The Magic of Thinking Big delivers success based on useful techniques, rather than impractical rhetoric. With a well-considered plan for winning in virtually every area of your life, this book shows you how to get everything you want from your business, family life, and community.
Schwartz will prove to you why it doesn’t matter whether you possess special talents or not. All the success and life satisfaction you desire can be had by simply learning and acknowledging that it’s your habits of thinking and behaving that will bring you what you want.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson
Not for the faint of heart, Manson’s provocatively titled book on cutting through the futility of “positive thinking” is both refreshing and straightforward. In his no-nonsense manner, Manson shows us how our incessant need to sugarcoat everything in a cloak of positivity is actually interfering with our ability to be happy and successful.
If you want a raw, honest, research-based argument for learning to accept the fact that humans are flawed and limited, this is it. By pulling no punches, Manson gets us to face both our fears and our faults, so we can turn them into courage, curiosity, determination, and success.
- Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum – Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovitz, and Jonas Koffler
If you’re looking to break with the 9-5 mindset, this book will give you all the tools you need to make that change a reality. Focused on ‘The Heart’, ‘The Head’, and ‘The Habits’, Hustle shows you how to find success in a business world that no longer values loyalty.
This step-by-step approach to success revolves around the notion that making your own luck is all about learning to recognize and exploit opportunities where you find them. Following your dreams and preparing for the mistakes that accompany risk are all part of the hustle that will ultimately create more meaning in your life.
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior takes you on a thought-provoking journey that might just change your life. Dan Millman is a former world-champion athlete, and this story is inspired by his real-life experiences and 20-year spiritual quest.
As the story unfolds, Millman is guided through the realms of spirit, mind, and body by the warrior, Socrates, and tempted by the mysterious being called Joy. It’s only through a final, life-changing confrontation that Dan embraces the power of living life as a peaceful warrior. This book is filled with amusing perceptions and poignant realities that leave a lasting impression of the meaning of success.
World-renowned motivator Zig Ziglar’s classic book is based on the “one-hand-washes-the-other” mentality behind finding success and getting what you want from life, by helping others do the same. See You at the Top is often touted as the go-to book for encouraging motivation, developing a positive self-image, and understanding the significance of building a solid personal character.
This book will show you why setting and achieving goals is an integral part of finding success, and its clear instruction and step-by-step approach will guide you on your own journey to altering the way you perceive both yourself and your environment.
For everyone of us who has ever tried to change our habits for the better – and failed miserably – Guise shares his revolutionary,science-based discovery for personal development. Mini habits work where “regular-sized” ones don’t. And better yet, the results they bring are lasting.
What are mini habits? They’re just like those big positive behaviors we keep trying to adopt,only smaller. So small in fact that they’re easy to commit to on a daily basis. This book shows you why mini habits are the key to creating a powerful habit-building strategy that will finally bring you the success you’ve been seeking.
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
Written by a well-known success coach, this book will hit you over the head with its off-the-wall approach to guiding you along the road to personal growth. Punctuated by humor and sprinkled with unarguable wisdom, the reader can expect an amusing ride filled with valuable suggestions, entertaining tales, and dozens of chapters filled with practical exercises.
Don’t be put off by irreverent section titles like “Your Brain is Your Bitch” – these pages are packed with illuminating instruction on everything from tapping into source energy for success, to doing away with self-doubt forever.
We’ve all got gifts, but Grit’s award-winning author makes it clear that these will only take you so far in life. Without the passion for persistence known as good old-fashioned grit, you’re unlikely to ever attain the level of success you’re after – a level that many with far fewer talents consistently achieve.
This book will teach you how six important elements – hope, ritual, passion, effort, precision, and prioritization – contribute to your ability to succeed. And best of all? Unlike many naturaltalents, grit can be learned. A great read for anyone who wants to reach their full potential in life.
Nobody’s denying that talents and abilities are important in achieving success, but they’re not the final word. According to Dweck, success hinges on whether our attitude toward our gifts and skills comes from a fixed mindset or one that’s based on growth.
In a counterintuitive interpretation of what instills self-esteem in humans, this book describes why praising intelligence and natural talents can both interfere with personal accomplishment and threaten our chances of ever realizing the success we desire.Reaching our goals is all about cultivating the right mindset, and this book reveals how a love of learning and resilience are the key.
- The ABCs of Success: The Essential Principles from America’s Greatest Prosperity Teacher – Bob Proctor
With this collection of 67 factors for success, author and world-class motivator Bob Proctor can help you turn your dreams into reality – whatever they may be. Weighing in on topics that range from effectiveness and persistence to vision and winning, this book is a must-have resource filled with the most applicable wisdom of the past century and organized from A to Z.
With dozens of brief and accessible essays, the ABCs of Success encourages you to think beyond the basic laws of attraction and success, to triumphant concepts that may be unfamiliar, or that you’ve simply never thought to explore.
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Leanne is a freelance writer living in Vancouver, Canada. She has a multi-faceted background in health, finance and entrepreneurship, and her work has been published in Skin Inc. Magazine, Marketing Magazine, and on Huffington Post. Leanne holds a diploma in social psychology and writes blogs and articles for companies across a wide range of industries. When she’s not creating content, she can usually be found birding on the local hiking trails with the love of her life, or hanging out with her two fabulously creative young adult children.