One of the best habits I’ve developed over the last few years is the habit of daily learning - more specifically, my habit of reading and learning from a good personal development book for 30 minutes each day.
The reasoning behind the habit is simple - if I'm to reach my full potential as an entrepreneur, a father, and as a human being, I need to expand my knowledge; we don’t know what we don’t know, and so by reducing the amount of stuff I don't know, I'll be able to reduce the amount of stuff I don't know...
Although pretty much all the books I read are what I would class as ‘Personal Development books’, the range of ideas they cover is pretty wide - everything from Stoicism and spirituality through to productivity hacks, Psychology and Marketing. Basically, if I think I can get better by reading it, I’ll give it a go.
I like to think that EVERY book has value, but if I had to recommend the best 10 from the couple of hundred that I’ve read, they would be these…
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
My all-time favourite, and I really can’t see anything knocking it off the list. The principles, tools and ideas it contains have helped me on an almost daily basis in the 5 years since I first read it.
Good To Great - Jim Collins
The book I wish I had read when I still worked in my corporate role, and the book I’m glad I read before I started my own business.
The Untethered Soul - Michael A. Singer
A recent addition to the list, but an incredibly thought-provoking book that examines our relationship with our thoughts and emotions.
Building A Story Brand - Donald Miller
One of the best marketing books I have read, with a clear method for building a marketing story that will help a business communicate its mission to both existing and potential customers.
Wherever You Go, There You Are - Jon Kabat Zinn
A deeply important book on mindfulness and meditation - if I was ever asked how to begin meditation, I would recommend reading this book.
Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
I always cite this book as an example of a book that you can’t ‘un-read’ - full of scientific research and facts around the importance of sleep, you might choose to continue burning the candle at both ends, but you won’t be able to ignore the damage that behaviour is doing.
The Richest Man In Babylon - George S. Clason
I book I wish I had read as a young man, because if I had, I would have been a lot more wealthy now….
The 5 Second Rule - Mel Robbins
A simple rule that can be used at any time on pretty much anything to get us to take action. I have listened to this on audiobook on multiple occasions, and every time I do I feel more motivated than I did before.
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
A wonderful book exploring how the mind works and why we make the decisions we make.
The Slight Edge - Jeff Olson
‘This book changed my life’ is a bold statement written on many a book-cover, but this one really did change mine, teaching me the power of daily habits, and the massive changes they can bring about in the tiniest of increments.
Interestingly, if you had asked me for my Top 10 books a year ago, four of those books wouldn’t have been on the list because I hadn’t read them yet, so this is effectively a life-long project.
I’ll update this post from time to time as my reading continues...