Desire, determination, and persistence, just to name a few, are all qualities that have made many people successful. In addition, there is one other thing you will find very common among successful people, they are all avid readers. Books have helped them, in one way or another, become the person they are. Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said,”You will be the same person in five yeas as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Books can play a significant role in your path to the success you seek. Although many books have been read over the years, here are 3 classic books that successful people have read.
1. Think and Grow Rich
This book has been called “one of the greatest books in personal development of all time”, and continues to sell millions of copies throughout the world. Many successful people have attributed their success to the reading of this book, and they continue to read it and recommend it to anyone wanting to achieve success in their own life. Napoleon Hill, the author, commissioned by millionaire Andrew Carnegie, took over 25 years to study over 500 successful men in search of the secrets to their achievements. Mr. Hill identifies 13 principles that are necessary to attain riches. The book has changed many lives for the better, and it still does today. Read it for yourself.
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People
This book by Dale Carnegie, is mentioned in the same conversation as Think and Grow Rich. The book is called “the grandfather of all people skills books”, and many successful people credit the book for helping them develop the relationship skills that has led them to where they are. He emphasizes the importance of treating other people respectful, and making them feel appreciated. Carnegie says,”You can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view and arousing in the other person an eager want.” The book was an overnight hit, selling 15 million copies, and can help you get along better with other people.
3. Power of Positive Thinking
The most popular book of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Power of Positive Thinking, has sold more than 20 million copies, and has been read by many successful people everywhere. Dr. Peale, a pastor, is considered the founder of the human potential movement. The book utilizes Bible (Dr. Peale believed the Bible was the source of personal power and guidance) quotes and simple principles to teach the reader to think about situations differently. He said,”In order to gain personal power and peace, we have to be willing to go beyond the merely personal to something greater than ourselves.”
Books can play an important role in your journey toward success. Many successful people will attest that they have read many books in their progress toward achievement. However, these 3 classics seem to be the common theme for having success. These 3 books cover mindset, relationships, and spiritual thinking which are essential to achieving the success you long for. If you desire to achieve success, a good start is to read the right books, and especially these 3 classic books.