Think about it. Most people who are titans of industry are often avid readers. Most people in top positions, the most powerful roles all read something in some way, shape or form.
Of course there are endless benefits of reading.
You activate your imagination and become smarter as you think about the material.
You actually gain the knowledge or information that the book is presenting.
It can be one of the most powerful sources of self development, growth and new concepts.
In fact, I personally read a lot to increase my vocabulary and increase ways to articulate and express my opinions.
So many other psychological benefits but I won’t get into them all here as this will take another thesis to write and I want to keep it short and simple.
I want to provide a list of recommended books out of my personal list that you should try.
These are obviously my own personal recommendation in terms of general self growth and personal development, for whatever profession you’re in.
This is in no particular order by the way.
Here are some I highly recommend and why:
- The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy – Written by a guy who is well versed in both religion and psychology (something that would seem often mutually exclusive), he explains about how the mind actually works, how faith works, and things about the placebo effect, etc. in a very easy to understand format.
- The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz – An ancient book, but pretty much is one of the cornerstone texts regarding self confidence and achieving goals. A lot of successful athletes, actors and business people swear by it. I am still currently reading it again as I write this. Also gives you a number of exercises to implement too, which are very handy.
- The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene – A controversial book, but definitely an interesting read. The title is self explanatory. I don’t necessarily agree with all the principles but you can use your own discernment and decide for yourself what to think.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – This was an obvious one. The basics of dealing with people. The title says it all. Although it is a bit dated, there is a plethora of gold nuggets here. I still read this from time to time every once in a while.
- Skill With People by Les Giblin – Very similar to the previous book. But this is like the pocket version of it.
- Psychiatry, the Ultimate Betrayal by Bruce Wiseman – Another highly controversial book that I just started reading recently. Haven’t finished it yet but pretty much hints on how to control people.
- The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill – Huge read. Pretty much the original Think and Grow Rich but this one is the director’s cut, I’d say. May take you a while but this is probably one of the bibles of self development.
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz – Again, one of the cornerstones of self improvement. Must read and a great, easy to read book. Talks about dealing with excuses, feeding your brain, etc.
- The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol – Very handy and short little book. A lot of eye openers here but I found real value in it being easy to read and a breeze to go through. Like a pocket version of a really good self improvement book.
That will be all for now. Of course I have a more definitive list but I have too many books.
Read these books multiple times and you’ll get benefits each time. You can probably even download the audio formats for some of these books somewhere, which would also be useful if you’re traveling.
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