Are You A Reader?

IMG_3242-1Are You A Reader?


We are remodeling our house and I had to move my library from my home office to my regular office and so I snapped a picture. I have read every book you see there (nearly 1000 books!) in the last 10 years.


I have read hundreds of books on Leadership, Communication, Positive Thinking, Sales, Parenting, Marketing, Social Media, & Presentation Skills. In this pile are also biographies of amazing people, religious books and history books.


A recent study showed that most people have only read one book cover to cover since high school. I think that is sad – but more than that it is limiting. I think the purpose of life is growth – so we should all be learning and growing everyday. The most successful, the most fascinating and most engaging people I know are constantly learning and growing and reading is a big part of that process.


Jim Rohn once said, “Formal education will make you a living but self-education will make you a fortune.” I have found that to be true for me and I contribute much of my success to the process of constant and never ending learning.


So in an attempt to encourage everyone to go and pick up a good book (or download a good book) – Here is my top ten list of personal development books:


  1. As A Man Thinketh – by James Allen
  2. Man’s Search For Meaning – by Victor Frankl
  3. How To Win Friends & Influence People – by Dale Carnegie
  4. Think & Grow Rich  – by Napoleon Hill
  5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – by Stephen R. Covey
  6. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – by John Maxwell
  7. Start With Why – by Simon Sinek
  8. The Speed of Trust – by Stephen M.R. Covey
  9. Aspire – by Kevin Hall
  10. 10.  The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann


What other books would you add to the list? I’d love to hear which books have impacted you. – Keep Learning & Growing!


5 Responses

  1. I love to read also and have a growing library. It is the only way we can change our thinking and improve our future results. I am part of a business that encourages reading every day. It makes all the difference in our lives.

  2. I have read most of your top 10, Ty. ‘Aspire’ is the inspiration for my team name. Although there are many others that I love, I would add the combination of ‘The Greatest Salesman in the World’ and The Greatest Secret in the World,’ by Og Mandino.

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