Top 10 Influential Books To Transform Your Life, Business, and Happiness

life, business and happinessYou might be able to drift through life by just knowing how to get a job or how to drive a car – but what will your happiness factor be?

The truth is, if you don’t ‘work on yourself’ from the inside out, then life can be a pretty dismal existence. Not doing anything noteworthy with your life is a horrible mistake, leading to a hum-drum, tedious, day-to-day way of being. Especially when changing the way you behave, and how you think of yourself, is incredibly easy to do – it just takes practice.

We invite you to open your mind to possibility, opportunity, and ability – because most humans are intelligent, adaptive, and willing to keep learning.

So we’ve put together a handy reference list of our top 10 books to transform your life, business and happiness – just as we’ve managed to do ourselves. Note though, there’s nothing special about us, we’re just ordinary, everyday people who learned how to believe, achieve and succeed.

What follows are ten of our highly recommended, transformational, personal growth books, which are a must read if you want to be truly happy, self-fulfilled, and live life on your terms.

These are the top 10 books which have helped us transform our lifestyles, business and relationships in just two short years.

In our humble opinion, they’re essential reading whether in paperback in or in digital form (we won’t get into that argument as Greg loves Kindle books and Fiona loves paperbacks). They’re ranked in a progressive order to build your entrepreneurial knowledge, understanding and belief.

1. Think and Grow Rich

by Napoleon Hill

Think And Grow RichThis book is our number one recommended read, not only because it’s a revolutionary best seller of all time having sold over 20 million copies by 1970, but because it was the first book we read which changed our beliefs on the accessibility of success. And millions of others have also become ultra-successful after reading this pivotal self-growth book.

Back in the 1930’s Napoleon Hill personally interviewed the world’s most successful achievers and analysed the common characteristics which lead to their success. The book has been dubbed the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature” and has been updated for the 21st century so is as relevant now as it ever was.

Why you need to read this book:

Think And Grow Rich lays out your journey to wealth by leveraging the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. It instils in you the mindset required to succeed in everything you do.

You’re encouraged to keep reading, to seek the secret to success, as more and more of the secret is revealed in each chapter. You’ll learn how achievement actually occurs, plus a formula for it, which allows any average person to attain success in whatever they put their mind to.

“Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can be achieved” Napoleon Hill

2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!

By Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter

Rich Dad Poor DadKiyosaki wrote about what he learned from the two key men who impacted his formative years. His real father was a highly educated man who earned a good salary, but was never financially sound. His other ‘Dad’ was his best friend’s father who was a high school drop-out, turned self-made multi-millionaire. His poor dad’s lifelong monetary problems contrasted with the abundant life lead by his rich dad.

This book is timeless and is essential reading for anyone who harbours private or negative attitudes about money. The issues it tackles sound complicated, but they’re explained in a way a teenager would understand.

Why you need to read this book:

Sadly, most people don’t know the difference between money and wealth, or the difference between and asset and a liability, or what those differences mean to you. All will be revealed when you invest a few short hours to read this book.

In a nutshell, wealth does not come from the supposed security of job with a pay packet where you exchange your time for an hourly rate which is set by someone else. Wealth comes from something that generates money, which will continue to do so even if you’re not around. So an online business with high revenues and low costs, a property with rent higher than a mortgage and maintenance costs, a creative work that brings in royalties.

Wealthy people know the difference between an asset and a liability. An asset is anything that generates money and puts it in your pocket, like an online business. A liability is anything that takes money out of your pocket. So things you might think are assets (your home, your car, your expensive sport or hobby kit) are most probably liabilities. The co-authors provide this necessary financial education in a story-like, straight–talking, easy-to-read manner.

3. Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities!

by Sharon L. Lechter and Greg Reid

Three Feet From GoldSo Sharon Lechter is co-author of bestselling Rich Dad Poor Dad, is a very successful accountant in America, is driven by making children financially aware, and was asked by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to co-author this book.

We were privileged to meet Sharon in London in 2013 – we found her passion to be infectious and admired her ability to keep explanations simple, so we went and bought this book, plus another of her books called Outwitting The Devil.

Why you need to read this book:

Three Feet from Gold tells a compelling modern day story of a young writer who is tasked to interview high achievers, business leaders, and other influential figures, about the importance of persistently keeping at it to attain your goals.

The story uses well-known, inspirational, real-life stories to help you find your own personal Success Formula, to help you choose good counsel, and most importantly, to help you learn about never giving up.

4. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

by Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Work WeekTim Ferris tells an entertaining story about how he transitioned from being an underpaid office worker to becoming one of the New Rich (his term). In his simple, sharp, insightful writing style, he explains how to establish a profitable business step by step, how to build residual income sources in detail, and how to create heaps of free time to be free to do what you want to do.

Why you need to read this book:

If you’re looking to escape the 9-5 rat race or wanting to extricate yourself from the common trap of exchanging your time for money, so you can start creating the life of your dreams, then this book is for you. It provides a fresh approach on:

  • How to reduce your workload to the most essential tasks and become effective at everything you do
  • How to think differently than others and why common thinking doesn’t serve you
  • How to start a profitable business (online) without a large investment
  • How to avoid costly mistakes in business

Tim genuinely wants to help you quit your frustrating circumstances and start living life on your terms – that is, working where you want, how often you want, and with who you want.

5. Living A Laptop Lifestyle: Reclaim Your Life By Making Money Online (No Experience Required)

by Greg and Fiona Scott

Living A Laptop LifestyleThis book is the pivotal next step, following hot on the heels of The 4-Hour Work Week, which explains how and why the internet is the very best vehicle to leverage to achieve time freedom.

It’s a best seller, it’s highly rated on Amazon, and it’s been a finalist in three international book awards.

Why you need to read this book:

Of course, we’re biased – but we wrote the book to open people’s eyes to the alternatives an online business can provide. If you have a computer, an internet connection, and a passion, you’re already standing on a mountain of value. We’ve prepared a pragmatic, vital guide on how to make the most of it.

Each chapter is composed to suit the budding entrepreneur in you – to take you from the very basics of getting started, right through to creating your very own website, and generating a sustainable income online.

Here’s what Brian Tracy said about Living A Laptop Lifestyle:

“This amazing book shows you how to quickly tap into the technology at your fingertips, increase your income, simplify your life, and achieve all your goals.” Brian Tracy

6. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard

Who Moved My Cheese?We’ve included this book as it’s a quick read, and is a quirky wee story (which does involve mice – though not computer mice), but delivers a powerful lesson: how to deal with unexpected change, whether in careers, relationships, health, or family life.

Why you need to read this book:

Have you ever lost a job, or had a relationship fall apart, or fallen ill unexpectedly – and can you remember how you felt and how you reacted to the situation? It’s sometimes easy to believe it’s the end of the world as many people are fearful of change. But the message in this book is clear: learn to see change as the start of something new rather than the end of something you’d probably taken for granted.

It sounds crazy, but we’re grateful we lost our jobs back in 2009, because we were forced out of necessity to change. We’d become blaze about job security and thought we’d never be laid off, but the reality is, it can happen to anyone. We learned that embracing the change and breaking through your fears makes you free – and that’s what this book teaches too.

“If you do not change, you can become extinct.”

7. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

by Brian Tracy

Eat That FrogWe’ve included this book for three reasons:

  1. we love Brian Tracy’s stuff (and the fact he endorsed our book),
  2. procrastination is a huge problem for a LOT of people. Successful people get stuff done, so there’s no room for putting off tomorrow what can be done today
  3. it’s another short, quick read which provides the 21 most effective ways to conquer procrastination and achieve more.

Why you need to read this book:

Do you want to get organized, simplify your life, and have that much prized time freedom?

This concise book doesn’t cover psychology of procrastination; instead, it covers stuff like motivation and reasoning for determining your priorities, delegating and/or eliminating some tasks, knowing what things are okay to procrastinate about, and which ‘frog’ (your biggest, ugliest task that will get you the greatest results) to tackle first each morning.

This book will help you develop habits and skills of accomplishing more than the average person, and in less time too – which is part and parcel of living a laptop lifestyle.

8. Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires

by Esther and Jerry Hicks

Ask And It Is GivenIn progressing your self-development, we recommend you read Ask And It Is Given. It’s a philosophical book which offers an explanation of the connection between the power of thought and reality, and how we’re each in control of what we have, are and do. In other words, there’s no such thing as ‘fate’ or ‘the gods’ directing your life, as it’s all in your hands to live exactly as you wish.

The teaches you to manifest your desires, which we first thought was ‘a bit woo woo’ but that’s just because we didn’t really and truly understand exactly what it’s all about. But, to be honest, we were probably manifesting anyway – we just didn’t realise that’s what it was called!

Why you need to read this book:

Wouldn’t you like to ask and it is given to you on a plate?

Because success in whatever you’re doing starts within you – it’s in your hands (or your positive thinking mind) – and that’s exactly what the book ‘Ask and It is Given’ will help you achieve. Success!

It helps you to change the way you think and the way you view the world so you can get what you want, and have the success you deserve.

The best part – are the 22 Processes that make up half the book!

9. How To Get Lots Of Money For Anything Fast

by Stuart Lichtman and Joe Vitale

how to get lots of money for anything fastPLEASE don’t judge this book by the title – it’s not what it sounds! It’s way more powerful than it sounds.

Consider this introduction from Stuart Lichtman himself:

We’ve never met, but I know a couple of things about you:

[1]          No matter how much money you have now, you also have powerful abilities inside yourself that you are not taking full advantage of (yet)… and…

[2]          If someone told you about a new way to bring in a lot of money quickly – and it was legal and easy to do – you’d want to know more about it.

How do I know these things about you? This knowledge comes from years of experience with tens of thousands of people around the world. All kinds of people. And every one of them had hidden skills and talents they weren’t using nearly as powerfully as they could. What is more, once they knew about a secret (that I will tell you about today), their lives and their fortunes changed for the better – quickly and forever!

Stuart Lichtman has impressive credentials and delivers a tried and tested, practical, three step process which can transform your world and bring you all the riches you’ve ever dreamed of (this triggered our spam filters a bit, but also spurred our reading).

He says:

“I’ve proven this method will work by testing it on 50,000 people. Now you’re going to prove it will work for you.”

Why you need to read this book:

Seriously – you just do. Read this blog post of how it worked for us.

10. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

by Robert B. Cialdini

Influence: The Psychology of PersuasionCialdini studied persuasion and social influence at a graduate and postgraduate level at the University of North Carolina and at Columbia University, then spent thirty-five years rigorously undertaking evidence-based research, across many industries, to study what moves people to change behaviour. The resulting book explains the psychology of why people buy and why they say “yes”, but more importantly how to apply such knowledge legitimately in your marketing.

Cialdini found most human behaviour is automatic, which allowed him to come up with Six Principles of Influence or six “rules of thumb” of persuasion, then discusses how each principal can be used to persuade and influence others. It’s jam-packed with real world examples making it easy to appreciate, understand, and learn from.

Why you need to read this book:

You’ll learn the six universal principles of influence, and how to use them to become a skilled persuader – which is a must have skill for any entrepreneur. Also, you’ll understand how to defend yourself against other influencers – which is vitally important when you’re just starting out if you want to avoid going down lots of rabbit holes!!! (we’re speaking from experience here!)

So, there you have it

. . . our top 10 reads that will change your life forever, giving you the ability to control your time, finances and freedom.

Start reading, learning and achieving.

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