Ready to start your 2016 with strong focus, action, and pure determination? Here are the ten influential books I’ve read last year that may help you this brand new year.
1. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
Studying the successful people of his era like Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill summarizes success into four basic steps: desire, belief, action, and persistence. With these four steps, you can achieve anything.
2. “Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success” by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill is awesome! He takes on an imaginary conversation with the devil. The devil is revealed to be our procrastination, our fears, and the roadblock of our daily goals. This book was published years after its originally planned publication in 1938 because it was deemed “too controversial” at its time.
3. “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
This book has changed the way I think about money and how I spend it. Robert Kiyosaki provides tips about money you wished you learned way back in high school. He certainly surprised me and angry (in a good way) because I learned more about the Pythagoras theorem back in high school than investing in myself! You can find my review about this book here.
4. “The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Everywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferris
Timothy Ferris has certainly taken advantage of what life offers him and shown me how I can do the same. After reading this book, I’ve gained valuable information to work more for myself instead of dedicating my entire soul to a limiting employer. I’ve become more comfortable with traveling around the world after learning it’s not an unreachable luxury exclusively reserved for the super rich.
5. “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason
In this book, you will follow simple Babylonian teachings about money, giving back, financial planning, and savings. Where was this book earlier in my life?
6. “Goals!” by Brian Tracy
You thought of an incredible idea only to forget about it a minute later. If only if you’ve written it down, you certainly would be more chill instead of pulling your hair out about it. Goals! will help you keep track of your ideas and goals with one simple trick: writing it down.
7. “Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Show Your Creativity and Get Discovered” by Austin Kleon
Creativity is one of the greatest gifts you can have as a human being. This book holds ten simple ways you can use your unlimited creativity for your greatest goals. This is a great book for artists of all types!
8. “Act Like A Success, Think Like a Success” by Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey was a homeless man living in his car before he became the renowned entertainer of today. I honestly had no idea he lived in poverty. His story reminds me of this quote from Buddha: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
9. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
A shepherd travels to Egypt to retrieve treasure only to discover there’s more to it than meets the eye. The Alchemist has shown me how much power in creating the reality I desire. This book is a permanent resident of my bookshelf.
10. “Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life” by Wayne W. Dyer w/ Kristin Tracy
What’s this? A children’s book?!
You can gain insight from a children’s book. Don’t hold yourself back because you think you’re too “adult” for it. This little treasure reminded me about unlimited thinking. If you have a dream, there’s no stopping to making it come true except for yourself!
11.”Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories” by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman
I highly recommended this one for screenwriters who are currently stuck in writers’ blocks. There’s more than one approach to screenwriting. You can succeed with your own style if you’re persistent enough. Reading inspiring stories from successful screenwriters like Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally), Shane Black (Die Hard), and Antwone Fisher (Antwone Fisher) will make you write so much more next year.
These are the books that have influenced me to do more in 2015. I hope they do the same for you in 2016. Have a happy new year!