How To Read Like a Billionaire

Remember when your parents would drag you to the library on Saturday mornings?  You’ve dealt with enough books at school. Why would you need to stuff your face with more?

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Your parents may be on to something. Billionaires like Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey carry a trait that has made them super successful: reading.

So, how do you do it?

How to Read Like a Billionaire

1. Make time to read

You may not have three hours of reading to spare, and that’s okay.  Give yourself at least 30 minutes a day to read an enriching book.

2. Read for answers

The difference between rich people who read and everybody else is the content they absorb. Most readers read for pure pleasure. Those with higher incomes read for further self-education and application.

Elon Musk’s inspiration for Space X came from rocket science books. Of course, a few sci-fi adventures made it into the list.

3. Read more

There’s no harm in reading more than required. Nobody’s stopping you. What do you want to know? The more you learn, the better.

Billionaires’ Reading Habits

Billionaires today have massive literary appetites.

Other billionaire readers include Charlie Munger, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Dorsey, David Rubenstein, and Mark Zuckerberg.

 21 Reading Recommendations

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Here are 21 personal recommendations to develop your billionaire mindset:

  1. The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  2. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone (review)
  3. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone (review)
  4. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  5. Deep Work by Cal Newport (review)
  6. Hustle by Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler, and Peter Vlaskovitz (review)
  7. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz (review)
  8. Mastery by Robert Greene (review)
  9. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (review)
  10. Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins
  11. The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan (review)
  12. Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff
  13. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (review)
  14. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (review)
  15. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  16. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (review)
  17. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  18. Think and Grow Rich for Women by Sharon Lechter
  19. Think Like Zuck by Ekaterina Walters
  20. Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets by Mary Buffett & David Clark
  21. Your Internet Cash Machine by Joe Vitale & Jillian Coleman Wheeler (review)

Do you read like a billionaire? Which books have upgraded your life?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Mental Chemistry” by Charles F. Haanel


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  • Title:  Mental Chemistry (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Author: Charles F. Haanel
  • Publication: Wilder Publications (December 18, 2008) *orignally published in 1922*
  • Genre: Self-help, New Age/Metaphysical
  • Pages: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Purchased
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

I’ve found Mental Chemistry at Barnes & Noble with its unusual cover. By then, I knew the book covered some deep matrix-y subjects, and it did.

The basis of Mental Chemistry: our minds reflect the Universal Mind and the Universal Mind is the source of everything. In more simple terms, our mind is the microcosm, and the Universal Mind is the macrocosm. A quote from Nikola Tesla comes to mind:

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“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe, there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration.”

We can create abundance since we channel the source of everything. We are infinite beings. The ability to manifest endlessly is in our hands, but we barely use it.

Mental Chemistry reminds me so much of Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich. Both Haanel and Wattles speak of bringing down abundance from an invisible higher source.

 I’ve written down many valuable notes from reading Mental Chemistry. Here are nine takeaways you can use in your life.

 Nine Takeaways from Mental Chemistry

  1. Those who acknowledge their thoughts are infinite have great power.

 Think about those who are always making something new: Elon Musk, the fellas behind Apple, Nintendo, and more.

Oprah Winfrey is a great example of an unlimited creator. She is an actress, philanthropist, and a former TV show host with dozens of books and magazines under her name. All Oprah has put out in the world represents the countless treasures from her mind.

  1. Thought is more valuable than all the gold in the world

If you repeatedly work on manifesting your ideas, money will follow. What’s stopping you?

  1. Every thought becomes a physical thought

Without thought, where would we be? Depending on external circumstances to give you your desire is only a disservice to yourself. Put action into your thoughts, and your desire will appear.

  1. Mental currents are real

Your thoughts are like radio signals. You get whatever you’re turned to. Whether you think of positive or negative thoughts, the people and the events will come to you.

  1. Thoughts + Action = Harmony

Manifestations come to life when your actions mirror your thoughts. For example, you must exercise and eat clean daily to lose weight. You won’t get your dream body by simply thinking about it.  You must pick up the healthy habits for your dream body to manifest.

  1. Abundance is the natural law of the universe

Abundance is everywhere. Think of all the stars in the sky, the published books, and the ideas discussed in this world. Take note you too can create your own abundant universe.

  1. What you think creates happiness

This may sound cheesy, but happiness truly comes from within, not from the Rolls-Royce or the $50 million home. Happiness comes from knowing you have an infinite mind. Therefore, you can be creating everything you want from nothing.

  1. Be creative, and you’ll be successful

Whoever claims writers, painters, and other creative people will never make money have no clue of their real power. Everybody is born with unlimited creativity. How much you tap into it determines your success.

  1. The three keys of creativity: imagination, visualization, and concentration.

Use these three traits daily, and you’ll find yourself in some wonderful places. J.K. Rowling made sure she got her little story about a young wizard was finished. Look where her imagination has taken her.

Conclusion

Mental Chemistry reminds readers to take control of the power that lies within their minds. Haanel wants you to realize how powerful you are. Your mind is your superpower.

Have you read Mental Chemistry or any other book from Charles F. Haanel?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Do Less, Get More” by Shaa Wasmund

 

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Do Less, Get More by Shaa Wasmund (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Do Less, Get More is a great match for overwhelmed, busybody readers. You’ll learn how to make room for what’s truly important in your life and map out your goals. Sometimes I feel like twenty-four hours isn’t enough time in a day to accomplish my personal projects. I’ve read Do Less, Get More to expand my limited beliefs. I can’t stand staring at the ceiling at night when I should be sleeping thinking about all the things I wish I’ve done.

First of all, priority is important. What matters the most to you should be first on your to-do list. Shaa Wasmund points out that people tend to mix the important tasks with the trivial. Think watching the latest recorded season of Scandal in the morning is more important than that 5k training? You’ll thank yourself if you start running first.

Your goals should always be your highest priorities. Maintaining focus is key to making your goals come true. Let’s say you want to read more books in a monthly basis. Cut out all the distractions and set your reading goals on paper immediately!

Mind maps come in handy for setting goals. These maps are used to plan step-by-step action towards your goals. Here’s an example of a mind map:

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and other one on time management:

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There’s an entire site full of these visual planners on mindmapping.com where you can create your own mind map and gain inspiration from others (with a 30-day free trial).

Without having to pay fancy mindmap software, I’ve created my own with basic Microsoft paint. The topic: “Writing More”.

Mind Map

Here’s how it’s broken down:

Mind Map: “Writing More!”

  • Blogging
    • WordPress
      • 500+ word content: I noticed I’ve been writing blog posts ranging around 250-300 words so I’m changing the habit to writing content at least 500 words. Sure, short content is good but bigger content with more quality is better.
      • Post schedule: Creating a post schedule can be a great for any consistent blogger posting content on time. This habit helps keep me on track of my posts I’ve created like the “Manga Mondays”.
      • Write new content ninety minutes a day: Creating post drafts non-stop for ninety minutes without any distractions has certainly taken me farther than before as a blogger.
  • Scripts
    • Plays
    • TV
    • Movies
    • “Fan-Based”:  Fanfiction in screenwriting form.
  • Time
    • Mornings: As soon as I wake up!
    • Weekends
    • Free time before & after work
  • Journal Time
    • Carry everywhere: To make sure I have done some form of writing, I take my journal with me everywhere just in case I haven’t done so at home.
    • Dream journaling: So far, I’ve written over a thousand dream entries figuring out the dream symbolisms I’ve encountered in my dreamworld.
    • Pour out feels:  Whenever I’m feeling ecstatic or upset about something, pouring these feelings out on paper is best.

Overall, the lesson I’ve picked up from Wassmund’s book is keeping my eyes on the prize. Focus equals tremendous progress! Since reading this book, I’ve made a week trial starting the day with my top three priorities: exercise, writing, and reading. I always do these first before going on Tumblr or checking my e-mail. My habits have changed since I’ve switched my routine.

Thanks, Wasmund!

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Have you read this book?

Which productivity books have changed your daily routine?

BOOK REVIEW: “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz

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The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • TitleThe Magic of Thinking Big
  • Author: David J. Schwartz
  • Publication: Touchstone (Oct. 6, 2015) *first published: Apr. 2, 1987*
  • Pages: 320
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

I’ve certainly felt the magic after reading David Schwartz’s The Magic of Thinking Big. This book contains encouraging messages to smile more, think positive, and focus on success instead of failure.

Fun fact for Georgia natives: the author was a marketing and psychology professor at Georgia State University!

I found Schwartz’s book to be a helpful guide to stop thinking small and receiving lame expectations because of it. It’s one of those books you can read whenever you feel like all hope is lost whether it be your career, relationships, whatever. Schwartz’s offers friendly reminders throughout the book to believe yourself and take action. Everybody needs a little encouragement.  Life can suck sometimes but your thoughts can change that. I believe reality is a projection of our very thoughts. Reading Thinking Big has helped me improve mines.

Have you read this book? What do you think of it: powerful or slightly cheesy and obvious?

BOOK REVIEW: “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The Power of Habit
  • Author: Charles Duhigg
  • Publication: Random House (Feb. 28. 2012)
  • Pages: 371
  • Genre: Business, Self-Help
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I thoroughly understand the basic cycle of habits and how I can modify them thanks to Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. Duhigg explains how habits run over very lives. When we have a desire, we proceed through a repeatable routine until we obtain it. An employee goes through a series a challenging assignments and promotions until the desired top position is fulfilled. A drug addict wants to get high so he takes LSD to achieve it. A bit extreme but it’s another example of a habit.

Duhigg presents real-life narratives and neat visuals how habits work and the changes made for better results. Life is made up of many habits.

 

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The Power of Habit is a highly applicable book. I recommend it for anybody who has any habits to change from”bad” to “ok” to “good” to “better”. Some days, I tend to play video games the first thing in the morning when I could be doing more productive tasks. I could be reading a new book, exercising, or cleaning my room. Nope, I must build a new house and tend to my wheat farm in Minecraft! That counter-productive routine has changed since Duhigg’s book. Now, I reward myself with Minecraft after doing my important duties first.

Thanks Charles Duhigg!

Have you read this book?