I’ve been reading 100 books per year on average during the past decade. So obviously I get the usual question of what books I recommend. Well here’s my top 5 favorite books of all times, books that I’ve read over & over, that I keep reading over the years, and that influenced me into who I am today.
1. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. One of the biggest bestsellers of all times. Napoleon Hill spent two decades analyzing over 500 successful men like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and John D. Rockefeller to discover how they did it. The result of Hill’s research is in Think & Grow Rich – 13 steps to achieve your goal, whatever it is. All other self-help books are just copies of Hill’s book first published in 1937. I also recommend Napoleon Hill’s “Keys to Success“
2. Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. Another bestseller and the only self-help book you’ll need next to “Think & Grow Rich“. Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon who was amazed that some patients still felt ugly after surgery. That’s when he discovered they also needed reconstruction work inside, their “self-image”. Everything about how to use the “mind-body” connection to achieve your goals, and how to feel confident about your body is inside this book.
3. Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. This book drives the point home that success in any field is not determined by genetics or talent but deliberate practice. Colvin uses examples from world class achievers like Tiger Woods, Jack Welch, Warren Buffet, Mozart to prove that they all got their through years of practice – the 10,000 hours rule. You’ll reexamine your beliefs about what it takes to succeed and supercharge your motivation after reading Colvin’s book.
4. Mastery by George Leonard. This book also stresses that practice is the secret to success in anything. Leonard explains that mastership never ends – you will never have perfect technique and be able to stop. Instead you’ll keep learning, improving, and hitting plateaus. The big point in Mastery is that plateaus are vital for improving your skills and that you therefore must start enjoying them instead of getting impatient or quitting like most guys do.
5. The Education of a Bodybuilder. This is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography until the mid 1970s. Everything on what took him to become the greatest bodybuilder of all times is in here – how he met his mentor Reg Park, how he trained using heavy compound exercises for years and how he dealt with distractions (girls, army) and an unsupportive environment (school, parents). The 2nd part of the book is training advice that is different from Reg Park’s 5×5 method Arnold used to get big – skip that.
Buy These books! You are NOT spending money when you buy books, you are INVESTING money. Napoleon Hill himself recommended to invest 10% of your income each month on education because that’s what he found successful men did. Most guys spend $0 on education, so it’s no wonder they never get anywhere. Unless you want to be one of them, buy books.