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Think and Grow Rich: This Book Could Be Worth a Million Dollars to You
By Napoleon Hill
If you had to choose one book to develop your mindset Think and Grow Rich is it. Despite the title, Napoleon Hill teaches readers way more than how to think about money. Andrew Carnegie endowed Napoleon Hill with the responsibility of writing a book on how to become a successful person and after researching the most successful people for 20 years, Think and Grow Rich was born. It teaches readers how to think, how to be successful and is one of the most transformational books out there. Read this book over and over until the principles are ingrained in your mind.
Meditations: A New Translation
By Marcus Aurelius
Meditations is a book of compiled journal entries written by the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelias. These entries were never intended to be published, which makes them all the more interesting because you are able to get inside the mind of such a powerful yet humble man who values restraint and self-discipline. His entries include his thoughts about living well, reminding himself to be a good man who makes moral decisions, and how to live a dignified life. The journal entries are thought-provoking and will inspire you to live a more principled life.
Get it: Meditations: A New Translation
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
By Carol S. Dweck
Psychologist Carol Dweck, Ph.D., has provided a comprehensible book full of insights around the difference between individuals with a fixed or a growth mindset. Success is not based on talent, intelligence or abilities, it is based on effort and those who have a growth mindset tend to achieve higher levels of success than those with a fixed mindset. The core notion of a growth mindset is that abilities are not fixed. As such, she empowers readers that a growth mindset can be developed and accentuates the importance of a growth mindset to achieve success in all areas of your life including business, sports, parenting, school and relationships.
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
By Tim S. Grover
Tim Grover has spent two decades training the greatest athletes of all-time including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and many other greats. In his book Relentless, he provides the insights of the mindset of exceptional human beings and what it truly takes to be relentless in the pursuit of big goals. He shares the essential personality traits to be the best and to achieve peak performance. It is inspiring, easy to read and may just be what you need to take yourself from good to great to the absolute best.
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
By Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday has the unique ability to apply ancient Stoic principles to modern day life. In The Obstacle is the Way he provides countless detailed stories of successful individuals who have faced challenges and have leveraged the very thing standing in their way to achieve success. Instead of facing adversity and giving up, Ryan Holiday inspires readers to change their perspective and to see adversity as a potential opportunity.
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius
By Donald Robertson
In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, Donald Robertson draws upon the principles of Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelias and offers advice of how to use his transformative insights to deal with modern challenges. By combining the philosophic principles of Stoicism with modern therapeutic techniques of psychology, Robertson teaches readers how to develop emotional resilience, overcome adversity and achieve fulfilment.
Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
By John Wooden
John Wooden is a former basketball coach who led the UCLA basketball team to 10 NCAA championships in 12 years. ESPN has named him the greatest coach of the 20th century. In this book he shares life lessons of achievement and success in addition to personal stories. He shares his core principles that focusing on effort, doing one’s best, and becoming a better player each day is more important than the outcome of winning.
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
By Geoff Colvin
In Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin explains that peak performance is not achieved by talent alone. Instead, peak performance is achieved by persistent, deliberate practice. It is the art of practice that will help you progress and learn from mistakes to achieve your goals. He has distilled the greatest insights from hundreds of research studies in addition to anecdotal evidence from business executives and organizations to provide answers to readers on how to improve performance and achieve success in one’s area of expertise.
“A wise man will be master of his mind, A fool will be its slave.”
– Publilius Syrus
“No person is free who is not master of himself.”
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
– James Lane Allen