Do you know what one thing is that nearly all of the successful people in the world share in common? They read books. Almost every single person that has become a millionaire, started a successful tech company or achieved some other level of financial success learned from self-help books.
There must be something to the practice of reading them if they have been responsible for so many success stories. So, how do you choose self-help books that are going to give you the tools that you need to become successful? In this article, we’ll cover some strategies that will help you choose the best ones.
- Research the person that wrote the self-help book. One of the things that you’ll realize when you get into the self-help world is that there is no requirement that someone knows what they are talking about to write a self-help book. Make sure that the person that you are taking advice from has actually achieved some success in the field that you are considering.
- Keep things as simple as you can. You don’t need to read a hundred self-help books and formulate a plan that incorporates all of the advice that is given in them. Find something that works for you and then use it to reach your goals. The simpler a plan to achieve success is, the more chance of it working.
- Don’t be a leaf blowing in the wind. In other words, don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the current book that you are reading so much that you abandon whatever it is that you were currently doing to achieve success and start a brand new journey. Wait until you are sure that your current method isn’t going to work before you move on to a new one.
Get recommendations from others. People are always happy to give you a recommendation on which books they think you should read. If you can’t talk to someone you admire face-to-face, look for an interview or another resource that gives a list of the books that they have read or recommend. Many of the biggest entrepreneurs out there like Elon Musk and Bill Gates are happy to share with people the books that have helped them on their journey. Of course, if you can get a personal recommendation, then all the better.
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