Here’s another way to “plant” the right crops and to rid your mind of the “weeds” that are sure to spring up.
I start each day by putting the final touches on my daily to do list. It changes everyday, but some things stay the same. One of the items on my list Monday-Saturday is:
What that means is I will read ‘at least‘ 10 pages of a good book that day. Most of the time, I go a little beyond that. A good book is one that is going to stretch your mind and make you think a little differently. Currently I’m re-reading the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. I’m doing four webinars on it over the next several weeks, so I need a little refresher.
It’s also okay to read entertaining books along with the good books. Currently, I’m reading a mystery by Stuart Woods called “D.C. Dead.” It’s pure entertainment and puts me to sleep at night. So I usually have two books being read at a time.
Years ago, I heard someone say, “A man who can read, but who doesn’t, is no better than one who can’t.” Anyone can read 10 pages of a book a day. Regardless of your busy schedule, you can find the time for 10. If you just read the minimum 10, that would equate to 60 pages a week or about 270 pages a month. That’s the length of an average book. Do that each month for a year, and you’ve read 12 great books. If you pick the right books, it can, and probably will change your life!!!
Here is a quick list of some of my favorites:
- The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clayson
- The Law of Success – Napoleon Hill
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
- Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
- Linchpin – Seth Godin
- Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
- As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
- Love and Respect – Emerson Eggerichs
- The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
- Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stepven Covey
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
- Cashflow Quadrant – Robert Kiyosaki
- The Greatest Salesman in the World – Og Mandino
- First Break All the Rules – Marcus Buckingham
- Now Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham
- Good to Great – Jim Collins
- Developing the Leader Within You – John Maxwell
- The Five Levels of Leadership – John Maxwell
- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – T. Harv Eker
- The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
- The One-Minute Manager – Ken Blanchard
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Ken Blanchard
- Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson
- Getting Things Done – David Allen
Remember, your mind is fertile ground. What goes in the mind will come out. If you plant corn, tomatoes won’t sprout. Corn will!
Remember too that reading books like these will stretch your mind and make you a better conversationalists also!
No doubt, I have probably left out some of your favorites. Please send me your suggestions and I will add them to the list.