All of us have different answers to this question. Our answer is also different at different stages of our lives. Theoretically, success may be defined as an achievement of a goal or fulfilling a purpose. But in reality, the meaning of success differs for each of us.
So, the real question is, how do you define success? Have you fallen short of your expectations of success? Have you been struggling to hit your goals? We’ve all been there. And there are many things you can do to get back on your journey to success. And reading books is our top recommendation. Note that the books we've picked are not conventional. They vary from the lists you are used to seeing. Since we believe that success means different things to different people at different times in their lives, we've tried to pull in a mix of books.
We love books. So much so that we wrote a whole article on why we love them.
But to sum it up, here are some reasons why we recommend reading books on success:
You get to create your vision. When you read books, you take the front seat in creating your vision. When you read the words, you imagine the possibilities that are available to you. When you watch a video, you are inadvertently looking at someone else’s rendition of the content.
You can go at your own pace. Read and re-read parts that speak to you.
Books are tactile. You get to experience and live the books when you read them. Your tactile senses are involved in the process of reading.
They are well thought out and researched. The entire experience is engineered to give you insights and propel you to act (in this case, to be successful).
There are so many books written on every topic, that you are bound to find something that resonates with you.
10 books that will help you climb your mountain of success
There are many books written on success, however, here, we’ve narrowed it down to 10 books on success that we absolutely love.
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
Just as the title of the book conveys, the book is about the psychology that drives our financial decisions. Morgan says that reading and learning about the financial market and investments can only give us so much information. Success in these situations comes from practical experiences and the actual implementation of this knowledge. The financial markets may have some theories backing them up but there are no fixed rules by which they function. They are fluctuating every day. Sometimes, we may make the best decision according to theory and what the books may have taught us, but it may not be the best decision for that situation practically. This book teaches us about the true psychology behind making money through the financial markets and how our decisions are driven by our experiences.
Published on the 8th of September 2020, the book is a new age book applicable to current scenarios and is very relatable. Consisting of 252 pages, it is a relatively fast read. It also has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon and is one of the best sellers. The book is a must-read.
In his book, Kiyosaki discusses the life lessons that he learned from his two fathers. One of them grew up in a rich household with good educational qualifications and another in a modest household and no college degree. Kiyosaki says that money isn’t the ultimatum. It is not the sole measurement of how rich a person is. He writes about the need to break free from the rat race and explore different options in life while still staying safe with the finances. In his book, he covers topics such as safe investing, financial independence, greed, life skills, and more. This book is also a quick read, often one of the first books for those diving into understanding their finances or starting their businesses.
The book was first published in 1997 and the revised edition was published on April 11, 2017. The book consists of 336 pages.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
This book talks about the untapped potential of our minds, and how we can make the most of it.
Murphy explains that our subconscious mind is responsible for various thoughts, dreams, desires, or decisions we make. Our minds have the potential to take us to great heights, we just have to learn how to master our minds and take charge of our lives. This book helps us to understand our bodies, minds, and our behavior patterns better, which can assist us in leading a more successful life. By mastering our subconscious mind, we can also master our careers, relationships and have immense spiritual and personal growth.
This book has been a best seller since 1963 and ever since then, various revised editions have been published. It has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon.
Former monk (Indian), writer, podcast host, and lifestyle coach, Jay Shetty has done a magnificent job writing this book. Shetty's book is a collection of experiences and teachings he learned throughout his years as a monk in India. The book talks about the importance of a rational and positive mindset on the road to overcoming struggles and achieving success. Jay writes about how negative thoughts are nothing but hindrances and barriers to our ultimate goal. He guides the readers on how to find their purpose in life. The book is a wonderful insight into important topics such as life, spirituality, manifestation, career, and positivity.
Published first on the 8th of September 2020, this book is another new-age book on success. It consists of 320 pages and has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a book based on the true-life incidents of the author. Mitch spends every Tuesday morning with his old dying Philosophy teacher who teaches different lessons to him each week. They cover various philosophies every Tuesday and discuss topics such as life, death, love, marriage, and forgiveness. It is a book of life lessons and is indeed a stirring one. The book teaches us the importance of having a purpose in life and looking for the bigger picture. It’s a short read but is sure to stay and linger with you after you finish reading. It’s a must-read for all and the beauty of the book is that it is an absolute delight to re-read, starting at any page. The book is enriched with wonderful lessons on living.
Tuesdays With Morrie was first published in 1997 and has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Another interesting psychological read, this book is essential to success. We live in a society and in most cases, our definition of success is closely tied to the people around us. This book is a guide to building meaningful connections with people. Human interactions play a crucial role in our lives and are required at every stage.
The book was first published in 1936 and still continues to be a classic. It has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon and consists of 288 pages.
Most people think our job ends with earning and saving money. However, that’s where the actual work starts. For money to grow, we must invest it, nurture it, and help it to grow. This is exactly what The Intelligent Investor teaches us. The book gives us lessons on how to save and invest rationally. It is a beginner’s guide to the stock market and other financial markets. In his book, Graham highlights the importance of taking calculated decisions while investing on the basis of proper market research and theory. This is a must-read if you’re looking into future investments.
The book was first published in 1949 and consists of 640 pages. It has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon.
Imagine making a hasty decision while deciding on a business model or imagine taking forever to decide what clothes you want to wear. It’s not practical, right? This book by Daniel Kahneman tells us the benefits of thinking fast and slow in various situations. He tells the readers how there is a good time to make fast decisions and when we must take our time with certain decisions. The book covers topics such as intuition, fast learning, rationality, and even behavioral economics. Daniel teaches us how to weigh the pros and cons in order to make better and more informed decisions for ourselves.
The book was first published on the 25th of October 2011. It has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon and consists of 499 pages. Do grab this book when you’re in the mood to read thought-provoking psychology.
Iyengar founded the legacy of the Iyengar Institute in India. His style of yoga training specializes in Hatha Yoga with immense details paid to form and correction of postures. In his book, Iyengar gives us a detailed guide to several Yogic postures as well as Yogic cleansing techniques. He explains to his readers how Yoga is not just any exercise or stretching routine. It is a way of living.
In the book, Iyengar talks of the various aspects of Yoga and discusses important topics such as spirituality, meditation, the Yogic breath, non-violence, the right way of living, devotion, faith, and the importance of finding our purpose in life. This book provides us with a wonderful insight into the vast world of Yoga. Being a rather heavy read, it is a book you’d want to read bit by bit over a long period of time and always get back to it for reference. It teaches us a way of life unknown to several and you’ll be surprised how you can discover new meanings every time you re-read the same thing.
The book was first published in 1966 and has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. It consists of 545 pages.
Like we said earlier, success is a very subjective term. It means different things to different people. However, in order to lead a life in its truest sense, we must strive for growth in various aspects of our lives. It is important to look at the bigger picture in life and strive for larger goals.
Books can help us raise our consciousness and strive towards the bigger picture. In this article, we have provided a brief of several life-changing books, but now, it’s your turn to read them and implement change. Be inspirational starting today.