Reading a good book can make a lot of difference in one’s life. Many successful people are products of great books. Reading for me has been an integral part of my daily must-do list. I have been able to read scores of life-altering books. However, so far, seven of these have stood out for me in terms of delivery, practicability and insights.
The seven books, as highlighted below, will help you to perform at peak level, become more productive and experience inner transformation.
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg will help you to understand how habits shape results, why you do what you do, how to replace bad habits and simple strategies to develop success habits and keystone habits. The Power Habit is an enjoyable book to read. You will learn practical and scientifically proven ways to change some old habits or bad habits and replace them with new or good habits. The book will help you to develop success rituals and mindset.
- The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle deconstructs the diseases of the heart – fear and regret – and also reveals practical steps to live in the moment, be above any problem and begin to live life to the fullest in each moment. This book will give you a road map to realise and understand the essence of who you are as a human being and how you can achieve your full potential.
- The 5 AM Club, by leadership guru, Robbin Sharma, explains the need to start our day in a positive and productive manner by making the best use of the first few hours of the day to develop our spirituality (soulset), our emotion (heartset), our physical body (healthset) as well as our brain (mindset). Sharma, in his usual fun, story-telling style, helps the reader understand the need to start their day well everyday.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki, is a self-help book on financial intelligence that demystifies many issues concerning money and prosperity. Using the mindsets of both his real father (Poor Dad) and his friend’s father (Rich Dad), Robert explains why financial success is a mindset and not by background.
- The 80/20 Principle, by Richard Koch, reiterates the power of priority. It reveals the importance of focusing on results over action, productivity over activity and performance over busyness. It is a practical step to achieve maximum productivity and peak performance in various areas of life.
- Unlimited Memory, by Kevin Horsley, shares how powerful the brain is to learn and remember information, if we learn how to learn in the right way. The author, who is a grandmaster of memory, shares simple but useful strategies to learn faster, retain information and be more productive.
- Life Is Short But It’s Really Worth It, by Sesan Kareem, reminds the reader about how short the journey of life is, why they need to live a life of meaning and purpose and how they can make each moment counts by understanding the real purpose of life. It is recommended for anyone who aspires to live a good life and leave a worthy legacy behind.
I have read the entire chapters of these books, at least, once, while I have studied a few of them repeatedly. They inspire, energise and guide me to understand myself better and become a better version of me. I believe the time and effort invested in reading these books will be worth it. If reading any of the above listed books impacts your performance and quality of results positively in the nearest future, kindly reach out to me to let me know. I will be glad to hear from you.
ACTION PLAN: Identify three out of the above books that connect to your need and next level of growth as a leader. Get a copy or download online, and invest time to digest and apply their content.
AFFIRMATION: I am open to learning, reading and growing. I am blessed and highly favoured.
Sesan Kareem is the Founder of HubCare Health, www.hubcarehealth.com and the Principal Consultant of Sesan Kareem Institute, www.sesankareem.com.ng. HubCare recently launch Manly, a digital health clinic for men.