5 Life-Changing Books Every Successful Person MUST Read

The most successful people learn something new each day. Knowledge is endless and personal growth is continuous. Always seek more. When you choose to focus on growing yourself, it’s incredible what you are capable of doing.

There are so many inspirational and impactful books out there, but these 5 books have inspired and impacted me the most. I believe anyone and everyone should read these books. They are powerful, eye opening, and will teach you a variety of necessary skills in order to achieve long-term success in today’s world. I have provided a brief summary and personal analysis of each book, as well as the value I received from them.

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1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Stephen Covey

This book truly changed my life. It altered the way I viewed my values, principles and goals. Stephen Covey takes you step by step into understanding the value of focusing on your core center. Once you understand what you value, you can then establish goals for yourself and WHY you want to achieve each goal.

Covey also gives examples from his life about the value of being ‘principle centered’. He not only gives examples from his own personal family life, but also from friends and business relationships. Covey makes this book tough to set down. I was excited to pick it back up and read another chapter which taught another essential life lesson.

This book is a pure inspiration. It will help give you true direction for a meaningful, inspired and driven future.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

2) Emotional Intelligence 2.0 | Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

This is another book that deeply impacted my life and depth of understanding. Emotional Intelligence is something that should be focused upon in school. High schools and colleges don’t specifically emphasize why Emotional Intelligence is fundamental for self understanding and overall happiness. This book teaches you the value of understanding yourself as well as others around you. It further teaches you how to understand the entire scope of various situations.

As human beings we are driven by emotion. If you understand Why you feel the way that you feel, and Why you do the things you do, you’ll be able to better manage your emotions and your overall happiness. You’ll also be able to better connect with other people on a deeper level.

The four categories focused upon are: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management.

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3) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success | Carol S. Dweck

Ph. D. Carol Dweck teaches principles about why your mindset is so incredibly important. The way you think ultimately determines your level of success. Being positive and believing that you can accomplish your goals, as well as continuously grow yourself as a person, makes a huge impact on your life.

Dweck also brilliantly describes the difference between a ‘fixed mindset’ and a ‘growth mindset’. A fixed mindset is someone who believes they do not have the ability to improve their skills, even with practice. This mindset is very limiting and overall restrains your personal growth and success. In contrast, someone with a growth mindset can continuously improve who they are, as well as their skill set with a positive and dedicated outlook.

A growth mindset allows us to understand that humans do have the ability to grow and continuously develop personally and professional, no matter how difficult the challenge. If you want it, You Can Do It. Practice, Practice. Be Passionate and Dedicated.

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4) Never Eat Alone | Keith Ferrazzi

This book is a true masterpiece. Keith Ferrazzi (along with Tahl Raz) passionately teaches the power of relationships, networking and personal branding.

Ferrazzi tells the story of his life journey and rise to success. He sheds light upon his downfalls, challenges, and accomplishments. Ferazzi puts emphasis on Why People Matter Most. Those that help one another  and utilize the power of networking, ultimately get the farthest in the long-run. He also explains the value of being sincere with others, as well as transparent: Show Who You Are~Be Yourself~What you see is what you get.

Being Passionate and goal oriented is another huge key to success. He describes his goal setting process and also explains why writing down your goals is essential. Overall, this book will teach you a variety of necessary skills everyone needs in this transitioning and connected world. Relationships Matter Most.

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5) Renegades Write the Rules | Amy Jo Martin

Social Media is one of the most powerful tools for marketing, branding and truly connecting with others. We are now in a very connected and digital age. Our online presence and connection with others is imperative for today’s success. An incredibly powerful book that explains the deep value of social media is titled: Renegades Write the Rules, by Amy Jo Martin.

Martin is one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated entrepreneurs who skillfully utilizes social media. An incredible speaker, motivator and innovator, Martin inspires the world with her social media techniques and sincerity. Showing the person/people ‘behind the brand’ is vital. Humanizing your brand, whether you are a public figure, celebrity or a company, is a crucial factor towards connecting with others. Martin explains, “Social Media is more like the telephone, less like the TV…It is a dialogue more than a monologue.”

Martin utilizes Twitter with over 1.2 million followers, to connect and engage a vast amount of people. She even reaches out to her followers and thanks them. I felt honored to receive a personal DM from Amy Jo, thanking me for my support. Her book will truly open your eyes to the value of social media and how to utilize the power of connectivity.

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The Power of Passionate Goal Setting

What are you Passionate about doing and ‘Why’? What makes you Happy and ‘Why’? These are two vital questions that we all must ask ourselves.

Passion is essential for long-term success and overall happiness. But here’s the other flip of the coin: in order to achieve long-term success, you must not only be passionate but of course dedicated as well. Perseverance and hard work will help you achieve this long-term stability and continuous success over time.

Passionate goal setting is the true fuel for success!

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Perseverance without Passion | A goal setter with No Passion

If you want to reach a certain salary or standing in a company, for example, you could dedicate yourself to working hard to achieve this money value or image. But honestly, over time, most people will get burned out. Unless there is a deeper reason than money driving this hard work, they will eventually lose this dedication. As human beings, we are driven by what we feel, and achievement is something that should mean something to us. Passion for your achievement is vital for long-term success.

Have you considered ‘Why’ people reach that ‘mid-life crisis’? It’s often times because they re-question their actions and paths in life, as well as its meaning. Everyone has a passion and purpose, and it’s important to think about what legacy you’d like to leave behind. Passion for your goals will allow you to be more satisfied and happy with your achievements and life as a whole. But no matter how old you are, it’s Never too late to re-evaluate and re-establish your goals. Life is too wonderful to be anything less than our Best by allowing ourselves to truly enjoy our lives.

Passion without Perseverance | Passion with No Goal Setting

There are many people today that get caught up in an idea, with no plan of action to make it happen. It could be a great idea, but if you do not have specific goals set for yourself, this passion will go to waste in the long-term.

Make sure you utilize your passions and skills. Work hard at doing what you love, but also understand how important it is to be dedicated and a goal setter.

Learn the power of goal setting. Learn how to focus step by step on each individual goal that you set for yourself. But most importantly: Write Down Your Goals. When you have your goals written down on paper, they become more achievable; you can visually see what you want. Once you see what you want, you can create steps (small goals) that lead you in the right direction. Small goals are building blocks towards your overall ultimate, or long-term goals.

And who knows, your goals can change and adapt over time. But that is completely ok. As we grow, our ideas and creativity grow stronger. Or maybe your ultimate idea of success was actually as you had pictured it. In either case, keeping a list of written goals, daily/weekly will help you to fully achieve and utilize your potential.

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Passion + Perseverance | Passion and Goal Setting

When you are both Passionate and Dedicated to achieving your goals, it’s almost an unstoppable force. Those that understand and utilize the power of goal setting can achieve high set goals. They understand that achievement is a continuous process and long-term success is consistent dedication.

Further, the main reason people are able to consistently dedicate themselves goal after goal, is because they truly ENJOY what they are doing. They know what they are passionate for, and they feel that they have a purpose in life and as a person as a whole.

Another Key Tip to Success | FOCUS and minimize stress

Ever feel overwhelmed by your day ahead? Even when you have your goals and schedule written down, sometimes it may seem that there is so much to be done. BUT, here’s the key: FOCUS on your current activity.

When you’re working on a project, focus on that project. When you’re in a meeting, be in that meeting~don’t let your thoughts wander, stay focused. When you’re working-out, clear your mind and work out! When you’re having dinner with a friend, put away your phone and enjoy quality time with that person.

The list goes on, but the key to minimizing stress, is to focus on each given task. You’ll realize you actually have much more time than you think. Giving your full energy and attention to each goal during the day, will increase your potential and effort. When you finish one task, you can move forward on to the next. Of course, there may always be that exceptional phone call, text, or email you need to respond to, etc. And yes, there is always a time and place for multitasking; some jobs may require multitasking. But in general, plan ahead and Stay Focused.