Literature – A Must Read (pun intended)

Do you want to become wealthy beyond your wildest imagination?

Here’s how:

Find out what poor people are reading….and don’t read it.  

Here is an interesting fact

The average person reads 4 books each year. In 10 years – they have read 40 books (I’m really good at math).

Pew Research Center released their data on “American reading habits” (this study concluded that the average reader varies by demographics, but the above statement is pretty accurate – 40 books in 10 years for the average person)

Guess what else is pretty cool

If you were to read just 1 hour a day (and you were an averaged speed reader reading 200 wpm), you will have read 50, 200-page books in a year.

Interesting huh!

In the same 10-year time span you will have read 500 books (compared to the average reader’s 40 books)

That is an incredible 460 more books……. WOW!

If there were that many books on “basket weaving,” I think it would be an easy argument to suggest that you would have superior knowledge concerning “how to make baskets” than the “average person” – seems like a “no-brainer” doesn’t it?

Well, the same would hold true in any subject you chose to read about. You can become an expert in anything that you want to become an expert in – just by reading more than everyone else has concerning that subject.

What should I be reading

The important thing to consider is “what to read.” That depends on “what you want to be the expert on.”

Fictional books are good for you too!

The truth of the matter is this: Reading is good for you. That is not disputed by any expert in the field of research.

Why is reading so important

Readers are happier people

A study was conducted at the Center for Reading, Literature, and Society at the University of Liverpool, and it showed that readers that read just 30 minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness and satisfaction.

Just think what reading 30 minutes per day could do for you…. you’d be a happy clam for sure (although we’ve never seen a sad clam – but, just telling you that you’d be a “clam” doesn’t sound like a nice thing to say…so we added the word happy to it – “happy clam”)

Less Anxiety or DepressionThe Reading Agency research says that people who read experience less depression and anxiety (compared to those who don’t). Reading has been linked to preventing depression and even dementia compared to watching TV or being consumed by social media.”

More Empathy and Tolerance Scientific research says that the act of opening our minds through reading shifts wiring and network connectivity in the brain. readers have:

  • More life experiences
  • More respect for themselves and others
  • More tolerance of other cultures and other views
  • More depth of knowledge
  • Higher self-esteem

Less Pain

A study on the positive effects of literature on pain management was conducted by  Broadgreen University Hospitals, in the U.K.

The study concluded that reading eased emotional pain (isolation and depression).

The study also concluded that reading reduced physical pain awareness – this goes back to “you can’t focus on two things at the exact same time”.

Mental decline

The Alzheimer’s Research center in the UK concluded that people who stimulate their minds by reading score higher on memory tests

We have compiled a list of books that were written to assist you on your personal development journey. Many of these on our list have been credited (publicly) for changing people’s lives – and they will certainly have a positive impact on yours.

Here is our collection of personal development books that are highly recommended by everyone, including us:

  1. Relax into wealth by Allen Cohen
  2. The Bhagavad-Gita
  3. Mastery by Robert Greene
  4. The Game of Life and How To Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn
  5. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  6. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  8. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
  9. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  10. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  11. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
  12. Drive by Daniel H. Pink
  13. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  14. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  15. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  16. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  17. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
  18. The Richest Man in Babylon George Clason
  19. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  20. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  21. The Psychology of Winning by Dennis Waitley
  22. Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson
  23. Change your voice change your life by Morton Cooper
  24. Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
  25. Your Brain at Work by David Rock
  26. Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge
  27. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  28. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
  29. Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt
  30. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  31. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  32. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  33. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  34. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  35. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  36. The science of fear By Daniel Gardner
  37. The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  38. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
  39. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Peale
  40. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
  41. The Richest Man in Babylon George Clason
  42. All you can do is all you can do but all you can do is enough by A.L. Williams
  43. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  44. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
  45. Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins
  46. How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People by Les Giblin
  47. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  48. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  49. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
  50. The Charisma Myth by Olivia F. Cabane
  51. Visualfestation – Peter Adams         
  52. The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV
  53. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  54. Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
  55. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
  56. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
  57. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  58. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu 
  59. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
  60. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  61. The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  62. Time Power by Brian Tracy
  63. Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
  64. Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
  65. See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar
  66. The Warrior Within by John Little
  67. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  68. The Social Animal by David Brooks
  69. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
  70. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  71. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  72. The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
  73. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
  74. Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  75. Feel the Fear… And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
  76. Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson
  77. Super intelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  78. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  79. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  80. The magic of thinking of thinking big by David Schwartz
  81. Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff
  82. The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield,
  83. Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
  84. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
  85. Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
  86. The Republic by Plato
  87. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie 
  88. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  89. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Reading has many benefits. Including becoming the “expert” in any field you wish to become the expert in

Reading has also been shown to

  • Reduces stress
  • Increases memory
  • Increases vocabulary which makes you an effective communicator
  • Increases focus
  • Increases concentration

How to Read More Books

  • Make it a habit: schedule it (before bed etc.)
  • Always have your book with you: waiting at the doctor’s office. Standing in line.
  • Read books that really interest you: one way to ensure you will want to finish reading them.
  • Listen to audio books: you can even read in the car these days.
  • YouTube – this is a great way to listen to a book and it’s free. All you need is a Bluetooth compatible pair of headphones, and you can listen to a book anytime and anywhere.
Let us know in the comments below if you have read a great book that is not on our list.
Also, tell us if a book that you have read has had an impact on your life – we want to hear that too!









Author: Philip Isaac

Philip Isaac is the founder of Electrified Mind. He is determined to reach the highest level of personal development as humanly possible by interacting with other world leaders through the Electrified Mind Podcast and absorbing all the knowledge they have to offer (you should join him). His overwhelming desire to make other people feel how he feels about life, drives him.

Philip Isaac

Philip Isaac is the founder of Electrified Mind. He is determined to reach the highest level of personal development as humanly possible by interacting with other world leaders through the Electrified Mind Podcast and absorbing all the knowledge they have to offer (you should join him). His overwhelming desire to make other people feel how he feels about life, drives him.

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