Read These 4 Books Today to Remain Motivated 39

Read These 4 Books Today to Remain Motivated

This is a guest post by Rose Martin.

A great book can be your best friend and the best source of motivation and inspiration.

Whether you want to cope with a broken relationship or give your child a good upbringing, reading can help.

You don’t always need to head to the ‘Bestsellers’ section for an amazing reading experience. The acknowledged classics often give life lessons that can take you a long way.

The secret to good reading is to pack your bookshelf with a myriad of genres – business, marketing, creative, inspirational, fiction, history, and more. Good books help you come up with ideas, tactics, and habits that take you towards success.

If you want to feel the true essence of life, pull out a book of your choice, switch off all your digital gadgets, open up a bag of popcorn, and find a calm and cozy place where you can immerse yourself in a different world.

Here are four books that can be good sources of motivation and help you evolve as a human being:

1. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho.

“This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.”

The Alchemist is an enchanting novel by Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho.

The story is about a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago, who travels from Spain (his homeland) to Egypt in search of treasure buried in a pyramid.

When traveling, he meets a number of people – a gypsy woman, a man who calls himself King and an alchemist, all of who help him with the direction to his destination. As Santiago travels, the journey that started with an urge to find worldly goods turns into a sojourn of self-discovery.

The story is about the power of our dreams to transform us and the importance of listening to our heart.

2. The One Thing by Gary Keller.

If you have been looking for a good book that will help you become a successful human being, ‘The One Thing’ is a must read.

It is one of the best self-improvement books you can find in bookstores. It tells readers about the importance of focusing on ‘one thing.’ The secret to success is in simplifying the workload by focusing on doing the one most important task in any given project.

Gary Keller also reveals the one thing that turned Keller Williams Realty, Inc. into the largest real estate company in the world.

It also provides a number of productivity tips to aspiring entrepreneurs, which relate to:

In his book, he also analyzes how multitasking has been erroneously praised as a desirable trait. If you are struggling to achieve the ‘goal of your life,’ read this book without any further delay.

3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”

Want to become a millionaire? You need to decode the thought processes and behaviors of millionaires that have led to their massive success. Napoleon Hill interviewed “40 millionaires” in his legendary book, Think and Grow Rich, to understand their perspectives (on work and life) and how they became successful.

Though the title of the book may make you think that it is all about increasing income, its content actually breaks the age-old belief that great wealth results from a combination of greed and luck.

According to the author, the philosophies taught in the book will help people succeed in any line of work and achieve their aspirations.

4. The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

Although fiction, the story of The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is set in New Jersey in the United States and chronicles the life of Oscar De León (nicknamed Oscar Wao), an overweight Dominican boy.

He dreams of finding true love, but fails severely as he is obsessed with science fiction and comic books. Further, he may never get what he wants in life. An ancient curse, fukú, has haunted his family for generations and doomed them to a life of imprisonment, torture, and tragic accidents.

The author presents the readers with a bewildering vision of the contemporary American era and reveals the amazing capacity of perseverance and the risk-taking ability of human beings in the name of love.

Conclusion

Regardless of the sphere of life we belong to, we often need motivation to keep going. Books can be the greatest source of motivation. Books are your best friends and reading them can be fun, not only because they empower you, but also because they inspire you to achieve all that you desire.

Whether you need to take life lessons and implement them or simply kill boredom, the books mentioned above are must-reads.

Do take time out of your busy schedules and get started!

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.