I’m a bibliophile; what can I say? I thank my parents for the habit. I don’t want to imagine where I would be if I weren’t such a voracious reader.
Since I had created a book blog back in 2015, I’ve become an even bigger book nut. According to Goodreads, I’ve read over 1,000 books.
However, it wouldn’t be fair to tell you this. Most of the books were children’s books, comics, quick fiction, and short eBooks. Here, I’m talking about your standard adult non-fiction books. Technically, I read over 100 books in the past six years.
I’ve discovered my top favorite books are in the following categories: Finances, Metaphysical/New Age, Productivity, Self-Help, and Writing. I have learned immensely from them, and I hope they enhance your life too.
1. “The 10 Pillars of Wealth” by Alex Becker
“Moneymaking is…not like getting lucky on a slot machine or a lottery ticket. It’s not like winning a radio contest. It’s not rare or unlikely and it’s not about beating the odds. It’s not a situation where one person wins, and therefore thousands or millions of other people must lose. It is something that, if you do it over and over, focus with all of your energy, and adopt the mindset of a winner, you will become good at it…just like video games.”
Alex Becker started out working in the military before becoming a YouTuber and entrepreneur. I remember a video where he mentioned making money could be as simple as making money in video games. I thought: “How come it’s so easy making money in a virtual world than it is in reality?” The answer: focus. I switched mine and witnessed the change.
2. “The Millionaire Fastlane” by M.J. DeMarco
“A job seals your fate into a criminal time trade: five days of life traded for two days of freedom. A job chains you to a set grade of experience. A job takes away your control. A job forces you to work with people you can’t stand. A job forces you to get paid last. A job imposes dictatorship on your income. These limitations are counter-insurgencies to wealth.”
I found Millionaire Fastlane on a whim after reading a string of financial and entrepreneurship books. What stood out to me in this book was DeMarco’s brute honesty. DeMarco was a limo driver and despised it. He found a way to escape the “time for money” routine and gained freedom building businesses. I will always have The Millionaire Fastlane in my bookshelf whenever I need a good reminder to work my way up to the freedom I deserve.
3. “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
“The poor and the middle-class work for money. The rich have money work for them.”
The difference between liabilities and assets is one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned from Rich Dad, Poor Dad. This book has significantly changed my spending habits. Now, I’m obsessed with gaining as many assets in my life as possible.
4. “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles
“You must never think for a moment that the supply is limited. — Never look at the visible supply; always look at the limitless riches in the formless substance and know that they are coming to you as fast as you can receive and use them.”
The Science of Getting Rich taught me money is more than a physical substance. Technically, every one of us has an unlimited source of abundance within. It’s only a matter of learning how to bring it out into our physical reality.
1. “The Heremtica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs” by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy
“Everything exists as an idea within the Mind of God. He creates all things, in the same way that our own minds create thoughts. Just as the nature of mind is to think, so the nature of God is to create. This is not something he did at the beginning of time. He is doing it continuously. God is ‘constantly creating creation’, and will never stop.”
We are all born to be creators. Have you noticed full-time creators manage to live more freely than consumers? I’ve learned from The Hermetica’s ancient philosophy we can create anything we want. It’s our divine power. The universe created us to be creators.
2. “The Kybalion” by The Three Initiates
“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possess the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.”
The seven principles mentioned in The Kybalion: Mentalism, Correspondence, Vibration, Polarity, Gender, Rhythm, and Cause and Effect. After implementing these principles, life has never been the same. Mentalism is one of my top favorite principles. It states everything we see in our physical world is a manifestation of our non-physical world (our imagination). Imagination is a powerful tool not used often.
3. “The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham” by Esther & Jerry Hicks
“To better understand The Law of Attraction, see yourself as a magnet attracting unto you the essence of that which you are thinking and feeling. And so, if you are feeling fat, you cannot attract thin. If you feel poor, you cannot attract prosperity, and so on. It defies Law.
Esther Hicks channels an entity named Abraham. Through Abraham, people learn how to use the Law of Attraction to better their lives effectively. Thoughts are the key to how you live.
Since the early 2010s, I’ve been obsessed with the Law of Attraction (LOA) thanks to The Secret. Do I believe in all of it? I have some questions about certain things, but learning about this law has helped me produce a more positive lifestyle.
4. “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne
“Remember that your thoughts are the primary cause of everything.”
The Secret took me down to the Law of Attraction path, and I’ve never looked back. Thanks to this book, I’ve managed to manifest jobs, money, and other positive things. Honestly, I wouldn’t rely on this book entirely when it comes to practicing its techniques. The Secret is only a small slice in the LOA spectrum. However, it will stick with me forever.
5. “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall
“When the mob governs, man is ruled by ignorance; when the church governs, he is ruled by superstition; and the state governs, he is ruled by fear. Before men can live together in harmony and understanding, ignorance must be transmuted into wisdom, superstition into an illumined faith, and fear into love.”
Manly P. Hall is the man who has introduced me to the wonderful world of esoteric philosophy and occult knowledge. The Secret Teachings of All Ages is an encyclopedia of curious topics such as ancient pagan cults, alchemy, Gnosticism, and Hermes Trismegistus. I read the entire 500+ page book with no regrets. I freaking loved it!
6. “Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul” by Jane Roberts
“I am primarily a teacher, but I have not been a man of letters per se. I am primarily a personality with a message: You create the world that you know. You have been given perhaps the most awesome gift of all: the ability to project your thoughts outward into physical form.”
Like with Abraham and Esther Hicks, Seth channels through the body of Jane Roberts. Jane was nowhere interested in the paranormal until Seth came to her through an Ouija board (weird, right). Seth speaks many insightful words humanity needs to hear, especially how to use our thoughts. We are more than our human bodies.
7. “Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting” by Wayne Dyer
“The greatest gift that you were ever given was the gift of your imagination.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer was one of the many Law of Attraction teachers I discovered years ago. I watched many of his videos and read a couple of books, including Wishes Fulfilled. He did, in fact, say we are “all gods.” Controversial? Maybe. May Dyer rest in peace.
1. “The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure” by Grant Cardone
“As long as you are alive, you will either live to accomplish your own goals and dreams or be used as a resource to accomplish someone else’s.”
If you want to get more of what you want in life, you must do more (10x more). Grant Cardone has taught me obsession can be a good thing. It helped Cardone get out of living in a rut to working a multi-million-dollar real estate business. People may think you’re crazy, but you must focus on your dreams. The background noise from naysayers doesn’t matter.
2. “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport
“To produce at your peak level, you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction. Put another way, the type of work that optimizes your performance is deep work.”
Cal Newport speaks the truth. One of the biggest problems society has nowadays is distractions like social media and television. I, too, have fallen for it. I’ve implemented Newport’s advice putting myself into deep focus for two to three hours straight. I’ve felt like a true productivity goddess. Newport knows what he is talking about!
3. “Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual” by Jocko Willink
“We all want freedom in life. We want to be able to do what we want. We want to live free. But in order to get freedom, we have to work for it. Work hard. We have to earn that freedom. Freedom requires discipline. So even though sometimes discipline seems like it is trapping you and making you do things that you don’t want to do, discipline is the thing that will set you free. Discipline equals freedom.”
Discipline can be challenging. With so many temptations and distractions around us, it’s easy to fall into their traps. Discipline Equals Freedom has helped me whipped up my discipline in many areas, especially writing. Without discipline, you’ll end up going down a path to nowhere in life.
4. “The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Skills” by Daniel Coyle
“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes myelin, and myelin makes perfect.”
Talent is nothing more than your habits. It’s not some magical blessing from the gods given only to a few people. Honestly, I used to think so. I used to look up to professional writers like Danielle Steel and Stephen King, thinking they were somehow blessed with their master writing. These people have been writing for so long it has been marked in their brains. Whatever habits you perform, the brain remembers it. That’s all there is to it.
5. “Mastery” by Robert Greene
“Mastery is not a function of genius or talent. It is a function of time and intense focus applied to a particular field of knowledge.”
Whenever I think of masters, I think of the elderly men with the long white beards in old Kung Fu movies. Students look up to these guys as masters not because they’re strong but for practicing for the longest. Mastery has taught me mastery is basically diving deep into the craft and practicing daily. It sounds easy at first, but it’s entirely different when you take action. What separates you from the rest is your dedication and endurance. That’s how masters are born.
6. “The Power of Concentration” by Theron Q. Dumont
“When you learn thus how to concentrate and reinforce your thought, you control your mental creations; they in turn help to mould your physical environment, and you become the master of circumstance and the ruler of your kingdom.”
Concentration is underrated. Charles Haanel (aka Theron Q. Dumont) understood its power. With it, there’s no such thing as impossible. Whatever you want to do, it can be done. It all comes down to concentration.
1. “2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love” by Rachel Aaron
“If you want to write faster, the first step is to know what you’re writing before you write it.”
Before reading 2K to 10K, I thought writing 1,500+ words in one sitting was absolutely impossible. Like what Rachel Aaron has said, it’s all bout knowing what you’re going to write. If you don’t have a writing plan ready, your project will take longer than you want it to be.
2. “Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content” by Mark Levy
“Execute on the strategy you’ll perform with gusto. Gusto matters. Excitement matters. Follow through matters. Completion matters.”
Accidental Genius reminded me it was okay to write crap. Besides, it’s only the first draft. Why worry? What matters most is pouring everything out of your head as fast as possible on paper.
3. “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” -Stephen King
Writing is not as hard as you think. Well, at least, that’s what I learned from reading Stephen King’s On Writing. Sure, there will be rejections and low writing wages. What matters the most is making sure you are writing, and it makes you happy. All the success, money, and fame comes last.
4. “Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Secrets” by Peter Hanson & Paul Robert Herman
“No false promises are made that if you read these pages, you will learn the formula for writing a million-dollar screenplay; in fact, the dirty little screen of screenwriting books is that anyone who promises such formulas is lying.”
There’s no top-secret formula for writing a bestselling screenplay. Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman interviewed 50 screenwriters from different backgrounds and stories. Just because you weren’t raised in L.A. or had the opportunity to write Die Hard (like Shane Black) doesn’t mean you don’t have a shot. What each screenwriter from the book had in common is their dedication. The real secret: they never stopped writing movies.
I have many more, but I don’t want to turn this post into a book (lol). Here are the runner-ups I’ve read in my reading journey.
- 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox
- The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life (Vol. 1–2) by Drunvalo Melchizedek
- Bashar: Blueprint for a Change by Darryl Anka
- Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone
- Brain Maker by David Perlmutter
- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
- The Convoluted Universe by Dolores Cannon
- Creating Money by Sanaya Roman & Duane Packer
- DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman
- Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
- Fast Focus by Damon Zahariades
- Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere
- The Hollywood Format by Christopher Riley
- How to Commit to Your Goals 1000% by Ryan Biddulph
- How to Write and Publish an eBook in 24 Hours by Ryan Biddulph
- The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel
- Mental Chemistry by Charles F. Haanel
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon by Alex Seymour
- Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More by Robert W. Bly
- Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
What are your top favorite books?
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