Surely some of you like to read, right? Share some of your favorites to read and why. Simple as that! Maybe share why you even started reading in the first place? I used to hate reading, but when my parents were struggling with money I wanted to learn how to manage finances; so I bought two financial books (The Behavior Gap and The Millionaire Next Door) to learn a thing or two. Now my own little library has around 80 books, and I have two more on the way!
I like to stick with educational type books rather than something purely fictional. But I do own several novels that I do intend to read eventually. But let me show a few books that changed my life! Some are by the same authors as well. Did your life change in a sense after reading something nice?
1. Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
This book talks about various forms of power, and how they were utilized during ancient or modern times. The laws in the book are not exactly to be acted out, in fact if you did act out all of these laws you would probably be a sociopath. All of us do at least one of these laws, however. For example, one law is "Never outshine the master"; this gives a transgression of the law with an example of a true event in history (basically, not abiding by this law). Then it offers an observance of the law, which shows a person using the law to gain power. Very interesting and I highly recommend it!
2. Robert Greene, Mastery
What another great book by Greene. This one is the first one I read by him, and it changed how I think forever. You see how self criticism works, and how to take responsibility for yourself to improve yourself. You see how a master of a subject thinks, and how to adapt that attitude. It's extremely interesting and this is another one you should read. The only thing people disagree with in this book is that Greene says we need to spend 10,000 hours on a subject in order to master it. Another aspect is the steps to mastery in a nicely detailed order.
3. Crucial Conversations, By Various Authors
This book instructs on how to speak during rough situations. You'll learn some really good things with this one, basically on just crucial conversations, as the title is named. Easy to read! If you are interested in this subject, I also recommend Brian Tracy's Speak To Win.
4. Tom Hopkins, How To Master the Art of Selling
Very interesting on how the selling process works. It's not a cheesy book at all, It's humorous and very detailed. The tactics work very well and are cool to learn. You actually don't need to be in sales at all to read this book, as it is more on persuasion than anything.
5. Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
Did someone say persuasion? TAoS is just that: seduction. If you have never read this, you are in for a roller coaster. It's so much fun to read as it goes through the phases of a seduction (you are not supposed to go in order with the tactics, but you sort of are supposed to with the phases). It's persuasion, no more no less and how to appeal to people. I recommend this to everyone as you better understand seduction and how broad it is, and how to avoid manipulation. You get to figure out which seductive type you are as well, and how to utilize yourself to attract people. Greene's books are so much fun to read!
I'll leave it at that. There are some books that can teach you a ton of useful stuff, and these can do just that. Share what you like as well! And I hope you check out what I showed above; they are all good reads, especially Greene's. Read the 48 laws of power for a fun time!