5 self-development and investment books everyone must read

With the expectation of an unequivocal transformation, the concept of personal development has been encouraged and accepted more in recent years. Not all self-development books are made equal. Some help you start out on your best self journey, others give you a boost when you’ve achieved experience in specific areas.

It’s that willpower to improve, knowing that you are here making these choices and letting them guide you to achieve long-term goals. Exploring more options on how to be better, seeking them out and embracing them shows your willingness to change your life for the better.

In this article, I have compiled a list of five self-development and investment books that can help you reach your goals and transform your life.

Below are the recommended books:

1• THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR by Benjamin Graham.

Published in 1949 with a 640 page count also “the best investment book ever written ” said Warren Buffet.

Benjamin Grajam was a British-born American economist, professor and investor.
He is widely known as the “father of value investing”, and wrote two of the founding texts in neoclassical investing: Security Analysis with David Dodd and The Intelligent Investor.

Economist Benjamin Graham (1894-1976) is lauded as a top guru of finance and investment.
This book is considered the bible of investing. Built on arithmetic and reasoning of statistic data Benjamin says focus on getting your data right. Also feel like you have already accomplished your goals with the endless repetition of thoughts with positive emotions and faith.

Graham excelled at making money in the stock market without taking big risks, by evaluating companies with surgical precision.Looking at investments vs speculation. His principles of investing safely and successfully continue to influence investors today.

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – Benjamin Graham.

2• THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill in 1937

He claimed to be inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and later-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Oliver Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is known best for his book Think and Grow Rich which is among the 10 best selling self-development books of all time.
Hill’s works insisted that fervid expectations are essential to improving one’s life.   The book asserts that desire, faith, and persistence can propel one to great heights if one can suppress negative thoughts and focus on long-term goals.

The idea of the book is related to achieving almost every goal. It also talks about the human mind. According to Napoleon the conscious mind is the master of the subconscious mind even though the subconscious mind is more powerful.
The conscious mind sows the seeds of thoughts whilst the subconscious mind builds those thoughts into fruition.

Hill’s work preached one needs to harness the power of the subconscious mind by programming it with the goal you want to accomplish. The book also lists 13 steps for success.

“The starting point of all achievements is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results. Just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat” – Napoleon Hill.

3• The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, is a business and self-help book written by Stephen Covey.

Stephen Richards Covey was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Begin With the End in Mind he said. Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north” principles based on a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless.

Covey distinguishes principles and values. He sees principles as external natural laws, while values remain internal and subjective. Our values govern our behavior, while principles ultimately determine the consequences. Covey presents his teachings in a series of habits.
His work continues to be a best seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology and focuses on timeless principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.

One of the most compelling books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, have empowered and inspired readers for over 25 years and played a part in the transformation of millions of lives, across all age groups and professions. Guiding readers to develop an outcome-oriented mindset in every activity

“Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world… If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.” – DR. STEPHEN R. COVEY

4• THE 10X RULE: The Only Difference Between Success And Failure by Grant Cardone.

It is a powerful book that gives you logical reasons to think big and also be willing to work really hard for that bigger dream. It is convincing. When you are done reading it, you wouldn’t be scared to take calculated risk.

Entrepreneur and author Grant Cardone wrote the book THE 10X RULE.

If you’re after big goals, you don’t want to settle for the ordinary.
While most people operate with only the three degrees of action thus;
•Action-no action
•Retreat
•Normal action
To reach the next level, you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action.This 4th degree, also known as the 10X Rule, is that level of action that guarantees companies and individuals realize their goals and dreams.

Cardone’s work says take your original goal and multiply it by 10. Also, multiply your effort to achieve your goal by 10.

The 10X Rule unveils the principle of “Massive Action,” allowing you to blast through business and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams. It also demonstrates why people get stuck in the first three actions and how to move into making the 10X Rule a discipline.

As a person new to this you may think this is just wishful thinking but the 10x Rule is one of the most practical books you’ll ever read. Use “massive actions to achieve results and accomplish your business dreams.

“Until you become completely obsessed with your mission, no one will take you seriously. Until the world understands that you’re not going away – that you are 100 percent committed and have complete and utter conviction and will persist in pursuing your project – you will not get the attention you need and the support you want” – Grant Cardone.

5•MARKET WIZARDS by Jack D.Schwager

“Don’t focus on making money; focus on protecting what you have” – Paul Tudor Jones

The investment classic, updated with a new preface and afterward Featuring interviews with seventeen of the most successful market-beaters.
Market Wizards is packed with real-life anecdotes from the trading world.
From these interviews the common traits of all seventeen of them are; •Desire
•Discipline
•Commitment
•Patience
•Independence
•Risk control
•Acceptance of losses

The majority of the wizards Jack Schwager interviewed put emphasis on capital preservation.
Namely, their focus is first and foremost on not losing money – much in line with Warren Buffett’s famous two rules of investing: “Rule no. 1: Don’t lose money. Rule no. 2: Never forget rule no. 1.”

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