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You will make big mistakes if you are not guided on books to read that will make you successful.

Books are very essential to your success in every strata of life.

Why do you read books? Or

Why do you look for books to read?

Before you take any action or make any decision in life, you have to first of all ask yourself this taughtful question.

What is in it for me?

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What do I gain after I must have spent 2,3,4 hours reading a book?

And what will you gain from reading this article?

Many people read as a hobby while some people read  to get knowledge.

So what category do you belong?

The category you belong determines the kind of books that draw your interest.

People who read for fun(hobby), read books and articles that don’t have impact on the major areas of their lives.

While people who read for knowledge focus their interests on reading books that have impact on the major areas of their lives. And these set of people are very successful in life.

Have you seen the difference between the two categories?

This article shall reveal to you those areas you should focus your interest when you want to choose books to read.

Books are written to inform, shape, mold, and build you. But unfortunately, not every book does that.

For you to be successful in life, you have to start reading to be knowledgeable and not otherwise.


Because those books that contain the keys to achieve your every success in life  are not read as hobby.

So your major reasons why you should get books to read must be :

(1) to acquire knowledge and understanding about life.

(2) to apply the knowledge and understanding you have acquired in various aspects of your life.

This article reveals 7 areas you need to get books to read on if you want to be successful in life.

I love reading books and articles that impacts my life positively. Books develop the mind, and shape both the mentality and mindset of the reader.

Your mind is the epicenter of your life, and the books you feed your mind with affect your thoughts and actions.

Most people spend their time reading fiction books (novels, plays e.t.c). Please don’t get me wrong, I am not against it. I used to read fiction books when I was a kid.

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But if you want to build your career, business or finances, do you need to spend your precious time reading fiction books??

Note : Literature works are based on fiction ( things that are not real) but you will succeed in life based on the real facts you know about life.

And those real facts are written in non fiction books as revealed in this article.

So let’s kick off with number one!!


1. Books on Success 

In life, no matter how small or big our goals are, everyone is driven to achieve success. And success simply means to achieve your goals.

Feed your mind with by reading books on success.

You should read such books to know the principles of success and learn from experiences of successful people.

Books to read on success are

(i) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 


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This book has sold  over 70 million copies. The thirteen steps to riches as described in this book offer the shortest dependable philosophy of individual achievement ever presented for the benefit of the man or woman who is searching for a definite goal in life.

It contains 13 proven steps to riches as listed below

  • Desire
  • Faith
  • Auto–suggestion
  • Specialized knowledge
  • Imagination
  • Organization
  • Organized planning
  • Decision
  • Persistence
  • Power of the mastermind
  • The mystery of sex transmutation
  • The subconscious mind
  • The brain
  • The six sense

(ii) Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy 

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In this book, you’ll learn ideas, concepts, and methods used by high —achieving people in every field everywhere.

You’ll learn how to unlock your individual potential for personal greatness you’ll immediately become more positive, persuasive, and powerfully focused in everything you do.


(III)  Power of Positive Thinking 

Power of positive thinking by Norman Vincent

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This book is written to suggest techniques and to give examples which demonstrate that you do not need to be defeated by anything, that you can have peace of mind, improve health, and a never ceasing flow of energy.

It teaches positive thinking , not as a means of fame, riches, or power, but as the practical application of faith to overcome defeat and accomplish worthwhile creative values in life.

>>>5 ways to stay positive and achieve greater success

(iv)  Goals by Brian Tracy

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You never can tell what you are missing until you start setting goals for yourself.

Using the twenty–one strategies Tracy outlines, you’ll be able to accomplish any goals you set for yourself no matter how big.

You’ll discover how to determine your own strengths, what you truly value in life, and what you really want to accomplish in the years ahead.

Tracy shows how to build your self—esteem and self –confidence, approach every problem or obstacle effectively, overcome difficulties , respond to challenges and continue forward toward your goals, no matter what happens.

Most importantly,  you’ll learn a system for achievement that you will use for the rest of your life.

(V)  Pursuit of purpose by Myles Munroe

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Everything has a God given purpose, and that includes you.

Who are you and why are you here? This is a question that most people don’t answer till they die.

One thing that will make you live a peaceful, successful and a life of fulfilment is the discovery of your purpose for existing.

(VI) The Purpose Driven Life

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Get that book and read.

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2. Relationship and Family 

In order to get better in your relationship with people, there is need for you to read books on relationship.

This will affect your relationship with your parents, spouse, friends, siblings, kids, business partners, e. t. c

Quality books help improve the quality of your relationship with people.

(I) How to Win Friends and Influence people by Dale Carnegie 

This book was developed over a period of over 35 years and there is even an institution for Dale Carnegie, the author.

The book helps the reader in two ways, it teaches how to talk to people and get them to do what you want as well as how to be a better more respectful person with integrity.

It’s a very in depth book, but is full of some of the most useful information on human psychology.

>>>5 ways to winning and influencing people

(ii)Love And Respect by Emerson Eggerich

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(iii) The whole child Brain

Daniel. J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer,  happier children.


3. Healthy Living 

For a healthy lifestyle,

1 eat healthy

2 consistent exercise

3 Constant medical check up

You can’t think of becoming rich,  wealthy and successful when your health status is under threat or distabalised.

Money is not everything, the world

The old saying goes, “Health is wealth”.

A healthy person is a successful person

Books written to guide you on how to live a healthy lifestyle are very essential to your success, peace and happiness  in life.

You can never tell how bad you have been eating until you read books on nutrition or diets.

It’s only a healthy person that can work efficiently.

Here are 2 kinds of books I recommend…

(I) books to read

(II) You can also get books to read on body fitness and work outs.


4. Finances 

Your ability to manage your finances is crucial to your financial success.

You will not be financially successful by default, you have to get the knowledge by reading.

Your financial success depends on your ability to spend and invest wisely and the secrets are written in books

(i) Rule #1 by Phil Town

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(ii) The automatic millionaire

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This is one of the most popular financial books of our time. It has sold over 1.5 million copies.

You maybe asking, what’s the secret to getting rich?  What’s the one thing I need to do?

David gives you a totally realistic system, based on timeless principles, with everything you need to know, including phone numbers ,websites, and apps,so you can put the secret to becoming an automatic millionaire in place from the comfort of your own home.

This powerful book is able to secure your financial future.


(iii) Payback time by Phil Town

This book contains a set of rules for investing (not trading but investing) in the right business at the right time…  Rules that will ensure you make the big Money.


5. Time management 

Time is your life line and your greatest enemy. Everything happens with time.

When you were born, a date was inscribed in your birth certificate but when you die, two dates will be inscribed on the headstone of your tomb.

Year of birth — 1925

After death —1925–2025

The way you manage your time determines whether you are going to be successful in life or not.

What you do with your time and how you value your time is very crucial in life. But you can’t become a successful time manager without having the sufficient knowledge of time management .

You have to read books or articles written by professionals on time management.

It will help you get better at managing your time even if you are good at it.

Here are books I recommend for you

(i) 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management :by Kevin Kruse 

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It contains the productivity habits of 7 billionaires, 13 Olympic athletes, 29 straight —A students,  and 239 entrepreneurs.

  • cure procrastination with the time travel trick
  • The Harvard “DDR Question ” save 8 hours a week.
  •  identify your real priorities.
  • get zero emails in your inbox using 321zero
  •  Reduce stress with the Richard Branson tolol.
  • Conquer social media distractions.
  • Leave work at 5.00 without feeling guilty.

(ii) Getting things done by David Allen

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6. Career and profession 

I believe you have a career you are pursuing or a profession you have a passion for.

Simlly put, a career or profession comprises of what you do for a living and what you are known or want to be known for.

If you want to be a blogger like me, focus your attention on reading articles and books that that will teach you about blogging.

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If you are an employee, get books that will educate you on how to be a great employee.

Any career (business, job e. t. c)  you are pursuing in life, has books that are capable of building you to do better in it.

You can get  books to read from

Or you can go to  PDFdrive. com  and download free e-books.


7. Leadership

A man stood up one day and said  ” Give me a rod, show me where to stand and I will move the world “

Another man countered the statement and said “He that said he will move the worl should first move himself ”

If you aspire to lead others,  you must first of all lead yourself.

Everyone is a leader, even if you are not leading any group of people, you are leading your own life.

You may be the leader (president)  of your country or an organization tomorrow. If you do not acquaint yourself with knowledge that will make you a  true leader, you will fail if you assume leadership position.


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The 5 level of leadership is John Maxwell’s ultimate contribution to the topic.

It’s clear, helpful, inspiring and guaranteed to give any reader the ability to fulfill what Napoleon defined as the role of the leader.

The 5 levels of leadership discussed in this book are :

(1) Position–people follow because they have to.

(2) Permission –people follow because they want to.

(3)Production–people follow because of what you have done for the organization.

(4)People development–people follow because of what you have done for them personally.

(5)Pinnacle people follow because of what you are and you represent.




Books are the best tools for your personal development. Every secret and information you need to succeed are written in books and articles.

If you can diligently get books in all the areas mentioned in this article, your life will never remain the same.

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Oscar Nelson

I am Oscar Nelson, a chemical engineering technologist by profession and a passionate blogger. I live in the eastern part of Nigeria. I love motivational books and videos and I enjoy teaching people how to be successful in life. I started this blog as a result of the passion and drive I have for success and the resentment I have for poverty and mediocrity.SUCCESS is a mindset. To be successful in life, you have to first of all program your mind for success. Poverty is my motivation!

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