What is that ONE book that changed your life? That was the question that was asked by my friend, Jared Lofton, during our last conference call.
Lets face it… “Leaders are Readers.” There are several studies that correlate success in both business and life to reading at least one non-fiction book a month.
The reality is that the vast majority of Americans don’t read at all! Here are two startling statistics from Statistic Brain Research Institute that prove this point:
- 80% of US families won’t buy a book this year*
- 42% of college students will never read another book after graduating*
*research date July 14, 2014*
In 2012 I was honored with a national award by REALTOR Magazine called “30 under 30.” The award chronicles the lives of 30 Realtors under the age of 30 across the US and Canada. As you can imagine, the past winners of this award are highly successful in real estate brokerage and real estate investing. I host a monthly Mastermind call with our alumni group, and the topics in this blog post were unpacked during our latest conference call.
1. Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden
2. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
4. Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz
5. See you at the Top by Zig Ziglar
6. Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden
7. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
“I like reading from people that I admire, especially in sports, to see how I can relate their habits into my business life.” ~Derek Sprague
Don’t fret if you haven’t instituted the habit of reading a good non-fiction book regularly. There was a time, years ago, that I didn’t intentionally read either. The habit is as easy as spending 4 minutes reading in your bed before you go to sleep or as you sit in the car before you walk into your next appointment. You will be amazed how quickly you consume a book with that one tip.
“I’ll see you around the neighborhood!” ~Kyle Malnati