Everyone wants to be successful. In some way, form or fashion there’s a need to succeed. There are scores of books on being successful that’s been printed over the years. I’d like to point you to some of my favorites.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
In my blog, What Does Being Successful Mean To You?, I talked about the different mindsets for success and the different ways people look at success. As an acquaintance of mine pointed out, everyone’s idea of success is different and on different levels. There is monetary success, making millions of dollars, which seems to be the focus in today’s world. There is career success as in getting a higher position, life success like getting married and having children and self success as in being at peace with yourself. All of these are a level of success. All of these take a certain amount of personal change. That’s where my first book recommendation steps in. Steven R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also known as powerful lessons in personal change.
The 7 Habits
Covey gives us a step by step pathway of living with fairness, integrity and dignity. The 7 habits are as follows:
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think win-win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the saw
This is just a short overview. The complete book will keep you turning pages and is very comprehensive. This book is a great book to start with if you’re looking for success on any level.
“I am reading it with profit…..it is most thoughtful and enlightening.”
Norman Vincent Peale
C. Richard Shell’s Springboard is the second book I’m sharing with you. In this book he guides you in your personal search for success. He answers the two questions, “What for me, is success?” and “How will I achieve it?” The book is divided into two parts, each answering each question. Shell offers various exercises throughout the book which would be of great benefit if sincerely worked on, namely the “Six Lives Exercise”. This exercise helps the readers to assess their own view of success. The book focuses on the main element of your success; you. Rather than following your passion or following the money, he has you search for your own unique combination of skills and passions along with other career opportunities. Melding this all together, Shell calls it the “sweet spot”. Taking time to assess what success is to you is critical to you having a happy and meaningful life. Springboard will help you find this.
Regardless of whether you are just about to finish college or at the threshold of considering a career change, Springboard is written to help you discover what gives your life the greatest meaning—so you can set your own path and define success on your own terms.
The Success Principles
Aw, Jack Canfield. Well known for his Chicken Soup for the Soul series (which is also a great read for the success minded individual), he gives us another winner with The Success Principles. One of my favorite books, he touts this one as how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Prepare to transform yourself for success. Canfield takes you all the way from the beginning by teaching you to build confidence and to live with passion. Once you accomplish the basics, he takes you through the inner work needed to transform yourself. Then comes the success team you build to catapult your success. And of course, with success, you’ll need financial awareness along with the principles to help maximize your gains. My favorite part of this book is where Canfield spells out the 64 principles used by successful men and women throughout history. This book will truly show you how to start living the principles of success today.
Canfield’s principles are simple, but the results you will achieve will be extraordinary.
There are no guarantees for success in the monetary sense, but, success IS achievable if you keep your eye on the prize and dedicated hard work. As one of the 7 habits says, Begin with the end in mind. And of course, no one can guarantee you’ll move closer to success by reading these books or listening to the audio. But, one thing for sure, it won’t hurt. Do what you have to do to read these books. You’ll be amazed at what they can do for you.