Rick Holland’s profound words stand true now more than ever. The times are only moving forward and faster & having the wealth of knowledge helps one remain in step with the world. It is safe to say that the practical application of the knowledge I’ve acquired with experience and through books has enabled me to stay a step ahead and achieve greater milestones.
As the year comes to an end, I encourage everyone to use their time the best possible way. On that note, here are 5 books from my current library that remain at the top of my favourite reads of all time:
Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
We at JTCPL Designs practice optimism on every level and this book helped back my belief with facts and reasoning. The quote, “Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury – rather it’s about providing all with a life of possibility” covers the essence of the book very well. It is the chance of growth that inspires a person to crossover the thresholds of their limits. The takeaway – ‘The future is better than you think’ is enough to reinforce optimism into whoever looks forward to bringing a change into their lives in the coming year.
Bold by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
This writer duo has managed to create a gem of a book in the form of ‘Bold’. The entire premise that revolves around ‘How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World’ is as positive as a read gets, with an interesting entrepreneurial spin to it. Honestly, this book has inspired me in ways I hadn’t expected it to and I highly recommend it to all entrepreneurs and young students or anyone looking to bring some drastic, bold transformations in your life.
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Fountainhead is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read. The entire plot is based on individualism versus collectivism & Ayn Rand manages to portray it so beautifully. The book makes you realize that a man can achieve any level of greatness that he sets his will to and the lead character, Howard Roark left me challenging my view on various aspects of my life at that point. A must read for all! One learning from the book that has stayed with me after all these years is that “Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea.”
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
Intelligent Investor is every investor’s bible & as time passes, his principles become more and more relevant. Benjamin Graham highlights the importance of patience, discipline and an eagerness to learn while making investment decisions, principles that apply to every person striving towards exponentially growing his business. He also says, “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare” and anyone who has ever overcome an arduous challenge knows how true these words are.
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
This book essentially talks about taking 100% responsibility for everything that one experiences in life and moving forward from there. Canfield fundamentals include, “You Need Goals that Stretch You”, and it’s the one that I connect with the most. The book also touches upon how everything one thinks and does need to be aligned with the highest purpose to achieve goals that one sets. The Success Principles have a universal appeal & if there’s one book that you shouldn’t be leaving out of your reading list, it’s this.
These books have laid the foundation of many integral principles that I strongly believe in and practise on both fronts, personal and professional. I hope you will give them a chance to change your lives just as they did mine and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.