President Harry Truman once said, “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” If you make time to read you are really giving your career a leg up.
As the lead instructor for Freelancer Masterclass, the below 5 books have been the most influential for me:
1) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
One of the best-selling books of all time for a reason, Think and Grow Rich was published during the Great Depression and after some minor revisions, it still remains a staple for all serious entrepreneurs today. Mr. Hill interviewed “more than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known” including Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. His goal was to discover the universal building blocks required to attain a fortune. Then, he explains a step-by-step guide to applying those principles to your own life.
2) The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
The Magic of Thinking Big gives you several starting points to develop and strengthen the most important trait of successful people: believing in yourself. It will be a great book for you to read if you feel stagnant at work, are tired of thinking “I can’t”; or you need the confidence to crush an upcoming project.
3) Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
Maxwell Maltz, a former plastic surgeon, explains how utilizing a mechanical perspective of your brain and body’s activity can create a new system of thinking and behaving. This book is a staple of the self-help genre and is chock-full of big ideas that can empower you to create a happier, more successful life. The topic sounds complicated, but it is very easy to read.
4) 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This book details a habit-based approach for finding and sticking to your “true north” in order to attain your goals. You will learn that in order to change a situation, you must change yourself, and in order to change yourself, you must be able to change your perceptions.
5) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
As a freelancer, you have to know how to deal with people, all sorts of people. This classic book will guide you through how to make people like you and then win them over to your way of thinking without causing resentment. The best part about this book is that it works outside of business applications as well.