How Your Reading List Impacts Your Annual Income | Compare $35K to $160K
As we have established in my previous post, the number 1 habit separating the poor from the wealthy, success comes to those who are always trying to learn. And in order to apply useful information we have learned, we need to have the growth mindset. Tom Corley, the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals”, finds in his research that both the rich and the poor read a similar amount of books. The difference actually lies in the type of books they are reading.
85% of those who have an annual income of $160K read two or more education, career-related, or self-improvement books per month. Only 15% of those who have an annual income of $35K read the same type of material. -Business Insider
Rich, successful people read for self-improvement. And those who are less financially successful read more for entertainment. Corley says his overall conclusion is that, “your daily habits will dictate your financial success in life”. Self-education is an important habit, and an easy way to start implementing this habit, is to add it to your morning routine. Read more about morning routines here.
My initial goal when I added self-education to my morning routine, was to read for 10 minutes. It soon turned into 20 minutes, which in turn made me want to wake up earlier in the morning. And then my goal turned into reading one book a month. I stagnated for a few months thinking this was great progress, then I stumbled across this little piece of information:
“The former Microsoft CEO has attested to reading 50 books a year, or roughly one book a week.” -Business Insider
Bill Gates reads one book a week! Mostly non-fiction and dealing with public health, disease, engineering, business, and science. Talk about feeling foolish when I was proud of one book a month. Anyway, this was a great piece of information to come my way because I needed a little more motivation to start reading more. So I jumped into January with new interest and here is my 2018 Reading List. Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations!
My Reading List for 2018
Books I have Finished in January
Books I am Currently Reading
Books I Can't Wait to Start
- Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life by Jason Selk, Tom Bartow, Matthew Rudy
- The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
- Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
- The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
- The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
- The Success Principles(TM) - 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield
- Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life by Gabrielle Bernstein
- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
- Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss, Tahl Raz
- Mastering the Complex Sale: How to Compete and Win When the Stakes are High! by Jeff Thull
- The Psychology of Selling: Increase Your Sales Faster and Easier Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy
- Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar
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