I am an avid consumer of books. I have read hundreds of books business and success. There seems to be a more lasting impression from a book rather than a speech. Its more personal (depending on the author). It feels more like a conversation than a set of lessons.
The greatest book I have ever read was “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill. First published in March 1937, Napoleon deconstructs the best habits of the most successful people of his time. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Woodrow Wilson and another 500 successful figures of the time were all interviewed about their success, and the book is the result of that. Napoleon Hill was very advanced for his time, the book contains the latest scientific research of the times. Which adds to its charm, hearing the author speak of the ‘Ether’, the latest findings of telepathy and even a passionate rant against communism. The book is predominantly aimed at men, due to the time it was written in, but Napoleon was not a chauvinist. He lists one the most important elements of success is to have a partner to share it with.
The book itself is the journey. Many people tend to only read the first 5 or so chapters and put it down. But part of finishing it, even during some of the boring parts, is part of the experience and will shape what you take away from it. This is not a book you only read once, I keep my copy near me at all times. For me, it’s the book success.
I personally suggest taking a whole weekend and reading the whole book cover to cover. I hope it will have the same outstanding effect it had on me as will have on you.