Charlie Munger once famously quoted “In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time”. Charlie is highly recognized for his partnership with famous investor Warren Buffett, who happens to read 500 pages per day.
As the old saying goes, “The more you learn, the more you earn”. Aside from monetary gain, reading has major health benefits as well. Reading can reduce your stress levels by up to 68%, preserve brain health, lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, as well as provide you a good night’s sleep!
Matt Young, Co-Founder of Realply and CEO of Matt Young Media, accredits much of his success to the several hundreds of books he’s read. “Authors jampack a lifetime full of experience and wisdom into a book which you can typically finish in a week or less. To me, that’s priceless”, Matt says.
Here are Matt’s Top 5 Books that he read on his way to success:
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This book is an absolute game-changer. I first read this gem at 20 years old, and it’s been uphill since. If you want anything in life, it all starts with the simple belief that you can achieve it, no matter how lofty your goals may seem to others.
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
As humans, we tend to be present only about 50% of the time. The other 50% is typically spent worrying about the future or daydreaming about the past, both of which are irrelevant in the now.
This book has not only taught me to be more present but by doing so, I’ve noticed my stress levels have decreased while simultaneously raising my productivity levels.
- Striking Thoughts by Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee is known as the father of Martial Arts. What most didn’t know was that he was also an author of many books as well. In one of his books, “Striking Thoughts”, Bruce breaks down his personal philosophies on every topic from success to relationships, self-development, ego, friendships, etc. Highly recommendable.
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
In 2020, influence is the new currency. Your ability to influence others will have a direct impact on your quality of life, income, and relationships. I chose this book because Dale Carnegie understands this concept better than most.
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
If you find yourself feeling as though there are never enough hours in the day, or you need a fresh perspective on what to prioritize in your life – – this book is for you. Tim Ferriss does an excellent job of teaching you how to prioritize your time by helping you identify what your time is really worth, then shows you how to eliminate anything that isn’t reflective of the true value of your time.