I don’t know about you but whenever I need inspiration and motivation I love reading books. And not just any book telling me that I can be successful, but books that have substance and stories behind them. So often when we want to be successful or are on the path to purpose it seems like we will never get there. We see other people doing what we want to do and wonder why it is so easy for them, when really the most successful people that we know has gone through a lot of hardship to get where they are. Which is why I am recommending these 5 books for any one that is looking to be successful, an entrepreneur, or wishes to find their purpose. Oh yeah and I should mention that it is pretty freakin funny as well.
1. Born A Crime
I love this book. As an American I can admit my ignorance. Sometimes being isolated over here in the western world can make us so oblivious to the struggles of the rest of the world. I was not even really sure what apartheid was before reading this book (I know ignorant right). More than anything, you see the author Trevor Noah go through tremendous struggles and life lessons and he has somehow beaten all the odds and is now the host of the Daily Show. This book is great to read, if you every feel sorry for yourself, read this book. If you are starting from the bottom up, read this book. Not only will it help you not to feel sorry for yourself, but it will help you see that if this guy got his start from selling burnt CD’s, then you can make it too.
I am a huge fan on Tony Gaskins. The book the Dream Chaser documents a lot of our own stories. We are given opportunities, we mess up, we make mistakes, or we struggle on the path to our dream. But reading his story makes you realize that your struggle is not unusual and we can always get back up again. Not only does the book give the story, but it gives great tips that anyone that is looking to be an entrepreneur can use.
I am a Steve Harvey fan and I have read all of his books. And since he wrote both of these books I figured that I would go ahead and lump them together. I personally like Act like a Success Think Like a Success Better. It is more along the lines of motivation, advice, and tips you can do to be successful. The Jump book, gives a more personal account of Steve Harvey and what he went through in order to get where he is today. You learn how hard someone really needs to work in order to make their dreams come true, because he has worked hard. I have learned to Whom Much Is Given Much is Required (see my blog here). And Steve Harvey in a prime example of that and as well all know his efforts have paid off.
I saw this book on the Today Show. For me personally, maybe because I am a selfish person at times (see my blog here on confessions on a self-absorbed Christian). I really like to read about other people setbacks, failures, AND how they overcame them. I can be self-absorbed sometimes and I always wonder “why me” or “why am I experiencing this set back.” So it is refreshing to know that a lot of people experience set back and that often times those set backs are what propels us forward. If you keep failing or wondering why things are not working out, this book will help give you a new perspective.