You May be Graduating, but Your Education is Just Beginning
It’s at this time of year that many of the commencement speeches begin to be published online. I have read and watched a few recently, and over the years. Year-in and year-out we all know there’s one major recurring theme – your education hasn’t finished, it’s just beginning.
A good friend of mine, Charlotte, who’s also graduating at the same time as me, asked me to recommend some books that she could read. The reason Charlotte asked for this list is because university life is coming to an end, and now she has time to read for pleasure and further educate herself, which is extremely proactive of her!
Charlotte specifically asked me for three main reasons. Firstly, because I read a lot of non-academic literature, secondly, because of the way I talk about what I read and how it’s inspired me, and thirdly because she knows me well and thinks that what I will recommend will be interesting to read.
These are my top listed books that will give you a head start in your career. They come highly recommended, not just from me, but from many successful business owners across the world. – Chris Marr
A great mentor of mine, and of millions of other people across the globe, once said – “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune” and “In order to have more, you have to become more“. Jim Rohn was a very wise man, and super successful too. I hope that University has given you a thirst for scholarship and that you intend to continue on your path of personal growth.
13 Reasons Why You Should Read These Books
Just in case you are unsure about spending money on books, here are my top reasons for buying, reading, studying and implementing the lessons in these books: –
- You will progress quickly in your career
- You will become a great employee
- You will become a great leader
- You will become a great friend and person
- You will inspire others to be like you – you will become an inspirational person
- You will become more curious
- You will gain absolute clarity in your aspirations
- You will begin to map out your life plan and what you want to achieve. (It is very important that this is done before you map out your ‘business/work’ plan)
- You will begin to dream bigger and have more ideas
- You will become more valuable to the market place and thus earn more
- You will really get to know yourself and what motivates and drives you to achieve
- You will become more – in other words, you will start to dream bigger and want more out of life
- You will engage in conscious thought about your life and everything you have done, and what you want to do in the future
10 Foundation Books for Building an Exceptional Life
This list of books is suitable for any graduate looking to continue their personal development. It doesn’t matter if you are going to be an employee in an organisation, or if you are starting your own enterprise, these books will st and you in good stead.
I’ve made it very easy for you to get these. Just click buy and add to your cart/wish-list, this will save you searching for the books individually on Amazon. There is no strict list order here, although I have placed them in the order that I would read them in if I was to go back and do it all over again.
1. The War Of Art – Steven Pressfield
This book should come with a warning. Only read this if you want to come out at the other end with the inability to make any excuses about what you haven’t done today. After you have read this you will underst and exactly why you can’t seem to get things done that you know you should be doing. This book really got into my head, and I’m a better person for it.
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2. Living Your Best Year Ever – Darren Hardy
Dig deep in to your goals and aspirations and set you life plan for your future success. This is the most complete goal setting programme you can hold in your h and. You have to start with your goals and plan out what you want. Trust me, this will change your life.
3. Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Written in the 1930s and is a classic study of wealthy and successful people. Think & Grow Rich will give you the desire for a wealthy, successful and productive life and is a great place to start finding out about what it takes to become successful and truly.
Ideally this book should be first on the list because it will give you the full underst anding of what it takes to grow, however, the two books previous are more like ‘qualifying books’; you need to have read them before you do anything.
4. How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
This was written in the 1930s and is a timeless book for anyone with the desire to underst and people and how to do as the title says – win friends and influence people. There have been lots of variations by many authors, but the main principles are in this book. Every business is about people, and that’s what makes this book very much worth of study.
5. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
In this book Robert provides clarity about how money really works. Ideally this book should be read before you start earning money so you can underst and what to do with it. This will change how you spend and save money and will help you underst and what it takes to be financially free. Once you’ve read this you can follow up with The Cashflow Quadrant, which is a great framework for underst anding how you can make money work for you, instead of you working for money.
6. Drive – Daniel Pink
This book is absolutely cracking. If you want to be a leader in any organisation you really need to underst and how to motivate people. The truth is surprising. I have given this book to several people and each of them have raved about it. It was gifted to me from a friend and now I’m sign-posting you to it. If you start work and your boss hasn’t read it…do them a favour and buy him/her a copy. Motivation 2.0 = Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose.
7. The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude – Jeffrey Gitomer
A positive attitude is something that we all need to work on every day, it’s a constant battle. This book is very well designed and is full of great exercises to help you underst and how you can become more positive. I revisit this book all the time, especially if I need a jolt of positivity or the need to underst and why I’m feeling less positive than normal. A great book that should be in everyone’s library.
8. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
Gain clarity and underst anding of how the actions you take today predict your future. This is a very thought provoking book that will inspire you to change what you do in your life. It will also help you to underst and how the small changes that you make today, have a massive compounding effect on your future. If you were given the choice between taking £3 Million in cash this very instant and a single penny that doubles in value every day for 31 days, which would you choose?
9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey
Another classic and a must read for any business professional. The lessons in this book have stood the test of time and are still used in business today. Your boss will expect you to have read this. If you are the boss, you should read and implement the lessons in this book and encourage your employees to study this book. There is also a companion book available that helps guide you through the lessons.
10. The Sales Bible – Jeffrey Gitomer
We are now in the 21st century and thus every single person needs to have some foundation knowledge of sales. You need to sell yourself and probably the goods and services of the organisation you decide to join. The title is spot on, it really is a bible. It is full of all the knowledge that you will ever need to become a great sales person, and it’s written by a highly successful salesperson.
The Art of Exceptional Living – Jim Rohn
If that’s not enough for you, or if you have already read these books, I highly recommend getting the audio of The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn. It needs absolutely no introduction, just have the curiosity to go get it and listen to it. You can thank me later.
Buying and Using a Journal
If you want to get the most from your books, buy a journal and use it. If you want more tips on how to use a journal, please read this article.
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If you buy all of these books please let me know – email me with a picture or post a picture on my Facebook page. I will enter you into a prize draw and if you win I will send you THE leadership book that will help you become a better leader.
These are my personal recommendations, and are supposed to be set at a ‘foundation’ level, in other words, they are not specialist books – they will give you a valuable grounding of personal development regardless of your profession. If you have any other suggestions or recommendations please post them as a comment below and share with other readers – “when you share, everyone wins” – Jim Rohn
All the best for the upcoming exams and have a great time at graduation and remember to “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job”
Don’t forget to be awesome!