It turns out that what you do every day really does matter. The most successful individuals on this planet have daily rituals to keep them at the top of their game. And, overwhelmingly, the most successful and wealthy, read books. Like, actual books. Every single day.
Ok, ok. Some of them listen to books AND podcasts. But reading the written word directly correlates to higher education and thus higher income. Studies have shown that reading 7 or more books per year makes you 122% more likely to be a millionaire. Why is that?
Maybe it’s because reading expands the mind and encourages creativity. Maybe it’s because so many of us don’t read, that this type of continuous learning gives regular readers a huge advantage in business and in life.
Today, we’ll talk about all that AND share our favorite books and podcasts to help you develop a strong habit of reading.
Listen as we discuss why we all read, why reading is critical to developing a life of learning and curiosity, and our favorite books that had a profound impact on our lives. We also share what we’re reading and listening to now … and of course some fun, beach reads.
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As promised, here’s the list of what we’re reading and listening to …
Harry Potter Complete Book Series ($61.14) – If you listened to the podcast, you know that these are the books that turned Emily into an avid reader. And, even though I kind of made fun of her for being obsessed with this series, it makes complete sense that she loves this whimsical, fantastical series because she’s super creative.
Baby-Sitter’s Club Box Set ($29.16) – So … I’m a little older than both Emily and Christina. I was in college when the first Harry Potter book was published, so I never got into that series. But … I absolutely loved the Baby-Sitter’s Club when I was in grade school. I could rip through like five of these books in a day. This is a series about a group of girls that start their own business baby-sitting … hummm … seems fitting.
The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body ($5.80) – Christina shared that this book, written by Cameron Diaz, was really important to her after college because it helped her embrace healthy habits like working out and eating healthy, and really respecting her body and a balanced life. It sounded like a great read, so I just ordered it myself.
Other books that have been important to us in life and work …
Never Lose A Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days ($17.32)
How to Make Friends and Influence People ($9.60)
The Compound Effect ($10.71)
All of Malcolm Gladwell’s books … The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference ($12.67) … Outliers: The Story of Success ($12.29) … David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants ($10.71) … Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking ($8.98)
The Checklist Manifesto ($11.37)
Think And Grow Rich ($7.99)
Think And Grow Rich for Women ($13.60)
The Road Less Stupid ($18.56)
Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself ($7.67)
Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight ($15.24)
Fun books we recommend …
Jillian Flynn’s books … Gone Girl ($10.69) … Sharp Objects ($8.99) … Dark Places ($9.16)
Girls in the Garden ($9.54)
The Girl Before ($10.04)
Big Little Lies ($13.71)
What Alice Forgot ($9.80)
Podcasts we love to listen to …
Goal Digger Podcast
Side Hustle School
TED Radio Hour
How I Built This
Mind Body Green
Rich Roll Podcast
Up and Vanished
Whew! That should keep you busy reading and listening for a while. We’d love to hear if any of these books or podcasts helped you find clarity in your business or in life … or just helped you chill out on the beach! Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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