5 Life Changing Books For Kickstarting Your Growth

Written by Gilberto Rosas on June 29, 2016

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When I entered college, I knew one thing was for sure that I was going to do whatever it takes to be successful. At around this time, I began to study success, obsessively. I was absolutely fascinated and obsessed with figuring out why the most successful people and highest performers in the world were where they were and why the rest were not. Through all the books read, these 5 really changed my life, kick started my growth, and gave me the most understanding on how to reach the top.

Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill

If there is one book that I would recommend to start reading first, it would be this one. It should be named the Timeless Blueprint for Success. It was written by Napoleon Hill in the early 20th century and has stood the test of time for good reason.

The same principles apply today as they did back then.

The only thing that has changed are the specifics and the details. Most of the concepts you hear about in personal development can be found in this book and will have a profound impact in your life if you did not yet know the wisdom it holds.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Back in middle school, they made us read this book but my classmates and I didn’t really absorb much of the information and didn’t really take it as seriously as we should have. Having read it again, I think it is absolutely an essential for anyone trying to lead a productive life and take back control of their lives rather than being a passenger along for the ride.

The habits we we adapt into our life will determine our destiny.

You can tell (more or less) in what direction one is leading their life simply by analyzing their day. It’s the consistent effort that will make the biggest difference no matter how small the action.


Rich Dad Poor Dad- Robert Kiyosaki

All I knew before this book was that there was an obvious difference between rich people and poor people and I knew the obvious reasons like their bank accounts and work ethic but I didn’t know the real difference. Robert Kiyosaki gives us a real life glimpse into the mindsets and views of both sides. It really detailed the differences and what I had to do be wealthy.

After reading it though, it acted as a catalyst for even more differences I began to spot between the poor and the wealthy. I began to analyze subtle differences between my rich friends and my poor friends. When you know where you want to be, you are much more deliberate at getting there and you’re driven by the fear of the downside (being broke) and the inspiration of the upside (being rich).


The Magic of Believing- Claude M. Bristol

It was this very book that fully made me understand just how important believing in your dream is. If you don’t believe it, then who will? The fact of the matter is you can make yourself believe anything with the right strategy.

Once you have engraved it into your subconscious, your thoughts, actions, and words will be aligned with the belief in your success. One of the big lessons that this book showed me implicitly was the power of the subconscious. It’s really the one running the show so why not take control of the program it’s running in the background of your mind!


The Secret- Rhonda Byrne

It was almost as if this book came to me at the very moment that I needed. I had reached an all time low, a rock bottom, and this very book helped me to start on a journey to self improvement that would change my life. Like any other book, it is a tool for you to employ in your life but it is not the only one. Do not depend solely on the strategies given in this book, you must still employ the hard work required to achieve what it is you desire.

Achievement consists of (1) knowing what you want and how to get there and (2) implementing it relentlessly until you do get there! This is an excellent book to get you started on that.

I hope that this list will help you as much as it helped me. Another thing I’d like to add is that even if you’ve already read one or two of these, go back and read them again because the lessons you learned since reading it the first time will help you to better understand the book. The first time I read these books, I didn’t fully grasp the entirety of the lessons that were conveyed. I sort of understood them but it was very surface level understanding whereas now I have much clearer understanding of what the authors mean in some of their passages and I’m sure that when I read it again 5 years from now I’ll learn something that I might have missed this time around. 

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3 thoughts on “5 Life Changing Books For Kickstarting Your Growth

  1. I’ve read The Secret many times…..one of my favorites to go back to. And I was shocked when I saw they had you reading Covey in middle school….wow. I was reading current news and government doings…..your reading list seems a lot more interesting. I may have to recommend some of these books to my nieces and nephews, the ones that are old enough to be out on their own. Better late than never.



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