For many years I avoided learning. Like most people, I learned by accident through a very popular learning method known as; trial and error. Most people have used the trial and error method but, while this may be effective in rare cases, trial and error takes way too long. And most of the time, the errors and mistakes you make create a whole lot of learning experiences that don’t feel that good. For example; when things go horribly wrong, how does that make you feel?
You know, mistakes hurt only when you repeat them over and over. So, learning something new, from someone who has what you want, gets way better results.
At some point you also have to ask yourself, “is it possible to get better results by learning on purpose instead of by accident?” Yes. “Is it possible that there are things you don’t know yet?” And, the answer is yes. “Is it possible that there’s some things that you know that aren’t necessarily so?” The answer is also… yes.
Based on many years of struggling and trying it my way, I decided to learn a little bit about how other people achieved success. And that’s when I started becoming a learn-it-all instead of a know-it-all.
Only when you choose to learn on purpose can you attract the best kind of learning experiences, the ones that actually get great results. Here are the 5 top business books that I used to get real world results. Many people may not think of these books as being business books, but I applied the lessons to business and achieved business results, that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?
Counting down the top five…
5. “The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho” – This was the first “real learning” book I had ever read since University. It is a simple story about a Shepherd boy who, one day, takes it upon himself to explore the world in seek of fame and fortune. And while the boy meets with many challenges, they are all learning experiences which eventually led him to the very treasure he set out to find.
When I read this book, I was already a few years into my journey with Tinnitus: a loud ringing in the ears. I was struggling and depressed. This book was simple enough for me to grasp the main concept which is; if you never take a risk in life, things will never get better. But if you are willing to take the risk and learn something, then the journey will unfold the way it’s supposed to; perfectly and in its own good time.
4. “The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale” – In this book Joe outlines five steps to attracting anything you want in life. He does it in such a way as to make it simple enough for even the most poorly programmed and skeptical person to grasp. And believe me, I was more than skeptical. However, because there was only 5 steps, I figured it couldn’t be that difficult to learn. And, as it turns out, these five steps helped me create incredible results in just about every area of my life, including financial. The final step, “The Law of Detachment,” taught me a lot about how to truly manifest big results. If you don’t know this law, then Google an article that I wrote called, “How to Practice the Law of Detachment.”
3. “Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind” – by T. Harv Eker – Yes, I agree that some people don’t like the way that Harv talks about wealth. I also agree that his methods could be perceived as radical and unconventional. I also agree that some people believe he’s arrogant and overconfident. However, do results matter? Yes, in my opinion, that’s all that matters. I’ve followed his methods now for several years. I’ve taken some of his training courses. In fact, one training course that I took, even though it was at the time extremely out of reach financially, I did it anyway, and earned my money back in one night.
When I read this book I really felt as if Harv was talking just to me. Sure, he’s not that nice about it. He basically jumps out of the pages, grabs you by the neck shakes you a little bit and starts to get you to see wealth from a different perspective. Some people don’t like that. But not liking something, doesn’t always mean it’s not good for you. Believe me, I have literally made millions off of one Harv Eker Seminar and if it weren’t for the book I would’ve never decided to take that course.
2. “The Pilgrimage” by Paulo Coelho – Yes, this is the same person that wrote the Alchemist my number five pick. After reading this book, I felt compelled from a deeper level to pick myself up out of my miserable situation and walk across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. The book and the journey made me realize the number one trick to getting what you want in life; stop trying to figure out how you will get there. In fact, every time I tried to speed up on the Camino, the universe just pushed back.
So if you’re trying to get to where you want fast, you may actually miss the part that matters; living and discovering. And when I gave up my strict schedule, the universe opened up and delivered me better results faster. Funny how that works, isn’t it? The more you slow down the faster you will achieve. To most people this would not make sense. That’s why you need to read the book and maybe even walk the Camino de Santiago. Sure, it’s 850 km. And your excuse might be, “you don’t have time.” And that is the number one reason why you will never get there. Because, if time is your excuse, then ask yourself, “do I honestly have time for the things in life that really matter? Like RESULTS?
1. And my number 1 best business book that changed my life is;
“Ask and It Is Given” by Jerry and Esther Hicks – While some may call this book spiritual mumbo-jumbo, I would call it “the secret.” I have read this book so many times and have incorporated so many of their beliefs and exercises into my life that I literally created a new me. And, I like the new me way better than the old me. While the old be would say, “I’ve got better things to do.” The new me would say, “better things require me to do something.” While the old me would say, “I hate rich and successful people, ” the new me would say, “I admire rich and successful people.” While the old me would say, “money is hard to come by,” the new me would say, “money comes to me easily and effortlessly.” I think you get the idea.
This is a book about reprogramming your beliefs. Are you always right? If so, and your results don’t prove it, then you need some new beliefs. Being right and getting what you want in life are two different things. Only when you open yourself up to knowledge and experiences can you actually learn anything. You can be right or you can have what you want, but you can’t have both. In business, making yourself right, makes someone else wrong. And that is why you may never win. Only when you learn that results are co-created for the benefit of everyone, will you truly understand a thriving business. Help someone else get what they want first, and you will have what they have in abundance.
I just want to say a quick thank you to each of these authors for their life-changing words and information. I am pretty certain that without reading these books, I would not be in the position that I am today. Like Brian Klemmer says In his book, “If How-To’s Were Enough, We’d All Be Skinny Rich and Happy.” It takes more than just “how-to’s” to get what you want.
You have to learn to be deeply committed to your strongest intentions. Otherwise, there will be many intentions competing for your attention. Most people live a life of activities and distractions. Only deep commitment to learning and experiencing new things will lead you to what you truly want. I trust that these five books when read, understood and implemented, will reveal many secrets to creating the results you seek.