"You are the same today as you'll be in five years except for two things…the books you read and the people you meet."
~Charlie "Tremendous" Jones
I have a personal goal to read one non-fiction book per month. Books about Christian living, marriage, fatherhood, leadership, business and coaching are on my ongoing 'To Read' list. I love biographies, stories about historical events and also have many technical books to reference for various aspects of my life.
Many books present great ideas, information and practical advice; however, there are a few books that are truly life changing. The following books have challenged and inspired me. They have changed the way I think about myself, others and the world around me. They have empowered me to be a better person.
See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar is a book that will positively shape the way you think about yourself and others around you. From attitude to motivation, positive thinking to developing self-confidence, this book has helped me develop an attitude that I can do anything I set my mind to. My favorite Ziglar quote is “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
QBQ by John Miller has completely transformed how I react to circumstances in my life. Playing the blame-game, making excuses and whining are huge barriers on the road to success. This book teaches you how to eliminate those from your life and how to take personal accountability. The most influential variable in your success is you.
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge provides the most accurate depiction of what manhood really is. In a world where being a man is most often defined by ESPN, MTV and Homer Simpson, true manhood is lost. Courage, servant leadership, responsibility and intimacy are all what makes a male and true man. This book as had a huge impact on my marriage, on how I raise my children and on how I coach and teach the young men on my hockey teams.
The principles and values discussed in these three books not only build a foundation for a successful and fulfilled life, but they are timeless and should be read multiple times throughout your life, as you’ll be challenged in different ways depending on the season of life you’re in.
While these three books are truly life changing, it is important to understand the basis of why. The foundation for all three of these books is established securely in The Bible. Every success principle that has ever been written about can be traced back to The Bible. I’d challenge you to never allow a book replace time spent in God’s Word. Books such as those discussed above should merely supplement your study of The Bible.