Blessed Are The Readers...

While the world gains momentum and technology makes great strides, information and books have become more accessible. For those who do not have a natural love for reading, this is good news. For those who find reading and getting new information one of the most wonderful things to do, this is excellent news! But why is reading so important? Well, put it this way: the more you read, the more insight you glean into your industry, general business and doing things better. In fact, leaders in business like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Tony Robbins and many more moguls recommend reading for at least an hour a day. Here are some of my personal recommendations for you:

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Okay, so the title doesn’t necessarily mean leaving your home every night to become a social butterfly. If you’re an introvert, don’t get scared! It is more about subtle nuances which will enable your influence levels to rise, your likeability to increase and your persuasive skills to become sharpened.
  2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This is a classic, written in 1937. I was encouraged to read it when my staff realized I wasn’t into Fifty Shades of Grey and they hurriedly bought a copy for me so as to exchange the books at a presentation for managers. Hill was inspired to write this by Andrew Carnegie and it contains some of the most fundamental tenets of living a fulfilled, rich life. In this case, “rich” isn’t bound solely by financial terms.
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. When it comes to efficiency, this is one of the best books to guide you to effect change. Many times we do not realize how much time we waste, especially in meetings or even commuting. How can we make that time count in a more meaningful way? This book offers tips on how you can align yourself with your goals.
  4. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason sets his story in ancient Babylon and reveals wisdom through parables. If you’re a history fanatic like myself, this is a double-pleaser as it gives you the feel of time travel with wisdom for today. This offers purely financial advice, as it was originally a series of pamphlets distributed by financial institutions.
  5. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. When I first read this book, my eyes were opened as if it were my first taste of enlightenment since leaving business school. Indeed, this author approaches entrepreneurship in a most efficient manner, showing where you can save instead of borrowing or getting into debt before you even begin your business. I’m sure you’ve heard about businesses failing in their first five years…well, this book will show you how you can avoid that and then some!

Happy Reading!

Lots of love & good vibes, Veoma Ali

Veoma Ali is an Advertising Executive, with a Ph.D in Communications and a Masters in Business Administration.