Reading, The Path To Becoming a Great Leader

Reading is one of the best ways to learn new things, and MLM isn’t any different. But most people will just consider reading books, instead of actually doing it.

It takes dedication and a lot of reading

I wasn’t really that of an avid reader until I received an unlikely email from a guy I follow, Andre Chaperon, a professional copywriter, famed in Internet Marketing circles. The email was about a blog post made by Ryan Holiday, a very famous American author.

Andre and Ryan were both having a discussion about the importance and value of buying book, also to not just read them but also study them. We are constantly being fed information and this is a bad thing when you want to achieve a goal, hence, by studying and writing down details you know is important would help you retain the knowledge.

And the thing is these guys, take down notes. Ryan has this system of index cards and colored tabs to keep them organized while Andre uses an app called Ginko.

Andre had purchased books throughout last year, while Ryan bought books for tax deduction. Nonetheless, they bought books instead of borrowing or renting from the library or bookstore. The idea is to build your own library and be able to go back and restudy the stuff you deemed important.

And it also looks cool to have your own library at home.

Leaders ARE Readers.

This isn’t a ploy to make you read, this is as real as it can get. Also, any good leader is an avid reader, the guys on top read almost daily just to keep the knowledge intact. So if you’re not reading or hasn’t started yet, then you are dooming yourself. I’m not being rude or anything, it’s just the truth.

Here’s the link to the Ryan Holiday post.

I then wondered how many books have I bought after reading Ryan’s post. I then went to my Amazon account and copied all of the books I bought. Never bothered checking out the ebooks and audiobooks I purchased.

I have already read and bought these books, however, I bought them again since I wasn’t able to bring them here in Cambodia. Furthermore,  it was quite expensive since I have to send it to a forwarding company in Florida, which they in turn send it to me here in Phnom Penh. Because this way will be able to get the stuff I want from Amazon.

Below are the books I have read and bought:

  • Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine Michalowicz, Mike
  • The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field Michalowicz, Mike
  • Legion of the Damned: Hassel, Sven
  • Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team Sinek, Simon
  • Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen. Miller, Donald
  • Social Media Marketing : when you have NO CLUE!: Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook Gabrielle, Gundi
  • As a Man Thinketh – Allen, James
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part 2: The End of the StoryMandino, Og
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World Mandino, Og
  • The Richest Man in Babylon Clason, George S.
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex Gray, John
  • You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits Greenblatt, Joel
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! Kiyosaki, Robert T.
  • The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire (20th Anniversary Edition) Deida, David
  • No More Mr Nice Guy Glover, Robert A.
  • Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century Napoleon Hill
  • The Little Book That Still Beats the Market by Greenblatt, Joel
  • Start Writing Your Book Today: A Step-by-Step Plan to Write Your Nonfiction Book, From First Draft to Finished Manuscript MacDonald, Morgan Gist
  • The Rational Male Tomassi, Rollo
  • The Big Secret for the Small Investor: A New Route to Long-Term Investment Success by Greenblatt, Joel
  • Low Carb Easy Family Meals– How to be a low carb family.: 35 easy recipes you and your children will love. Jenkinson, Libby
  • Low carb starter pack – The complete beginners’ guide.: The easy way to learn how to start low carb living today. Jenkinson, Libby
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel) Connelly, Michael
  • Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords: How to Access 100 Million People in 10 Minutes (Ultimate Series) Marshall, Perry
  • Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising: How to Access 1 Billion Potential Customers in 10 Minutes (Ultimate Series) Marshall, Perry
  • How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn’t Suck (and Will Actually Sell): Vol. 1 of the ScriptBully Screenwriting Series Rogan, Michael
  • How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer Daniel, Lois
  • The Screenwriter’s Bible, 6th Edition: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Expanded & Updated) David Trottier
  • Nazi Gold: The Sensational Story of the World’s Greatest Robbery – and the Greatest Criminal Cover-Up Sayer, Ian

Quite a lot huh and of different genres right? The idea is to not focus on reading everything that is important, but rather turning reading into a fun, engaging, and beneficial hobby.

And trust me, finishing a book that you clearly understand and take into heart is one of the most satisfying feelings ever.

How about you? How many books did you buy this year?

Which of these books did you like best?

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