I don't often feel compelled to recommend a book before I'm even a quarter of the way through it, but for 50 Success Classics, I'll make an exception.
I'm an avid audiobook listener. I commute half-an-hour each way, which gives me five hours of “reading” time each week. In the past, I've stuck to classics and to nautical fiction (I'm a huge Patrick O'Brian fan), but recently I decided to check Audible‘s stock of self-development books.
The first book I downloaded was 50 Success Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon. Wow. Here is a book I wish I had written. Its concept is simple: Butler-Bowdon selected fifty important books from success literature. For each, he has created digest versions, summarizing each volume in only a few pages, distilling its key points. He has also provided biographical information on each author, and attempted to explain why each book is relevant, placing it in a larger context.
Books covered include: The One Minute Manager by Blanchard & Johnson (1981); The Richest Man in Babylon by Clason (1926); The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Covey (1989); The Way to Wealth by Franklin (1758); How to Be Rich by Getty (1961); Think and Grow Rich by Hill (1937); Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Kiyosaki (1997); The Art of War by Sun Tzu (4th century BCE); See You at the Top by Ziglar (1975); and many, many more.
In two days, I've listened to Butler-Bowdon's coverage of seven books. I've been introduced to Horatio Alger. I've been given a brief history of Warren Buffet‘s life. I've been reminded that my beliefs shape my reality. This is great stuff, and I am confident the rest of the book will provide more of the same.
(Butler-Bowdon has made a career out of books like this: his 50 Self-Help Classics and 50 Spiritual Classics also have five-star ratings at Amazon. The 50Classics web site promises a new volume in an undisclosed genre this October.)
Author: J.D. Roth
In 2006, J.D. founded Get Rich Slowly to document his quest to get out of debt. Over time, he learned how to save and how to invest. Today, he's managed to reach early retirement! He wants to help you master your money — and your life. No scams. No gimmicks. Just smart money advice to help you reach your goals.