Heading into a new year is always a great time to take stock of where you are and start preparing for any changes or adjustments you need to make. It's also a great time to educate yourself and real estate investors are not immune to continuing education!
Some Great Books for Success
Most everyone around me knows that I am as big an advocate of self education on all topics as I am on real estate. In the end, there are only so many 'original' real estate books on the market and many are simply re-treads of old ideas with fancy new packaging. If you want to be successful in life, not simply real estate, you must continue to feed your brain and your soul with new books that often will revive familiar ideas and goals. Here are a few of my favorites from this past year and some of them have been my favorites in other years as well. There is no problem with picking a book from the past and reading it again! Let me know what you think of the list...and after you've read a few.
Make It Big by Frank McKinney - This is a book you absolutely must start with and then read again as every new year approaches. It is a great book for balancing life, work, family and any other goals and aspirations you have for yourself. I am a big fan of this book and think you have to start here before moving onto other books.
Strengths Finder 2.0 – We have a number of leaders in our company and this book was great at pointing out each of our strengths and helping us work on our individual strengths as a team and letting others strengths make up for our personal weaknesses. Great book!
Building Wealth One House at a Time – If you are looking for a good jumping off point, a good book to get you started with some simple concepts and action oriented thinking, then this book is a good one. John W. Schaub is a well respected real estate educator and although I have never attended a seminar of his, I found his book to be easy to understand and a really good resource.
Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk nailed it when he wrote this book and I am a huge fan of this book. It is not specific to real estate, but is an entrepreneurs hand book. Great, quick read that will leave you excited to get busy planning how to take over the world!
The Go Giver – the book says this is a “little story about a powerful business idea”. I will tell you that it is so much more and can absolutely change the way you approach relationships in your every day life. The title says it all – this book is all about giving before you receive.
The Alchemist – I saved this book for last because it is the one that truly has meaning for me beyond simply being a great book. It is not a business book per se, but it has taught me a lot about how to face each day in the business world. I will simply tell you that this book was a life changer for me. I read it in one night and re-read it 3 more times over the next few weeks as I began to focus my mind everyday on my ambitions. This book taught me that sometimes the greatest treasure is the journey…
I did not want to overwhelm with the list of recent books I have read, but instead wanted to spend a little time simply pointing out some good reads for the Christmas holiday break. These are really good books that can help you get your mind centered on what you want to accomplish not only in real estate but in life. I look forward to reading what you thought about the list and even hearing some of your personal favorites.
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