The Obstacle is the WayWe all have that one book we recommend to other people.

If you don’t, you need to read more!

Reading is something that has never been easy for me. Where it takes someone 30 seconds to read an average page, it’ll take me 60. Even if I sit down to read a book, I can only stand 20-30 pages before I mentally get fatigued. It doesn’t help that I like to pause and reflect about what I read after every chapter.

I’ve always been determined to improve my reading skills… PLUS, I love learning, so I decided to improve my reading speed and comprehension by reading more often.

In the interest of reducing the amount of “things” in my apartment, I’ve moved my reading on to the Kindle App for iPad. I’ve actually grown to love reading from my Kindle App because I can highlight my favorite quotes, facts, and passages and easily search back through them. It makes the whole “reflection” process much more efficient.

In the past, I’ve primarily received my book recommendations from other entrepreneurs and by listening to podcasts. Looking for exposure to new things, I decided to turn to my friends and social media connections to see what they recommend.

Here are the books that were recommended, but I already read them:

These recommendations I haven’t read yet, but I’m planning on it:

These recommendations I’m not sold on. I’ll eventually read them, maybe:

Based on what I have read and the recommendations above, here is what I recommend people interested in personal growth and business should read:

(In no particular order, but if my friends and I recommend it, you should put it on the top of your list)

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

The War of Art

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR: A Book That Changes Lives

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling

The 4-Hour Workweek

Rich Dad Poor Dad

How To Win Friends and Influence People

You might be wondering why I don’t have many fiction books on this list. In my opinion, if I am going to spend my time reading (remember it takes me a little longer than others), I’d rather spend that time learning something. Fiction is a way for a lot of people to escape. There is nothing wrong with escape.

I just prefer my escape to come in the form of small amount of television.

Seriously… Have you seen The Walking Dead? Damn good show!!!

Are there any books that I have missed?

What books do you recommend everyone should read?
The first person who says, “The Bible” is getting smacked…

I’m looking forward to your suggestions in the comments below!