Whether you’re working your way up from the mailroom or sitting in the corporate office, achieving your next level of success is, first and foremost, a mind game.
It’s long been established that the way you think about the world influences the experience you hold, and there’s no more powerful evidence than this than the fact that the people who think they can achieve something, generally do, while those who doubt their own abilities often find that success remains always just out of reach.
From the business perspective, this idea first became popular with the advent of the law of attraction, and the popularization of that law through books like Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, who was infamously commission by Andrew Carnegie to research and write the definitive book on success.
Here are a few other top books I’d recommend.
Recommended Books for Success
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind
Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, one of the fastest-growing businesses in the meditation, consciousness, and success industry.
The company started out selling meditation cds and packets, and quickly grew to become an international organization with partnerships with some of the world’s most prominent thinkers and teachers on how mindset creates success.
In The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, Lakhiani outlines the principles he lives by, and how he uses cutting edge science to develop life hacks leading him to success. From remaining disciplined enough to do 50 pushups on command, to how he thinks about his business, this book will revolutionize the way you think about success, and the mind’s role in it.
Start With Why
Written by author Simon SInek, Start With Why became an instant bestseller a few years ago, and remains equally relevant today. The book talks about how important it is to find a driving passion that pushes you towards success.
When you clarify the reasons why you want to do something, the path towards actually achieving it becomes much clearer, according to Sinek. This isn’t just opinion: neuroscience shows that having a definitive focus helps the mind to find solutions and opportunities that are unavailable to others.
Applying Success Principles
Reading these books is only the first step. No matter how much you read, nothing will have any impact for you if you don’t take the time to apply these principles to your life.
If you’re trying to figure out where and how to get started, the best thing you can do is simply to take action towards a goal. This requires you first to make sure that you are clear, upfront, and honest about what your goals really are, and the effort you’re willing to put in to get there.
Then, it’s all about creating a realistic plan of action and following through, day in and day out, until you achieve the success you want.
Get the right mindset, focus in on your goal, and persist until you breakthrough. That’s the formula for success at anything in life, whether it’s business, academics, health, or just about anything else.