Reading was never my favorite activity, especially when I was a kid. All I wanted to do was play outside and be involved in as many sports as possible. When I was 19, a good friend gifted me a book; but it wasn’t just any book. It was a book about personal development by Dale Carnegie. The most amazing part about that book is that it was actually three books in one. It was very thick and, at first, I wasn’t even sure why my friend decided to gift me a book until I started reading.
That book changed my life. From that point on, reading allowed me to discover new ideas and goals. While I was reading the book, I felt like someone was speaking to me and telling me how I should behave if I want to succeed in life. I loved every word. Reading became not just my hobby, but my lifestyle.
When I had questions or doubts, I didn’t have to question people or talk to those who didn’t really care about my future. I was simply reading and finding my answers in books. Even today, I read every single day – books by my favorite authors and some of the world’s most influential writers like Jim Rohn, Napoleon Hill, Earl Shoaff, Tony Robbins, Rachel Hollis, Dale Carnegie etc…
Reading has helped me speak and write better, especially in English.
When I came to the U.S. in May of 2012, I didn’t know English at all. Later that year, I decided to take a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to visit a good friend for a couple of days. On my way back we had a 12-hour layover in the airport. It was terrible. I bought a book that obviously was in English. I didn’t know a word, but I wanted to challenge myself. I was reading and translating every single word and I actually liked it. I turned it into a game and the more I did it, the more I wanted to find out what was the book saying.
This was the beginning of my “learning English journey.” For the last six years, I have read daily. It totally changed my life. I learn so much about myself and gain skills that I wish I had been taught as a child. Through reading, I found better ways to express myself and improve my communication skills with my clients, family and friends. I no longer get in trouble for saying things that I don’t mean to say, but it accidentally comes out the wrong way LOL.
MY TOP 3 FAVORITE BOOKS:
#1 “THINK AND GROW RICH” BY NAPOLEON HILL
#2 “H3 LEADERSHIP” BY BRAD LOMENICK
#3 “SUCCESS THROUGH A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE”
BY NAPOLEON HILL & W. CLEMENT STONE
You can find these books on Amazon or in your local library. They are very easy to read and most importantly, you won’t waste your time. I promise!