I have read many books about business, personal development, and wealth building. And although I have implemented a lot of the stuff I have learned along the way, the books I share with you in this post, I have found to be the most influential.

In a nutshell, these are the books which have changed my daily life (for the better) in one way or another.

Here goes! (In no particular order.)

1 – “Make Your Bed” by Admiral William H. McRaven

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I love this book! (…and I talk about it a lot!)

Make Your Bed is an inspirational book that I come back to time and time again.

Firstly, it helps me to put my problems into perspective, and secondly, the simple notion of making your bed every morning helps to set me up for my day. It’s amazing how much of a difference carrying out one simple task can make.

I believe that everyone should have a copy of this book. The world would be a much better place if we all implemented the simple lessons it contains.

2 – “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

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Although this book taught me predominantly about money and wealth, that’s not why I have chosen to feature it in this post.

The reason I picked this book out is that it persuaded me to donate to a percentage of my income to charity every single month.

I know that sounds really simple and not terribly exciting, but it gives my work purpose and makes it more worthwhile since the more money I make, the more money I can give.

I started doing this at the beginning of 2019 as a New Year’s resolution, but I’ve enjoyed doing it so much that I’ve continued with the habit.

3 – “Sleep” by Nick Littlehales

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Not surprisingly, I have used the information in this book to improve the quality of my sleep, which has had the knock-on effect of allowing me to perform better during the day.

This is a great book, and I’ve probably implemented more from this book than any other book I’ve read.

(I also wrote a dedicated post sharing my key takeaways from this book. You can check that out here – How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep)

4 – “The One Thing” by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

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This book needs no introduction! It’s one of my favorite books, and I mention it regularly on this blog and on my YouTube channel.

The concept of the book is so simple; each day you find your one most important task and make sure you get it done.

This helps you to focus on the stuff that matters rather than procrastinating and getting bogged down by low-value tasks that aren’t going to get you to where you want to be.

I live by this concept!

If you are serious about success, entrepreneurship, personal development, and business, you must read this book.

5 – “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George Samuel Clason

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This book is made up of short parables about how to manage your finances, grow wealth, and get out of debt, etc.

My main takeaway from this book was to save and invest at least 10% of my earnings every month.

Although that sounds simple, it’s an easy way of building wealth – and it works!

Every month I write down all my expenses and I include that 10% (sometimes more) as though it were a bill. Although it’s not a great amount, it’s surprising quickly it grows and compounds when invested thoughtfully.

What do you think?

I have taken small bits of information from almost every book that I have read, but the 5 books I have shared with you in this post have been the most impactful on my daily life.

Have you read any books that have changed your life? If you have, please share them in the comments below together with how they have helped you.

Roseanna x

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  1. I read a lot of non-fiction, including some of those books in this post (One thing and Rich dad), so I would find it very difficult to narrow down my choices to 5 books. But just from the top of my head “The Productivity Ninja” by Allcott was the first time I read about attention management. We cannot manage our time; we all have the same amount of time, but we can manage and improve and decide where to place our attention; which is finite. This was eye-opening to me. “Take control of your life” by Mel Robbins was the first time that I realised that passion is not a particular job, it is not a person or a thing; it is energy, so we can be happy in any job if we just follow the tasks and activities that given us good energy/flow.
    I like your blog, thanks for this interesting post.

    1. Thank you very much! And thanks for the extra book recommendations! I’ve not read either of those books but I’ll be sure to put them on my list – they sound like my cup of tea.
      Thanks again 🙂
      R x

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