You’ve probably heard the saying that “Readers are leaders” several times. Well, the saying is still true.
One of the habit successful people cultivate is reading books and I believe you should cultivate it too.
I love what Dr. Seuss said on books. He said “The more that you read, the more things you know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go”.
The importance of reading cannot be overemphasize. In books, lies solution to numerous problems and answers to questions.
Reading books makes you relevant in any field you find yourself. Benefits of reading books include Mental Stimulation, improve your writing prowess, improve your analytical skills, makes you more focus, helps in decision making, improves memory and improve
Other benefits include vocabulary development, improve the quality of your conversation with others, shapes our world view etc
Reading books is now easier than ever before, we now have books in different formats unlike several years ago when the only types of books is book in prints. We now have books in audio formats, ebooks etc
While this article is not to reveal to you why you need to read alone but the types of books you should have in your personal library.
The types of books you have in your personal library matters a lot because it will determine the types of books you will often read. Here are types of books you should have in your personal library in no order of importance include :
1. BIOGRAPHIES AND AUTOBIOGRAPHIES: Biographies are books written and published
about an individual life. According to Wikipedia, it is a description of a person’s life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person’s experience of these life events.
Autobiographies on the other hand are stories on one’s life written by oneself. Isaac Newton is reputed to be the one of the greatest scientist that ever lived. One of his famous quotes read “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giant’s.
You see, one of the ways to stand on shoulders of giant is to read their life account in their books.
Reading Biographies and autobiographies of great people will make you see things they do differently that makes them successful such as their habits, approach to issues, responsibilities, philosophies about life and so on.
You will also discover things they do wrong and how to avoid them.
Biographies and autobiographies also inspire you to go ahead to do great things like those you’ve always admire.
It will motivate you to do what seems impossible since you’ve seen it happen in their life(Those you read their Biographies).
Biographies and autobiographies also gives you opportunity to have distance mentors. It makes you know their thought process and view. By reading the biographies of those you admire, you’re indirectly getting mentorship from them.
I have never met Richard Branson of Virgin airlines but by reading his book I have gained a lot from him.
Therefore, having autobiography and biographies is important in ones personal library.
Who is that person you admire or love what he or she does? Why don’t you get a copy of their Biographies or autobiographies?Add them to your personal library and do well to read.
2. SPIRITUAL BOOKS: It is often said that we are spiritual being having human experience.
Spiritual books leads to spiritual awakening. Irrespective of your religion belief, having spiritual books in your personal library will help you develop your spiritual
It will help you understand some core reasons, practices, principles behind your religion belief.
Spiritual books will make you an enlightened being. Also, one of the ways to experience Spiritual growth is by reading good spiritual books.
Some spirituals books are therapeutic, by reading them your mind get resurged and free.
So include spiritual books in your personal library.
3. FINANCIAL BOOKS: Financial literacy is important. The first Financial books I read was “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, after which I read The Richest Man in Babylon.
Those two books called my attention to basic personal finance principles such as save before spending and not spend after saving, save 10% of your income, work to learn and not to earn, invest your money, etc.
The importance of money can’t be underemphasize. To be rich or wealthy goes beyond earning salary or having your own business.
You must understand how money works to be truly wealthy and one of the ways to know the truth about money is by reading financial books.
Money has its Language and you will learn its language by reading
Personal finance books will expose you to some principles that will not only teach you how to make money but also how to manage and invest your money in the right way.
People without financial literacy can never be financially free even if they earn more than their peers. Therefore include Finance books in your library.
4. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT/SELF-HELP BOOKS : Self help books make you a better leader of and broaden your knowledge of human potential.
The truth is that we all need motivation. There are several Personal development books that covers various topics.
Personal development books will help you discover more about yourself, time management, maximize your potential, break barriers and self imposed limitation,how to set goals, etc.
Nuggets from self help books can be mastered and used to conquer various challenges of life.
Self help books help you make better choices and take positive actions if lessons learnt in them are applied to life situations.
5. BOOKS RELATED TO YOUR PROFESSION: To be recognize as an authority in any field, you must
have deep knowledge and must be able to offer insight in that field.
Reading books related to your field will expose you to information that will make you stand you out among your colleagues.
A medical doctor who study more books related to his field will make a better doctor than his colleagues.
You want to be sought after in your Field, then include books related to your field in your personal library.
As you acquire all this books, you have to know that acquisition of books is not enough, you must apply what you gained.
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