It’s not a secret that deep inside we all want to be successful. We all strive for success, it’s seductive, and we all want to know how to achieve it, controlling how and when it happens. Do you want to be a billionaire?
Another thing we all want and work for is money. Yes, money’s the reward for the hard work of those who bring new products and new ideas into the world. Some of those earn a lot more than others. They get to the point where they become billionaires, and who wouldn’t want to be a billionaire!? And to have all that freedom without the pressure of needing money? And being flexible and open to all the opportunities that the world has to offer? We know we do!
But the question is, What’s the real point of wealth? Is it just materialistic? The attention? Getting a beautiful house, very expensive car, and buying anything despite the need? Well, unfortunately, too many of us have those goals.
Are we aware of the effort, risk, and sacrifice needed even to try to be, much less eventually become, a billionaire? Skill, experience, and education are all a significant part of it, but the secret ingredient is having certain knowledge and using it the right way.
There is one thing super-successful people share: they read. They read a lot!
So to begin our journey toward becoming a billionaire, we need to read the following carefully selected books.
1. How the Scots Invented the Modern World.
This book is written by Arthur Herman and is a must-have book if we want to be billionaires. It’s so important because of a wealthy person’s need to understand modern economics, free markets, and innovations.
2. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.
This book is an essential to our bookshelf. Indeed, within it lays the foundation for understanding the history of humanity. Author Jared Diamond covers all the factors that shaped the modern world. He reveals details of why some civilizations lasted longer than others, and how ours can outlast them all.
3. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.
This book is such a classic; we’ll regret it if we skip this one. Robert Cialdini is an expert in the field of influence and persuasion. In the book, he talks about belief, explaining the psychology of why people have the need to say yes, and most importantly how to apply all our understanding. The things we learn from this book can become the driving force in our motivation to be a billionaire.
4. Titan: The life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
From whom should we learn all we need to know to be a billionaire if not from history’s first billionaire himself? If you agree, then look no further than this book. Written by Ron Chernow, this detailed history of the world’s richest man has a lot we can learn.
5. The Warren Buffet Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy.
It’s a New York Times Bestseller, and a lot of billionaires in the world are recommending this book. So we should read it if we want to be one. It provides very practical examples of all of the principles of taking the next logical step and managing stocks once we have them selected.
6. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In.
The success of this book is evident from the fact that it was translated into 18 languages and sold more than one million copies. It is a guide to mastering the art of negotiating in both personal and professional fields. It also provides methods for getting to an agreement in any conflict. These skills are essential if we strive to be billionaires.
7. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor.
It’s a refreshing book. Critical too, because it contains the answer to the most debated question of all time: why do some nations achieve success and others don’t? The answer is a very complex mix of all the cultural and historical circumstances. This book is a must-read if we want to understand why people do what they do.
8. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World.
This book reveals all the things hidden since the foundation of the world. It presents a lot of different views about religion, literature, and psychology. A brilliant and astonishing work of cultural criticism that everyone who wants to be a billionaire should have read by now.
9. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.
Paul Tough, the writer of this book, argues that the reason why some children succeed is not intelligence, but all those qualities and skills that matter more like perseverance, self-control, and optimism. It’s all about character.
Not only is there so much to learn from this book, but it provides hope for how we can make life better for all children in the world.
It’s fascinating and incredible to read if we’re interested in helping and developing upcoming generations.
10. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t.
Written by Jim Collins, an expert in entrepreneurship himself, this one’s a classic. So we don’t want to miss it if we still want to be billionaires. This book contains some of the key concepts of how to get from good to great, and why and how to take the leap.
In Jim Collins’ trusted opinion, great leadership is essential to make a company rise from just average to its full potential for greatness.
Success occurs when our dreams get bigger than our excuses. It’s up to you whether you’re ready to think and grow rich, and eventually be a billionaire someday!