One of the best qualities of success is resourcefulness. 2020 was a surprise that no one was ready for. Most of us found ourselves with a lot more time on our hands and not much to do with it. Taking advantage of this time, I did a lot of self-reflection. What are my goals and how have they changed? What ways am I holding myself back? How can I find new ways to succeed? This past year, I answered these questions through reading. Personally, I love reading. If you follow us for any length of time, you will definitely see me posting about a new book I’ve read or a quote that stuck with me.
In 2020, I read 24 books! I don’t always stick with the same genre and try to mix it up, this keeps things new and exciting. Some were good, some were just okay, but some of them were great. Today, I am going to go over the 4 best books I read in 2020 that will help you gain the skills you need to succeed in life.
We all know about the “fear of missing out” as a feeling that keeps us from enjoying things fully. Sometimes we get so caught up in all the noise that we forget to let ourselves be in the moment. This wonderful book by Tanya Dalton looks at ways to slow down and get the most out of life. When we read books, we identify with the stories and apply them to our own experiences. It’s like when we hear a message at church and it feels like the pastor is talking directly to us, we think “he did that sermon just for me.” This book does exactly that. Tonya does a fabulous job of recognizing the problems that plague us and gives us steps to overcome those obstacles in this terrific, practical, and thoughtful book.
In a world of excess, life can sometimes be overwhelming. It can feel like we need more to be successful, but that isn’t always true. Jeff Manion does a wonderful job of explaining how our society has tricked us into thinking that materialism means fulfillment. He explains why having more doesn’t always make us satisfied and how that is holding us back. He breaks down how our spending habits are a window into our hearts and provides ways to achieve contentment without financial jeopardy. An enlightening and applicable book, it is more than worth the read and will improve your mind and your heart.
Darren is a widely popular author and speaker that has built his empire off of this single book. And after reading it, myself, I can see why! The simplicity of this book is what makes it so EASY to understand and apply to anyone’s life. Darren talks about how layering multiple habits on top of each other affects us. What he calls the “compounding effect” is what determines your success in life and it all depends on your habits. By doing small things to improve ourselves every day, we can compound these behaviors and become the very best versions of ourselves. I found this book motivating and well written and definitely see why its principles are taught by many and praised by people all over the globe. This great book is one of the best I read in 2020 and is useful for everyone.
The best book I read in 2020, and maybe the best book I’ve read in the last 2 years, is The Wealthy Gardner. John does a tremendous job of outlining the keys to success by telling the story of man’s road to prosperity. He created this story to teach his ambitious son valuable financial lessons and now these lessons are printed in an easy to read and entertaining book. What I liked the most while reading this book was the way he talked about wealth. He did it in a way that makes you want to work for it and it not be a thing of greed. I think this outlook helps you keep your eyes on the prize and keep working, even when times get tough. The digestible writing allows you to read for 5-8 minutes and put the book down, making it a convenient and insightful read. This book’s wonderfully well-written messages and principles make it a perfect tool for being successful.
Like I said before, I am an avid reader and love to find meaning and helpful tips in the books I read. I would love to know the best books you read in 2020, I am always looking to have a great read! If you have any recommendations, please email me or DM with your suggestions.
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