Can you imagine what it would be like to sit down for a cider with Benjamin Franklin before breakfast (one of his quirkily habits)?
Or how about spending some time with the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, discussing invention and innovation?
Well, just this morning, I got to sit with, and learn about the life of, John D Rockefeller for 45 minutes.
It’s all possible through the amazing (and transformative) power of books.
In 2013, I was fortunate enough to be passed a book by my boss at the time. It was the story of how legitimate entrepreneur, Gerry Harvey, built a series of home furnishing companies called: “Harvey Norman” (now operating in 8 countries worldwide) with his (now deceased) long time business partner, Ian Norman.
That book took me several weeks to get through. I would get to the gym in the morning at 5:30am and for 15-30 minutes, while drinking a long black coffee, I would sit and attempt to read about the mindset and psychology of success from the $1.3b business magnate.
I say “attempt to read” because even though the words were being seen, it was the first book I’d picked up in about 10 years, and so the words didn’t seem to transfer from my eyes to my brain that well.
Regardless, 5 years on, and probably 500-750 books later I am obsessed with investing the knowledge of the greats.
I read in the mornings (still maintaining my habit of doing so with a delicious long black), I’ll read on my morning walk (thanks audible) and I’ll even read while in a long line (thanks for the kindle app!)
There are probably 1,000 great quotes about education and reading, but I’ll keep it simple: ‘to be able to read, but to choose not to, is one of life’s greatest tradgedies.’
I’m almost certain I’ve created some kind of Frankenstein quote with the above, but it’s 100% true.
If you need any ideas on what books to read next, I’ve dropped 3 suggestions below.
1. The magic of thinking big - David Schwarz
2. Think and grow rich - Napoleon Hill
3. The science of being great - Wallace Wattles
Enjoy and happy reading.