13 Books that are Great Reads
“Until lately the West has regarded it as self-evident that the road to education lay through great books. No man was educated unless he was acquainted with the masterpieces of his tradition. There was never very much doubt in anybody’s mind about which the masterpieces were. They were the books that endured and that the common voice of mankind called the finest creations, in writing, of the Western Mind.”
~ Robert M. Hutchins
The books are from diverse topic areas. I can’t force any of you to read. But you always ask what I do to stay inspired and positive in my own life. I read books. I spend at least two hours a day reading “good-to-great” books.
To gain knowledge that can help you live a better quality of life, you have to learn it, and to learn it, you have to read books or get the knowledge from some other source. Access to books is easy. Most of them cost little. A library card cost $5 — and is an awesome place to read. You can find many of the classic Great books online for free — Project Gutenberg is a good start. And in my opinion, reading makes a greater impact on your mind.
Thinking and learning, the kind that makes you more powerful in your life, is not something you do passively. The more engaged your mind is, the better. Watching video or listening to audio to learn is nothing compared to having your mind absorbed with the structure of a book and the process of piecing together ideas and concepts from words and sentences.
Even when it comes to fiction, there’s nothing like imaginatively and creatively becoming one with the story inside a book. Even the best movies leave the best parts of a story out.
Success in life in its most fundamental way is effort and work. Books leave you no choice. Effective reading holds your mind captive — it makes you make the effort and do the work. And that’s a good thing. A very good thing.
It’s easy to find myself in conversation with people who want to better their lives. It happens frequently. But rarely is the person who wants change doing anything to learn more knowledge to create it. Developing the habit of daily reading WILL change your attitude and your life in dramatic ways. Up to you. Always is. NEVER anyone else.
Your Founding Father of Mind over Matter,