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Some books stand the test of time. Take the bestseller Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. He spent 20 years researching 40 millionaires, trying to find commonalities that would in essence reveal a formula for success. In 1937, Hill published the result of his work, and for nearly a century now budding entrepreneurs and professionals have turned to Think and Grow Rich for inspiration and motivation. During that time, the book has sold over 100 million copies. Yes, you read that right — 100 million copies.
So what other books are invaluable for their wisdom and insight? Writing for Success.com, author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn has compiled a list of seven essential books that every well-read professional should have on their bookshelf.
The list of seven includes:
- The Bible
- Think and Grow Rich — Napoleon Hill
- How to Read a Book — Mortimer Adler
- As A Man Thinketh — James Allen
- The Richest Man in Babylon — George S. Clason
- The Lessons of History — William James Durant
- The Story of Philosophy — William James Durant
Rohn himself has impressive credentials as a mentor to a long list of successful businesspeople, including Tony Robbins, Mark R. Hughes (founder of Herbalife International) and Jack Canfield (who created the Chicken Soup book series). With those credentials, Rohn establishes himself as a person worth listening to. Read Rohn’s short comments on each book here. Happy reading.