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5 Types of Books I Read Regularly

I’ve mentioned in the past how important reading is for any interesting person.

The average person in the United States stops growing intellectually after high school or college.

People who want more out of life realize what amazing opportunities to learn there are out there and they keep on learning.

I often get greedy with books.  I find out more titles of books that I want to read than I have time to read them.  I hear the name of a great book and then either buy it online or pick it up from the local library.  It’s not unusual for me to be reading between four and ten books at any one time.

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What types of books do I read?

Here is a list of five of my most-read categories and why I like them.

1. Business

If you’re not financially independent without needing a job then you are a wage slave.  You basically have other people telling you where to be and when.  They tell you when you can eat lunch, when you have to wake up in the morning, and when you can go home.  You can’t just jump up, plan a quick trip and hop on an airplane.  You have bills to pay and most likely some level of financial stress.

There is a lot of great information on building wealth and/or your own business.  Nothing comes easy, but life is about designing the type of life that you want to live.  Learn as much as you can about this area and then take action.

2. Spirituality

I believe there is a lot more to this reality than what meets the eye.  Science continually unveils more and more beyond what we knew to exist, but is still far off from having all of the answers.  When science fails (I read a lot of science articles online), spirituality often has answers.

I have found better and better ways of looking at and understanding life from studying various religions and spiritual texts.  I’ve studied Christianity (I was raised Catholic), Judaism, Kabbalah, various forms of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Taoism and many others.  All of these have had at least something to offer and I continue to gain insights to this day.

3. Psychology

Humans are a social species.  It is built into our DNA and into our survival.  Much of the greatest satisfaction that we will experience in life comes from social situations.  I particularly enjoy learning about social psychology and evolutionary psychology to help me better interact with and meet new people.  This is one area where I think science has come a long way in at least understanding mental processes and human interaction.

4. Biographies

I often focus on the biographies of great businessmen or other historical figures whom I respect such as John D Rockefeller, Sam Walton, or even Julius Caesar.  Read about people that you believe have achieved great things or overcame great obstacles.

5. Leisure Fiction

This is an area that I read the least of, but enjoy when I have some spare time before bed.  I personally like James Bond, Jason Bourne and now more recently the Matt Helm novels.  Every person has different tastes here so they should read whatever motivates them to keep those pages turning.

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The above five categories are in no way a complete list of the types of books that I read, but cover most of them.  Read about any area that is important to you and which you would like to learn more about.  Reading gives the unique opportunity to get into the minds of great people that you may never meet due to distance or them being deceased.

The television you watch today will most likely have little influence on your life years from now.  The right book may change your life.

All the best,

D

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