timeless business classics

A few years back I was into magic in a big way.

I had a lot of free time as I wasn’t into studying and didn’t have time to play sports, but I did want to put my time to good use.

It so happened that magic filled that void.

So I started studying.

First, I went out and bought lots of cool looking tricks. They were clever, but most of them were gimmicks. Anyone could pick them up and do them within 3 minutes.

That didn’t interest me. While a few clever gimmick tricks are nice. it’s more impressive to people if you can just perform a trick at the drop of a hat.

So I changed tactics.

I started gathering magic DVDs by some of the best names in the business; Sankey, Banachek, Ammar, Osterlind, and Green.

It was tough going. I can’t tell you how many times I dropped cards or forgot tricks. But the more I practiced, the better I got.

I got more DVDs, and learnt more tricks. I lost track of how many I learnt.

I got as good as many street artists and then made the conscious decision to stop and challenge myself in other areas namely investing and success.

It wasn’t until recently that I noticed something.

When we get into something we tend to keep buying more and more material on the subject.

I have read over 300 books on the topics of business, self-development and marketing and I enjoyed most of them.

I have listened to over 150 audio sessions on pretty much the same topics.

I have watched over 5000 DVDs (estimated) from all different genres as well as another 150 DVDs on the topics I just mentioned as well as another 100 DVDs on magic.

But is more better?

My answer – no.

But you only find that out from reading, listening or watching a lot. Ironic, huh?!

It is far better to find the best material and simply study that over and over again.

So how do you find out what the best material is?

Two ways:

  1. You study a ton of material and decide
  2. You listen to the recommendations of people who are in the know

I vote going for number 2. The problem is that most experts out there don’t come out and tell you what the best material is.

Many authors drop a few names of books they like in their books, but it’s rare to find a suggestion of 20 or more books that are their must-reads.

In my book, iSucceed, I mention three men that I feel are the best of the best – Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn and Robert Kiyosaki.

To save space I supplied a link for people to check in order to find which of their materials I found to be the powerful.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many fantastic books, audio lectures and DVDs out there. So today I thought I’d share with you a few more of my favorites.

First off, novels (might as well start off with something fun):

  • The Harry Potter Series
  • Animal Farm (the best short novel)
  • Atlas Shrugged (a towering novel, but simply amazing)
  • Master of the Game
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Rage of Angels
  • Jurassic Park
  • If Tomorrow Comes
  • The Shack
  • The Name of the Rose
  • The Ultimate Gift
  • The Alchemist

Second, business books:

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  • Conversations with Millionaires
  • Influence
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Crush it
  • The Success Principles
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • He Who Thinks He Can
  • The Tao of Warren Buffet
  • See You at the Top
  • Rich Woman
  • The 12 Pillars

Third, audio series:

  • Choose To Be Rich
  • Live an Exceptional Life
  • Top Performance
  • The Psychology of Selling
  • The Strangest Secret
  • Keys to the Vault
  • The Psychology of Achievement and Success
  • Get the Edge
  • Presentation Power

Fourth, business/self-development DVDs:

  • Bob Proctor’s The Science of Getting Rich
  • Brendon Burchard’s Expert’s Academy
  • Jim Rohn’s Leadership Event 2004
  • Tony Robbins’ Ultimate Business Mastery
  • Brian Tracy’s Effective Manager Series
  • Robert Kiyosaki’s How to Predict the Future

And fifth, good old-fashioned movies (my favorite pastime):

  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Gladiator
  • Remember the Titans
  • Aliens
  • Die Hard
  • Saw
  • Groundhog Day
  • Love Actually
  • Inception
  • Cool Runnings
  • Backdraft
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Brewster’s Millions
  • Bridesmaids
  • Taken
  • Shall We Dance (Japanese version)
  • The Abyss
  • Stripes
  • Transformers
  • Frailty
  • Speed
  • Overboard

Keep in mind that time is your enemy. These days we don’t have enough time to go through all the good, so do yourself a favor and go through the best stuff first.

If you have a chance to check any of these out do let me know what you think.

Adrian Shepherd

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