Who Is Reading What Books?
By Patrick Esposito
Have you ever gone into someone's home or office and looked upon their library to see what kind of books are on the shelf? You can tell much about a person by what books they read. You can also tell a lot about a person by how they dress, how they eat, who they associate with, what they do for a living, etc. Without deliberately trying to find out information, we learn more about people just by observing. In essence, that is how we get to know someone, or get to know someone better. That is also how people are drawn to one another as friends, business associates, etc. When you discover what books they read, that is when you find out what they are thinking.
When I look upon someone's book collection, I can tell if they like to read the same kind of books I read. Maybe they have read the same book. I think, more than anything else, that I can tell more about a person just by seeing what books they read. If there is someone I want to learn from, I will try to find out what books they are reading. I would love to have seen the library of Thomas Edison, Napoleon Hill, and Donald Trump, just to name a few. Sometimes, the best books we read were books that were recommended by someone. I would love to find out what books everyone on the Forbes 400 has read in the past year. Or I would like to know what books others in my industry are reading.
If you want to be successful at something, look at others who are successful, and do what they are doing. It sounds simple, but here is another way to look at it. Find out what books they are reading, and you will learn what is in their head, what they are thinking about. If you want to learn how to invest, find out what the Wall Street pros are reading. If you want to learn how to invest in real estate, find out what real estate investors are reading. If you want to be inspired to start a business, find out what other business people read. You can even read biographies of people in similar businesses or industries. You will find that successful people in any calling are usually reading biographies, self-help books, and anything else that would inspire motivate and educate.
If someone is looking to lose weight or just get in shape, they would ask people at the gym what books they would recommend. My personal favorite is Live Young Forever by Jack LaLanne. I think a great conversation would be among sports fans discussing some of the best books they have read. I would love to be in that conversation with my pen and pad ready. How great would it be to have Magic Johnson's top ten recommended books? You would get a double bonus there, since he was an all-star basketball player, as well as a great businessman. With all of this in mind, here is a new conversation starter? "Read any good books lately."
Pat Esposito is an entrepreneur, an author, and a runner. He wrote Peter the Speed Reader. Learn how Peter became a speed reader, and how you can too. He is also the founder of Selfpublishauthors.com
BOOKS THAT REACH THE HEART -- 5 AMAZING MOTIVATIONAL BOOKS FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS IN 2016
Recent titles released by UrbanEbooks.com
African Americans have long been big supporters of motivational books. Along with fiction novels, motivational books make up a huge percentage of books bought by African American readers. To name just a few, T.D. Jakes, Les Brown, Iyanla Vanzant, Dennis Kimbro, and Lisa Nichols have all had major success with their inspirational books.
UrbanEbooks.com, which publishes empower and educational ebooks for African Americans, has released 5 best-selling motivational books this year alone. Priced at just $0.99 each, the books are available for immediate download and can be read on any tablet, smartphone or computer.
Here they are:
#1 - Never, Never, Never Give Up (The African American Guide to Achieving Any Goal and Conquering Any Challenge -- 70 Proven Tips) - a motivational guide with 70 proven tips to keep you on track so that you can continue to strive to achieve your dream despite any setback, any failure, any distraction, and any mistake.
#2 - Top 365 Inspiring Quotes From Black Millionaires and Billionaires (The Best Quotes From Bob Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Daymond John, Russell Simmons, Tyler Perry, and more!) - the first publication ever that features famous and inspiring business quotes solely from African American millionaires and billionaires. Along with their priceless advice and wisdom, they also share valuable life lessons that every aspiring and existing entrepreneur can benefit from!
#3 - A Mother's Love: 365 Inspirational Quotes For Mothers and Their Daughters (Amazing Quotes and Life Lessons From Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Jada Pinkett, Oprah Winfrey, and more!) - features 365 of the best inspirational and motivational quotes from incredible African American women, known for their contributions to the world via poetry, theater, public speaking, television, and civil rights.
#4 -Real Talk at the Barbershop (101 Motivational Lessons For African American Men and Boys) - In the setting of an African American barbershop, this ebook features 101 amazing motivational lessons and techniques for both African American men and boys on how to be more successful in life.
#5 - Real Talk at the Hair Salon (101 Motivational Lessons For African American Women and Girls) - In the setting of an African Ameriacan hair salon, this ebook features 101 amazing motivational lessons and techniques for both African American women and girls on how to be more successful in life.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, UrbanEbooks.com was founded in 2016 by award-winning entrepreneur Dante Lee. After launching, the company released 22 new books in their first six weeks! Their published books cover various topics from relationship advice, motivational advice, health advice, funding information for women, a scholarship directory for Black students, and even several directories with Black women-owned businesses.
Lee, who is 34-years old and best known as the founder of BlackNews.com and BlackPR.com, comments, "The term 'urban ebooks' means different things to different people, and it is actually one of the fastest growing categories in the publishing industry. However, our urban ebooks are a bit different; They are 100% educational and empowering. We have decided to only create and publish books that are useful resources to our readers. We do not publish any urban fiction or street fiction titles!"
For more details, visit www.UrbanEbooks.com