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Read for Fun…Achieve Your Dreams

Written by Ron Knight

Published by 9 Minute Books

If you’re reading this, then over the next nine minutes your stress level will reduce by 68%. Your heartrate will slow and the tension in your muscles will ease. (1)

By you reading for fun, at this moment, it is propelling you ahead of 80% of the people in the United States. Can you imagine the possibilities that are opening up for you this instant!

Think about how much money you make today. Now multiply that by five. Would your new salary help you achieve your dreams? People who read for fun have five times greater annual incomes than those who spend little or no time reading. (2)

Today you’re starting a new life, replacing worries with blessings, and replacing your failures with wealth and success.

It’s time to achieve your dreams and it all starts by reading for fun!

Good with Tools

A teenager named Steve was given an area in the garage to work with his father, who taught him the basics of using tools. Steve also enjoyed electronics. He wanted to know how a television worked and the key components in a transistor radio.

Although Steve was handy with tools, he struggled with his grades. He only had a few friends and his temper was a major problem.

Steve began reading fiction books and also read books on meditation. This had several benefits:

  • Sharpened his instincts.

  • Better understood emotions of other people.

  • His mental activity improved, especially with memory.

  • Created unique ideas by developing his imagination.

  • His stress levels were decreased.

Steve Jobs combined his passion of building something special with his love of books, founded the company Apple and became a billionaire.

No Help Needed

Bill was a shy teenager. Like Steve, he didn’t have many friends. There would be times when he would sit in a rocking chair and quickly move back and forth, rocking like a madman, attempting to think clearly.

Like every teenager, Bill had a special talent. He loved computers and even showed a gift for running his own business at a young age.

However, Bill’s parents were concerned that he spent so much time working on computers and not enough time doing things that other kids his age were doing.

They sent Bill to a psychiatrist and signed him up for an afterschool group with teens who were really smart, but not engaged socially with other students.

These attempts failed to give Bill something more in life than computers. Even though he had plenty of intelligence, his grades began to slip.

One day, his English teacher gave Bill six fiction books. She asked that he read each one and report back to her what he thought about the books.

Reluctantly, Bill agreed.

Suddenly, his life began to change. Bill had better instincts when it came to running a business.

Also, he better understood the emotions and feelings of other people, both teenagers and adults, while increasing his communication skills.

His grades improved and his mind became clear, along with relieving his stress. Bill was able to combine his computers skills and talent for running a business with his expanding imagination.

Bill Gates founded Microsoft as a young man and he’s now worth over $80 billion.

Rebel

There was a teenage girl who always got into trouble. She hated her strict Catholic school and devoted her time to being a rebel.

She had a passion for dancing, singing, and especially loved the drama club. She also had dreams of one day becoming an actress.

In order to comprehend scripts better and understand character emotions for movies, she began reading fiction books.

This helped her relate better with others, even adults. After all, if she was going to audition for roles, she had to understand how to communicate and show her passion for acting.

As her memory improved, so did her ability to learn lines at a quick pace. Also, her speed of reading increased.

Now, she could quickly read a book based on the film she was auditioning for, which benefited her especially with storylines and character development.

Despite not being the best dancer, singer, or even actress, she was getting roles over those who had much more talent. Directors were impressed with her work ethic and her ability to capture the emotions of the role.

From there, she continued developing her skills in both dancing and singing, writing her own music.

Reading teen fiction helped her keep in touch with what teens were thinking and the best ways to entertain them. She develop unique ideas for songs, videos, and concerts.

Being both an entertainer and an actress put great strains on her, but reading helped lower her stress levels.

Madonna is now worth over $800 million.

Sci-Fi Kid

There was another young boy named Steven who didn’t have many friends. He struggled in school, especially with reading. When his father asked him to read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Steven read one line then tossed the book to the side.

Steven noticed other boys reading Science Fiction books that were much smaller than full length novels. He decided to give them a chance, especially since he wanted to fit in.

When a camping trip was scheduled for a bunch of boys, Steven went along. That night at the campfire, each boy was told to give a quick story.

Steven thought this was his big chance to make an impression. If they liked his story, then maybe he would have more friends.

As each boy took their turn, Steven thought about the Sci-Fi books he had been reading. He then combined several different stories to make one really good story.

After he was finished, the boys all clapped and begged him to tell another one. So once again, Steven thought about the books he read, mixed a few stories and characters together, then created his own unique story.

This was when Steven realized that he wanted to become a film maker.

He continued reading and built up his speed. This helped with reading scripts, reading books he may want to turn into a movie, and creating his own stories for film.

On the business side, reading helped with his instincts and he could better comprehend what would entertain people the most, engage their emotions, and pump them full of adrenaline.

Steven Spielberg directed films such as E.T. and Jurassic Park; he’s now worth over $3 billion.

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Madonna, and Steven Spielberg discovered that knowledge comes and goes, but wisdom lasts forever.

Reading for fun was the way to achieve their dreams.

Guess what? You just finished 9 minutes of reading this book and are improving your skills and talents in a variety of ways!

Before moving on, start an Idea Log. Write in a journal or notebook one idea you had while reading for 9 minutes. It could be anything, since your imagination is expanding to new heights.

Carmine Gallo said in his book, The Storyteller’s Secret, “You are only valuable as your ideas…the one skill that will make you more valuable in the next decade.”

Every 9 minutes you read, add at least one random thought to your Idea Log. You will be able to combine those thoughts into a special unique idea which will propel you to greatness!

Part 2

Back Row to the Front Row

When Suze was young, she couldn’t pronounce her R’s, S’s or T’s. Words such as beautiful came out as boobital. In addition to not being able to speak certain letters, Suze had trouble reading. She always scored low on tests and felt like the dumbest kid in school.

Just when she couldn’t feel any lower, her teacher decided to seat each kid in her class from those who had the best reading scores, all the way to those who had the worst reading scores.

Of course, Suze ended up in the last row while her best friends sat in the first row.

All through high school Suze believed she couldn’t learn anything and never would amount to any kind of success. Instead, success was reserved for those in the front row.

To make matters worse, Suze’s family was poor. She felt deep in her heart she was headed for the same kind of fate. Why should she even try? You can’t fight your destiny, even if you’re on the path to become a dumb, low-income nobody.

Eventually Suze got a job as a waitress at the Buttercup Bakery.

Despite being a slow reader, Suze became obsessed with reading as much about investments as she could. This included books on financing, reading the Wall Street Journal, and Barron’s Financial Investments Magazine.

Suze consumed as much information as possible, then applied for a job as a broker at Merrill Lynch.

During the interview, the men in the room said things like, “We just need to fill our quota for women,” and “Women should be barefoot and pregnant. No woman was ever meant to do this kind of work. You’ll be gone in six months.”

Suze ignored the negative comments and read a book on dressing for success. She used the information to open an account at Macy’s and purchased professional looking outfits.

On her first day of work, she parked her 1967 Volvo station wagon down the street, then walked by the cars owned by the other stockbrokers which consisted of Mercedes’s, BMW’s, and Jaguars’.

After work when the market closed, the other brokers would eat at fancy restaurants. Suze would stop at Taco Bell every day, eating by herself.

Meanwhile, she continued reading, learning, and determined to open a new world for herself. Eventually, Suze had enough experience and knowledge to go on her own, leaving Merrill Lynch behind her.

In 1995, she published her first book, You’ve Earned It, Don’t Lose It, then went on a grueling book tour to promote herself, ultimately selling 700,000 copies.

Two years later, Suze made it to the best-sellers list with her book, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and sold over 3 million copies.

Suze was given her own television series, which won her the Gracie Allen Award and a Daytime Emmy Award.

Suze Orman is now worth $35 million.

What do you have in common with Suze Orman? Is it possible for you to overcome your weaknesses and achieve your dreams?

The front row is waiting…are you coming?

Wisdom Forest

Let’s say the sky is the Internet and you want to know more about a specific place such as Wisdom Forest. You decide to take a helicopter ride owned by Google to Wisdom Forest so you can travel above and check things out.

The ride lasted only ten minutes, but you were able to get a sense of how massive Wisdom Forest is, along with noticing the gorgeous treetops. You take pictures and post them on Instagram and Facebook.

Also, you text all your friends about the helicopter ride and Tweet #WisdomForestHeckYeah!

After the helicopter ride, you felt like it was a great thrill, but deep down you’re unsatisfied because once the Google helicopter flew by the forest, it seemed over quicker than you would have liked.

Plus, you really didn’t learn much other than the location of the forest, its size, and well, helicopter rides are fun.

The next day.

Craving more, you decide to join the Wisdom Forest Tour, sponsored by Books.

At first, this was more difficult than the Google helicopter ride, because you were hiking along the trails going up and down slopes and crossing rope bridges. You even climbed a few trees just for fun.

Although your heart was beating fast, you began to relax as you breathed in the fresh air and took hundreds of beautiful pictures of animals, birds, trees, creeks, rock formations, the unique rope bridges, and pictures of the sun peeking through the massive trees.

At the end of the Wisdom Forest Tour, you realized how different you are by taking the time to hike through the forest rather than flying over it in a helicopter.

In addition, you discovered a joy for hiking. You never would have known unless you went on the tour.

The Google helicopter ride gave you some basic information of Wisdom Forest, but joining the Wisdom Forest Tour sponsored by Books had changed your life.

Technology is great…so are books.

A person who started off poor and became wealthy discovered at some point they had to take control of their life. Reading for fun was a major step.

Cellphones are amazing. Steve Jobs created the iPhone so we can better communicate with each other. (Of course, his ideas came from a mix of talent, hard work, and reading for fun.)

Music, games, and apps are not bad distractions. They are awesome ways to entertain ourselves.

Social media, Google and the Internet are ways to pass the time and also find the answer to a question we might have. It’s comfortable, easy, and will keep you right where you are for as long as it can. After all, it’s why they make so much money.

However, once you’re entertained, or discover the answer to a question on the Internet, there’s nothing else to be gained. It’s a quick thrill ride in the Google helicopter, racing through the Internet sky, flying over Wisdom Forest as you rapidly take pics and post them on social media while texting your friends.

Reading for fun opens layers and layers of creativity and imagination as you hike through Wisdom Forest. It takes more time, but there’s benefits that go way beyond a quick flyover using the Internet.

Your mind will be cleared of all the junk and replaced with fresh ideas. You’ll have more energy, confidence, and view the world like never before. Then something else begins to happen…

By reading for fun, you’re opening the door to achieving your dreams!

You just completed another 9 minutes of this book! Write down at least one idea in your Idea Log.

As you continue reading this book, you will gain more confidence and wisdom, creating a vision for an amazing future!

Part 3

Rachel’s Story (3)

When my husband and I were married in our early twenties, we worked at jobs with low pay. It was depressing and put a huge strain on our marriage as we continued to sink more into debt, especially when both our children were born.

By the time I was thirty, I had enough. I wanted to change my life for the better.

But how?

I thought about night school and taking business classes, but I didn’t have the time, nor the money. For some reason, I decided to walk into our local library and stroll down every row, gazing at the books.

I wasn’t sure what I was looking for; I just wanted to distract myself from all the problems we were having as a family.

After about an hour, I noticed the book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie. I figured, “I want to stop worrying and I certainly want to start living. What do I have to lose?”

I pulled the book off the shelf, sat down in a chair, and began reading. About an hour later, something inside me began to change.

Taking control of my life.

It’s difficult to explain, but my mind began thinking of a new future for myself and better ways for my family to live. I wasn’t even close to finishing the book when I stood up and grabbed another one; Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.

“I can think and I want to be rich, so let’s see what Napoleon has to say on the subject.”

With Dale Carnegie’s book next to me and Napoleon Hill’s book in my hands, I began reading faster than ever. It was like I wanted to consume as much as possible while sitting in that chair.

A question suddenly repeated in my mind. “What do I really want?”

Of course, I wanted our family to be out of debt and living more comfortably. My husband and I never really go on dates and certainly not to dinners. It’s more like we walk around somewhere for an hour, rent a movie and then go home.

I wanted my kids to have everything they needed for school and sports. I wanted to be more confident around people and hold my head high in any circumstance.

The hour I spent in the chair reading, I realized for the first time in my life that I didn’t have a specific dream in mind. Or if I did, it has been buried so far deep inside of me that I never thought about it until now.

I wanted to run my own business and I wanted it to do something that would change the lives of others for the better.

The good news was I was sitting in a building, loaded with books and resources, all free, at my fingertips, waiting for me as if each book began to smile at my newfound inspiration.

I decided to get a library card and check both of those books out.

Two weeks later.

I had finished both books and was back in the library.

I now had a purpose, which was to read motivating and inspirational books. Also, read books on business, sales, marketing, and leadership. I wanted to read biographies of people who have succeeded throughout history and read fiction books of all types of genres.

Most of all, I wanted to have fun reading, because this wasn’t a chore, but a stepping stone to achieving my dreams.

Finding the time.

I continued checking out all kinds of books, usually three or four at a time.

Speaking of time, it wasn’t easy finishing them in three weeks before they were due back. Most of the books I had to check out for a second time.

Although I was a bit slow at reading and being pulled in several directions with my husband, kids, and my miserable job, I read a little bit of each book when I could.

I read a few minutes in the morning, during my breaks at work, and read at night before bed. I also kept a book with me while waiting to pick my kids up from soccer practice.

It was a way to clear my mind, remove stress, and replace my worries with exciting ideas.

The first year since entering the library, I read twenty-seven books. That’s just over two books a month. It’s nothing earthshattering, but twenty-seven more books than I read since graduating high school.

Adding a pen and notebook to my reading.

Probably the most important thing I did was keep a notebook with me at all times. I wrote down any ideas I had while reading.

My confidence level increased like never before and I saw a clear path to my destiny.

The ideas for my business flooded into my mind like a river of hope. I used a combination of my hard work, talent, and gained as much wisdom as possible by reading at least a few minutes whenever I could each day.

I’m now forty-six, have been running my business for fifteen years, and my husband does the accounting and bookkeeping.

I never did take night classes, but reading for fun made me more than a highly-educated person; I had the wisdom needed to succeed.

When I had walked into the library as a way to distract myself from my problems, I had no idea that reading on my own would have such an impact on my life.

I’m here to tell you, if you want fresh blessings and achieve your dreams, reading for fun is the place to start!

Test the Theory

You’ve read many examples of how reading for fun will pave the way to success. But does it really work?

Ask any question about achieving your dreams. Think about it for a second and formulate the question. Think about the future, what you want, and ask any question that pops into your mind.

Are you ready?

Okay. Let’s open a random page of the book, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, to find your answer.

“All achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.”

Napoleon Hill is saying that the answer to your question is to understand the importance of an idea and how the idea leads to riches, which is the way to achieve your dreams.

This is just one line from one book, answering a question for you. Can you now understand why reading for fun is the key to your bright future? What if you read at least 9 minutes a day?

The possibilities are endless!

And just like that…

You just completed another 9 minutes of this book and on your way to achieving your dreams! Write an idea down in your Idea Log and stay motivated by reading 9 minutes at least once a day!

Part 4

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

A college rebuilt their campus. On one side were buildings for the classes and the other side buildings for the student dorms. In the middle is a large grass area with beautiful trees.

The school needs paved pathways from the dorms to the classroom buildings. Mr. Knowledge maps out the most logical pathways on his computer and presents it to the college for construction.

Ms. Wisdom has a different theory. “Don’t build any of the paths yet. College students are notorious for waking up late and hurrying to their class, taking the shortest distance. Let the students create the paths in the grass and then pave over them.”

The college used Ms. Wisdom’s idea and paid her for the project.

Remember that knowledge is gained when you go to school. Wisdom is gained by reading for fun. It allows you to see the world on a much deeper level.

Mark Zuckerberg read poetry and other variety of books before going on to create Facebook. Despite earning $48 billion, in 2015 he started a reading challenge for himself and others because he felt reading for fun was that important.

Warren Buffett earned over $71 billion by combining his talents in business with reading for fun. In fact, he still reads five to six hours a day, wishing he could read more!

Here’s what Warren Buffett learned while reading for fun.

  • Expanded his vocabulary.

  • Improved his communication skills.

  • Developed unique business and marketing ideas.

  • Received the latest business and marketing information to build his career.

  • Built confidence in making creative decisions.

  • Learned how to become disciplined with his career.

  • Books were similar to having a mentor.

  • Discovered his hidden talents.

What if you had an extended vocabulary? Would that help you achieve more in life?

How about communicating better with others, coming up with awesome ideas, gaining more confidence…would any of those things help you achieve your dreams?

Of course they would!

98% of wealthy business owners started off poor. There was a time when they were struggling, whether as a teenager or an adult, then they discovered reading for fun and the power it had over their future.

Warren has this to say, “I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”

Read This!

To maximize your reading and your opportunities for success, you should read 9 minutes a day in these three categories:

Category One: Motivation

Includes books on Inspiration and Spiritual topics. (Choose at least one topic to read for 9 minutes a day.)

Here’s the benefits…

Natural hormones will be released in your body, creating emotions of love and satisfaction. (4) Following this, you’ll become more motivated and guided in the direction needed to better yourself.

This will give you the power to overcome odds. With direction, clarity, and a clearer future, along with wisdom guiding your steps, you’ll have a sense of purpose and joy in your life.

Motivation, inspiration, and spiritual books also help you avoid temptation and other worldly setbacks. You’ll be able to overcome humbling moments more quickly and have daily renewed faith.

Every 9 minutes, you’ll better understand the destiny placed in your heart and the path to achieve your dreams.

Category Two: Business

Includes books on Success, Marketing, Management, Entrepreneurship, and Biographies. (Choose at least one topic to read for 9 minutes a day.)

Here’s the benefits…

A natural alert from your brain will enable you to see opportunities and even encourage you to take action. (5)

Your vocabulary will expand and your communication skills will show your value every time you speak to someone.

You’ll discover unique business and marketing ideas, even if you have no experience or previous education in those areas. You’ll also receive the latest business and marketing information to build your career.

With all those improvements, you’ll gain confidence with making creative decisions and learn how to become disciplined with your daily activities.

Reading business books and biographies is similar to having a mentor. It’s like someone speaking directly to you, finding ways to discover your hidden talents so you can achieve your dreams.

Category Three: Fiction

(Choose any fiction book to read for 9 minutes a day.)

Here’s the benefits…

Fiction is highly underrated as a way to better your life. Just remember that 90% of every fiction book is actually non-fiction. So you’re gaining wisdom while being entertained at the same time.

It’s like someone turning on a switch in your head, engaging your brain and sharpening your instincts. You’ll be able to better understand the emotions of other people and your memory will improve.

Most importantly, fiction is a way to create unique ideas by developing your imagination.

If you choose a thriller or scary book, there are added benefits such as increasing your natural adrenaline and encouraging you to overcome obstacles so you can achieve your dreams.

All books in every genre and topic help you instantly reduce stress!

27 Minutes

By reading Motivation, Business, and Fiction books, just 9 minutes each, you are tripling your intake of wisdom, all under 30 minutes a day!

Accomplishing Your Reading Goals

You’re extremely busy, which is why most teens and adults have fallen out of the reading for fun habit. Here’s a few ideas on how to squeeze in your 9 minute reading sessions.

Mornings

Mornings are a terrific time to read your Motivation book for 9 minutes. In fact, it should be one of the first things you do, because it will set the tone for the rest of your day.

Try reading just for 9 minutes during breakfast. If that’s not possible, find 9 minutes somewhere in your morning or at the latest, read at lunch for 9 minutes. (Most people have an hour for lunch, so this is plenty of time!)

Don’t forget to jot down a note in your Idea Log!

Afternoon

Business books are better for the afternoon. This gives your brain a boost and a surge of ideas to propel your dreams forward. Write those thoughts in your Idea Log.

Late Afternoon/Evening

Fiction is terrific for late in the afternoon or evening. It drifts you away to another world, releases any tension from your day and stores creative ideas in your subconscious so when you dream, the ideas meld together and form into something amazing by morning.

While you’re reading a fiction book, your mind may wander. This is typical, because something you just read ignited your imagination. Write it down in your Idea Log.

Always have a two things with you at all times:

  • At least one of your three books. (It doesn’t matter which one.)

  • Your Idea Log.

Speaking of Idea Log, your 9 minutes are up and it’s time to write down something random that popped into your mind!

Part 5

A Safer Way

As a young man, John became a voracious reader. Like switching channels on a TV, he would read seven or eight books at a time, with everything from science fiction to economic theory.

John had realized early on that having many ideas was the key to achieving a better life. Reading for fun was the best way to gain ideas.

There were days he waited at the library doors when it opened at 8:00 in the morning. He would then stay until it closed at midnight.

Most people considered John, “bright”, but with his daily reading sessions, everyone began notice how “interesting” John had become.

From there, reading and gaining ideas became a regular part of his life. He was now in control of his destiny.

John also believed that if he became knowledgeable in many fields and activities, nothing could stand in his way to achieving his dreams. So he continued reading books about philosophy, religion, history, literature and whatever made his heart sing, while building his ideas.

In Austin, Texas, John knew exactly what he wanted to do and how he would become a success. He wanted to start a small health foods store, even though Austin had several stores already. John would do things differently. He had many ideas and a clear vision of how to better the lives of others.

With the help of his girlfriend, Renee, they borrowed $10,000. This wasn’t enough, so they raised another $35,000 and opened their new health food store called, SaferWay.

John selected a building with three floors. On the first floor, they ran the health food market. On the second floor they had a health food restaurant and on the third floor is where they lived.

The first year, they did $300,000 in sales.

After the second year, they gained plenty of attention and made the decision to merge with Clarksville Natural Grocery, run by Mark Skiles and Craig Weller. They needed a new name. After much consideration, their new store became…

Whole Foods Market.

They had to survive many things, including a flood that wiped out the store and everything inside. Also when they wanted to expand, John battled an SEC investigation, which he cleared himself of any wrongdoings.

If that wasn’t enough, John had been in New York, on his way to S&P Ratings Agency for a meeting, walking right under the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 during the attacks, dodging debris from the collapsing building.

“Sure, you are going to get knocked back, but you have to be resilient. You have to pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes, and do better next time. If you do that and you are persistent, then generally you’ll succeed.”

Over 360 Whole Foods locations were eventually opened, bringing in $11 billion in sales each year.

John Mackey is now worth $100 million and he credits most of his success to reading. In fact, his man cave has plenty of fun toys, but his reading chair is most important.

“A lot of millionaires are readers. I think it’s because they are very curious about the world.”

There’s just a few problems.

First, you don’t have time to read and even if you did, you read at a slow pace and your mind becomes easily distracted.

Second, most books seem boring. If you started visiting the library, it would be difficult to decide which books to select.

These are common problems and the reason why 90% of America are not reading for fun. It’s also the reason why 90% of America is either lower-income or middle-income.

To solve the first problem of time, remember your goal is to read for 9 minutes a day. Everyone has 9 minutes! Then work your way to 27 minutes a day, reading three different types of books. (Motivation, Business, Fiction.)

If you read at a slow pace, no worries. You will build speed and confidence. Steven Spielberg had the exact same problem. It’s just a matter of finding books you can read faster and then working yourself to more difficult books.

For example, the book you’re reading now was created to read fast and build your confidence!

Three Definitions

Independent Reading: “Reading we do of our own free will, anticipating the satisfaction we will get from the act of reading.” (8)

Reading for Fun: “Reading which began at someone else’s request that we continue because we are interested in it.” (9)

Voluntary Reading: “Act of play that allows us to experience different worlds in our imagination.” (10)

Based on those definitions, you can better understand what happens when you read for fun.

  • You’ll begin to look for every opportunity to read.

  • Your interest in reading will increase, even if it wasn’t originally your idea to start reading for fun.

  • You’ll become more and more excited as you experience a growing imagination.

It’s amazing that you’ve completed another 9 minutes of this book! Jot a thought down in your Idea Log and get ready for more wisdom!

In the next part, you’ll learn the nine steps to achieving your dreams based on hundreds of books throughout history. Of course you should still read as many books as possible, but here’s an overview of what they say…

Part 6

Shortcut

This chapter was originally written at the end, but moved up to give you a head start on achieving your dreams. Everything listed is what you’ll read in all Motivation themed books and Business themed books.

Before going on, there are some things on this list you won’t agree with today. Also, there are some things you may feel are not important to you, but after gaining wisdom from reading, your feelings will change completely.

It takes three steps to start the list:

  1. Gaining the wisdom to understand each item on the list. This list is a shortcut to reading hundreds of books, however, it may take hundreds of books before you’re convinced.

  2. Once you’re convinced, you’ll need to have faith in each item on the list. Not one item on the list is a waste of time. In fact, all nine items will speed the process to achieving your dreams.

  3. Putting this list into action. Doing everything on this list will propel you forward.

The sooner everything on this list becomes your reality, the sooner you’ll achieve your dreams!

One final thought.

This list is not a theory, but rather what every successful, wealthy person has learned by reading books on a variety of topics and squeezed down to these nine essential items.

If you do nothing on this list, it’s like walking a hundred miles to your dreams and getting lost on the way, extending your trip another fifty miles.

If you do some of the items on the list, it’s like walking a hundred miles and riding a bike for the last ten miles to achieve your dreams.

If you do every item on the list, it’s like riding a bike, rather than walking the hundred miles to your dreams, and getting a lift in a car for the last ten miles.

The 9

Tithe

Invest 3%

Budget

Short Burst Reading

Do Something Each Day

Develop Wisdom

Build Impeccable Character

Surround Yourself with Good People

Overcome Challenges

Tithe

This means giving the first 10% of what you earn to the local church. For some of you, this is a deal breaker. Already you’re rolling your eyes and making excuses.

Tithing is the most difficult, but also an important step. You will learn in your spiritual reading that it’s better if 90% of your money is blessed by God than 100% of your money without God’s blessing.

Sean: “When I give the first 10% of my paycheck to my church, I imagine a troubled teenager deciding to join our youth group, or a divorced mother needing assistance. Sometimes I think about how I need help with my own struggles and know my 10% is an act of faith, along with opening a floodgate of blessings.”

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of tithing.

Invest 3%

Investing 3% of your current earnings into your dreams will steadily grow your talents and career. (6) At first, this could mean investing fifty dollars a month in books, joining business groups, buying audio books for listening in the car, investing in motivational DVD’s and other learning tools.

Katelyn: “Every month, three percent of my earnings go directly to my career and dreams. As I continued investing in myself, it was a way to obtain the items I needed and keep me moving towards my goals.”

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of investing money into their careers.

Budget

The Dave Ramsey course, Financial Peace University, will change your life for the better on the first day! (7)

You’ll learn how to control money rather than money controlling you. This will take the pressure off so you can focus on your dreams, rather than worrying about bills. It’s also a great transition into a budget for your business.

Tiffany: “Investing my first 10% to church and another 3% for my career was difficult, especially since I was struggling paying my bills. Learning how to budget was like a breath of fresh air.”

Also, there’s a need to Budget Time.

Kenneth: “I had to actually make a schedule to read 27 minutes a day, spend time with my family, work on my dreams, keep up with things I had to do around the house and so on. Without a schedule, I would drift and it would cause setbacks and delays.”

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of having a personal financial budget and a time budget.

Short Burst Reading

Reading different topics of books, 9 minutes a day, will guide you down the path to becoming wealthy.

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of reading a variety of books at least 9 minutes a day.

Do Something Each Day

The best way to describe doing something each day is by using M.A.P.S.

M.A.P.S.

Do something each day to improve mentally.

Do something each day to achieve your dreams.

Do something each day to improve physically.

Do something each day to improve spiritually.

Heather: “Today I read for 9 minutes on three different occasions, had lunch with a successful CEO to pick his brain on the best ways to be a leader, took a 45 minute walk, and spent a few minutes alone in prayer. Doing the M.A.P.S. idea keeps me motivated and improves my life each day!”

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of improving every area of their lives each day.

Develop Wisdom

This is learned by short burst reading, prayer, meditation, staring out a window, or watching how successful people do things. Wisdom is also gained in your Idea Log and making a deliberate effort to understand as much as possible.

Spencer: “My choice to gain wisdom led to better decisions, less mistakes, and improved my talents quickly. My favorite thing to do is walk in the mall and gaze at the window displays. You’d be surprised at how much you can learn for your business!”

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of gaining wisdom.

Build an Impeccable Character

A person who is always happy, upbeat, and looking for ways to benefit people, will become someone who attracts talent and gain help from others.

Devin: “It’s about doing the little things each day and making a conscious effort to make everyone around you smile and feel better about life.”

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of building an impeccable character.

Surround Yourself with Good People

There’s three types of people you should surround yourself with:

  • People with impeccable character.

  • People who are smarter than you.

  • People who have talents you don’t.

Sierra: “After reading this, I took a hard look at the five people I spent the most time with outside of my family. I then asked, ‘Do all five of these people have impeccable character? Are all five smarter than me? Do all five have some talent to offer that’s different from mine?’ I had to make some tough choices to better my life.”

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of surrounding yourself with good people.

“If I’m the smartest person in the room, then I need to find a different room.” ~ Ron Knight, Founder of 9 Minute Books

Overcome Challenges

This last one sounds more like encouragement rather than a success tip. However, overcoming humbling moments is something you have to learn how to do, or challenges will become like brick walls.

The best way to overcome challenges is by using everything at the same time:

Tithing

Investing 3%

Budgeting

Short Burst Reading

Doing Something Each Day

Developing Wisdom

Building Impeccable Character

Surrounding Yourself with Good People

Those who have achieved their dreams know the importance of having the ability to overcome challenges.

You have now completed 9 minutes of this book. There’s probably several ideas you have, so write them down in your Idea Log!

Part 7

If you’re waiting, then you can be reading.

Waiting can be stressful, but imagine looking for every opportunity to be waiting for something? That’s what happens when you begin to anticipate reading.

You become so excited about reading for fun, crave the wisdom you are digesting, and look forward to adding another thought into your Idea Log, that you won’t mind having to wait for someone, or something!

Here are some common places successful people have a book ready. (Remember, 9 Minute Books fit into your back pocket!)

  • Movie Theatre

  • Theme Park Lines

  • Grocery/Retail Store Lines

  • Doctor Office/Hospital/Pharmacy

  • DMV

  • Airport

  • School Pickup Lines

  • Commercials (If you watch a 3 hour football game and read during commercials, you would have read for about 50 minutes!)

  • Breaks/Lunches

  • The most common…Waiting for Other People

Improving Your Talent

Making a choice to read every day causes you to subconsciously work harder on your talent and you feel more control over your actions. (11)

Your subconscious is where you store ideas, which begins to influence your actions and feelings. (12)

Over time those ideas mix together and then you’re doing what people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and John Mackey had done…developed a unique way of benefiting the world. (And becoming wealthy!)

Going Above and Beyond

“Based on students that read on their own for two years, they are superior to other students in reading comprehension, critical thinking, punctuation, writing fluency, sentence structure, vocabulary, writing complexity, attitude toward school, and self-esteem.” (13)

This research tells a lot about students, but think about adults. Let’s say you want to advance in your career, or start your own business. By reading for fun, you will excel over all competition at reading comprehension, critical thinking, attitude towards your work, self-esteem and much more.

In fact, the biggest single indicator of whether you will thrive at school or work is whether or not you read for fun. (14)

Linguist Stephen D. Krashen made a bold statement that without reading for pleasure, you simply, “Do not have a chance.”

Stress Buster

Reading just 9 minutes, “Is a better stress reliever than music, going for a walk, or drinking a cup of tea.” (15)

Why is this?

“Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation. This is more than merely a distraction, but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.” (16)

Wow! And remember, this statement refers to reading just a few minutes a day!

People who want to become successful and remain successful know the importance of being able to handle daily stress. (Steve Jobs was the perfect example, reading books on meditation.)

It’s one thing to distract yourself for a few minutes listening to music, texting a friend, downloading a new app, posting a pic on Instagram, or writing a Tweet.

It’s a completely other thing to read for a few minutes and engage your imagination to an altered state of consciousness.

How does reading for fun build new ideas?

You’ll discover a blueprint for making the most of your potential, along with understanding how many different types of people think.

How does that happen?

Let’s open a random page in the book, Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell and read a sentence.

Here it is, “Success is not a random act. (Success) arises out of predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.”

First of all, it’s amazing to think we just opened to a random page and the first thing we read is, “Success is not a random act.” This means the act of opening the book was a purposeful leap towards success!

When reading Outliers you’ll learn the patterns of successful people. You can then apply those patterns to achieving your dreams.

Think and Grow Rich

Here’s another example. I’m going to open to a random page in the book, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. Keep in mind this was the first motivation success book ever written!

“You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

How often do you feel out of control? You just learned that whatever your dreams may be, there’s a path in which you can direct and control.

Now imagine you read more lines from Think and Grow Rich! Imagine if you read the entire book! You would move full steam ahead to achieving whatever dream was placed in your heart while achieving success on multiple levels!

Walt Disney

Another example is reading biographies of people such as Walt Disney. By reading a biography of Disney, you’ll discover he went from failing many times in business, to being homeless, eating from a garbage can, to becoming a motion-picture and television producer and a pioneer of cartoon films.

Oh, and he created some place called Disneyland.

In the biography, Walt Disney: An American Original, by Bob Thomas, let’s open a random page and read a random paragraph.

“Over the years, Disney repeated to his animators, ‘Make it read!’ Meaning, make the action distinct and recognizable...Disney constantly strove to make the cartoon more convincing and more entertaining. He (then) added sound and color.”

Here’s what you can apply to your dreams based on Disney’s biography.

  • Whatever your dream, you must be unique and stand on your own, different than everyone else. You should ask yourself, “What is the one thing other people aren’t doing?”

  • Also learned from Disney’s biography is that you need to remove flaws and doubts. You need to take a hard look at yourself and see what areas you can improve.

  • Another suggestion by Disney was to make your dreams more convincing and entertaining. When he added sound and color, it was unique, powerful, and benefited the audience. What is missing in the world today? What color can you add?

All this wisdom came from a few lines in a book. Can you imagine what would happen if you were reading a little bit each day?

Write down at least one thought in your Idea Log, because you’ve completed another 9 minutes of this book! Continue on to learn more of how to read for fun and achieve your dreams!

Part 8

Get Started

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones has a famous quote. “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.”

Think about the situation you’re in today. Now imagine being in the same situation five years from now. Does that statement frighten and worry you? Then it’s time to read for fun and surround yourself with amazing people!

Aren’t You Curious?

In his book, Curious Mind, film producer Brian Glazer has a great quote, “We’re curious about all kinds of things, except the concept of curiosity.”

When you’re reading for fun, you’re searching for wisdom. You become curious about everything! The more you know, the more valuable you become and the quicker you’ll succeed.

Do you remember what John Mackey, the founder of Whole Foods said? “A lot of millionaires are readers. I think it’s because they are very curious about the world.”

It’s All about Imagination and Creativity

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

It’s one thing to know how to build a computer. It’s another thing to have the imagination to envision a computer in every single home and finding ways to share that idea to the world.

This is what Steve Jobs and Bill Gates achieved by developing their talent, working hard, and reading for fun.

Consider your talent. When reading for fun, your imagination will naturally mix with your talent, create ideas on how to earn money, and at the same time, you’ll discover ways to benefit the lives of others.

Imagination also progresses your creativity. “Creativity has become the most powerful tool in reaching world-class levels of performance in both business and life.” (17)

A poll conducted by the magazine Fast Company asked the top CEO’s what the most important leadership quality should be for business leaders. The number one answer was, “Creativity.” (18)

By reading for fun and building creative ideas, you will find ways to become more productive and even artistic with your talent.

Words associated with Creativity:

  • Originality

  • Imagination

  • Inspiration

  • Cleverness

  • Design

  • Resourceful

  • Vision

Do you want all of those things? Great! Then read for fun!

Read Like a Successful Person

To become wealthy and remain wealthy, you need to think like those who have achieved their dreams by using reading for fun.

Also, you need to truly understand the value of reading for fun. Success Magazine says, “The reason successful people read to improve themselves is because it separates them from the competition and they are able to see more opportunities.”

When you read for fun, new opportunities will come to light. This is why your Idea Log is so important!

Learn from Successful CEO’s

People who run large corporations or run a successful business have most of the power in the United States. If you want to share in that power, then learn from them.

“Wealthy CEO’s read books to help improve skills.” (19)

It can’t be said enough. When you read for fun, it helps improve your talents and gifts. It doesn’t matter if you play a sport, sing, fix computers, have a dream of acting or running your own business…reading for fun is the key to success.

What happens when you do not schedule time to read for fun? “A large common denominator by executives who feel that they are not achieving a level of success, also claim they are too busy to keep up with their reading.” (20)

Reading on your own leads to success. Every executive who is successful and wants to remain successful understands this notion.

They also understand that not finding the time to read for fun will put their business into a rut.

Forbes Contributor Joel Trammell had this to say, “CEO’s who take the time to read about the experiences of other business leaders have an advantage.”

For example, if you read biographies, you will attain unlimited advantages. It’s like having a successful mentor guiding you down the path to your dreams!

20 Books Successful People Read (Before and after they were wealthy!)

Which books are perfect to get started on achieving your dreams? Here’s a list to get you going.

There’s a number after the author’s name which represents:

1: Easier to read than most books.

2: A mix of easy and difficult reading.

3: Difficult, but worth reading when you can.

Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill (1)

No Excuses, by Brian Tracy (1)

The Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey, (3) □ Financial Peace University (Class) (2)

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell (3)

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie (2)

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie (2)

The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, by Dale Carnegie (2)

Poke the Box, by Seth Godin (1)

The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield (1)

Punch Fear in the Face, by Jon Acuff (1)

Guerrilla Marketing, by Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, and Michael Larsen (2)

Curious Mind, by Brian Grazer (1)

The Road to Reinvention, by Josh Linkner (2)

Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins (3)

The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren (2)

Become a Better You, by Joel Osteen (1)

Wisdom from the Robber Barons, by George David Smith & Frederick Dalzell (1)

The One Thing, by Gary Keller (2)

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson (3)

The One Minute Manger, by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (1)

Guess what? You just completed another 9 minutes of this book! (Time goes by fast!)

Make sure to write an idea in your Idea Log and get ready to finish strong!

Part 9

Reading for Fun!

Finding time to read just 9 minutes can be difficult for teenagers and adults, especially if you’ve gotten out of the habit. You need to do everything possible to become a daily reader!

Here’s 9 suggestions to encourage you to read at least 9 minutes a day.

Read by example. Successful people know that if they find ways to benefit others, it’s a win/win situation. Someone else will see you reading, they will start reading, and by helping that person, you will succeed.

Emily: “I read a printed book at home when the family is all there, or in a public place like a park, mall, or at the theatre while waiting for the movie to start. This is great for me to improve myself and encourages others to read without me saying a word!”

Seeing a Friend Reading. 69% of your friends will be interested in the same books as you. (21)

Jacob: “By asking friends to read 9 minutes a day with me, it keeps me motivated. We text each other before our 9 minutes as a reminder. Then we text each other after our 9 minutes to talk about what we read!”

Combine Books and Gifts. There are fun items you can purchase to keep you surrounded with book themes, which will put you in a perfect state of mind.

Here are some examples.

Jessica: “I enjoy these Soy Candles that smell like scenes from a book, especially the one that smells like Sherlock Holmes’ 221B Baker Street apartment. It gets me in the mood to read for fun!” Cost: $16. (A)

Morgan: “I added The Book Lover’s Journal with my Idea Log. It has spaces to keep track of books I want to read and books I share with friends. There’s also plenty of space to add more ideas!” Cost: $12. (B)

Alexander: “I love the old school Personal Library Kit! It’s like bringing back the days of checking out books in the library with twenty self-adhesive pockets and checkout cards, a date stamp and ink pad. There’s also a refill kit that includes fifteen self-adhesive pockets and keeps my mini-library going!” Cost: $11. (C)

Rob: “There’s plenty of t-shirts, cups, and posters based on books. The objective is to have fun with the gifts!”

Combine Interest with Books. Every child, teen, and adult have something special they enjoy doing the most. If you combine that interest with a book, then there will be a better chance you will continue reading.

For example, Mark Zuckerberg, who loved computers was given the book, C++ for Dummies. This encouraged him to move forward with computers, expanded his imagination and turned him into a billionaire.

Zuckerberg had this to say, “Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way.” (22)

Personal Library. It’s proven that if there are books in the room, then there’s a better chance of you selecting one off the shelf at some random time.

Kyle: “I have a small bookshelf in my bedroom that I keep at least five books I want to read. After I’m finished, I donate the books to the library so my bookshelf doesn’t get cluttered and it’s always filled with new books that I can look forward to reading.”

Select Fiction Books. Reading fiction involves the same brain regions you would use in a real-life experience. (23)

Sydney: “Fiction is sort of an adrenaline rush for me, especially when I can relate to the story. If I can remove stress and gain a rush of adrenaline at the same time, then I have all the motivation I need!”

Print Books, Not eBooks. Scott Pack, a HarperCollins Publisher: “While I have no qualms about trying out a debut author on eBook…when it comes to my favorite authors I have to own the print edition, and I remain a sucker for a beautifully designed and printed book.”

It’s proven a fact you will enjoy a printed book over an eBook. Printed books have a better chance to keep you in the 9 minute reading habit.

The Wealthy Factor. For every year you spend reading on your own, it increases your earning potential. (24)

This has been said many times, but really think about it each day how you will achieve success and wealth by reading for fun.

9 Minutes. 9 minute sessions are perfect to keep you reading every day. In fact, you may be reading several 9 minute sessions in one sitting, which means, you are improving at a quick pace!

Time for a Change

With text messaging, Tweets, and posts, along with teens and adults being pulled in every direction and having less time to enjoy a few moments of a book, shorter content is a must.

The point?

If you’re not reading for fun, it’s not your fault. Books are the only products which have yet to update with the times.

In order for children, teenagers, and adults to begin reading on their own, books must be so entertaining and relatable to our everyday needs, it would be chosen over any other activity.

American writer of children’s fiction, Kate DiCamillo states, “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.”


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