Here at Escape the Matrix, our entire focus is on success: success of our clients, personal success, and company success are our top priorities. Of these three categories, we realize that personal success trumps the other two by a landslide. Why? Because how can we help our clients be successful if our own business is not? And how can our business be successful if each member of our team is not on their own path to success in each aspect of their lives?
I recently attended a forum featuring Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. The interviewer asked him “how have you managed to create one of the most powerful companies in the world, without ever having more than 2,000 employees?”
He replied simply, “If everyone on your team is exceptional, you don’t need very many people.”
Dave Sherwin, CEO of Escape The Matrix, understands the principle which Zuckerberg taught: if he can help me, a lowly intern, become exceptional, then he won’t need to find very many interns ever again. When I joined the Escape the Matrix team, Dave gave me a list of three books to read to help improve my “exceptionalism.” These books have completely changed the way I think, work, and live my life day to day. So without further ado, the Three Books that will change your life are:
(In the order which you should read them)
1. The 4 hour workweek by Timothy Ferriss. -The Physical Aspect of Success
This book will take your productivity beyond what you ever thought possible and tell you how to leverage every aspect of your life to achieve your dreams. Personally I recommend reading this book first as it helps you keep the end in mind with your business goals, and helps you realize what you are actually working for, something I think 95% of entrepreneurs and employees alike don’t really know.
2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill -The Mental Aspect of Success
Napoleon Hill dedicated his entire life to studying and analyzing the attributes, traits and attitudes of successful people. Although I sometimes found this book a bit dry and slightly outdated, the principles still ring true. This book truly helps you get in the frame of mind of being successful and making wise decisions.
3. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne -The Spiritual and Emotional Aspect of Success
The first time I was introduced to the Secret was when I was a young teenager. My initial thoughts were, “what do these crackhead psychopath hippies know about being successful?” Fast forward to 2012, I am now 20 years old, a little more open minded and success orietned and understand the incredible magnitude of this book. Focussed entirely on creating your life through your thoughts and feelings, this book can come off a little strong at first. However, as you listen to it more and really try to implement the principles taught, you will start to recognize just how valuable and undeniable this book is. Of the three books, this one is by far my favorite as it has not only improved my life financially, but I have noticed improvements in everything from relationships, to physical fitness, and simple overall enjoyment of life.
I have a digital copy of each of these books on my ipod and cycle through them regularly. I have developed the habit of listening to them on my 15 minute daily drive to work. Since starting this habit I have found a wonderful girlfriend, tripled my income, bought a great car, improved my relationships with friends and family and best of all, I have never felt better.