I used to hate reading, but during my mid-teens I started to read a few pages every night before going to sleep, and I discovered a passion that remains with me to this day.
Listed below, in no particular order, are some of the books that made a difference to me during my teenage years and inspired me to become more than I already was. I hope you benefit from these books as much as I did:
1) Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach
2) Think & Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
3) Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield
4) The Book of Secrets, by Petro Finch
5) The Way of The Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman
6) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers, by Sean Covey
7) Awaken The Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins
8) How To Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
9) Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
10) Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Kimberly Kirberger
It was through my parents example and encouragement that I developed this life-long late night reading habit that I hid from my mates until I got well into my twenties (because I didn’t think it was very cool – How pathetic!).
Interestingly, now I’m in my thirties, my friends are constantly asking me to recommend books they might gain something from. If only we’d have been more supportive of each others’ development at an earlier age!
One thing’s for sure… I’m delighted my parents helped me realize at an early age just what a massive impact reading the right book (for a few minutes each day) can have on your life.