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What are some good books to read in order to be successful at life?
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Give me a few.
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Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity

"When a potentially career-ending shoulder injury left quarterback Drew Brees without a team—and facing the daunting task of having to learn to throw a football all over again—coaches around the NFL wondered, Will he ever come back? After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than 80 percent of the city underwater, many wondered, Will the city ever come back? And with their stadium transformed into a makeshift refugee camp, forcing the Saints to play their entire 2005 season on the road, people questioned, Will the Saints ever come back? It takes a special person to turn adversity into success and despair into hope—yet that is exactly what Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees has done—and with the weight of an entire city on his shoulders. Coming Back Stronger is the ultimate comeback story, not only of one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, but also of a city and a team that many had all but given up on. Brees’s inspiring message of hope and encouragement proves that with enough faith, determination, and heart, you can overcome any obstacle life throws your way and not only come back, but come back stronger."

^Despite the context of this book it is still a great read otherwise and this may have been the catalyst to revitalize me when I hit my lowest point physically and emotionally. That severed ligament in my right ankle in 2008 took about 2 years out of my life but I think I came out of it more healthy and confident. It was almost a complete reversal, this book is what prevented me from giving into despair.
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A dictionary.
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Im actually very interested on some more suggestions! keep em coming guys!
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When you say "successful at life" what do you mean? Do you mean rich and powerful? Or do you mean content and satisfied?

If it's the former, I can't help. I guess read whatever is published by any of the rich and powerful leaders of the world and go from there.

If it's the latter, I suggest reading classic literature. Much of what you need to be content and satisfied is to have a better understanding / perception of the world. Being able to think critically is a key asset to both public and private life, and reading classic literature will help that. In addition, having cultural references under your belt will aid in your ability to be social with others around you. Books that I suggest: "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, and "Sophie's World" by Josten Gaarder. Note that those aren't necessarily classic literature, but they will help you practice your critical thinking and objective thought.

Included in this suggestion is traveling abroad. I recommend going to S. Africa, Thailand, China, and Germany / France. That'll give you plenty of culture shock that you can then bring back to conversations at home.
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saksiss wrote:

A dictionary.


Encyclopedia :3
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Freakonomics
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saksiss wrote:

A dictionary.


Because sounding smart while having no idea what you're talking about gets you everywhere. (Not even kidding here)
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miotakare wrote:


saksiss wrote:

A dictionary.


Because sounding smart while having no idea what you're talking about gets you everywhere. (Not even kidding here)


It will still help though.



Klaixce wrote:


saksiss wrote:

A dictionary.


Encyclopedia :3


pretty much the same thing.
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How We Choose To Be Happy by Greg Hicks. It's a bunch of short stories from people who have interesting tips to give on thinking more positively. That's sure to be affiliated with succession.
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I don't think successful people ever read books on how to be successful. They just work hard. And enjoy what they do.

Follow the three P's, patience, perseverance and politeness. They'll get you far in life...
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saksiss wrote:


miotakare wrote:


saksiss wrote:

A dictionary.


Because sounding smart while having no idea what you're talking about gets you everywhere. (Not even kidding here)


It will still help though.



Klaixce wrote:


saksiss wrote:

A dictionary.


Encyclopedia :3


pretty much the same thing.


I would be skeptical if you pick up words without context straight from the dictionary without proper reading materials.
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Reading Licensee Argued, Terms of Service, Terms Of Use agreement and Privacy Policy could help.
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RedExodus wrote:


saksiss wrote:


miotakare wrote:


saksiss wrote:

A dictionary.


Because sounding smart while having no idea what you're talking about gets you everywhere. (Not even kidding here)


It will still help though.



Klaixce wrote:


saksiss wrote:

A dictionary.


Encyclopedia :3


pretty much the same thing.


I would be skeptical if you pick up words without context straight from the dictionary without proper reading materials.


Haha, fuck. I love how everyone's taking my original comment so seriously.
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