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Everyone can use a little inspiration now and then. If you’re a college student who is struggling with your studies, you may sometimes wonder if your time, effort, and energy are really worth it. Even after you graduate and enter the workforce, you’re sure to encounter many obstacles along the way. The following books can provide encouragement during these challenging times. They also offer valuable advice that can increase your chances of success in school, work, or other life endeavors.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Life is a series of habits. The most successful people develop and consistently practice habits that help them achieve their professional and personal goals. This book takes a detailed look at the seven most desirable success habits, including:

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with the End in Mind
  • Put First Things First
  • Think Win/Win
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Achieving success and earning money requires a certain mindset. Originally published in 1937, this timeless classic was the product of Hill’s interviews of more than 40 millionaires who amassed their fortunes during the early 20th century. The crux of the message is that all success begins in the imagination. Imagination is the vehicle that converts mind energy into wealth and accomplishment.

Winning by Jack Welch

During his time as CEO of General Electric, Welch took the company to extraordinary heights. In this book, Welch shares his wisdom and insight. He describes leadership and other traits he acquired over a long and successful business career.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Another book that focuses on the development of a successful mindset, Byrne delves into the power of mastering the application of the “Law of Attraction.” According to this principle, the power of thought can transform one’s life and has the ability to attract success in every area.

Drive by Daniel H. Pink

Motivation is essential for achieving success in any endeavor. In Drive, Pink postulates that traditional methods of reward and punishment are not the most effective motivational tools. Instead, individuals derive the most motivation from performing tasks they find challenging, interesting and absorbing.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Success does not occur in a vacuum. All successful individuals must develop a mastery of the fine art of dealing with people. Carnegie’s 1934 classic offers sage advice on how to make others feel important. This concept can help you establish rapport, foster relationships, and ultimately sway others to your way of thinking.

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield

People who want to be successful are often unsure about how to achieve their desired outcomes. In this book, Canfield outlines a series of principles that can serve as a type of success “blueprint,” regardless of your personal circumstances. Canfield discusses how to create a vision, establish manageable goals, and anticipate and overcome obstacles along the way.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson

According to Carlson, people can get so caught up in the day-to-day minutiae that they lose sight of the big picture. The purpose of this book is to provide guidance on how to eliminate mental clutter and focus on what really matters. Useful tips are also provided regarding how to differentiate between important and insignificant details.

Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success by Joe Gibbs

Gibbs has the unique distinction of achieving success in two fields: NFL coaching and NASCAR ownership. In addition to shedding light on his methods for achieving professional success, Gibbs offers valuable advice on how to be successful in every area of life.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This enlightening profile of Apple founder Steve Jobs points out the importance of innovation as part of the overall success process. A key component of Jobs’ extraordinary success was his willingness to take risks and forge his own path. The book also offers Jobs’ unique take on leadership, character and values.

Are You Ready to Write Your Own Success Story?

Reading about successful individuals can serve as a valuable source of inspiration. However, success cannot be attained without taking action. Education is often an important step on the journey to success in any endeavor. Vista College offers an assortment of quality educational programs that can pave the way to a brighter future. For more information about our current program offerings, please click here.

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