5 Books that have Positively Influenced my Life

We are so fortunate to live in a society where literacy is accessible.

Ever since I was young, I’ve had a passion for mainly reading and occasionally writing. I have read mostly fictional books, however ever since starting my education, I have dove into the business non-fiction section to further my own development. I find non-fiction books that pertain to business intriguing and valuable, there are fictional books that teach important business lessons as well.

The power behind books is that they provide you with knowledge, and a mentor of mine said: “Share the knowledge and watch the repercussions.

Without further ado, here are five books that have influenced my life in a positive way.

1. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann.

This book is mostly number one because it is the last book I have completed, however it has had a big effect on my life in such little time. This book has themes of mentorship and duplication in business, if you are not a big reader this is an easy read, yet so powerful. My good friend Sean Byrne recommended this one and I definitely owe him one.

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Another fiction book, I actually read this one in high school but gave it little to no appreciation. The CEO of the company I work for, Drew Green supplies this book for every new employee, and I respect him immensely for sharing the knowledge throughout the company, it creates an amazing atmosphere. This book is a simple read, but very powerful. I interpreted the lesson as a “the most important tool you have… is yourself”, but there are absolutely more possible interpretations available in this book.

3. Principles by Ray Dalio

If you are looking for a good teaching on the economy and on your life principles definitely give this guy a read. Whenever a billionaire writes a book, I try to read it because they must be doing something right, but Ray Dalio struggles with the development of Bridgewater and in his personal life, and I find this book very relatable.


4. Marketing with Social Media by Linda Coles

Super simple non-fiction book. You do not need to read this if you are experienced with social media already, but I liked it because I believe that it can provide a service for those who are not familiar with different types and benefits of varying platforms of social media.

5. How to Succeed in Real Estate by Michael P. Zagaris

I recently went through a real estate craze because I wanted to know why homes in Vancouver had such a high price, and I meet a lot of real estate agents where I work. So this book was kind of a random pick on iBooks, but I liked it because it highlights what the life of a real estate agent is, and the entrepreneurial practices that come with it.

These books have educated my business and my personal life.

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Drake Drury