My new favorite book to read while on a road trip!

If you have been following me any amount of time on the blog or social media than I am sure that you know that I love to hike. Sometimes the hikes that I do will be pretty close to my home. Within an hour or two. Sometimes though the hikes happen while I am traveling far away from home. Needless to say, sometimes while I am out traveling I find myself involved in group road trips.

If you have ever been on a group road trip then I am sure that you know how tense it can be at times while on the road. Simply put, you are pretty much spending every waking moment with the people who you are on the road with. So sometimes it is nice to have a little bit of an escape so that you can clear your mind but still be able to jump back and forth between the book and what is going on around you.

In today’s times, you would assume that this wouldn’t really be that big of a deal because it is 2021 and everyone does have a cell phone. Unfortunately, on my last trip though, I found myself in the deserts of southern California and Nevada. If you have ever been in these parts then I am sure that you are well aware that the cell signal can be spotty at best, if at all.

Sadly, I am not very much of a pencil drawer so my options are very limited. Fortunately, for me I happened to bring a couple of small books with me and as it turns out one of them ended up being the perfect book to have in this exact situation.

How Successful People Grow: 15 Ways to Get Ahead in Life

How Successful People Grow: 15 Ways to Get Ahead in Life is a book written by John C Maxwell and published in 2014. The book is a part of a series called “Successful People”. How Successful People Grow is the fourth book in the six book series.

While I haven’t read the other books in the series yet, I am definitely a fan of this book. I have enjoyed this book so much that I will surely check out some of the other books in the series eventually.

Let’s be honest, this is another book about being successful that has been published in the personal development space. The simple fact is that we haven’t discovered any new secret formula to being successful that we didn’t already know before. The difference is how the author presents the information to the readers and he presents it in a very powerful way!

One of my favorite things about How Successful People Grow: 15 Ways to Get Ahead in Life is that there isn’t a lot of fluff in the book. The author is very precise with the way that he presents the information in the book. The layout and structure of the material is great for a reader who wants to soak up the information but may have to stop very abruptly to deal with things going on around them. So you can see why this book worked so well for me while on my road trip!

As the title states, the author lists 15 ways to get ahead in life. I won’t be going into detail about each of these topics but just know that there is an abundance of information covering each topic. The author does a very good job of fully covering the subject of How Successful People Grow. So let’s take a look at the different points of topic that are covered in the book.

  1. Become an Intentional Learner
  2. Develop Self Awareness
  3. Believe In Yourself
  4. Set Aside Time to Reflect
  5. Embrace Discipline Daily
  6. Seek Out a Positive Environment
  7. Become Highly Strategic
  8. Turn Negatives into Positives
  9. Grow from the Inside Out
  10. Get Used to Stretching Yourself
  11. Make Smart Trade-Offs
  12. Learn to Ask More Questions
  13. Find a Good Mentor
  14. Focus on Enlarging Your Potential
  15. Help Others Reach Their Potential

Wow. That is a lot of good topics. As I said, John C Maxwell does a great job of providing the reader with a lot of good information on each topic but he is very precise. Sometimes all he will use is a few paragraphs but he conveys the message so well that it will continue to linger in your sub conscious for many more years to come.

Over the course of my life thus far I have found a lot of different book types interesting. Earlier in life you may have found me reading something from the classical or non fiction sections of the library. Now days, I am more likely to be reading something on finance or personal development.

My book shelves have been the home to many great books over the years. Out of all of the books that I have ever owned, I am not sure that there has ever been one that was so powerful despite how short of a book that it is at only 139 pages. The book is such a pocket friendly book that I will continue to keep it in my messenger bag and continue to carry it so that I can always grab it at a moments notice when I only have a few minutes to read.

If you have read How Successful People Grow: 15 Ways to Get Ahead in Life, I would love to hear what you think about it. If you have read any new books lately, I would love to hear about them. Even if they are outside of the finance or personal development spaces.

As always I look forward to reading all of your comments and questions, until then….. happy investing!

-Jason from

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