“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

2023 was a chaotic year, but I still got some reading done. How about you?

Here are the books that made a difference for me this past year.

Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson

Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson

So, you’re a published author. But you’re not sure how to capitalize on the fact that your book is available on all the major retailers.

Trust me – even as someone who’s sold hundreds of his own books, I found this to be a tough nut to crack. I lacked proper strategy.

I have good news – author Nick Stephenson has figured it out for us. The search is over. Read his book, and you will be handed a brilliant and concise strategy on a platter.

Will you use it? That’s the only question that remains. And if you care about your book sales, the only logical next step to take is to get the book and devour it (it’s a short read).

I have already been experimenting with the strategy behind the scenes.

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Parallel Universes of Self by Frederick Dodson

Parallel Universes of Self by Frederick Dodson

If you’ve studied the Law of Attraction to any degree, no doubt you’ve got a good handle on the formula – ask for what you want, feel as though you already have it, and detach from outcomes.

Reality Creation, as author Frederick Dodson terms it, offers another valuable (if not definitive) point of entry into the subject.

This book uses metaphors you’ve never heard before, includes exercises too numerous to mention, and guides you through simple but effective techniques to support you in creating your desired reality.

In the last few years, there have been times when I’ve felt as though my life was out of control, and this book returned to me something I’d lost along the way – a sense of confidence about myself and the future I’m creating.

If I had not read this book, we may not have Clean Slate to look forward to.

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You2 by Price Prichett

You2 by Price Prichett

Various pundits and gurus have You2 (You Squared) as one of their top books. So, did you think I was going to leave it alone? No way… when I heard this, I promptly ordered a copy for myself.

I think the book suffers from the same problem that Rich Dad Poor Dad does, namely that it pumps your tires and then leaves you to figure out the rest…

But it was still the right book, with the right message, at precisely the right time for me.

Its core message is that the potential is already within you to achieve your biggest goals and dreams. But to make a quantum leap from where you are to where you want to go, you’ll need to take a drastically different approach.

For me, that looked like walking away from one of my most lucrative contracts at the end of 2023.

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Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell

Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell

Russell Conwell’s Acres of Diamonds was the author’s greatest hit, and history shows he was not shy in capitalizing on it (although it might be fairer to say he was requested to share the same message repeatedly, across the world).

Its core message is simple – you can achieve amazing things right where you are. You don’t need to move to a different city, earn a fancy title, or be the sharpest tool in the shed to earn a good income for yourself. Opportunities are everywhere! So, you may as well make the most of what you’ve got.

The speech, which later turned into an essay, and was then sold as a book, is a lesson unto itself – when you’ve found the right note, you should keep hitting it until the audience grows tired of it!

If it sounds interesting to you, you may also want to read my full report on it.

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More Impactful Books

You can find past reports here:

2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014

Final Thoughts

What books did you read in 2023? Did any of them make a difference for you? Do you have any recommendations for me?

I look forward to hearing from you. If you’re too shy to leave a comment, drop me a line.