Essential Books for Students

December 4, 2014 – 08:10 am

10 Steps to Earning Awesome GradesI’m big into reading, and since you’re on this page, I’m guessing you like reading at least a little bit as well. This page is an ongoing log of books I find to be awesome or useful.

If you’re looking to create a well-rounded, successful college experience, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Debt-Free U

Students, high school students, and parents: This is the MOST IMPORTANT BOOK you can possibly read in preparation for college!

I may have graduated with no debt, but the average college graduate these days is coming out of school with around $30, 000 of it. Having that amount of debt will limit your options when it comes to jobs, where you can live, etc. This is not how it should be. This is not how it has to be.

You can attend a public state school (or even an community college) and still have all the same success you’d get at a private university. The key is to remember that it’s your own effort that counts, not the name of your school.

Motivation HackerNick Winter is a crazy dude who did a 120-hour workweek, built two successful startups, learned to throw knives, and pledged $7, 290 in order to force himself to write this book (and jump out of an airplane). He doesn’t really subscribe to the whole, “willpower is a limited resource” ideal – instead, he looks for ways to summon massive amounts of motivation so he can achieve anything.

The Motivation Hacker is an account of his quest to achieve several crazy goals in a very short amount of time, and it also details his methods for hacking motivation. From this books, I learned about and implemented:

  • Success spirals – engineering the difficulty of your habits to boost your confidence and spiral into more success
  • How to be more deliberate in my relationship

I’m writing my own book on productivity, and of course I want you to read it when it’s out. But I also think you should read this book as well. It’s short, it’s only $3, and it’ll change the way you think about motivation.

It’s 7 years old now, but Cal Newport’s is still probably the best primer book for college success there is. It’s a short read (I read it in about four hours), split into 75 “tips” that each take up 1-4 pages.

Source: collegeinfogeek.com

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