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  • "The man who does not read

  • has no advantage over the man who can't read."

  • Mark Twain

  • In this video I'm going to cover the five books

  • that are going to help transform you

  • from an average procrastinating student

  • letting your potential die with you

  • to the A-star,

  • exceptional student

  • that has mastered studying, that has mastered discipline and good habits.

  • And that's why I decided to work with Motivation 2 Study,

  • to find out what are the most important books for students to read.

  • And it doesn't matter what age you are,

  • or which type of student you are

  • Whether you're in school, college, university

  • or you're just a lifelong learner.

  • These books are going to help you no matter where you are.

  • And these books have been picked

  • to help you with the common problems you all face

  • that we see in the comments of these videos

  • procrastination, laziness, low energy, distractions.

  • So how do you become productive,

  • and what are the books that are going to help you

  • to stop that laziness

  • and activate and unleash that potential inside you?

  • The first book is Mastery by George Leonard.

  • This is a book that is going to draw on Zen philosophy

  • and help you with the lessons from Martial Arts

  • to understand what is the journey going to be like?

  • The journey of Mastery, what does it look like?

  • Because when you understand the path that you are going to be walking

  • You're able to navigate the pitfalls,

  • you're able to escape the traps that

  • 90% of the other people are going to fall into.

  • So that your path immediately becomes easier.

  • The second book is relatively new and it's by James Clear.

  • And the book is Atomic Habits.

  • And he presents an easy and proven way to build effective, good habits

  • with the least amount of effort

  • and the highest amount of reward.

  • And one of the key principles that James Clear talks about is

  • you need to find out what your minimum viable habit is.

  • And that means

  • when you're trying to create a habit of waking up early

  • and studying in the morning

  • don't try to do the most complex things first.

  • Instead, think about what the simplest starting point could be

  • what is the minimum viable habit?

  • What is something that is so easy to do,

  • you could do it in just two minutes?

  • And then from there keep increasing it,

  • keep graduating those habits

  • just like you graduate in the classroom.

  • Until you go from two push-ups a day to a thousand.

  • The next book

  • is one by the motivational master Eric Thomas

  • The book is The Secret To Success

  • It's a short book, it's a straight to-the-point book.

  • It's punchy, it's motivating.

  • It's everything that you would expect from ET

  • and it's going to help you to understand

  • one; the journey that Eric Thomas took

  • to go from a high school dropout

  • to an internationally renowned best-selling author.

  • But it's also going to help you to understand the steps and principles

  • that Eric used to become the person that he is today.

  • The next book is one called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

  • Now we all know being a student on the surface seems easy

  • but in practice can be difficult.

  • When you're sat there in the library

  • and you're flicking through your phone one extra time

  • looking at Instagram or any other social media.

  • How do you stay focused and how do you stay creative?

  • Well in this book

  • Elizabeth Gilbert goes through the process of how fear and creativity work

  • and how the two of them influence your work.

  • And alongside this the next book

  • is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

  • And in this book he talks about the difference between the amateur

  • the part-time player who shows up when they feel like it

  • which some of you are

  • The part-time player.

  • You revise when you feel like it.

  • You give a 110% when you feel like it.

  • You put your hand up in class when you feel like it.

  • And in between the amateur and what Steven Pressfield calls the pro

  • is resistance.

  • Now you can use the word resistance, you can use the word procrastination

  • you can use the word distraction

  • but it all references the same obstacle.

  • But how do we get past that?

  • These two books are going to help you to do exactly that.

  • Let's think about why should you even read in the first place?

  • Why is it something that is going to help you?

  • Now this is from somebody who I never used to read

  • when I was at school despite the encouragement of teachers

  • despite even knowing that it is something I should do

  • I could never bring myself to actually do it.

  • So what was the difference?

  • I'm now in a position where since I've left university,

  • since I've left school, college, my education behind

  • I actually study and read more than ever before

  • and the thing that has really helped me

  • to make that transformation, to take that leap

  • has been to look at it not just as reading

  • but as having a meeting with the author.

  • So whether you admire Eric Thomas, Gary Vaynerchuk

  • or any of these other self-help gurus

  • imagine when you are reading

  • you're spending one-to-one time with that author.

  • Now this might not be true,

  • but that person, that individual over decades of experience

  • has sat down, taken notes

  • on the most important things that they've learned

  • and then structured it so that you can take that shortcut.

  • So the question is not why should you read

  • The question is really which books should you read?

  • And the problem is there are so many books out there

  • and they are not all created equally

  • so you could be reading, but are you reading productively?

  • There's actually another four books that I wanted to include

  • but the video is getting extra long.

  • So if you want to find out what those are

  • go to the link in the description and you can download a free pdf

  • to find out what they are.

  • And if you want to know

  • are you fulfilling the potential that you have as a student

  • Are you a dabbler?

  • Are you a master?

  • Or are you the shipwrecked castaway?

  • Click on the link in the description and you can take the free quiz

  • that will help you to find out, but other than that

  • have you read any of these books?

  • Which book are you most excited to learn?

  • And what lesson do you most need to learn?

  • Because a lot of people ask me which book should I read?

  • Well, what do you need to learn?

  • What is the next step that you need to take?

  • What, where are you stuck with your studies?

  • Because that will determine the education that you need.

  • This was Keshav Bhatt

  • for Motivation 2 Study.

  • Peace

"The man who does not read

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