From the desk of Victor Pride
Subj: Some books every man should read
In the past year or two I have read an incredible amount of books.
Most of the books I have read have been hard-to-find, out-of-print, expensive, esoteric, mystery books translated from dead languages.
These books of ancient wisdom have not been read by many people and were hard for me to get my hands on.
They are full of secrets of ancient wisdom and knowledge long lost to us.
You know what I think about all those books of ancient wisdom?
Waste of time.
If you want to succeed and achieve in the modern world, read some modern books.
If a book doesn't give you an immediate pump like the kind of pump you get in the gym, toss it and read something that does.
You will be happy to know that I will not recommend that kind of boring book to you.
Instead, I will only recommend books that kick absolute ass and will fire you up to achieve more, believe more, and attain more.
These are the books that will actually help you get what you want…
THE BEST BOOKS FOR MEN
Please note that I never did very well writing book reports in school. After I read a book, I forget what it is about and I remember only what it means to me.
I don't know the plot of any book I ever read, I just remember the way it made me feel.
I will not do book reports or synopses of books, I simply say what I like about them and leave it up to you to do the rest.
A lot of people might say “But Victor, WHY should I read these books?” to which I would humbly respond…
They are my favorites and they have helped me succeed wildly. If you do not care to better yourself I do not care either. If no one else ever read these books they would still be my favorites.”
Shogun – I read Shogun over 7 years ago and I still think about this book frequently. This book is fiction, a story of a shogun's rise to power in ancient Japan. It is a 1,000+ page epic novel.
The ending of this book is magnificent and teaches you the principles of power. Here is the official description:
A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.”
Musashi– This is ANOTHER 1,000+ epic novel with an incredible ending (or so I have heard). I have been meaning to read Musashi for 7 years but I have not. I recently heard on Jocko Podcast that the ending of Musashi is unbelievable.
Years ago I mentioned in an article wanting to read this book, I have now re-convinced myself to read this book that I forgot about so many years ago.
Yes, I have never read this book but I have heard from many reliable sources that it is a masterpiece. Also, I personally recommend you read Musashi's piece Dokkodo: The Way of Walking Alone. It is magnificent.
Trump: The Art of the Deal – This book by Donald Trump gave me incredible energy for a number of years. I read it only one time but the power of it stuck with me and turned me from a broke bum into a rich blog artist.
Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder – This book by Arnold Schwarzenegger is the most motivating book I have ever read in my life.
I have read it several times now and each time I read it I get a big dose of motivation to get after my goals in a bigger way than ever before. The Education of a Bodybuilder is VERY HIGHLY recommended by me.
Motley Crue: The Dirt – The Dirt is the most exciting book I have ever read in my entire life. No question. You will not have a choice other than to be fired up and excited for life after reading this crazy book about the behind-the-scenes story of rock band Motley Crue.
Think and Grow Rich– Think and Grow Rich changed my life because it opened my mind to the reality of making money. Specifically, it's all in your mind.
Buddha said it first when he said “The mind is everything, what you think you become” and Napoleon Hill reconfirmed it with his masterpiece Think and Grow Rich.
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do – I absolutely loved Bruce Lee's book. It was filled with unbelievable great quotes. Bruce was a true philosopher of our time and this book is an incredible read.
UNSCRIPTED: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship – I haven't read this book but I did read MJ DeMarco's other book The Millionaire Fastlane which I read on a boat in the Philippines and is a masterpiece. Unscripted has received great reviews on Amazon so it must also be a great book.
Like I said I have not read it but I certainly will at some point. I read books at my leisure, I do not read books simply because they are new or whatever. Release date means nothing to me. I always read books at the exact right time I need to read them. If you try to read a book before you are ready to receive it, it will be a waste of time and you will quit the book after a few pages.
How To Write a Good Advertisement – This is the best book about writing and advertising I have ever read. If you struggle to write well, or if you're a nice guy who cannot write what he means, I recommend you read this book. It will teach you how to write.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – I read this book over 7 years ago and I absolutely loved it. I just felt warm after reading it. I liked this book a lot more than I liked How to Win Friends and Influence People. I highly recommend it.
Zero to One: Notes on Start-Ups, or How to Build the Future – This book was really clever and simple. It broke down one secret of business that many people do not know or understand. What is the secret of business? Every business is based on a secret that outsiders do not know.
Thick Face, Black Heart – Truly a masterpiece of simplicity. It may even seem too simplistic to many people. That is a big problem many people have, they cannot appreciate simplicity for what it really is – the only way to ultimate success.
So many people try to complicate everything they do and that is why they end up getting nowhere, again and again. You must also read the author's other book Do Less, Achieve More to understand the art and science of simplicity.
- Read my article on simplicity here: The Magic of Thinking Small
The Art of War – One of my favorite books of all time. If I were allowed only 3 books to read for the rest of my life, the Art of War would be one of them.
There are many translations and variations of this ancient masterpiece. To find the best version I recommend you find the THINNEST version you can find. This is a very light, quick book.
The more pages of this book means the translator has complicated something that doesn't need to be complicated. Find the thinnest version of this book you can find and rip out the author's foreword. Read only the classic text.
Musashi (A Graphic Novel) – This was a comic book (the only comic book I have ever read in my entire life) but I loved it. Truly one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Reading it was one of the great treasures of my life.
Bold And Determined Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3 (coming December 4) – These are the greatest books in existence because they are nothing more than Bold and Determined. I have done nothing extra to these books.
There is no behind the scenes look, there are no extra “10 Things You Never Knew About Bold & Determined” chapters. There is nothing extra. I found perfection in the first 4 years of Bold and Determined and that is exactly what these books are. Perfection in paperback. Nothing more.
My favorite book of all time is a book called ___ __ _____.
I do not feel the need to say to you “wow, this book is so great you will love it”. This book will find you when you are ready. When you are not ready, it will remain invisible.
You may love it, you may hate it, you may be lukewarm. I don't care either way. The point is, this book will find you when and if you are ready.
Until then, kick some butt and have a great day!
PS – What are your best books for men? Leave a comment and let me know.