Read Books, Remember What You’ve Read and Follow Through on Your Goals

Hey, so this post is primarily about a method I use to remember what I’ve learned in books about personal development, and success in general.

Hopefully this article and my little “hack” will help you. It doesn’t matter how great an idea or project is, it’s your mindset and actions you take that are going to help you follow through on your goals. 

Firstly, I guess it’s a good idea to define what success really means. We’re all different, so my idea of success is probably going to quite different from yours.

What I do know though, is that this common concept of “money and wealth” being the only reflection of someone’s success, is quite inaccurate. 

Personally, I view money and wealth as simply a common by-product of success. And yes, I want more of it. I’m totally unashamed and unapologetic to admit that. Anyway…

So What is Success then?

So if we take money out of the equation, what are we left with?

One of the most memorable definitions of success I have ever heard was this;


“Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal” 


In other words, if you’re working towards a pre-determined goal that you set, and you’re progressively seeing this turn into a reality through your intentions, then you’re a successful person. Makes sense!

Sidenote: I highly recommend you spend 30 minutes and listen to this (I listen to this at least once a week); Strangest Secret, by Earl Nightingale

Back to it…

On average, I read about 1 book a week and they’re nearly all related to personal development, success and self-improvement (however you want to put it). The problem I have though, is that I have a pretty poor memory (which I think stems from that entrepreneurial side of me, that’s always thinking of the next project and new things to start…I dunno- maybe that’s something you can relate to).

Whatever reason it is, I just can’t remember everything I read in these books, so here’s what I do to ensure I’m not just wasting my time reading everyday!

It’s basically a short-cut to keeping my saw sharp, without having to read the whole book all over again, just to find the one or two golden nuggets I pick up in each book. 

How I Remember What I Have Read [or at least the golden nuggets]

Step 1. Download your chosen book on the Kindle store ( if you don’t own a kindle, you can download the free kindle app on your computer or phone for free)

Step 2. Keep a notebook and pen with you whenever you’re reading that book. Jot down everything that resonates with you.

Step 3. Finish the book, and read over all your notes a few times.

Step 4. Decide if the book is good enough that you’d be prepared to buy it 3 times

Step 5. Order the hardback/paperback on Amazon and get it shipped over (if it passes step 4)

Step 6. Place the book somewhere that you’re going to see it everyday.

Here’s a picture of some of the books that passed my test in step 4 and were ordered from Amazon. This bookshelf is at the end of my bed, so I see it every morning.


Because I see these books every single day, it helps me recall what I’ve learned. Having these books sitting on my Kindle or out of view, pretty guarantees that I’m going to forget what’s inside them; and I’ll probably forget I ever read the book in the first place.

Out of sight, out of mind sort of thing.

So most (not all) of these books above, passed Barry’s Book Test, which is why they are sitting at the end of my bed. 

Here’s a list of the books I recommend you pick up;

Books on Mindset, Principles and Success

  1. Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins

This is one of those books which could literally change your life. Really. It’s full of psychology, mind-sets and multiple areas of personal development. Health, wealth, wisdom and happiness- it’s basically a bible on success in my opinion.

2. The Richest Man in Babylon- George S. Clayson

Principles of money management and accumulation of wealth, told through tales of Ancient Babylon. It’s an incredibly interesting book, but totally practical when it comes to money even today. I’ve applied some of the principles from this book to my own financial affairs, and as a result, that area in my life improved. 

3. Elon Musk- Ashlee Vance

The main thing this book did for me, was teach me about financial risk (and how much of a wimp I really was). Elon seems to have no adversity to risk, and it’s allowed him to achieve some incredible things. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you who this guy is. Anyway, it’s a great book and will help put things into perspective; especially if you run a business(s)


Books on Business with Actionable Information and Tips to Grow


1. Traction- Gino Wickman

If you already own a business, this books can literally blow your shit up. Seriously. I was first recommended this book on a call I had with Chris Munch, who runs Press Cable.

It took one of my businesses from a messy (but profitable) scramble for customers and profit, into a smooth operation with continuous growth and customers who continuously recommend my services to other people. That business recently crossed a pretty significant milestone because of the advice picked up in this book. Thank you for the recommendation Chris Munch!

2. Launch- Jeff Walker

This covers practical ways in which you can launch products or services, and also the psychology behind sales in general. You’ll learn about things like the “sideways sales-letter” which Jeff uses for his million dollar launches. 

3.  How to Write Copy That Sells- Ray Edwards

This is a practical step-by-step framework for writing effective sales copy. Ray explains things in a really easy-to-understand format. If you or anyone on your team writes sales copy, or even product descriptions for eCom products, this book makes sure you don’t miss anything. 

So, what do you do to stay on track with your goals?

If you’ve got anything you’d like to share/add, (especially book recommendations), let me know and thanks for reading… Until next time!

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