Many, if not most, successful people attribute a share of their success to the books they read. To keep my mind moving, I try to read one book a week. If you do the same, you may eventually feel as if you’ve run out of good books to read. Here’s a simple way to bolster your book list: Ask for recommendations from people you respect. Ask your smart friends and successful colleagues what they’ve enjoyed. Ask them about the books that have made the biggest differences in their lives. Try it now.

Think of someone you like and admire — someone who knows something you don’t, can do something you are impressed by, etc. Send an e-mail or call and simply ask, “Can you recommend a good nonfiction book?” He or she will be flattered that you are interested and may give you a small reading list. I get regular recommendations from folks who read ETR, and it’s improved my reading program immensely. By the way — what is the best nonfiction book you’ve ever read? Could you please post your answer in the Speak Out section of www.earlytorise.com?

[Ed. Note.  Mark Morgan Ford was the creator of Early To Rise. In 2011, Mark retired from ETR and now writes the Palm Beach Letter. His advice, in our opinion, continues to get better and better with every essay, particularly in the controversial ones we have shared today. We encourage you to read everything you can that has been written by Mark.]