About The Reading Lists
So what is this all about? Well, the Reading Lists is my passion project. I think reading is incredibly important and it pains me that so many people don’t do it. My mission is to inspire more people to pick up a book and use them as the stepping stones they are to achieving huge success and having massive world impact. I have chosen the assembly of reading lists as my vehicle for achieving my dream.
Reading lists are brilliant. Why? Well, because there are an awful lot of rubbish books out there. The average life span in the UK right now is 81.5 years, let’s say you start reading when you turn 13, and you read one book a month for your whole life. That is 822 books. Sounds like a lot, right? It’s really not when you compare it to the estimated 129,864,880 books that exist in the world. This means that you will only read approximately 0.0006% of the world’s books in your lifetime. This cruel fact of life is what fuels my desire to filter those millions of books, and discover the very best. It’s kind of like Pareto’s famous 80/20 rule, except that it is 129,864,880/822 – not as catchy, I suppose.
We all have people we aspire to, people who are leading the way in their area of passion. Whether they be laugh-a-minute comedians, high flying entrepreneurs or life-changing authors, they all tend to have one thing in common; they read books. From my experience, it’s extremely rare to find someone who has achieved great success without reading a great amount of books. But now it’s time for these brilliantly wonderful people to give back, to share their wisdom. What are the books that changed everything for them? Which books have had the biggest impact on their success? Well, I’ve decided to take on the mission of unearthing the world’s most inspiring, life-changing and important books. How will I do this? I intend to go right to the source, the world’s most successful humans. I will be interviewing amazing guests, and they will be compiling their own reading list.
Hopefully we can have some fun along the way and learn more about our brilliant guests and their relationship with books. So if you’re a book nerd, and like me you love lists and book recommendations, hold tight – because this website is for you.
Whose Reading Lists can we expect?
I’m incredibly excited by the wide spectrum of potential guests for the website. I’m eager to pick the brains of the world’s most successful people. If someone has achieved success in their field, then I will be there, badgering them to let me interview them. I’m hoping to speak with entrepreneurs, philosophers, authors, musicians, athletes, investors, artists, psychologists and more.
If you have someone in mind who you think would be the perfect interview candidate, then please feel free to get in touch. Scouring the world and reaching out to brilliant people is my new job now, so any help would be much appreciated!
Hi, my name is Phil Treagus, I’m the founder of this mission and the guy behind this website. I am a reluctant graduate turned entrepreneur, and now a reading list hunter!
Having been a keen reader of non-fiction literature from a young age, my life path turned when I read ‘The Four Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferriss, shortly followed by ‘The Art of Non-Conformity’ by Chris Guillebeau. I quickly realised that being an entrepreneur was the only path that made sense to me. Despite many late nights of staring at the statistical correlation between drop-outs and billionaires, I decided to see out my studies. After leaving University I started a social media management company with best friend and now business partner, Kane. The business is called Giraffe Social Media. Giraffe is my main career focus, and we have created a fantastic company with an awesome team of people.
So, why books? Well, from when I was just a toddler throwing tantrums because my sister could read and I couldn’t, to my present day addiction with my book collection – reading has always been important to me. I’ve always believed that anything is possible, because usually there is someone who has already done it – and often, they’ve written a book about it. Want to do something new? Buy a book on it. Have a problem to overcome? Buy a book on it. Want to start a business? Buy a book on it. I really believe we are so lucky to live in the ‘age of Amazon’, where for a few pounds you can have a book full of wisdom delivered to your door. Every piece of success I’ve ever achieved can be traced back to two things: hard work and learning. I want more people to read. I want more young people to reach for whatever it is they want to do and feel it is achievable. I believe books are the key to that. What’s more convincing than reading the account of someone who has already achieved what you want to do? Or perhaps even reading a fantastic novel with a tale of someone achieving the seemingly impossible?
I hope this websites allows me to achieve my mission, and I hope that you will come along with me.