MUST READS for anyone wanting more professionally or personally
These are my Top 5 books for beginners who aren’t exactly happy where they are at in life or content but want more or more so for the entrepreneur looking to keep growing. If you’ve decided its time to start doing something about it then check out these best books for personal growth or even get it on audible.
I was having a conversation with a business partner one day and we were talking about a colleague who desperately wants to succeed but hasn’t taken any steps to grow and expand their current knowledge sphere. You don’t have to read a book a day or even a book a week, but you do have to invest in knowledge. What does that mean? It means if you’re not reading or listening to other leaders, learning from their expert advice then you need to be studying through failing over and over again. Some people have learned about the “law of attraction” where they try to manifest success but it’s a very very small part of the whole puzzle.
If you are serious about your growth then here are a few personal favorite must-read books for entrepreneurs or anyone who just wants to get better at being themselves. We all want happiness and these are essential tools to help you understand what it is you’re actually chasing.
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Do you know why you do what you do or are you on autopilot? I often ask the people why they want something and rarely does a person really knows why they want what they want and why they do what they do. This book changed my entire life for the better. It allowed me to think differently with my own personal goals and my business. This book is an essential first read or listens for anyone who wants to do something that’s meaningful.
Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?
Start with Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way – and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
It’s a classic but it’s a classic for a reason. Not all of us were blessed to be born into a family with a silver spoon so to speak. Some people faced hardships and parents did all they could just to survive. They didn’t have the know-how and skillset to understand money and the ways to utilize it. This is a must-read for anyone in business, just starting or anyone wanting financial literacy.
Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads – his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad – and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
In many ways, the messages of Rich Dad Poor Dad, messages that were criticized and challenged two decades ago, are more meaningful, relevant and important today than they were 20 years ago.
As always, listeners can expect that Robert will be candid, insightful… and continue to rock more than a few boats in his retrospective.
Will there be a few surprises? Count on it
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
I mean the title really just says it all. This is a personal favorite because it’s a true no BS approach to getting out of your own way. It is such an easy read, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get it earlier.
Are you tired of feeling fu*ked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unfu*ked version of yourself. ”Wake up to the miracle you are,” he directs. ”Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a fu*king miracle of being.” It isn’t other people that are standing in your way, it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive, it’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
For many Gary Vaynerchuck doesn’t need any introduction but this book is one of the bricks that helped launch his notoriety. I respect Gary Vee with high regard for just getting things done. In today’s world with social media this book is a must for anyone trying to build brand awareness.
When managers and marketers outline their social media strategies, they plan for the “right hook”—their next sale or campaign that’s going to knock out the competition. Even companies committed to jabbing—patiently engaging with customers to build the relationships crucial to successful social media campaigns—want to land the punch that will take down their opponent or their customer’s resistance in one blow. Right hooks convert traffic to sales and easily show results. Except when they don’t.
Thanks to massive change and proliferation in social media platforms, the winning combination of jabs and right hooks is different now. Vaynerchuk shows that while communication is still key, context matters more than ever. It’s not just about developing high-quality content, but developing high-quality content perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms and mobile devices—content tailor-made for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr.
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Outliers: The Story of Success
Have you met someone who was impatient when it came to their success? They seemed to want it right now or in the next 6 months yet they only put in 5 hours a week to reach their goals? I would argue there’s a 99% chance you’ve come across someone like this. This book is eye opening to understanding an underlining code of patience and “hard work”. It honestly took me a little bit to get into it but was it worth it.
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.