I know of people who have earned business degrees and figured that’s about the extent of education they need to run a successful business. Always an avid reader, I have learned much more from books and lectures outside of formal education than I have from the degree courses I have completed. You see, formal studies involve theories and ideas. That’s why I much prefer practical learning from books written by people who have made a difference; people who have made a success.
Some people say that they don’t have time to read, but I see reading as an essential part of growing as a person – reaching my potential. If that’s important to you, you can think about these ways to learn from books:
- Get an e-reader and read on the bus.
- Buy audio copies to listen to during your day-to-day life.
- Get up 30 minutes earlier to read.
- Read during lunchtime instead of gossiping with your staff. (Better yet, start an in-office book club!)
I think you get my point!
I’d like to share my top business books of all time with you:
You can’t develop a business if you don’t develop yourself into the best person you can be. This is one of the most successful books of all times. It discusses the habits and attitudes of people who win.
In business you work with people all the time. This is a must-read for everyone, especially those of us who employ people. It will help you to goad your employees to become motivated parts of the organisation, instead of employees wishing the day would end so that they can go home.
This is one of those books where you’ll feel you pretty much know the basics already, but it’s not so familiar that you want to miss reaading it anyway. It provides a great reference of tactics you can use to deal with conversational issues – your own and those of other people.
This insightful look into the lives of millionaires is a true eye-opener. If you thought that all wealthy people live lives full of glitz and glam, or that they were born privileged, think again. Hopefully it will inspire you to roll up your sleeves and see that you too, can live an ordinary, but very comfortable life when you apply a bit of hard work.
If you have done any online reading or blogging, you probably know who Seth Godin is. He is the current guru of online marketing and motivation. In this book, he teaches us ordinary folk how to become extraordinary and indispensable.
My favourite business book of all time, this best-seller has influenced my life in such a powerful way. It was first published in 1937, but it’s a timeless classic that still sells many copies today. Think and Grow Rich talks a lot about positive thinking and how it influences us in life and in business.
Entrepreneur, social media sensation, and inspirational speaker Danielle talks about the aspiring, hoping, plotting, recurring, reaching, bubbling beneath the surface and craving that comes with achieving dreams and finding clarity on how we actually want our lives to be before laying out our intentions.
New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works.
Having a good relationship with money is tough – whether you have millions in the bank or just a few bucks to your name. Why? Because just like any other relationship, your life with money has its ups and downs, its twists and turns, its breakups and makeups. And just like other relationships, living happily with money really comes down to love, which is why love is the basis of Kate’s latest book.
Everybody has the right to build a business from anywhere and design a lifestyle they love. That’s what this book will teach you to do. If you’ve always thought that having the freedom to do what you want when you want was just a pipe dream, then think again.
Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living. Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.
I hope these quick reviews have inspired you to go visit the library or – better yet – the bookstore. These are books you will want to read over and over again and refer back to from time to time. Books are a great investment in knowledge and skills. Don’t waste the opportunity to read.
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