#7 – Start with Why by Simon Sinek
“When you can answer ’why?’ you will be able to overcome any ‘how?’”. Your Why is what gives you the fuel to ignite passion both in your own heart and in the hearts of those around you. Sinek frames the profound journey of finding your Why with a clear and simple structure to make it easy for you to get yourself motivated towards your goals.
#6 – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
A timeless classic! Learning how to connect with people and respectfully influence others is one the most important skills you’ll ever learn, no matter what your business/position. This book helps you build the confidence you need in business without being overpowering.
#5 – Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath
It is powerful to know your strengths and to lead using your own uniqueness. This book helps you discover your strengths, through the Strengths Finder test code it provides, and then shows you how you can use your unique strengths to become a strong and effective leader.
#4 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
While not a light read, this book is certainly a worthwhile one. It lays out key growth principles that are effective in both everyday life and in business. Covey brilliantly trains the reader’s brain to frame each situation in life in just the right way to reach success.
#3 – The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
This clear, simple story highlights the important principles of true sales. Madino brings sales beyond a materialistic exchange of resources to a meaningful way to engage with life in general which happens to increase sales almost as a byproduct. A personal favourite habit from this book is starting each day with the words, “I greet this day with love in my heart”.
#2 – Switch On Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf
This incredible feast for thought helps you understand the implicit power you have to change your thoughts and therefore to change your life. As a doctor, Caroline explains how our brain works at a biological level and how we can use this to knowledge of our inner machinery to meet the daily challenges in life in a way which will exceed what we previously thought was possible.
#1 – 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
Anything by John Maxwell is worthy of reading, but this summary of his 30+ years of leadership successes and failures is a must-read gem! Using short anecdotes, Maxwell brings these 21 powerful techniques to life in a way which makes them engaging and memorable.
Hey you! I hope you found my list insightful – but remember you’ll only get value if you actually read the books and then apply them. I run a free business mentorship group where I help motivated entrepreneurs like yourself not only apply these timeless techniques, but to turn them into regular daily habits so they can manifest fully into your life.
If you want to improve your approach to your business, the group is on Facebook and I would be happy to connect with you there.