The moment you stop learning is the moment you stop growing. As a business owner, you never want to become stagnant in your knowledge. Thankfully there are some amazing books out there to help you continue expanding your knowledge on owning and operating a business. If you find yourself with a break in your busy schedule over this holiday season here are some great books that will help you get ready for the upcoming year.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Written by Stephen Covey, the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is full of information to help you transform your life. Habits can make or break you in business an in life. Covey breaks down the simple habits that you should incorporate in every day to really start to find the success you are after. For example, he covers being proactive and learning how to prioritize your tasks. You will walk away from this book with easy to follow steps on how to improve yourself.
Tools for Titans
Timothy Ferriss has spent years interviewing some of the most successful people in the world. And, as a serial entrepreneur, he knows a thing or two about business himself. In Tools for Titans Ferriss devotes an entire chapter to a different person and their personal advice and tips. At over 600 pages the book looks like an encyclopedia, but with each chapter devoted to a different person, it’s easy to pick and choose which parts you want to read when. It’s not a book that needs to be read from cover to cover in order.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
John Maxwell is known around the world for his amazing training on leadership. His book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, is where he shares the lessons he has learned about how to be an outstanding leader. You can skip around throughout the book to choose the areas you need the most. This makes it easy to start making immediate changes in your leadership style.
Good to Great
In the book Good to Great Jim Collins investigates how any business can make the leap to being great. First, Collins and a crew worked for years testing, analyzing, and studying different companies to determine what the difference was between the great companies, the good companies, and the not-so-good companies. Then, they were able to pinpoint a few keys to greatness that they share in the book.
If you are ready to stop drifting through life and really get focused the book Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy is a great read. It walks you through how to create a plan for your life. You can use it for your personal as well as your business life. John Maxwell said this book, “will equip you to live your life on purpose, achieving what matters most in every aspect of your life.”
The Confidence Quadrant
Darren Fisher explores our reaction to success and failure in his book, The Confidence Quadrant. He also discusses the impact that they have on our lives. This is a great book to help you develop your own confidence as a business owner. It also helps you learn how to motivate your employees. The book discusses the importance of recognizing our failures along with our successes. In addition, there are practical steps to take at the end of each chapter. And, the book is a quick read for busy people.
Start with Why
Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why explores how great leaders are able to inspire others to act. He wants to encourage people to be more motivated in their work. Through his own personal research, he found that the great leaders of history influenced people by helping them understand the “why” before anything else. This book will help you apply this principle to your company.
The New Year will be here before you know it. So, use the time over the holiday season to improve yourself and your business. This will help you establish strong goals going into the 2018.