It’s been said that successful entrepreneurs are readers. It makes sense, of course. There isn’t enough time to make all the mistakes possible and learn from them. Reading provides us with an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and tap into their wisdom as well. There are so many amazing books out there, I’m sure I could do a whole series on great books! In the interest of keeping things simple, here’s my top five, feel free to share yours in the comments!
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Even though this book was originally published in 1937, the information contained in it is timeless. This is a book that you can read several times and get something different out of it each and every time! If you struggle with negative thinking and staying committed to your goals, this book will definitely help! Attending a mastermind group based on this book in 2013 provided me with the tools to take the leap into full-time entrepreneurship.
Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
Another book by Napoleon Hill, this one talks about how to work through the fears that hold us back from living the life we want. Written in 1938, it wasn’t published until 2012 due to its controversial nature. It’s a cleverly written book, with Mr. Hill actually interviewing the Devil. The insights shared about institutionalised fear provide great food for thought.
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwarz
If you need some prompting to achieve those big goals, this is the book for you! Another timeless classic, this book is all about what happens when you stop letting your fears control you and take massive decisive action towards your goals. This book is easy to read with a lot of great insights and advice.
The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer
Wayne Dyer’s books aren’t targeted towards entrepreneurs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a worthy read! This book talks about the importance of focusing on the things that are going to get you closer to where you want to be. To be successful in anything you do, you have to get your mind right, and this book provides you with some great tools to do just that.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
I couldn’t leave this classic off the list! This book is another good one that helps you to get to a level of operating at maximum efficiency. The habits are logical; it’s just a matter of putting them into practice in our own lives, whether it be living day to day or looking to simplify your leadership at work. The great thing is that the book provides techniques to incorporate the habits into our routine. This is another book that deserves a revisit every once and awhile.
There are so many books that provide great business wisdom! Special mention goes to Arlene Dickinson’s book Persuasion and Michael Hyatt’s Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. While it can be easy to think that there’s no time for reading, even 15 minutes a day can provide great insight. Thanks to technology, you don’t even have to read the book; you can take them on the road with you with audio books! If we’re not growing, we’re stagnant, and books are a great way to continue our personal evolution and help in the growth of our businesses as well!