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10 Brilliant Business Books You Can Read To Find Your Shortcut To Success

10 Brilliant Business Books You Can Read To Find Your Shortcut To Success

It’s a known fact that successful people read. Time and time again, successful entrepreneurs and business leaders cite frequent reading as one of their most important habits. If you’re looking for success in business and in life, these 10 brilliant business books can help you find your shortcut to success.

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    Get inspired and empowered with Covey’s classic book on achieving your goals. Each chapter explores a different habit aimed at helping you be the best, most effective person you can be for success in business and life. Read this if you’re ready to make powerful changes in your life to move you toward success.

    2. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

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    Zero to One

      Billionaire investor and entrepreneur Thiel offers deep and thought provoking insights on entrepreneurship and building value in the world in this modern classic. Read this to learn how great businesses are built and managed in today’s world.

      3. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

      4 Hour Work Week

        With over a million copies sold worldwide, you’ve probably heard of ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ before. In this powerful book Ferriss teaches you how to escape the 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich. This highly practical and informative read will have you looking at the world and the opportunities available to you in a whole new way. Read this if you’re ready to learn a new way of seeing the opportunities all around you.

        4. ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill

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        Think and Grow Rich

          Hill’s best seller has been one of the top-selling books of all time since it was first published in 1937. Read this if you’re ready to learn the secrets to success and wealth creation. Full of practical steps you can introduce in your life today. You won’t want to put this down till you’re done reading.

          5. ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ by Spencer Johnson

          Who Moved My Cheese?

            For timeless lessons on how to let go of fear and embrace change, you can’t go past Johnson’s best selling classic ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’. Inside you’ll find powerful strategies for successfully dealing with changing times, all wrapped up in a deceptively simple story about two mice and two little humans stuck in a maze of moving cheese. Read this if you want to approach the changes in your life in a highly effective way.

            6. ‘The One Minute Manager’ by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

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            The One Minute Manager

              When it comes to learning the art of effective communication as a manager, you can’t go past ‘The One Minute Manager’. It’s full of expert advice on effective communication between managers and their employees. Read this if you’re a new manager, or a veteran who’s ready to uplevel the way you approach your employees,

              7. ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ by George S. Clason

              The Richest Man in Babylon

                The ultimate guide to personal finance as told through a seemingly simple collection of parables set in the historical city of Babylon. Read this to learn the simple yet powerful principles of financial success like who to pay first in your business and investing in yourself above all else.

                8. ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg

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                The Power of Habit

                  Habits are powerful things, and nobody knows this better than Duhigg who shares the science of habit change in this remarkable book that will set you up for a lifetime of happiness and success. The big message here is that success begins with small changes in behaviour that you can start implementing right now.

                  9. ‘How to Win Friends & Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie

                  How to Win Friends and Influence People

                    In this classic best seller Carnegie takes you inside the psychology behind our daily interactions to show you how to become a leader and influencer in your field. Read this if you’re ready to step up to build purposeful and meaningful relationships to pave your way to success.

                    10. ‘Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals’ by Thomas Corley

                    Rich Habits

                      Corley spent five years studying the lives of both rich and poor people to share the essential habits of both groups in this insightful book. This is a must read if you’re ready to learn the simple habits that could drastically impact your financial future.

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                      Published on September 17, 2018

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                      With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                      So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                      1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                      It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                      You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                      So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                      2. When you want something big, wait

                      Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                      It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                      We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                      A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                      So, you get the itch.

                      You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                      Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                      Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                      Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                      It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                      The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                      3. Live smaller than you can afford

                      You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                      You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                      That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                      Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                      Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                      The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                      But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                      4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                      Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                      But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                      Create a grocery budget

                      Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                      Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                      I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                      Make a list… and never deviate

                      Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                      You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                      These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                      Eat before going grocery shopping

                      It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                      If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                      After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                      Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                      However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                      This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                      5. Cancel your gym membership

                      Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                      The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                      Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                      I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                      Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                      Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                      For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                      Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                      There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                      It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                      I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                      Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                      The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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