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Top 10 Books To Equip You With Every Essential Business Skill

Top 10 Books To Equip You With Every Essential Business Skill

If you read and internalize and apply the principles and strategies in these 10 books, you will be wildly successful in a short period of time.

Essential skills in business you will learn from these books include:

  • Long-term thinking
  • Being an artist
  • Removing the non-essentials
  • Focusing on only what you can do
  • Automation and outsourcing
  • How to be bold
  • How to be a pro
  • How to skip unnecessary steps
  • How to create a culture of collaboration and innovation
  • And how to build a brand and a following around your passions

Let’s begin:

1. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness

    Long-term thinking is essential. When Tony was 23 years old, just six months after starting up Linkexchange, he was offered one million dollars. This blew him away. But he wasn’t impulsive. Five months later, he was offered 20 million. He held out. One year later, he sold the company for 265 million on his own terms.

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    2. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin

    Icarus Deception

      Be completely transparent and vulnerable in your work and you will be richly compensated in this market. The higher you are willing to fly, the more pure your work will be. Don’t live between the lines of social conformity.

      3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins

      good to great

        Collins writes: “The old adage ‘People are your most important asset’ is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are.”

        If you start with the right people, management not only becomes easier, but the likelihood of success becomes greater.

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        4. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

        essentialism

          Say “no” to almost everything. Most of it is a waste of time. By doing so, you’ll be able to focus on the things that truly matter.

          5. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

          4 hour

            You can live a mobile lifestyle by using automation and outsourcing tools. All of the tools are available to create an automated income stream freeing you from the 9-5 drudgery. This skill is essential to create a life of freedom and to succeed in our increasingly freelance and mobile market.

            6. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis an Steven Kotler

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            bold

              In order to become a billionaire, you need to help a billion people. Don’t focus on incremental growth, focus on exponential growth.

              7. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

              war of art

                Either you are a pro or a fake. You get to decide. If you want to be professional at something, start doing it everyday like it’s your job. Eventually, it will be your job.

                8. Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow

                Smartcuts

                  Climbing ladders vertically is the slow way to the top. You’ll want to switch ladders laterally in order to skip unnecessary “dues paying steps.” Some examples are U.S. Presidents. Most of the best Presidents spent the least amount of time in politics. They laterally switched from other fields.

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                  9. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright

                  Tribal Leadership

                    Culture is everything for an organization’s success. Most cultures compete within themselves. Amazing cultures compete with their competitors. Innovative cultures compete with no one.

                    10. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt

                    platform

                      Content is king. Platform is queen. Your platform is the people that listen to and follow you. This book will teach you how to build a brand and a following around that brand.

                      After reading, internalizing, and applying the concepts in these books, you will quickly find yourself a radical success.

                      Featured photo credit: Vintage Books/Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon via flickr.com

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                      What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                      What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                      Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

                      Can I Be Creative?

                      The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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                      How Creativity Works

                      Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

                      What Really Is Creativity?

                      Creativity Needs an Intention

                      Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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                      Creativity Is a Skill

                      At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

                      Start Connecting the Dots

                      Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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