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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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                      How Your Attitude Determines Your Success

                      How Your Attitude Determines Your Success


                      Do you remember the last time you faced a major setback–when you felt so low, that nothing seemed to make you happy? No matter how hard you tried, you just felt like the world was against you. Perhaps it was a bad relationship, or the loss of a loved one… maybe something bad happened at work? Whatever it may be, could you recall how your attitude was towards that situation?

                      Often when we’re caught in an unhappy situation, we feel limited and sometimes trapped. We want to get out of it as quickly as we can, but it’s never quite that simple.

                      Unfortunately, some people can remain in that terrible situation for weeks, months or even years; while others may come out strong and ready to start over–or continue from where they left off–fairly quickly.

                      So what sets these two groups apart?

                      The answer is their attitude.

                      Attitude is everything when it comes to achieving a goal, and tackling a setback or problem. 

                      When you’re able to have a positive mindset, you’ll be able to break free of your limitations that are holding you back.

                      A positive attitude also goes a long way in ensuring you come out victorious from whatever limitations that were holding you back before. It transforms not just your mental state, but your physical and emotional well being. It is the key to lasting total transformation.

                      Positive Attitude Brings About Positive Health 

                      When you’re stuck in a rut, often the first thoughts that run through your head are negative, thus your outlook likely becomes pessimistic. But, if you can transform those thoughts into more positive ones, then you’re on your way to talking yourself out of that rut, which allows you to move forward.

                      Of course, positive thinking doesn’t mean ignoring all the bad or unpleasant feelings altogether. It just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way–instead of taking everything as a victim to negative circumstances, you see it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

                      Be aware of self talk!

                      These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self talk comes from logic and reason, while other self talk may arise from misconceptions that you create. Others could come from external sources such as negative people around you, or messages from the media.

                      The key is to surround yourself with positive influences that can help turn those negative thoughts into positive, more productive actions.You’ll not only feel better about the situation, but in the long run, positive thinking can lower your levels of distress and depression and give you better coping skills during hardships.

                      Researchers studying the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health have also found that positive thinking may provide increased life span, better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and even greater resistance to the common cold!

                      It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits, but one theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.

                      It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.

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                      Suffering is Inevitable, So It’s Best to Accept It 

                      Now, one thing that everyone goes through at some point, is suffering. It’s a harsh reality, yet you can’t actually avoid it. We experience suffering as the result of unhappiness, fear, anger, loss or frustration. In fact, it would be hard to even imagine the feeling of happiness if we never experienced suffering! How would we ever compare it?

                      So instead of wallowing in sorrow about the suffering you have endured, take the suffering as an opportunity for change. Did you get laid off from your job? Perhaps this would be a good time to re-assess your career goals.

                      Rather than feeling negative and stuck, use your time and energy to find opportunities which will put you ahead. With the right attitude, anything can seem possible.

                      This may sound crazy, but suffering is the secret to being successful! 

                      Here’s what I mean. It’s impossible to think of new ideas or understand new experiences without stepping outside of your comfort zone. Anyone who has met great successes has also faced many failures, as nobody wins on every try.

                      To propel you toward success, find a way to track your progress and to set and celebrate small benchmarks. It may be helpful to conduct a weekly review to assess where you are and acknowledge all of the small wins of the week. Every accomplishment, no matter how small, is an achievement; so, be sure to take note of them.

                      Tracking your progress is also a great way to find and mitigate triggers and hindrances that impede your progress. The point is, you’re making progress; even if it feels like suffering, you can see that it’s leading you to joy.

                      Remember, don’t compare yourself to others. Only compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Each step you make towards progress is making you a better version of you.

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                      Gratitude Goes a Long Way in Shaping Attitude 

                      Now, this may seem difficult to do when you’re already feeling down, but having gratitude is a very useful when you’re trying to navigate your way out of a setback. Being grateful for existing accomplishments and the supports in your life will help you see them more clearly, build your own confidence, and give you a better overall outlook on what your limitations really are and what you have to do to overcome them.

                      With a grateful attitude, you limit the damage of negative influences, and strengthen the impact of positive ones.

                      Being grateful, even during the toughest of times, steers your attitude towards a more positive one, allowing you to get back on your feet much more quickly. Many studies done on gratitude have shown positive results for people who practice regularly, such as improvement in relationships and in mental health. There’s even studies that show higher motivation in work settings due to a simple ‘thank you’ from managers to their subordinates.

                      Believe in Yourself and Your Truth

                      This is often easier said than done, but is also the most empowering truth to overcoming your setbacks and limitations in life.

                      Many people find it hard to keep a positive attitude during tough times because they lack inner confidence. They doubt their abilities because of the ‘failure’ that they’re experiencing, and don’t think that they can rise above again.

                      But, confidence doesn’t just come from talent, luck or easy opportunity. Confidence comes from overcoming difficulties and facing your fears head on. 

                      Confidence is a result of getting out of your comfort zone. The more you do this, the more confident you’ll be, and the more positive your attitude will be. Confidence will help you see your goals more clearly, find your strengths within, reach your goals and overcome your limitations much more quickly.

                      Here’s a quick story about my own struggles helping me get ahead:

                      When I first started Lifehack, it took a long time to gain a solid readership. Just getting 100 visitors was a challenge and took a good bit of time. I had great ambitions for this site, yet it seemed like I was doomed to fail. I received plenty of criticism, too. Some people thought that the world didn’t need yet another self help site, others offered the opinion that there was something wrong with the idea itself and I was making a mistake.

                      It was hard for me not to listen to them and, at some times, agree. But, persistence is key, and in the end I chose to believe in my truth.

                      I worked tirelessly changing the site layout, restructuring articles, and making the site more user friendly. Slowly, I expanded to a team with the hiring of some extremely dynamic and talented people. With each determined effort, the site grew in popularity, and a few years later, we had influenced millions–and continue to do so.

                      Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and facing every challenge head on were the greatest contributing factors to increasing my confidence. So welcome the challenges that come; don’t avoid them, as they’re all opportunities in disguise to feed your growth.

                      Your Attitude Sets the Tone for Success 

                      Do you see the importance of having a positive attitude? It is so much more than a mindset or state of mind. Your attitude sets the tone for every action and behavior that follows after, and that will determine how long it takes for you to break free from your current circumstance.

                      So if you’re currently in an unhappy situation, why not give it a try and look at things from a more positive outlook? As mentioned, not only does having a positive attitude bring about favorable outcomes, it also brings about positive health in the long run.

                      Embracing hardship as it is, and using it as a learning experience to grow, will also make you stronger. And, whether you’re going through good or bad times, practicing gratitude will no doubt help to limit the damage of negative influences, and strengthen the impact of positive ones.

                      Lastly, in any circumstance, you are your greatest barrier to success, which is why it’s important to always believe in yourself!

                      You will always have the power to be in control of your situation because your attitude is determined by you. So start harnessing all that positive thinking to turn those limitations into strengths!

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