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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 to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                      How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                      What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

                      When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

                      In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

                      While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

                      As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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                        Image source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

                        Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

                        The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

                        But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

                        However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

                        This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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                        Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

                        We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

                        Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

                        Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

                        The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

                        When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

                        When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

                        How to Make Decision Effectively

                        Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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                        1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

                        You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

                        Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

                        Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

                        2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

                        You don’t have to choose all the time.

                        Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

                        Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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                        3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

                        You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

                        The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

                        Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

                        Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

                        So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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