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10 Life-Changing Books Recommended By 10 Global Entrepreneurs

10 Life-Changing Books Recommended By 10 Global Entrepreneurs

Books have the power to help people realize their dreams and maximize their potential. A good reading experience can be life-changing. Here are 10 books recommended by global entrepreneurs.

1. The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

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    “It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.” – Og Mandino

    This book topped number one on Wall Street, New York Times and USA Today, so it is bound to be a good read. Figure out what matters and focus your energy accordingly. When starting out on a venture, a business, or an idea, it is incredibly easy to get side tracked. The One Thing, is perfect in allowing you to lay out exactly what you want to achieve and keeping the work you do in direct line with the end goal. If you look at some of the most successful people and companies, they likely are known for one thing. Steve Jobs, who founded Apple, one of the most profitable companies in the world, is known to focus on the one thing which is most important.

    The book is described as an “excellent read for not only your business but any goal you are trying to achieve in life”.

    With the amount of distractions in this day and age from emails, text messages, and phone calls, it is hard to not get side tracked from what does matter. In this book you will learn to achieve better results in a shorter amount of time with less stress and be able to get down to and achieve what truly matters to you.

    As the book quotes “Extraordinary results require focused attention and time. Time on one thing means time away from another”

    Figure out what the one thing is in your life that you want and achieve it.

    2. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

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      “Believe you can succeed and you will”

      If you want to do more and achieve more, then you need to learn how to think properly.

      The book quotes “Case history after case history proved that the size of bank accounts, the size of happiness accounts, and the size of one’s general satisfaction account is dependant on the size of one’s thinking. There is magic in thinking big”.

      Starting a business is a lot of work to say the least, and envisioning how far it can go, how big it can be, and how many people it can reach, will be dependent upon your thoughts. Strong, true belief in something will trigger your mind in working through the difficulties and getting over the hurdles.

      “Belief in success is the one basic, absolutely essential ingredient in successful people.”

      In this book you will learn how to think to get through the tough times and stay positive. You will also learn that you do not need to be the smartest or the most talented to attain great success.

      3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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        “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

        This may not help you with the technicalities of your business but it will make you confident you are on the right path.

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        Spencer Johnson a well acclaimed author described the book as, “An entrepreneurial tale of universal wisdom we can apply to the business of our own lives”.

        When you are passionate and enthusiastic your are sure to succeed. We all inheritantly have different talents, strengths, and interests, and it is the pursuance of those that is said to be the purpose of life. In this book you will learn to make sure you are going after the right thing in life. It will not only give you confirmation but inspiration toward your goals.

        4. The Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

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          “Blue ocean strategy challenges companies to break out of the red ocean of bloody competition by creating uncontested market space that makes the competition irrelevant.”

          A good read for anyone who does not want to enter the competitive bloody red ocean of business.

          “A book that challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success”.

          By developing new ideas and creating untouched market space your business is sure to flourish. In this book you will learn how to make competition irrelevant and how to build and diversify your business from what is already in the market place. This book will help you learn what may not be available to consumers, or presenting your product or service in a different way, making it more desirable, different, and not available anywhere else.

          5. Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

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            “The longest journey that people must take is the eighteen inches between their heads and their hearts.”

            A book on value, purpose, leadership, and management. In this book you will learn to not only build a valuable and creditable business but on how to better society as a whole. With tips on how to build sustainable success and what makes a great entrepreneur. Learn how to bring intention to the forefront and connect with not only the needs of society but your passion at large.

            “Capitalism, done consciously, is the most powerful system for uplifting humankind to unimaginable levels of prosperity, peace, and happiness”. – Fred Kofman.

            6. Thrive by Arianna Huffington

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              “Draw in on your inner wisdom and intuition and learn to thrive”.

              Thrive redefines success from the typical attainment of power and money to the pursuant of your dreams, interests, and passions. A lot of people make their way up the corporate latter only to realize they are not happy when they reach the top. After collapsing from exhaustion the author questioned what success really felt like. Learn how to manage time, prioritize what really matters to you in your life and work towards what you trully want to achieve.

              7. Contagious by Jonah Berger

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                Learn why people talk about certain products and not others. Why things get popular and why things go viral. The best part is the book does not equate it to advertising. The author talks about how things are spread through word of mouth and how a social influence will shape your product or business. With thorough statistical research and real life stories Contagious will give you a different perspective on how to get your idea out there.

                “Jonah Berger knows more about what makes information ‘go viral’ than anyone in the world.” – Daniel Gilbert

                8. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck

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                  Voted by Forbes as one of the top five entrepreneul books to read. If you’re lost on what to do, how to get there, or what your next move should be this is the perfect book. With a higher calling, and a desire to find out what you where meant to be doing with your life the book allows you to “find a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life”.

                  9. Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki

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                    Enchantment teaches you how to bring out the inner desires in others and make lasting impact on their lives with your product or service.

                    “Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update. And when done right, it’s more powerful than traditional persuasion, influence, or marketing techniques.”

                    10. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

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                      Everything from card playing to knitting, Gary Vaynechuk will show you how to create an online business out of any hobby.

                      The book is described as the ‘ultimate driver’s manual for modern business’.

                      In the book Gary describes success based on your happiness not on your income. Wake up in the morning and actually be excited to go to work because you will be doing things that interest you the most in this world.

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                      Last Updated on March 30, 2020

                      What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                      What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                      Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

                      You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

                      This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

                      What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

                      According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

                      Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

                      There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

                      How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

                      When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

                      Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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                      1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

                      One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

                      The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

                      Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

                      2. Be Honest

                      A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

                      If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

                      On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

                      Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

                      3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

                      Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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                      If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

                      4. Succeed at Something

                      When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

                      Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

                      5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

                      Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

                      Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

                      If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

                      If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

                      Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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                      6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

                      Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

                      You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

                      On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

                      You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

                      7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

                      Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

                      Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

                      Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

                      When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

                      Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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                      In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

                      Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

                      It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

                      Final Thoughts

                      When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

                      The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

                      Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

                      Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

                      Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

                      More Tips for Improving Your Self-Esteem

                      Featured photo credit: Cata via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
                      [2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
                      [3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
                      [4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
                      [5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
                      [6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
                      [7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
                      [8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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