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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 September 18, 2020

                      13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

                      “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

                      Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

                      You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

                      Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

                      1. Take a step back and evaluate

                      When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

                      1. What is the problem?
                      2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
                      3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
                      4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
                      5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

                      Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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                      2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

                      If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

                      At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

                      Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

                      3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

                      Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

                      4. Process your thoughts/emotions

                      Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

                      1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
                      2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
                      3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
                      4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

                      5. Acknowledge your thoughts

                      Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

                      By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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                      Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

                      6. Give yourself a break

                      If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

                      7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

                      A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

                      Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

                      After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

                      8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

                      As Helen Keller once said,

                      “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

                      Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

                      9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

                      In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

                      1. What’s the situation?
                      2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
                      3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
                      4. Take action on your next steps!

                      After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

                      10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

                      A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

                      Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

                      For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

                      11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

                      No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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                      12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

                      No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

                      13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

                      There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

                      After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

                      Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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