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8 Credible Books That Will Lead You Straight to Success

8 Credible Books That Will Lead You Straight to Success

Whether you want to reach new heights in your professional or personal life, there’s no better group of people to learn from than those who have overcome enormous challenges and gone on to attain great success. The next time you are in need of some inspiration, check out these books by world-class leaders.

1. “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul” by Howard Schultz and Joanne Gordon 

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    In 2008, former CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz returned to the ailing coffee company with the intention of turning it around. Needless to say, thanks to his realistic but determined leadership mindset, he succeeded. This is his account of the steps he took to preserve one of America’s most iconic chains.

    2. “The Trusted Executive: Nine Leadership Habits that Inspire Results, Relationships and Reputation” by Paul Polman and John Blakey

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      John Blakey is an internationally recognized leader in the art of teaching people to lead in a time of increased scrutiny and scepticism from the general public. He explains how it is more necessary than ever before that leaders develop their abilities, integrity, and benevolence. By following his three-part approach, you too can win the trust of those who follow you.

      3. “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World” by Peter H. Diamandis 

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        Peter H. Diamandis explains how, thanks to the rise of various new technologies and access to crowdfunding, entrepreneurs and small businesses can make a bigger and faster impact than ever before. In this book, he takes the reader through the steps required to become a leader in their field by leveraging digital and social resources.

        4. “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

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          Stephen R. Covey is one of the most famous writers to tackle personal change, growth, and leadership. The ideas within this book have been implemented by numerous CEOs around the world, which made the late Covey a highly respected leader and businessman in his own right.

          5. “Shift: Inside Nissan’s Historic Revival” by Carlos Ghosn

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            In 1999, car company Nissan was on the verge of bankruptcy. Fortunately, a new COO by the name of Carlos Ghosn was appointed to turn everything around. His astonishing success, which began when he undertook an extensive in-depth examination of every facet of the business, is laid out in this book.

            6. “Like A Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You At Business School” by Sir Richard Branson

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              The successful owner of multiple companies, Richard Branson learned through experience rather than formal education. In his book, he explains how you too can attain phenomenal success by listening to those who work for you, daring to break the rules, and enjoying your work as much as possible. He makes a convincing argument for the power of rule-breaking, and why many business conventions actually stifle many peoples’ leadership potential and creativity.

              7. “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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                A Supreme Court Justice since 1993 and one of the most powerful women in recent US history, Bader Ginsburgtackles a wide range of topics relating to success and what it takes to make a change to society.

                8. “Can’t Is Not An Option: My American Story” by Nikki Haley

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                  The daughter of Sikh immigrants from the Punjab, Nikki Haley recounts her journey from a young girl who helped run her parents’ clothing business after school to her present-day position as Governor of South Carolina. After college, Haley embarked on a mission to change legislation in such a way that would leave many small businesses in the US better able to thrive. Along the way, she and her family have faced prejudice and racism. This memoir is an inspiring story about one woman’s determination to never give up despite encountering numerous obstacles as she embarked on pursuit of her goals.

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                  10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                  10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                  Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

                  But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

                  Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

                  1. Spend Time with Positive People

                  If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

                  Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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                  2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

                  When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

                  Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

                  3. Contribute to the Community

                  One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

                  Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

                  4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

                  Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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                  5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

                  You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

                  If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

                  There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

                  6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

                  It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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                  Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

                  7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

                  Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

                  For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

                  Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

                  8. Offer Compliments to Others

                  Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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                  9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

                  If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

                  Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                  10. Practice Self-Care

                  Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

                  Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

                  Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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