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8 Books From World-Class Leaders Telling You How To Achieve Phenomenal Success

8 Books From World-Class Leaders Telling You How To Achieve Phenomenal Success

As Jim Rohn once said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

So if you want to be successful in life, it makes sense to spend time with successful people. While we can’t all rub shoulders with the likes of Branson and Jobs, we can do the next best thing. We can read books from world-class leaders. We can soak up their soul while we read their stories. Messages of inspiration, lessons learned and strategies for success.

So grab a good book and you’ll be a roaring success in no time.

1. Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Thrive

    Arianna Huffington is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group and one of the world’s most influential women. She graces the covers of magazines and is extraordinarily successful. In Thrive, Adrianna compels us to redefine success. She shows us what many people around the world are learning – that our current definition of success is literally killing us.

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    If you suspect there’s more to life than a fat salary and a luxurious office, this one is for you.

    2. The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

    The Icarus Deception

      Seth Godin is the author of eighteen international bestsellers that have changed the way people think about marketing and work. He is one of the most inspiring people I can think of, and this is his most inspiring book. In The Icarus Deception, he challenges readers to leap into the unknown, dive deep into their psyche and discover the courage to treat work as art. He reminds us that conformity doesn’t lead to comfort and that creativity is more scarce and valuable than ever before.

      Godin shows you that you can become an artist. He teaches us how it’s possible and convinces us why it’s essential.

      3. Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo

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      Make Every Man Want You

        Marie Forleo has been named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and one of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing companies of 2014. Her book, Make Every Man Want You , is not about finding a man – it’s about you.This book will show you how to become more appealing to others in almost every situation. It’s a crash course in desirability and a life-changing lesson in loving yourself.

        Marie will give you a confidence boost so you learn to love yourself inside and out. Then you’ll be well on your way to achieving success on your own terms.

        4. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

        Jab Jab Jab

          Social media expert and bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk tells us how to stand out in our noisy world. If you crave success, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is your blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really work. Vaynerchuk also articulates the massive change that’s occurred in social media and says that to be successful, social media needs to be platform specific. That is, we need to tailor our message for each community, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or elsewhere.

          This book will show you the value of giving to your customers before asking for the sale.

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          5. The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle La Porte

          Fire Starter Sessions

            Danielle LaPort is an inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec and business strategist. Her website is deemed “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality”, and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes. This book will show you that chasing life balance causes you stress and that being well-rounded is over-rated. You’ll learn that we have ambition backwards, fulfillment comes from getting clear on what you want in life and work.

            In The Firestarter Sessions, LaPorte kicks apathy to the door and encourages you to define success on your own terms.

            6. The 7 Day Startup by Dan Norris

            7 day startup

              This is the story about failure because all great entrepreneurs fail, and Dan Norris is no different. Dan is the passionate startup founder and award winning marketer behind wpcurve.com, one of the fastest growing WordPress support companies in the world. The 7 Day Startup is Dan’s bible for bootstrappers who want to launch a product. In this book he demonstrates that you don’t know how successful something will be until you launch it.

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              He gives practice advice on generating ideas and gaining your first paying customers, and how to build a website in 1 day for under $100. Read it before you launch.

              7. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

              The Universe Has Your Back

                In The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches us how to transform fear into faith so we can live a divine life. The stories in the book guide readers to release the blocks to happiness, security and direction to what they most long

                This book aims to give you a sense of power in a world where we often feel powerless. It will help you stop chasing your dreams and start living them.

                8. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

                Four Hour Work Week

                  Tim Ferris is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, best known for his rapid-learning techniques. In this book he will teach you how to forget the old concepts of work and retirement, and embrace success in these unpredictable economic times. The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint to living your dream, regardless of whether you want a high income, world-class travel or want to escape the rat race.

                  This book will show you how to live more and work less.

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                  Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                  Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                  Do you like making mistakes?

                  I certainly don’t.

                  Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

                  Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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                  Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

                  Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

                  • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
                  • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
                  • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
                  • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

                  We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

                  If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

                  Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

                  Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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                  When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

                  Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

                  We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

                  It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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                  Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

                  Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

                  Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

                  1. Point us to something we did not know.
                  2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
                  3. Deepen our knowledge.
                  4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
                  5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
                  6. Inform us more about our values.
                  7. Teach us more about others.
                  8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
                  9. Show us when someone else has changed.
                  10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
                  11. Remind us of our humanity.
                  12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
                  13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
                  14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
                  15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
                  16. Invite us to better choices.
                  17. Can teach us how to experiment.
                  18. Can reveal a new insight.
                  19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
                  20. Can serve as a warning.
                  21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
                  22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
                  23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
                  24. Remind us how we are like others.
                  25. Make us more humble.
                  26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
                  27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
                  28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
                  29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
                  30. Expose our true feelings.
                  31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
                  32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
                  33. Point us in a more creative direction.
                  34. Show us when we are not listening.
                  35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
                  36. Can create distance with someone else.
                  37. Slow us down when we need to.
                  38. Can hasten change.
                  39. Reveal our blind spots.
                  40. Are the invisible made visible.

                  Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

                  The secret to handling mistakes is to:

                  • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
                  • Have an experimental mindset.
                  • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

                  When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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                  When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

                  It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

                  When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

                  Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

                  Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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