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

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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

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                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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                  How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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                  How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

                  Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                  Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                  The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                  Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                  Program Your Own Algorithms

                  Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                  Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                  By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                  How to Form a Ritual

                  I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                  Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                  Ways to Use a Ritual

                  Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                  1. Waking Up

                  Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                  2. Web Usage

                  How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                  3. Reading

                  How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                  4. Friendliness

                  Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                  5. Working

                  One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                  6. Going to the gym

                  If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                  7. Exercise

                  Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                  8. Sleeping

                  Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                  8. Weekly Reviews

                  The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                  Final Thoughts

                  We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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