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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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                  10 Steps For Success: Applying The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

                  10 Steps For Success: Applying The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

                  How big is the gap between you and your success?

                  What is the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people?

                  It is as simple as this: successful people think and talk about what they are creating, and unsuccessful people focus on and talk about what they’re lacking.

                  So how do you bridge that gap between wanting success and having your success? Let’s make an important distinction. You see, there is a big difference between “Wanting” and “Having” something.

                  Wanting: means lacking or absent. Deficient in some part, thing or aspect.

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                  Having: means to possess, to hold, to get, to receive, to experience.

                  You can have one OR the other, but not both at the same time with any particular object of your desire. You either have it or you don’t.

                  When it comes to your subconscious, if you’re focusing on the “wanting”, i.e. the not having, guess what, you will build stronger neural networks in your brain around the “wanting.” However, through the power of your subconscious mind, you can focus on the “having” as if it has already happened. Research has shown that your brain doesn’t know the difference between what you’re visualizing inside your mind versus what is happening out there in your reality.

                  This is a regular practice of elite athletes. They spend as much timing creating the internal mental imagery of their success playing out as they do actually physically practicing. This helps create both the neural pathways in their brain and the muscle memory to consistently deliver on that success.

                  Here are 10 “brain hack” steps for success that you can take to create your version of a happy life. Make these steps a regular habit, and you will be astonished at the results.

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                  Step 1: Decide exactly what you want to create and have

                  This is usually the biggest problem that people have. They don’t know what they want and then they’re surprised when they don’t get it.

                  Step 2: Write down your goal clearly in every technicolor detail

                  A goal that is not written down is merely a wish. When you write it down in full detail, you signal to your subconscious mind that you really want to accomplish this particular goal.

                  Step 3: Write your goal in simple, present tense words

                  …that a three year old can understand on a three-by-five index card and carry it with you. Read it each morning after you awake and just before you go to sleep.

                  Step 4: Backwards planning

                  See your goal achieved and identify all the steps required that it took to bring it to life. Making a list of all these steps intensifies your desire and deepens your belief that the attainment of the goal is already happening.

                  Step 5: Resolve to take at least one step every day from one of the items on your list

                  Do something every day, even if it is just one baby step, that moves you toward your goal so you can maintain your momentum.

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                  Step 6: Visualize your goal repeatedly

                  See it in your mind’s eye as though it were already a reality. The more clear and vivid your mental picture of your goal, the faster it will come into your life.

                  Step 7: Feel the feeling of success as if your goal were realized at this very moment

                  Feel the emotion of happiness, satisfaction, and pleasure that you would have once you have achieved your goal. Visualize and feel this success for at least 20 seconds at a time.

                  Step 8: “Fake it till you make it!”

                  Confidently behave as if your subconscious mind was already bringing your goal into reality. Accept that you are moving toward your goal and it is moving toward you.

                  Step 9: Relax your mind

                  Take time to breathe, pray or mediate each day. Disengage the stress response and engage the relaxation response. A quiet state of mind allows your brain to access newly formed neural pathways.

                  Step 10: Release your goal to your subconscious mind

                  When you turn your goal over to the power of the universe and just get out of the way, you will always know the right actions to take at the right time.

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                  Starting today, try tapping into the incredible power of your subconscious mind.Start with just one goal or idea, and practice it continually until you succeed in achieving that goal. Make it a game and have fun with it! The more lightly you hold it, the easier it will be to achieve. By doing so, you will move from the “positive thinking” of the hopeful person to the “positive knowing” of the totally successful person.

                  Hit reply and let me know what you’re creating!

                  To your success!

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