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8 Business Books That Will Totally Change Your Mindset

8 Business Books That Will Totally Change Your Mindset

Sometimes you need a quick inspiration to adjust your mindset. Here is the list of 8 books which can do just that – change and adjust your mindset.

You can read them in a day or two because most of them are little tiny books – Though all of them carry a very strong message. They are all like bombs packed in the tiny package of a box matches – no, they won’t harm you but they will blow your mind.

Some concepts of the books might even contradict each other. And such a selection was made on purpose: to see different aspects of success and then to find out what works best for you.

1. Screw It, Let’s Do It

Screw It, Let's Do It

    If you feel you are sometimes overcautious and you have hard times to make quick decisions then that’s a book for you. The author is Sir Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Group also known as ‘Dr. Yes’. And this ‘Yes’ thing is the whole philosophy of the book: no matter how big the task is, how impossible it looks in the beginning just say ‘yes’ and go for it! Once you start doing it you will figure it out somehow.

    We live in a society where being overcautious is regarded as a sign of wisdom. This book will teach you that trying to find reasons for doing things is much better way than trying to find reasons for not doing it.

    2. The Lazy Way To Success: How to Do Nothing and Accomplish Everything

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    The Lazy Way To Success

      The title of this book might mislead you that’s just one of the books promoting the hype. But that’s not the case. It is highly inspirational, very revolutionary book and definitely worth reading especially if you are a workaholic.

      The author Fred Gratzon, once long-haired hippie, describes his specific way of success. He actually managed to established two highly successful businesses (an ice-cream company and a telecommunication company with over 1100 employees and $400 million in annual sales). Both of them, he started from the stretch, with no money, no business experience but with a different logic.

      The book describes:

      • that changing the paradigm is the most efficient way to success
      • the laziness: it is not about doing nothing but doing what you love to do
      • that hard work is not the only option

      3. Rhinoceros Success

      Rhinoceros Success

        This book written by Scott Alexander is all about charging: charging at a full speed towards your goal. It is a complete opposite of the previously mentioned book The Lazy Way To Success. Read both of them and then find out what works best for you.

        Rhinoceros Success highly promotes taking actions and being consistent. According to the author rhinos are synonyms for highly energetic entrepreneurs, while cows and sheep are mediocre folks who let the life just pass by.

        After reading this book, you will feel like you are a big, thick-skinned rhino charging at full speed through all the obstacles on your way to success.

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        4. The American Millionaires Have Spoken

        The American Millionaires Have Spoken

          The book was actually written by non-American author, Petra Skarja, a young entrepreneur from Slovenia (where on Earth is that?!? – okay, it’s a small country on the border with Italy – got it? – and it happened to be my country, too)

          Again this is one of the books written in a light tone but with a strong message you can apply straight away: be entrepreneurial even if you haven’t got your own business yet!

          Start applying entrepreneurial ideas in your daily life, think, breath and move like an entrepreneur and you are not far away from your first (or second, or third,…) business. Yes, you might fail a few times and that is the second good thing you will learn from the book: failing is part of succeeding.

          5. The Science Of Getting Rich

          The Science Of Getting Rich

            CAUTION: This is one of the books which can drastically change your life!

            This all-time classic was written more than 100 years ago by Wallace D. Wattles but while reading it you think it was written just recently – the ideas there are so fresh!

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            This is one of the books which I have read in one go (with no eating and drinking in between) and I still read it regularly because I just can’t get it enough. No wonder it was the basis for the well-known book The Secret.

            It will teach you that everything, every success starts with your mind and you taking actions. You change your mind and you change your destiny. So the question is how to change your mind…
            Well, I won’t tell you… Because you just have to read it!

            6. Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet!

            Don't Eat the Marshmallow Yet!

              This book, written by Joachim de Posada is based on a simple experiment which was done on children: They were offered sweets and were told that if they wait some time they will get even more sweets. Some decided to go for it, some ate all their sweets straight away.

              Years later, their lives were tracked down and the experiment showed… hmm, you know me, I won’t tell you that.
              Take a book and find out what an interesting result came out of the experiment.

              The book is all about self-control. It tells you what is the difference between success and failure and that small things can make a big difference.

              7. The Richest Man In Babylon

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              The Richest Man

                Another classic of the books on this list written by George Samuel Clason.
                If you are struggling meeting ends of the month then that’s the books for you. It will teach you some essential secrets every successful entrepreneur follows, like:

                • keep your expenditures down even when you experience the boost in your business
                • make money work for you (not the other way around)
                • invest hardly in yourself and only then in your business

                Read it and you will learn many more success principles.

                8. Delivering Happiness

                Delivering Happiness

                  Deliberately, I placed this book at the end of the list. Because at the end of the day, what we all strive for? Isn’t that happiness? We all want to be happy!

                  The book tells you just that. If we all want to be happy it is quite obvious that delivering happiness is the best business on Earth. Being focused on making your customers happy will make your business flourish as nothing else. It is all about giving massive value first and the money will come as a bypass product.

                  The book was written by business wizard Tony Hsieh, the founder and CEO of Zappos, a company well-known for its ever-evolving business system and constantly delivering happiness.

                  NOW, TAKE ONE OF THESE BOOKS from the list in your hands and expect: changing your paradigm, expanding your mind, going through obstacles like a rhino, achieving success and yes, happiness!

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                  How to Be More Creative and Come up with Incredible Ideas

                  How to Be More Creative and Come up with Incredible Ideas

                  Regardless of how creative you already consider yourself to be, there’s a good chance you would like to level up your creative abilities.

                  You might want to write a better song, think of better solutions to problems at work or around the home or maybe paint a picture.

                  In any case, the good news is that creativity is not born: it’s made, and each one of us has the potential to be more creative and come up with incredible ideas.

                  “Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

                  The definition of creativity is broad, and reminds us that creativity is not limited to artists or musicians. It does however require that we have some kind of impact on the domain in which we create.

                  Creativity also emphasizes values.

                  “The process of having original ideas that have value” — Ken Robinson

                  This makes up for what Csikszentmihalyi misses out. For instance, we can make a change in the world without adding significant value. Any destructive act, like smashing a window, creates change, but it doesn’t necessarily create valuable change.

                  In short, there isn’t one single definition of creativity It’s up to us to find a definition that feels true and useful. When you know what your standard is, It’s much easier to embrace creativity and start to cultivate it.

                  And in this article, you will learn how to be more creative and take a good look at what goes into the creative skill:

                  1. Cultivate Focus

                  In order to create, there needs to be a focus on creating something, whether it’s a song, a theory, a product, or a sculpture.

                  You could also call this “drive” – it’s the initial spark that drives the solution to a problem, or the will to get on your laptop and start typing.

                  However, it’s worth noting there are different stages to the creative process: the divergent stage and the convergent stage.

                  In the divergent stage, we want a broad focus – we want to be willing to let in lots of different inputs, ideas and insights. This is the time for brainstorming all possible ideas and solutions.

                  In the convergent stage, we start to narrow our focus, like a camera lens. At this stage, we start to drill down to a handful of ideas or solutions, discriminating throughout the process.

                  How to cultivate focus?

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                  Take a 20 Minute Walk

                  Walking away and getting your heart rate up is the best free tool you have in regaining your focus.

                  I know it might seem counterintuitive to take a break right when you’re at your busiest, and especially when you’re drowning in your massive to do list, but the effects it will have on your clarity and ability to focus are undeniable.

                  Walking is physiologically proven to release stress, and clear your mind. In fact, most of my most brilliant ideas (and some pretty terrible ones too) have occurred on my daily walks.

                  If you give this technique a try, what you’ll find is that you’re much more productive than you were before you took a breather.

                  Over time, if you do these walks daily, you’ll quickly find that your to-do list starts to feel a lot less significant, and a lot more doable. It’s all about keeping razor focused, and that’s what short daily walks will gift you.

                  2. Build a Structure

                  When I wake up in the morning, I start the day with a structure in mind. I know that 15 minutes will be dedicated to meditation, 30 minutes to coffee and reading, 20 minutes to yoga and so on.

                  The structure of this morning routine might be boring, but the act of each task in itself has the potential to be, on some level, “creative.”

                  The point of structure is that it gives you the space to make time for something you want to do. It helps you carve out the time to do your creative work. Once you begin that thing in itself, you are free to go about it however you’d like.

                  Without structure, we can lose focus and can feel overwhelmed with possibility. If you’ve ever looked at a blank page and felt too overwhelmed with possibility to make a mark on it, you’ll know what I mean. How much easier it gets when you are given some guidelines or a deadline?

                  The trick is finding the right amount of structure for you and your creative needs. Too little structure and we feel overwhelmed. Too much structure, and we risk feeling limited and stifled.

                  Again, it’s worth thinking about creating in those two stages: divergent (less structure) and convergent (more structure.)

                  How to build a structure?

                  Create a Morning Routine

                  Your morning routine doesn’t have to be rigid or so arduous you dread waking up. In fact, it should feel like the opposite. When you get a routine that works for you, you’ll look forward to starting the day.

                  We all have different needs and preferences which can shape our ideal routine. In the book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey, you can be inspired over 160 different creators’ daily routines, from Charles Darwin to Pablo Picasso.

                  Experiment with any that take your fancy, and see how you feel with a bit more structure to start your day.

                  You can also take a look at this article about morning routine for inspirations: The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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                  3. Find Motivation

                  There is a theory that suggests: people will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily by the interest, satisfaction, and challenge of the work itself — not by external pressures. This is also known as intrinsic motivation; a drive that comes from within.

                  Think of a time when you did some of your best work — chances are you were totally absorbed in what you were doing, to the exclusion of everything else. You were completely focused on the work itself, barely noticing time flying by.

                  Now think of a time when you felt under pressure to perform. Maybe it was an exam, or a commission for an important client, or maybe your boss had told you “there’s a lot riding on this.”

                  Notice the difference? In the first memory, you were driven by intrinsic motivation, which made it relatively easy, even enjoyable, to be highly creative.

                  In the second memory however, extrinsic motivation was breathing down your neck, distracting you by whispering about the rewards for success and the horrible consequences of failure: likely making it harder to focus on the task at hand.

                  For this reason, intrinsic motivation, if you can find it, is what separates the good from great creative work.

                  This isn’t to say only internal motivators help. I personally get motivated by luring myself to work with a good cappuccino at my favourite cafe. That will get me ready to write or edit or whatever I’ve been avoiding.

                  How to find motivation?

                  Connect to Your “Why”

                  Your “Why” is your fuel: the thing that drives you forward, that gives you a reason to do what you’re doing.

                  ‘He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.’ — Friedrich Nietzche

                  When you have a reason to do something, a purpose or a goal that matters to you, you can connect your daily actions to it. Then, each act becomes infused with meaning and you find that intrinsic motivation comes naturally.

                  The trick is to remember your “why” and connect with it on a regular basis.

                  Think about how you want to feel on a daily basis. What would you like to accomplish in the next year? What would you like for yourself in the next five years? How about in your lifetime?

                  Ultimately, the tasks you face on a daily basis, or at least some of them, will connect to a greater purpose if you follow this path and you will find you feel more motivated to create and less resistance.

                  If you aren’t sure where to start looking for motivation, this will help: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                  4. Be an Expert in a Chosen Domain

                  Research has shown that just as expertise in one domain does not predict expertise in other unrelated domains; creativity in one domain does not predict creativity in other unrelated domains.[1]

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                  So just because you can paint a pretty picture, doesn’t mean you can creatively solve a mathematical problem.

                  If you’ve taken one of those tests like the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, which will ask you to think of a bazillion uses for a pencil, and scored well, unfortunately this is only an indicator of divergent thinking skills. It is not a predictor for creativity all round.

                  The good news is, you can train your creativity in your chosen domain. Much like a muscle, you can isolate exercises to strengthen it.

                  Of course you can still do a total body workout – or atotal creativity workout – but it means your creativity-training exercises need to come from a wide variety of domains; not just thinking up uses for a pencil.

                  How to become an expert?

                  Make a Mastery Training Plan

                  Following our physical workout analogy, it’s worth applying the habits of great athletes to your chosen creative domain. For example:

                  1. Decide what area/s you want to work on

                  Much like a tennis player who decides they need to improve their serving technique, you can decide what area within your creative domain you want to improve at. Get specific.

                  2. Decide how much time you can dedicate

                  Most of us don’t have all day to train like a pro tennis player might, but you can likely squeeze 20 to 30 minutes in a day, if you want to. Whatever the time you can allow is, decide to dedicate yourself to it.

                  3. Review your progress

                  Finally, in order to check your progress, you can take regular reviews. Decide what your metrics are, and take time each week to check in with yourself.

                  How many days did you practice? How did you compare to the previous week? This kind of review can help you stay on track, and actually creates more intrinsic motivation as you see yourself develop.

                  5. Create a Conducive Environment

                  A psychologist in 1943 proposed that behaviour is:[2]

                  “a function of both the person as well as the physical environment they are in.”

                  I would suggest that the act of creating is a behaviour and that, even though it begins as an internal process, it’s very much affected by and even dependent on the environment we are in.

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                  I started noticing how environment affects me when I worked in an office. Over time, I realized that the more people who were in or who were talking, the more distracted I was. If I got to the office early before my coworkers arrived, I was twice as effective.

                  I was even more effective if I was at home. Now that I work from home, I know I’m even more effective when in certain coffee shops. Ideally, places that have high ceilings, gentle lighting, some barely noticeable background music – and excellent coffee.

                  It’s these little variations in our environment that can really shape our creative output.

                  If you’re an introvert, you probably do your best work alone. If you’re an extrovert, you probably do your best work in the company of others.

                  This isn’t to say you should find one way of doing things and stick to it: in fact, varying your environment from time to time is a great way to stoke the creative fire too, which we’ll touch on more later.

                  How to create a conducive environment?

                  Add or Subtract Stimuli

                  Novelty in our environment has been shown to stimulate the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that increases our desire to seek out reward.[3]

                  If you’re looking for creative motivation, adding some novelty into your environment can be just what you need.

                  On the other hand, some people are highly sensitive and when it comes to having too much stimulation in their environment, they find it difficult to focus.

                  Experiment with working in different environments. Note how you feel. Note whether you do better creative work or have more interesting ideas when you’re alone or with others.

                  Try listening to music, people chatting or try being in complete silence. Try a dimly lit room, try working in bright sunlight.

                  In each case, note how you feel before, during and afterwards and rate the quality of your work.

                  The Bottom Line

                  Creativity is not one particular skill or talent one can have. It comes in as many broad and unique flavors as there are people on this earth.

                  To be more creative, take little steps each day. Acknowledge where and when you feel most inspired, motivated and original and spend more energy in those areas.

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