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Last Updated on March 17, 2020

8 Empowering Mindset Books That Will Lead You To Success

8 Empowering Mindset Books That Will Lead You To Success

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

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

    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.

    Check out the book here!

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

      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.

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      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

      Check out the book here!

      3. Rhinoceros Success : the Secret to Charging Full Speed Toward Every Opportunity

        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.

        Check out the book here!

        4. The American Millionaires Have Spoken

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          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.

          Check out the book here!

          5. 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!

            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!

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            Check out the book here!

            6. 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.

              Check out the book here!

              7. The Richest Man In Babylon

                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:

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                • 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.

                Check out the book here!

                8. 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.

                  Check out the book here!

                  Bottom Line

                  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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                  Last Updated on September 30, 2020

                  Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

                  Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

                  When it comes to being effective vs efficient, there are a lot of similarities, and because of this, they’re often misused and misinterpreted, both in daily use and application.

                  Every business should look for new ways to improve employee effectiveness and efficiency to save time and energy in the long term. Just because a company or employee has one, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the other is equally present.

                  Utilizing both an effective and efficient methodology in nearly any capacity of work and life will yield high levels of productivity, while a lack of it will lead to a lack of positive results.

                  Before we discuss the various nuances between the word effective and efficient and how they factor into productivity, let’s break things down with a definition of their terms.

                  Effective vs Efficient

                  Effective is defined as “producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect.” Meanwhile, the word “efficient ” is defined as “capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials).”[1]

                  A rather simple way of explaining the differences between the two would be to consider a light bulb. Say that your porch light burned out and you decided that you wanted to replace the incandescent light bulb outside with an LED one. Either light bulb would be effective in accomplishing the goal of providing you with light at night, but the LED one would use less energy and therefore be the more efficient choice.

                  Now, if you incorrectly set a timer for the light, and it was turned on throughout the entire day, then you would be wasting energy. While the bulb is still performing the task of creating light in an efficient manner, it’s on during the wrong time of day and therefore not effective.

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                  The effective way is focused on accomplishing the goal, while the efficient method is focused on the best way of accomplishing the goal.

                  Whether we’re talking about a method, employee, or business, the subject in question can be either effective or efficient, or, in rare instances, they can be both.

                  When it comes to effective vs efficient, the goal of achieving maximum productivity is going to be a combination where the subject is effective and as efficient as possible in doing so.

                  Effectiveness in Success and Productivity

                  Being effective vs efficient is all about doing something that brings about the desired intent or effect[2]. If a pest control company is hired to rid a building’s infestation, and they employ “method A” and successfully completed the job, they’ve been effective at achieving the task.

                  The task was performed correctly, to the extent that the pest control company did what they were hired to do. As for how efficient “method A” was in completing the task, that’s another story.

                  If the pest control company took longer than expected to complete the job and used more resources than needed, then their efficiency in completing the task wasn’t particularly good. The client may feel that even though the job was completed, the value in the service wasn’t up to par.

                  When assessing the effectiveness of any business strategy, it’s wise to ask certain questions before moving forward:

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                  • Has a target solution to the problem been identified?
                  • What is the ideal response time for achieving the goal?
                  • Does the cost balance out with the benefit?

                  Looking at these questions, a leader should ask to what extent a method, tool, or resource meets the above criteria and achieve the desired effect. If the subject in question doesn’t hit any of these marks, then productivity will likely suffer.

                  Efficiency in Success and Productivity

                  Efficiency is going to account for the resources and materials used in relation to the value of achieving the desired effect. Money, people, inventory, and (perhaps most importantly) time, all factor into the equation.

                  When it comes to being effective vs efficient, efficiency can be measured in numerous ways[3]. In general, the business that uses fewer materials or that is able to save time is going to be more efficient and have an advantage over the competition. This is assuming that they’re also effective, of course.

                  Consider a sales team for example. Let’s say that a company’s sales team is tasked with making 100 calls a week and that the members of that team are hitting their goal each week without any struggle.

                  The members on the sales team are effective in hitting their goal. However, the question of efficiency comes into play when management looks at how many of those calls turn into solid connections and closed deals.

                  If less than 10 percent of those calls generate a connection, the productivity is relatively low because the efficiency is not adequately balancing out with the effect. Management can either keep the same strategy or take a new approach.

                  Perhaps they break up their sales team with certain members handling different parts of the sales process, or they explore a better way of connecting with their customers through a communications company.

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                  The goal is ultimately going to be finding the right balance, where they’re being efficient with the resources they have to maximize their sales goals without stretching themselves too thin. Finding this balance is often easier said than done, but it’s incredibly important for any business that is going to thrive.

                  Combining Efficiency and Effectiveness to Maximize Productivity

                  Being effective vs efficient works best if both are pulled together for the best results.

                  If a business is ineffective in accomplishing its overall goal, and the customer doesn’t feel that the service is equated with the cost, then efficiency becomes largely irrelevant. The business may be speedy and use minimal resources, but they struggle to be effective. This may put them at risk of going under.

                  It’s for this reason that it’s best to shoot for being effective first, and then work on bringing efficiency into practice.

                  Improving productivity starts with taking the initiative to look at how effective a company, employee, or method is through performance reviews. Leaders should make a point to regularly examine performance at all levels on a whole, and take into account the results that are being generated.

                  Businesses and employees often succumb to inefficiency because they don’t look for a better way, or they lack the proper tools to be effective in the most efficient manner possible.

                  Similar to improving a manager or employee’s level of effectiveness, regularly measuring the resources needed to obtain the desired effect will ensure that efficiency is being accounted for. This involves everything from keeping track of inventory and expenses, to how communication is handled within an organization.

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                  By putting in place a baseline value for key metrics and checking them once changes have been made, a company will have a much better idea of the results they’re generating.

                  It’s no doubt a step-by-step process. By making concentrated efforts, weakness can be identified and rectified sooner rather than later when the damage is already done.

                  Bottom Line

                  Understanding the differences between being effective vs efficient is key when it comes to maximizing productivity. It’s simply working smart so that the intended results are achieved in the best way possible. Finding the optimal balance should be the ultimate goal for employees and businesses:

                  • Take the steps that result in meeting the solution.
                  • Review the process and figure out how to do it better.
                  • Repeat the process with what has been learned in a more efficient manner.

                  And just like that, effective and efficient productivity is maximized.

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                  Reference

                  [1] Merriam-Webster: effective and efficient
                  [2] Mind Tools: Being Effective at Work
                  [3] Inc.: 8 Things Really Efficient People Do

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