Whether you are an entrepreneur, or working for someone else, constant self-development is the key for success. Luckily, there are so many amazing books on transformations (at the professional and person levels), and entrepreneurship out there for you to choose from. I wanted to make it easier for you to gain new knowledge and ensure self-improvement by giving you 6 self-help books you need to read this year.
1. The Virgin Way: If It’s Not Fun, It’s Not Worth Doing | By Richard Branson
Richard Branson, founder of the British Virgin Group, is probably one of the most successful entrepreneur of our times. He lives a raw social media life, and he has also published some great books in which he shares his unique and unconventional views on management, entrepreneurship and business.
The Virgin Way: If It’s Not Fun, It’s Not Worth Doing is his latest book on management and entrepreneurship in which he gives an inside look at his insanely successful style of leadership that is primarily driven by the art of listening and keeping people engaged.
2. Think and Grow Rich | By Napoleon Hill
It could be very easy to think that a book about achieving success written 80 years ago and based on the success principles of men like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford would be stale and out of date, like a dry history lesson. This simply is not true. While there are admittedly parts where you have to substitute modern methods of execution for old fashioned counterparts, the basic principles themselves are based on human nature and just as true today as they were 80 years ago.
This book is a classic and for good reason. Over the past 80 years many successful people have read this book and gained from it knowledge and insight that have helped them to achieve their own success. When a self-improvement book sticks around for as long as this one has, there has to be a reason for its longevity and success.
3. The power of Positive Thinking | By Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Most people who achieve any degree of success will tell you that attitude is a big part of the success equation. Positive thinking will not magically make success happen, as this books “successor” The Secret, would have you believe, but positive thinking can put you into position to make the most of it when it happens. So skip the “Secret” and go write to the first (and best) book on getting your mind right for success.
One slight negative is that many people complain because of some of the religious overtones of the book. While Dr. Peale is clearly a faithful Christian, I believe this book has merit for you regardless of personal faith. Just listen to the good advice.
4. How to Win Friends & Influence People | By Dale Carnegie
Just like the previous entry, “Think and Grow Rich” Carnegies book is another classic from the 1930s that still packs a ton of truth bombs in it’s nearly 90 year old pages. While T&GR was about the principles of success, Carnegie discusses the personal habits that lead to success. Included are: the twelve ways to convert people to your way of thinking, six ways to make people like you, and the nine ways to change people’s opinions without arousing resentment.
Regardless of what you intend to do with your life, other people will always be there. Carnegie gives you the tools to effectively recruit others to your cause, rather than have them potentially be obstacles. A must read classic on dealing with other people.
5. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich | By Timothy Ferris
I have to admit, I have a few mixed feeling on Tim Ferris in general. On one hand, let’s face it, the guy is a bit of jerk. Additionally while there is some great information, it might not pertain much to people who just want more from their 9-5 lifestyle, and are not really into the idea of a “digital lifestyle”.
On the other hand, however, this book does an excellent job of challenging people to rethink the status quo and evaluate how to make the most of their time. Time does an great job of explaining how to make the most of the digital lifestyle, how to get started with this business and does it all with a fierce energy that will get you motivated.
If the idea of making a living online appeals, this book should be a must read, and is likely already on your bookshelf. If you are just looking for tidbits to develop your personal productivity, attitude or health, this might be a book you can miss.
6. Let Go! | By Pat Flynn
“Let Go!” is Pat Flynn’s inspiring story. If you do not know Pat, he is a normal guy, trained as an architect who began to work as an online entrepreneur when the architect business got rough. In this inspiring story Pat shares the challenges he faced and the keys to his success.
– Jamie Fleetwood
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