For the Entrepreneur: Books that challenge the way you think about Life and Business
I recently participated in a challenge posed to a group of Entrepreneurs:
What’s the most impactful book you’ve ever read?
There are so many books that made a big impact on my life and challenged the way I think, it was hard to pick just one. I decided on the first book that prepared me for taking on the entrepreneurial journey: "What's Your Moonshot?" by John Sanei gave me a new mindset that made all the difference.
Many business and self-help books were mentioned that need no introduction. If you're not familiar, you may want to look them up:
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
What was more interesting to me was a few "hidden gems" that were mentioned more than once. I haven't heard of these before and maybe you haven't either. Let's take a closer look.
Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Napoleon Hill digs deep to reveal how fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy prevent us from realizing our personal goals. This long-suppressed parable, once considered too controversial to publish, was written by Hill in 1938 following the publication of his classic bestseller, Think and Grow Rich. Annotated and edited for a contemporary audience by Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Three Feet from Gold coauthor Sharon Lechter, this book is profound, powerful, resonant, and rich with insight.
People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.
Extreme success is by definition outside the realm of normal action. Instead of behaving like everybody else and settling for average results, take Massive Action with The 10 X Rule, remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success.
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, based on the principle that little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. If you're serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want.
Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant is a guide to financial freedom. It’s the second book in the Rich Dad Series and reveals how some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and learn to become financially free. This book will change the way you think about jobs, careers, and owning your own business and inspire you to learn the rules of money that the rich use to build and grow their wealth.
An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.
And there you have it. I truly hope this collection peaked your interest as it did mine. Let's turn these hidden gems into some bookshelf favourites and have them challenge our way of thinking.
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