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I firmly believe self-development is a constant process. We retain so little of our book learning. We have to go back and refresh our skills constantly, or should I say "sharpen the saw". I've created a list of the GAME CHANGER "business" books I CANNOT live without. Ok, I could live without them, but I would not be nearly as productive, successful, motivated, or focused as I am without these go-to books. They are my business and productivity bibles, and I go back to them with every new major business venture I've taken on. And funny enough, I get new insight each and every time. I'm currently re-reading Dale Carnegie's book, and although it's my fourth or fifth read, I'm like wow - this stuff is GOLD for me right now.
What are your go-to business books? Any Rich Dad, Poor Dad fans out there? That one has always been on my radar, but I've never got around to it.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
With no hesitation, my top pick is Dr. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. There are many other versions in this series that I have not gotten to, but I just don't know how they can improve on the original. My favorite lesson is to start with the end in mind. He has you envision your own funeral. Although a little gloomy, it does quickly put life into perspective. Every time I read this book things come a little more into focus.
The Miracle Morning:
The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8 AM
Well, this book title speaks for itself - The Miracle Morning, The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 am).
It's an accurate title. When I follow this regimen, I see transformation.
And I love the author's bio-
At age 20, Hal Elrod was hit head on by a drunk driver at 70 mph, was dead for 6 minutes, and doctors told his parents that if Hal ever came out of his coma, he had permanent brain damage and may never walk again. After 6 days of fighting for his life, Hal proved that we all have the ability to overcome any obstacle and create the life of our dreams. Not only did he walk, he became an ultra-marathon runner, hall of fame business achiever, international Keynote Speaker, Success Coach, husband, father, hip-hop recording artist, and multiple time #1 bestselling author ...
How To Win Friends & Influence People
Is there someone that frustrates you to no end in your life? Have a difficult boss? Heck, have a difficult toddler in the house?? (Me, me, me!!)
How to Win Friends & Influence People was first published in the 1930's. It has remained relevant and hailed by top business minds ever since. How can such an old book do that? Because people are people. Human behavior hasn't changed much over time. Honestly, I wish it was mandatory reading in schools. We live in a harshly critical society and one in which people don't care much for winning over people with different lines of thought. We seem to be leaning in to the line of thought that if "You don't agree with me? Then you are worthless to me." Try reading this book before Thanksgiving. Your family may thank you. I definitely need a refresher!
This book will change your life if you follow it's very practical and actionable advice.
The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women
Why Capable People Suffer from the IMPOSTOR SYNDROME and How to Thrive in Spite of It
I read this one years ago when I felt challenged beyond my capabilities at work. I was 31 years old and sent on assignment to our Australian office to lead a team of 20 individuals that would grow to over 40. I was from home office sent to make sweeping changes - no easy task for a foreigner that also happened to be a young woman. I would come home each night and think who am I to run this department? Why should these people listen to me? I found this book, and it made a difference in how I saw my role and my value to the organization.
To all my women in the corporate world - seek out those roles that throw you in the deep end, and for goodness sake, BE FORGIVING OF YOURSELF. Odds are you will be criticized endlessly by others, especially if you are in a role that requires organizational changes. You have a right to make mistakes and STILL be a GREAT leader. Just keep taking on these roles and growing.
Other books that I'm reading just for fun