Handpicked Book Titles for Inspiration, Motivation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
I was tagged on a post today for World Book day and then decided to finish an abandoned project. I had started a list of books to read for 2016 but didn’t finish it.
It only seemed right that I continue today.
Reading today is much easier. It is not only when you sit at a chair and pull your book from your bag, take notes, and leave book marks that you can read.
Now you can carry an entire e-library around and read on the go.
More so, there’s the option of listening to your book being read.
And so there’s really no excuse for anyone today not to have a culture of reading.
So find in the list of 35 books, a varied category for your added knowledge, pleasure and upliftment.
Crush It! will show readers how to find their passion, then step by step how to turn it into a flourishing, monetized business.
Online marketing trailblazer Gary Vaynerchuk tells business owners what they need to do to boost their sales using the internet—just as he has done to build his family’s wine store from a $4 million business to a $60 million one.
Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
The answer isn’t what you think!
I’ve read it.
It has been described as the No 1 Finance book of all time. I read it several years ago and it sparked my interest in entrepreneurship.
It advocates the importance of financial independence and building wealth through investing, real estate investing, starting and owning businesses, as well as increasing one’s financial intelligence to improve one’s business and financial aptitude.
An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life,
This book uses the fine art of story telling to pass across a strong message of the different ways people can react to the same situation because of the mindset that they have.
In business, it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it.
Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way – they all started with why.
Why do we do what we do? Why do we exist? Learning to ask these questions can unlock the secret to inspirational business. Sinek explains what it truly takes to lead and inspire and how anyone can learn how to do it.
They are diverse in age, in outlook and the industries they made a mark in. But they have one thing in common: they believed in the power of their dreams. This book seeks to inspire young graduates to look beyond placements and salaries.
No Excuses! shows you how you can achieve success in all three major areas of your life; 1. Your personal goals.2. Your business and money goals.3. Your overall happiness. Each of the 21 chapters in this book shows you how to be more disciplined in one aspect of your life, with end-of-chapter exercises to help you apply the ”no excuses” approach to your own life. With these guidelines, you can learn how to be more successful in everything you do – instead of wistfully envying others who you think are just ”luckier” than you. A little self-discipline goes a long way…so stop making excuses and read this book!
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Following the example of Jesus, a “CEO” who built a disorganized “staff” of twelve into a thriving enterprise, a handbook for corporate success details a fresh, profound approach to motivating and managing others that translates to any business.
You can’t have it worse than Jesus. He started with unlearned fishermen but they ended up as mighty men who spoke before rulers and multitudes.
One takeaway: A Leader must be able to influence others regardless of position or title. Leaders can only influence followers who know they care.
John Maxwell is a household name when you talk about leadership. Pick any of his books and you are sure to bag lessons for a lifetime.
Every company in the word consists of an interconnected network of tribes (A tribe is defined as a group of between 20 and 150 people in which everyone knows everyone else, or at least knows of everyone else).
Tribal Leadership will show leaders how to employ their companies’ tribes to maximize productivity and profit
Walter Isaacson draws on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs, as well as interviews with family members, friends, competitors, and colleagues to offer a look at the co-founder and leading creative force behind the Apple computer company.
The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good
The story of TOMS and the many other businesses highlighted in this book are wonderfully inspirational while still giving tips about running a company with the TOMS philosophy and business plan.
CNN, AOL/Time Warner, Jane Fonda, The America’s Cup: Ted Turner’s story is the stuff of legend. Never before has the controversial businessman shared his personal journey. Here, for the first time, he will.
He frankly discusses a childhood of loneliness and the devastating loss of his sister when he was 17. Turner spares no details of his extraordinary career and provides fascinating businesses insights along the way.
It is also known as the essays of Warren Buffet. He uses plain words to capture all the basic principles of Buffett’s sound business practices. They are broad in scope and offer vital wisdom on the selection of management, the choice of investments, the valuation of businesses, and using financial information profitably.
The First Billion Is the Hardest tells the story of the remarkable late-life comeback that brought the famed oilman and maverick back from bankruptcy and clinical depression. Along the way, the man often called the “Oracle of Oil” shares the insights that have made him a legend–and describes the billion-dollar bets he is now making in hopes of securing America’s energy independence.
Steven Covey’s bestselling book outlines seven organizational rules for improving effectiveness and increasing productivity at work and at home.
Beginning with the end in mind is a very effective strategy for success either in career or business.
The principle of seeking first to understand, and then later to be understood drives a deep lesson and if learnt, will solve most of the conflict that arise with human relations.
Serial entrepreneur and business visionary Dale Partridge reveals seven core beliefs that create success by putting people first.
These beliefs have enabled Dale to build a multimillion-dollar company that is revolutionizing the marketplace. He believes they are the secret to creating a sustainable world that values honesty over deception, transparency over secrecy, authenticity over hype, and ultimately, people over profit.
You’re either a Purple Cow or you’re not. You’re either remarkable or invisible.
In a world of sameness, boring routine stuff, it really pays to go the extra mile and be extraordinary.
In Purple Cow, Seth Godin urges you to put a Purple Cow into everything you build, and everything you do, to create something truly noticeable. It’s a manifesto for marketers who want to help create products that are worth marketing in the first place.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really work.
New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition.
It’s not just about developing high-quality content, but developing high-quality content perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms and mobile devices—content tailor-made for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late.
Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever.
Rather than focusing on time and things, First Things First emphasizes relationships and results.
First Things First offers a principle-centered approach that will transform the quality of everything you do by showing how it involves the need to live, to love, to learn, and to leave a legacy. With the wisdom and insight that made The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people a #1 bestseller, First Things First empowers readers to define what is truly important; to accomplish worthwhile goals; and to lead rich, rewarding, and balanced lives.
This book answers the question, How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?
As a result of extensive research, they came up with some findings.
They discovered that the key determinants of greatness — why some companies make the leap and others don’t. They include discipline and the attitude towards technology.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind reveals the missing link between wanting success and achieving it!
Secrets of the millionaire Mind is two books in one. Part 1 explains how your money blueprint (mindset) works. Through Eker’s rare combination of street smarts, humor and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences has shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn to identify your own money blueprint and “revise” it, to not only create success but, more importantly, to keep and continually grow it.
Building Positive Relationships
Whether selling, managing, negotiating, planning, collaborating, pitching, instructing-or on your knees with a marriage proposal(*winks*)the secret of success is based on connecting with other people.
This book shows how to synchronize attitude, synchronize body language, and synchronize voice tone so that you instantly and imperceptibly become someone the other person likes.
The All-Time Classic Manual Of People Skills” by Dale Carnegie.How to Win Friends and Influence People is a classic, bestselling book that has set the bar for people skills manuals.
Dale states that no matter your occupation, goals, ambitions of position in a company, dealing with people is your biggest challenge. If you learn how to do so effectively, though, you will reap the rewards in multiple folds.
In this book, Napoleon Hill talks about the mindset that people have and how it influences their ability to get rich. In the examples of successful black Americans, he shares the key to unlocking the treasure you have always dreamt of.
Hear the stories of 50 ordinary people who started their businesses with $100 or less and be inspired.
From this book, you will learn how to earn as much as you would from a nine-to-five job but on your own terms, when and where you want – Achieve that perfect blend of passion and income to make work something you love.
The $100 Startup is your manual to a new way of living.
Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki wrote Why We Want You To Be Rich to inspire the middle class Americans.
First off, don’t read this expecting to learn the HOW of becoming rich. It is about WHY, and that means these two business powerhouses explain the problems with the government’s social system.
By understanding the flaws in our systems you are better able to understand why YOU need to take control of your own financial future by acquiring financial literacy and then applying it.
Tim Ferriss gives the blueprint to living successfully by achieving more and doing less.
He explains how you can outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want with the time you now have.
It is possible to increase your earnings while bring free to travel the world.
With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own.
This book shows you how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.
Before someone accuses me of being boring, it’s not just about Business, work and development. When you need to unwind, a good story does the trick.
There are numerous authors who have a powerful way of crafting words but over time, Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers have been “it” for me.
They have a way of drawing you into the story, making you feel every emotion that plays out and at the end, you most likely would have a wet handkerchief.
These are some I have read and I keep reading them over and over. Wholesome books that edify you at the end. If you have more suggestions, I’m all ears.
Good training is not crisis management; it is what you do before the need of discipline arises.
Michael & Debi Pearl share their insights and experiences in helping parents train their child to obey before the need for discipline arises. With proper training, discipline can be reduced to 5% of what many now practice. As you come to understand the difference between training and discipline, you will have a renewed vision for your family, no more raised voices, no contention, no bad attitudes, fewer spankings, a cheerful atmosphere in the home and total obedience from your children. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
You probably already know this: Yelling at and pleading with your children doesn’t work. This book offers respectful advice for ways to speak to children. If you want less stress in your family interactions and more love and goodwill, this is for you.
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential by Eileen Kennedy Moore, PhD Mark S Lowenthal, PsyD
This book is exceptionally helpful! It talks about tempering perfectionism and tells us parents to resist giving pointers to our kids.
I sincerely hope you have found one or two book suggestions to add to your library. This is definitely not an exhaustive list. Share your best books for 2016 that are not here.