I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… a better you makes for a better business. I’m a firm believer that personal growth is the first step toward business growth. In fact, I will go so far as to say if your business is stagnant, hit a plateau, stuck in the same place it was 6, 12, 18 months ago – I guarantee you – the leader of the organization – has stopped intentionally growing you. PERIOD.
If you want to ensure your business continues to grow, you need to intentionally be growing you both personally and professionally.
To help you kick off 2016 with a bang, here’s my list of the top 6 books to grow your business and yourself!
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Want to know what it takes to be a true leader? Simon Sinek can help with that. He says all the great ones had one thing in common, they asked why. The premise of this book is that if you define “your why” then you can share that why to inspire and lead others. Your why must be strong enough to propel you and keep you motivated through the challenges that will arise – and challenges will arise in and out of the office.
If you’ve ever struggled with the why of all that you do Sinek can help you discover the answer. This book is a definite game-changer.
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
This is actually John’s 3rd book in the Laws series (following the 2-million seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the million seller The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork). In this book he shares everything he has learned about developing yourself so that you have the best chance of becoming the person you were created to be.
This is a book I literally have delivered to the doorstep of each and every client I work one-on-one with. Why do I start with this one? Because I believe if you create a foundation of leading yourself to the best of your abilities first, leading others and creating an environment for incredible teamwork, become a more natural next step (or rather next layer to your foundation).
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
A true classic when it comes to self-help books. It was first published in 1937 at the height of the Great Depression. All these decades later and Hill’s book is still one of the bestselling books of all time. The author studied 40 millionaires, trying to learn the ins and outs, whys and hows of their successes. The heart of his book revolves around 13 principles of personal achievement. And while it’s nearly 80-years-old, Think and Grow Rich is still extremely relevant.
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
Inspirational and autobiographical. Vaynerchuk will teach you how to brand yourself no matter what your passion is, create great content, how to distribute the content and succeed overall in this digital age.
Feeling overwhelmed with all the social media channels out there and how to use them advantageously in your business? Then get your hands on this book, it’s a must-read.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
This book takes a good hard look at the true importance of character and ethics. Covey believes in order to have success a person must be willing to align one’s life with certain core universal principles.
One of his most influential principles is that concerning time management. He wrote, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Who couldn’t use a lesson in better time management?!
And after all, if you are not leading YOUR priorities, have no doubt that you will be led by someone’s priorities.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
From the grandfather of self-improvement. Carnegie’s classic book was first published in 1936 and much like Napolean Hill’s remains a best-seller today. The main gist of Carnegie’s idea is that “the person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people — that person is headed for higher earning power.”
When asked about his philosophy, Carnegie said, “The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus.”
There you have it, some of the must-reads for 2016. I promise you these books will have you feeling more inspired, motivated and excited about your business.
What are some of your favorite books that have helped to shape your business?
To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success, Dana
PS – If you are truly READY and WILLING to make 2016 your best year yet by maximizing your work hours so you can truly maximize your enjoyment in and out of the office, apply for a COMPLIMENTARY strategy session with me today!