Thankfully the sun has decided to come and bless us with its company. It’s July and we are half way through the year – a time to take some time out, to review, read and re-assess mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s time to go to the beach, invite friends, take time out with your partner and/or with the kids, and by all means, find a way to take some time off.
It is really important to re-charge those batteries to ensure you come back to end 2011 successfully. It is often when you take time out, stand back from your business can you really get creative, find solutions and see what you really want. So this summer, pack a good book, a pen and a journal and get re-inspired in the sun….
As in July, many of business and high performers take some down time and/or go on holiday – it’s a great time to read those books that they have been putting off.
One of the oldest business experts – Earl Nightingale, he said, “If you want to become an expert read for 1-hour per day for 3 years on your given subject. If you want to become a world expert read for 1-hour per day for 5 years.” Well, I took his advice to heart and early-on I wondered what would happen if I read 2 or 3 hours per day?
Great books create change. It might be a very small micro-change (as in, stopping a small habit or not eating a specific food) or it might be a massive change (in the way Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek introduced and inspired many of us to make work and life changes). Big and small, change of any kind is important.
Learning from the experiences of others is essential in business and there are many insightful books which are of great benefit to entrepreneurs. In this eZine, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share with you my top 10 books every entrepreneur/business owner should read;
- Win Friends and Influence People is one of the first bestselling books ever published by Dale Carnegie - a “must” have for anyone working work and influencing people.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill - I am sure that this book would not require an introduction to most of you reading this list. Admittedly, one of the most popular books for a person who aspires to get wealthy. It was first published in 1937 during the Great Depression and it still continues to be among the most best-selling books in the world
- Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson – Losing My Virginity autobiography book review of the business book by the Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson. Sir Richard Branson, I admire greatly, he is someone who is hyper-creative and though he maintains a very charming image for the world – nobody moves so ahead in life without some serious skills. He is an inspiration to the old and new entrepreneur.
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki — Entrepreneur should not work, his money should work. A essential read for everyone at every age no matter of their career or business
- Awaken the Giant Within - Anthony Robbins – my first book, an inspiration and a must for every bookshelf
- The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferris – What I like about The 4-Hour Workweek is how it’s all about making enough money to be happy (and then spend the rest of your time living your life) instead of making as much money as you can. This book will make you re-think a lot of your assumptions about priorities and life.
- Anyone Can Do It by the charming Richard Bannatyne – A success story that will inspire anyone who has the entrepreneurial spirit within them
- The E-myth Revisited – By: Michael Gerber – The new entrepreneur’s bible and a great read to inspire and for taking action. A book you will pick up again and again
- Goals by Brian Tracy (any book by Brian Tracy) This quite possibly could be my favourite personal development book of all time. Because I’m a huge believer in goal setting, I fell in love with the depths this book goes into as it explains and lays-out the goal setting process. At the end of almost every month, I go through this book to refresh my memory of the goal setting process and help me prepare for my personal and my client’s goals
- It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life – Lance Armstrong – His collection of books is a good “kick in the ass”. As many know I love sports, in sport there is such a synergy between sport and business. I find them a great opportunity to for inspiration and looking at challenges, mental achievement, success and Failure and then to add it in to my coaching in business and life.
The interesting thing of course is right now in the world of books there are debates all over the Internet (and in real life) about publishing, print, and more. But, I argue that it doesn’t matter what format it is in as long as the book gets to you and offers you value and creates some kind of change.
- It might be a good “old fashioned” hard copy (even though I don’t think they are old fashioned at all).
- It might be a digital download on an e-book reader or tablet computer.
- It might be an audio book that you can listen to laying in the sun or in your car.
But whatever, you choose now is the time to get on the net or better still go in to a local book shop and pick up a good book to enjoy and soak up summer sun….
It is time, to get that journal dusted down and to start writing – it is the time to spend a quiet hour reviewing your progress, assessing your efforts and (if appropriate) revising your estimates. If you are doing well, pat yourself on the back and re-commit to continuing the things that are working well.
And, if you are not satisfied with your progress or the results you are getting, then resolve to do something about it.
Take time during the long, lazy days of summer to really think about your goals. Relax and take time to plan and imagine and set your targets for the rest of the year. The year is half over. Are you half-way there? If not, do something about it!
If having a coach to assist and support you seems like a good idea, drop me an email. I have openings for two new clients in July, and while coaching can be challenging, it can also be supremely rewarding! Think of it this way: what is the price of NOT having a coach?
If this is your time, contact me at: email@example.com