Before you speak, I already know what you’re thinking…
Who has time for books when there’s hardly enough time to sleep. I think that often too. And every year, I’ve goaled to read at least three books, and I’ve always failed. For whatever reason, I couldn’t seem to get past TWO. However, I’m so proud to announce that my first book is down – and it’s ONLY January. Pretty impressive, right? In fact, it was so amazing I found inspiration to write this post! The books I’m about to dish out below literally put me in a trance, changed my perspective on life, and had me turning pages for dear life!
If you’re ready to take on a reading challenge and have hopes of running your own show one day, I’ve got a list of 3 life changing books for aspiring entrepreneurs below. You might not be a reader but these will keep you on your toes – and I can guarantee, you won’t be able to put them down. Here we go…
SHOE DOG by Phil Knight
I’m so disappointed in myself for not reading this book earlier, but it came at the perfect time. This is basically a memoir of how Nike came to be in the eyes of co-founder, Phil Knight. It’s been a saving grace because the route of entrepreneurship is always scary, uncertain, and volatile. Phil goes to reassure that these feelings are all very normal – and a part of the process. These last few weeks, I’ve found myself in a state of confusion. My mind is always wandering – and I’ve become more forgetful than ever. There is so much to do, not enough time, and not enough resources. But my insecurities have been put to rest, thanks to Shoe Dog. For anyone who has the slightest thoughts about starting their own company one day, this is an absolute MUST-READ and my #1 recommendation. Phil’s stellar storytelling abilities make it hard to put the book done. A++++++ in my book!
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION by Esther & Jerry Hicks
If I wanted to be selfish, I’d never tell the world about this book, but I think it’s one everyone deserves to read. I also believe it was one of Sonya Esman’s top recommendation in her Azalle course. Anyway, regardless of faith or religious affiliation, this book reinforces the fact that everything you want and are capable of starts in your mind. And if you learn to see things as you want them (rather than as they are), they can become your reality. I’m only half-way through this book, but considering it’s only been about one week, I should be done by February! The premise might sound silly at first, but read on and you’ll quickly connect its truth to your past experiences and future. It’s a serious game changer!
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS & INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carnegie
I read this book back in 2016 but I’ve saved so many pages from it (which I often go back and reference) that it’s worth mentioning here. Success in any endeavor involves people whether it’s your customers or your employees. And if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, fact of the matter is, you cannot avoid people – even if you’re a hardcore introvert like me. This book goes to explain several principles about connecting with others, which you haven’t yet put into practice. For instance, the insignificance of being right when the other party feels dumb – and how to better deal with it. Although a large part of this will seem like common sense, you’ll wonder why you never approached situations in these ways. Ultimately, I found it useful and reinforcing. If you need to tighten up those interpersonal skills, this is the one to read. It’ll be hard to put down once you get started.
So, there goes your 2018 reading list. Any recommendations for me?