Last year, a client of mine gifted me a book that she thought would be powerful for my private coaching clients. That book was called The Awakened Woman and it was written by Dr Tererai Trent. You may recognize her name, as she was the woman that Oprah called her all-time favourite guest on the final farewell episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The one constant in today’s world is change. Change is so rapid that as a business owner, investing in your knowledge is no longer a nice to do, it’s a necessary requirement if you want long-term success.
Even though I am a high school drop out, I am an avid learner. When I learn new things I feel motivated, inspired and way more confident in myself and my abilities. You could say learning is addictive.
Reading has been a lifelong habit for me. My earliest memories of reading were in grade four when I lived next door to my Aunt Sandra. I used to raid her bookshelves and take books that were much too old for me because I had a voracious appetite for reading. I remember saving up my allowance and going to bookstores with her and buying my own books. As an adult this habit has continued except instead of reading the likes of VC Andrews, I consume knowledge that helps me be a better person, leader and business person.
Can a $20 book really change your life? It can, but it can’t do it on its own. Let me explain…
The author of a book I finished reading walked into the room and I told her that her book changed my life. The week I finished reading it, I quit my job and started on my journey to becoming a full-time entrepreneur. She looked at me and said, “You need to join my big table coaching program!”
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to do, chances are you could benefit from these ways to get unstuck. Overwhelm is like quicksand and when it sets in, it can completely take you off of your game and make you uber productive on all the things that really do not matter one bit in your business. I call this busy work, it has nothing to do with building a business. You may wear the “I’m so busy” badge of honor on a regular basis and still feel like you’re never making any real progress
This is why:
Annually, I take a look back at all of the books I’ve bought and read and distil it down to my top picks. This past year there were 9 great reads that I’d highly recommend you take a look at.
Reading is one of the best ways to expand your knowledge and challenge your way of thinking. It’s a daily practice of mine to read something every day.
Before we dive into the 10 best business books for entrepreneurs, I have a secret that I want to share with you…
You may or may not know this but, I am a high school dropout. I never finished high school. I quit half way through my last year. I’ve gone on to build an amazing life and business which I attribute it to one thing– I read a lot of books. Not only do I read books, I implement what the books tell me to do in my life and my business and it works. One day a famous author asked me why I wasn’t in one of her programs and I said, “Plain and simple, I don’t need your program, I read the book and I did the work to put it into action.”
That is the power of a good book and I have 10 such books that I have read (some of them more than once). They’re instrumental in my own success – and they can be in yours too.
Writing a book is easy compared to the book marketing strategy that goes into getting it into the hands of the people you intended it for. Peggy McColl, who wrote the foreword for my book Pilot to Profit: Navigating Modern Entrepreneurship to Build Your Business Using Online Marketing, Social Media, Content Marketing and Sales, once told me that 95% of authors sell less than 200 copies of their book.
Why is it some authors become New York Times best-selling authors and others end up with a garage full of books?
What separates the successes from the failures when it comes to a book launch?