15 Essential Books That Will Help You Be More Successful

15 Essential Books That Will Help You Be More Successful

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Do want you to be more successful in both your personal and professional lives?

Most of us would obviously answer yes to that question. But merely saying that you want to take your career or life to the next level is a whole lot easier than actually doing the work to make it a reality. Thanks to the following 15 books listed here, you can learn some vital road map skills that will help you finally achieve the level of success that you’ve always wanted.

1. ‘Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity’ by David Allen

Known as one the leading experts on personal and organizational productivity in the world, author David Allen shares with readers the basic concepts of time management for both the office and at home. Allen provides an organizational system composed of daily to-dos that will free the mind and help you focus on your goals.

Allen released an updated second edition in 2015 that reflects the differences that will be faced in the modern workplace.

2. ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’ by Chris Guillebeau

As Chris Guillebeau, author of ‘The $100 Startup,’ traveled the world he noticed that the most successful individuals all shared a common trait; they were happiest during the journey. The happiness was not just about reaching their final goal. Through real-world examples of successful entrepreneurs and leaders, Guillebeau discusses why everyone needs to find their quest and how to make that quest attainable. The quest is not only attainable, but the achievement of happiness in the journey is possible.

3. ‘Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less’ by Greg McKeown

This book was recommended by Miranda Marquit who says that Greg McKeown “ offers insight on how to figure out what really matters to you, and how to focus on those things, letting the less important things fall away.” Marquit adds, “You don’t need 'more' to be happy and successful. You just need what’s essential.”

4. ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey

Originally released in 1990, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ has been cited as one of the most influential and life-changing books of our time. Covey, a highly respected leadership and organizational authority figure, explains how you can understand the value of discovering and focusing on your core. Once you discover what your core really is, you can establish - and accomplish - any goal that you desire.

5. ‘Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life’ by Spencer Johnson

Whether we like it or not, we must all face changes in our lives. By using a fable that takes place in a maze, Dr. Johnson provides an illustration about how we can best handle and deal with the inevitable changes that all people will face in life by having the right attitude.

6. ‘Busy: How To Thrive In A World Of Too Much' by Tony Crabbe

Tony Crabbe, a business psychologist, details how we can best survive the electrical age, as well as assisting you with discovering how to become a better, happier, and more successful individual by following four key strategies; mastery, focus, engagement, and momentum.

7. ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J. Schwartz

Best-selling author Tim Ferriss told Shopify that this was one of his favorite books. Originally published in 1959, ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ “argues that in order for people to achieve greater success, they need to set more ambitious goals.” In fact, this book doesn’t just inspire you to become great, “but to do great things as well.”

8. 'Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything' by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Personally, this was one of the most riveting and life-changing books that I’ve read. I've read it twice and will likely read it a third time. Written by an economist (Levitt ) and a New York Times journalist (Dubner) 'Freakonomics' illustrates how economics can be applies to anything by using real-world example. The duo have since launched a popular blog and podcast to continue the discussion. This book changes the way you will look at almost anything in your life.

9. ‘How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life’ by Russ Roberts

As most of you are probably aware, Adam Smith is known as the father capitalism. But, did you also know that he was full of practical wisdom that can help anyone discover “how to live a good life.”

10. ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ by Timothy Ferriss

I already mentioned Ferriss, but his 4-Hour Workweek deserves mention on its own. Instead of working in order to someday retire, Ferris completely shatters the notion of that goal by making asking “why wait?” He answers that question by providing a blueprint that will help you escape the rat-race and start enjoying your life.

11. ‘Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time’by Keith Ferrazzi

According to master networker Keith Ferrazzi, he accomplished success was by utilizing the power of networking. Besides explaining the importance and skills needed to reach out to other people, Keith Ferrazzi also explains the importance of being sincere, transparent, passionate, and goal oriented. Each of these skills is learnable, and Ferrazzi will teach you how you can learn to do these four skills.

12. 'Eat That Frog!' by Brian Tracy

Tracy’s unique title comes from the Mark Twain quotation "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." This means that you need to tackle the hardest tasks first instead of procrastinating. Tracy reveals how you can learn to tackle the hardest tasks by providing 21 methods to accomplish goals today instead of putting them off until tomorrow.

13. ‘Flow: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience’ by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

In his landmark book, world renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi proves that the our most optimal experiences aren’t just sitting back and relaxing on a beach. Instead, the experiences that are of the most work will be when we're chasing the meaningful goals that that we’ve established.

14. Crush It!: Why NOW Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

What hobbies, passion, or skills do you have? If you haven't done so yet, it’s time to start cashing in on those hobbies, passions, or skills by creating a personal brand. By tapping into the power of the internet right now, you can create an actual business by using the ideas that Vaynerchuk shows you - as he demonstrates how he put himself in front of a video camera and took the family business from a local wine shop to a national industry leader.

15. ‘Zero to One: Notes Startups, or How to Build the Future’ by Peter Thiel

Before starting your own business, PayPal founder Peter Thiel wants you to answer the following seven questions;

  • Can you create breakthrough technology instead of incremental improvements?
  • Is now the right time to start your particular business?
  • Are you starting with a big share of a small market?
  • Do you have the right team?
  • Do you have a way to not just create but deliver your product?
  • Will your market position be defensible 10 and 20 years into the future?
  • Have you identified a unique opportunity that others don’t see?

With ‘Zero to One’ you can answer those important questions and shape your future. Which is why this book should be in every entrepreneur’s library.

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