I have returned to some reading this week for the first time in quite a while and have been enjoying it immensely. I used to try to read at least one book per fortnight to keep my ‘eye in’ as a way to improve myself or expand my mind in some way.
This book I am currently reading is titled ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers. As the title suggests, Susan writes about some of the common fears that people have, like fear of failure, fear of not being loved, fear of making decisions, fear of asserting yourself and more. She provides insight on how to acknowledge the fear, but to put yourself in a state where you can understand that you will handle the outcome, no matter what it is. I have certainly picked up some really helpful and insightful information from the book, would recommend it as a read.
I have also been thinking about some of the other personal growth and business type books that have recommended to others, and I thought I would share some of these with you below. This is a pretty random selection, on varying topics but all are worth a read;
· Good to Great by Jim Collins – A classic on what it takes to build an enduring business or company. This book is based on research done by Collins, is backed by evidence, and is a great read.
· The e-Myth by Michael E. Gerber – Another business classic which aims to help people get from working in their business and being like and employee, to working on their business. Must read for anyone thinking of going into business.
· ‘Losing my Virginity’ by Richard Branson – Richard Branson - one of the world’s most successful and admired entrepreneur’s autobiography. Great read.
· ‘Business Stripped Bare’ by Richard Branson – Business Stripped Bare delivers some gems about how Richard Branson has done business over the years, his attitude to risk and to building a successful company. Great read.
· Rework – Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson – The guys from the company ’37 Signals’ have written a book. It is a ripper read. Short chapters with punchy, no bullshit, to the point brilliant tips on improving the way you work and do business. These guys are successful for a reason. Challenges the conventions that a lot of other business books roll out.. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone in business.
· The 4 hour work week – Tim Ferris – Let’s be honest, Tim Ferris is a freak who just about everybody in the world would love to emulate, but very few will succeed in doing so. But I found this book a fantastic read to open up the mind as to what is possible if you put your mind to it and think outside the square. He has a unique approach to things and doesn’t do anything by half measures. He went from running a business that consumed his life for over 80 hours a week, to running the same business and earning more money on much less time (4 hours per week?). Read it for the ideas and excite yourself with the possibilities… even if you implement even a couple of his ideas, you will find more time for yourself!
· The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason – Set in ancient times in Babylon, this story is a classic which helps you understand through some fantastic lessons the secret to acquiring money, keeping money, and making money. If you have ever heard of the 3 bucket rule, this is where it come from. I found the way it is written a challenge sometimes (for my challenged brain!) as it is written in ‘old english’ (well that’s my term for it anyway), but it is worth the read.
· Crush it – Gary Vaynerchuk – Garry Vaynerchuk is the guy from Wine.TV. Some great ideas are provided in this book for the relatively new industry of YOU! He discusses in depth how to take something you are passionate about, and turn it into a business. The thing I liked about this book is that he doesn’t try to bullshit you and tell you that you can make a business out of doings something you love on just a couple of minutes a day. No, he prepares you… if you are going to have a go at the business of YOU, be prepared for some damned hard work!
· Body of Work – Bill Phillips – the creator of the Body for Life 12 week challenge. Full of inspiring stories of people who have totally transformed their lives through the challenge, workouts to do, eating plans to follow.. I reckon this is a must read for anyone thinking of getting off the couch and into shape! (PS – don’t wait until you have read this book to get off the couch though!)
Well, these are just a few I have read over the past year or two. I hope there is something in there for you. I would also love to hear about anything great that you have read recently, as would all of the other readers here. Please provide us with your recommendations in the comments box below, I would love to hear from you!