Although a big reader, I was encouraged earlier this year to start reading more business type books. But like most of us with kids spare hours are few and far between, so someone suggested listening to audio books. Now the drive to and from work is filled with inspiration and plenty of fresh ideas, while not taking any more time
Some of them have been absolutely superb and would strongly recommend you read/listen, challenging what you think you know and making you think smarter.
My current personal favourites are:
The E Myth by Michael Gerber
The E Myth takes you through a scenario of a struggling business, in which the owner is trapped as an employee rather than a business owner. The book charts the process from creating yourself a job to having a systematised business that you work on and runs independently without you.
Certainly resonated with me and I realised I didn't spend enough time working on the business as opposed to in it.
Entrepreneur Revolution by Daniel Priestley
I found this a fascinating insight into the mentality of how people view work, the world and business. Well worth a read, in fact I read it twice. We we are programmed into the industrial age, going to work for someone else, working hard for someones else's goal, so you can retire, have a couple of holidays in retirement, play golf and die with dignity.
Daniel argues that this age and mentality has moved on and we are now moving into an entrepreneur revolution, and you shouldn't be ashamed of enjoying life now and working for yourself rather giving all your effort for someone else.
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
Grant Cordone seems to attract admirers and criticism in equal measure, but I listened to the audio book which is narrated by himself and you can't help but feel energised listening to his enthusiasm. I thought he spoke a lot of sense and his thought process in a nutshell is it will take you 10 times more effort than you think it will to achieve a goal.
So adjust your goals accordingly, increase them by a factor of 10 and apply 10 times more work to achieve them. It's better to only make 60% progress on a £10,000 revenue goal than a £1000 one.
The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters
One of my favourite all time books and have applied it's teachings to my team and also to my home life. It's completely changed the way I deal with people, confrontation and now have a much better understanding of why situations occur and how to deal with them.
Prof Peters uses humour and day to day scenarios to explain how the human brain works, why we act as we do and breaks down complex brain science into simple easy to understand areas, the chimp, the computer and the logical brain. The chimp is the emotional part of your brain who is trained to fight or flight, is always on the defensive and is unfortunately 10 times faster than your logical brain. Understanding this is key to confrontation, negotiation and lots of handy techniques for recognising when your chimp is out of control and how to calm him down. He explains everything from road rage, unpleasant confrontations, to marital bickering or even affairs! Can't recommend highly enough
If you go for the audio book, it's narrated by Prof Peters himself.
You can search for any of these on Amazon or Audible.
So always looking for more inspiration, has anyone got any good suggestions or read/listened to any decent business or self-help books recently?