As I always say, the number one thing that stops the growth of your business, that stops you from achieving your goals is…… YOU! Thats right, you the business owner, is the one thing that gets in the way of success. Improving your mindset, and committing to personal development is key to your success. So I thought I would help you out, and give you several books that I love, and that I encourage you to add to your reading list immediately. So here are my top books to improve your mindset. Enjoy!
By the way, I never used to read and I mean never. I think the only books I really read was Harry Potter 😂. I didn’t like reading, I wasn’t very good (I’m still not), but I realised that in order to take myself to the next level I had to learn and books are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do just that. I never thought I would be the person with a book shelf (yes that’s me in the picture), especially not full of business and mindset books, but hey, now I need a bigger book shelf 😂. Books allow you to learn from the experts, you can read biographies of successful people, analyse how people grew their businesses, see whats working now in business, even read peoples opinions on what is going to work in the next few years. You can study success! Study marketing, sales, business and mindset. Mindset is the key to success!
When I realised that I could get all this information, I was hooked. I now aim to read every day, just to keep learning and keep driving forward. I encourage you to do the same.
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Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
This should be made a MUST READ in all schools. I don’t care who you are this has to be the next book you read. The way we think is the controlling force in how we live. If you believe you will be successful, then you will be. This is a book that I read once a year, and have on audiobook in the car. The lessons are key to creating a life of abundance. Get it now!
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The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
Darren shows us how the small daily actions can overtime result in major success, or in fact failure. You see success is a habit. And the one McDonalds you have today won’t kill you, but the one McDonalds that you have everyday, overtime will almost certainly end up in you being overweight and suffering from the consequences of being overweight and unhealthy. On the other, more positive, side of it, reading for 30minutes everyday will greatly increase your knowledge, improve your mindset and set you up for success. Or calling 1 extra lead each day. 1 lead today might not make a difference but over the course of a year that a lot more people you connected with.
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The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone has an amazing way of showing you, no, challenging you to push yourself. Throughout this book you see your goals and just want to 10X them! Aim for more, aim higher, make exciting goals and then go smash them! Whatever your goals are now, double them, no in fact 10x them. If you can figure out how to achieve that giant goal then achieving your current one won’t be a problem. In fact it might be easy! A great read.
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The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson
Similar to Darren Hardy’s compound effect. Jeff Olson takes us through how small daily efforts can improve every area of our lives, from business to relationships, to our health. This is a way of thinking, that will allow you to make better choices, better decisions. It is not the major decisions, but the little ones we make each day, often without thinking about them. Snacking on that chocolate bar, not calling the client, not responding to that email. These apparently ‘insignificant’ decisions can be life changing over the course of time.
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Mindset: How You Can Fulfil your Potential – Dr Carol Dweck
This was one of my favourite books that I read in 2015. Carol Dweck compares the growth mindset and the fixed mindset and shows us what we need in order to be successful in all areas of our lives. She shows us how to improve our businesses, our abilities as a parent, a coach, a teacher, and our lives in general. Change the way you think to get incredible results in your life. She not only gives you the research based facts, that those with a growth mindset will always be more successful, but she gives you the way to create a growth mindset in yourself and others around you. This is about you taking responsibility for your success, and about encouraging others to do the same. Often the language you use actually stops others from succeeding. For example, by telling a child that you thought they were good enough to win, even if they didn’t, could result in them not learning a new skill they need to be able to win, as they believe they are good enough and were just unlucky.
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The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
After listening to an interview on a podcast with Shawn, I ordered this book immediately and I couldn’t put it down. Shawn shows you all the research that proves that happier and more positive people will be more successful. That they will in fact be “luckier” not because they are actually luckier, but because the mind is more open to opportunities when you are in a good/positive mood. Negative people can be presented with the same opportunity and literally not see it. He also shows us that happiness is not a destination, and in fact we are most happy when on a journey, when striving to reach a goal. Achieving the goal is not what gives us true happiness, but the process of getting there is. Want to know how to be more successful? Then get this book.
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Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers
We all suffer from it. FEAR! Whenever we think about taking on a big project, launching a business, doing something new, something that challenges us, fear is there. Fear is often the thing that stops us from achieving our goals, in fact it often stops us from even starting. So how we can we get over that fear. How can we face fear and say screw you I am doing it anyway! Susan Jeffers provides some fantastic insights in this book and the 5 truths of fear were posted on my pin board for a long time.
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The Magic Of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
Achieving incredible things, being the leader you know you can be, facing fear and smashing through it, and how to create action. The Magic of Thinking Big is a fantastic book which will guide to setting and reaching BIG goals. We often limit our own success by thinking that things aren’t possible, or they are not realistic. How do we know what is realistic? How do you know what you are capable of?
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So I hope as you read through that you went and at least added them to your wish list if not actually ordered them 🙂 Reading should be a key part of your daily routine. Improving your mindset is essential to your success.
If you have any other books that you would recommend to help improve your mindset then please share them by commenting below.