SELF DEVELOPMENT BOOKS FOR PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
These are the books that have changed my life and altered it for the better. Each book promotes growth and are to be referenced at different stages in your life.
Change your life – READ
THE LEAN START UP – By Eric Ries
*Personal Comment: Great book to get your thought process on how to validate your idea for the cheapest and fastest way before investing allot of capital.
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
THE RENAISSANCE SOUL – Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One – By Margaret Lobenstine
*Personal Comment: Great book to understand that we can be successful at many different things. The the key to being able to do many things and avoiding analysis paralysis is to understand our personal load that we can handle; to feel comfortable switching to different interests and passions when we feel we have completed, feel satisfied, or are ready to move on to something else on our sampler list.
Are you unwilling to settle on doing just one thing “for the rest of your life”? Do you jump at the chance to learn something new―or, after achieving success in one field, find yourself yearning for new challenges and looking around for something different to do? If so, you may be a Renaissance Soul.
*Personal Comment: Great book, not necessarily about creating a 4 hour work week but more so about how to create more time or capacity for yourself through means of Automation, Outsourcing, or simply eliminating tasks.
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Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN 90 SECONDS OR LESS – By Nicholas Boothman
*Personal Comment: Fantastic book on understanding the 3 senses we rely on for communication. We have 3 senses we tend to rely on and one more so than then others that are Kinesthetic, Visual, and Auditory. Once you understand the cues and ways to understand another party’s sense type you are more easily able to communicate and convey messages to them if you can hone your communication to the other parties sense preference.
Whether selling, managing, negotiating, planning, collaborating, pitching, instructing-or on your knees with a marriage proposal-the secret of success is based on connecting with other people. Now that connection is infinitely easier to make through Nicholas Boothman’s program of rapport by design.
ESSENTIALISM – By Greg Mckeown
*Personal Comment: Fantastic book about not spreading yourself to thin and how if you focus you will get much further in the area of your concentrated interest.
The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is asystematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
BUILT TO SELL – By John Warrilow
*Personal Comment: Good book for anybody starting a new business or venture as this book really nails home to understand your numbers and sales process so that you can enable yourself not to get stuck as the keystone of your business which enables it to have value for others and be ultimately sellable.
According to John Warrillow, the number one mistake entrepreneurs make is to build a business that relies too heavily on them. Thus, when the time comes to sell, buyers aren’t confident that the company-even if it’s profitable-can stand on its own. To illustrate this, Warrillow introduces us to a fictional small business owner named Alex who is struggling to sell his advertising agency. Alex turns to Ted, an entrepreneur and old family friend, who encourages Alex to pursue three criteria to make his business sellable: * Teachable: focus on products and services that you can teach employees to deliver. * Valuable: avoid price wars by specialising in doing one thing better than anyone else. * Repeatable: generate recurring revenue by engineering products that customers have to repurchase often.
*Personal Comment: An essential book needed to remind us that speed does not mean better results. That if we slow down our tasks our outputs will be of higher quality, if we eat slower our taste buds can be heightened, if we make love slower we can experience greater heights of euphoria.
Addicted as we might be to the quick fix–pills, crash diets or just diverting attention from things about to go wrong–the quick fix never really works. Trying to solve problems in a hurry, sticking on a plaster when surgery is needed, might deliver temporary relief, but only at the price of storing up worse trouble for later. For those looking for a fix that sticks, The Slow Fix will help us produce solutions in life and work that endure.
THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES – By Gary Chapman
*Personal Comment: Another great book that adds a second layer to understanding communication styles. That we actually have love languages to express affection. The 5 love languages are Quality time, Acts of service, Words of affirmation, Physical touch, and Gifts. By understanding a persons type of love language you can reciprocate in kind with the same language and clearly recognize when someone is expressing affection towards you.
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?
THE POWER OF HABIT – By Charles Duhig
*Personal Comment: Phenomenal book that opens up concepts of marketing that digs into the psychology of habits. In essence we are governed by a habit look, thankfully we can reprogram bad habits. Habits can be reprogrammed when we understand the Cue, the routine/habit, and the reward. Setting a new habit can take up to 3 weeks to set and you must keep the cue, change the routine/habit, and keep the reward.
Groundbreaking new research shows that by grabbing hold of the three-step “loop” all habits form in our brains–cue, routine, reward–we can change them, giving us the power to take control over our lives.
*Personal Comment: A timeless business classic that is recommend by young and old, a book that teaches us how to get what we need to get done by positioning it in the best interest of others. Also one of the best takes is that you can never lose and argument if you agree.
As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age.
Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
THE TAO OF POOH – By Benjamin Hoff
*Personal Comment: Great beginners introductory in Taoism through the story Winnie The Pooh. It also opens us to concepts such as the Wei Wu Wei which is the concept of Action Without Action.
The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world’s great Taoist masters isn’t Chinese–or a venerable philosopher–but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.
LETTERS FROM A STOIC – By Seneca
*Personal Comment: A must read philosophy book on how to live in moderation, how to obtain and let go, on why philosophy is a life tenet. There are oh so many great quotes to recount.
“It is philosophy that has the duty of protecting us…without it no one can lead a life free of fear or worry.”
For several years of his turbulent life, Seneca was the guiding hand of the Roman Empire. His inspired reasoning derived mainly from the Stoic principles, which had originally been developed some centuries earlier in Athens. This selection of Seneca’s letters shows him upholding the austere ethical ideals of Stoicism—the wisdom of the self-possessed person immune to overmastering emotions and life’s setbacks—while valuing friendship and the courage of ordinary men, and criticizing the harsh treatment of slaves and the cruelties in the gladiatorial arena. The humanity and wit revealed in Seneca’s interpretation of Stoicism is a moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.
THE WEALTHY BARBER – By David Chilton
*Personal Comment: Great straightforward book and quick easy read. It will change your view on the RRSP and enlighten you to the 10% rule and touch on other points of money management and financial planning. Recommend.
David Chilton’s popular The Wealthy Barber is a good starting point for anyone who wants to construct a personal financial plan. Many people are so scared of dealing with their money that they don’t do anything at all–only to suffer for it over the long haul. Chilton shows that planning is simple and you don’t have be a whiz kid to set yourself on the route to financial security. “When I finally learned the basics of financial planning, I couldn’t believe how straightforward they were. It’s just common sense,” is the overarching message.
The Wealthy Barber takes the form of a novel, though it wouldn’t win many awards for plot, setting, or characterization. The narrator, Dave, a 28-year-old school teacher and expectant father, his 30-year-old sister, Cathy, who runs a small business, and his buddy, Tom, who works in a refinery, sit around a barber shop in Sarnia, Ontario, and listen as Ray Miller, the well-to-do barber, teaches them how to get rich. The friends are at the age when most people start thinking about their future stability; among the three of them, they face almost every broad situation that can influence a financial plan. Ray, the Socrates of personal finance, isn’t a pin-striped Bay Street wizard. He is a simple, down-to-earth barber dispensing homespun wisdom while he lops a little off the top. Ray’s barbershop isn’t the place to learn strategies for trading options and commodities. Instead, his advice covers the basics of RRSPs, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, and the like. His first and most important rule is “pay yourself first.” Take 10 per cent off every pay cheque as it comes in and invest it in safe interest-bearing instruments. Through the magic of compound interest, this 10 per cent will turn into a substantial nest egg over time. This book isn’t about how to get rich quick. It’s about how to get rich slowly and stay that way.
Chilton’s common-sense approach has obviously hit home since his book first appeared; with more than 1.5 million copies sold to date, The Wealthy Barber is the best-selling book ever of any kind in Canada. Some of the financial details have been updated in recent editions, but the story and fundamental advice are timeless. It’s probably not the last book you’ll want to read on the subject, but it’s a good starting point for learning about financial planning. –Edward Trapunski
DAVID AND GOLIATH: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – By Malcolm Gladwell
*Personal Comment: Phenomenal book changing our perspectives on the reverse U shape curve theory where to much strengths can have a negative effect, and when weaknesses can become a strength as it forces us to learn in different ways, act & strategize differently. If the underdog chooses not to confront on the normal or expected home ground, they have significantly higher odds of success. Recommend.
In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – By Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions–and lots of stress. AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH–LESS AND MORE. In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal* dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life–work, personal, family, and spiritual. WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?