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5 Books That Will Transform Your Business

5 Books that will transform your business – these are the 5 books that will get you more productive, improve your mindset, set big goals, build systems and deliver you results. The lessons from these books will transform and grow your business.

1. Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress Free Productivity is the modern day time management and productivity classic by David Allen.  The book has been in the best seller lists for years and for the simple reason, it works.  Allen believes that our productivity is directly related to our ability to relax, so when our minds are clear and thoughts organised, we become more productive.

My Key take away: Complete Any Task Under 2 Minutes Immediately

 

This is a simple, yet powerful concept. Essentially if any items on your to do list takes 2 minutes or less to complete, then you should do it immediately.

This can allow you to power through your to do list very quickly.
Any tasks taking more than two minutes, should, according to Allen, be delegated (to someone else), deferred (and put on your task list to do at some point) or deleted.

2. The War of Art

The War of Art Break Through The Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles By Steven Pressfield is the practical guide for succeeding in the creative process . If any form of creative endeavour is important to you, then this is really valuable book for helping you break through writer’s block or facing haters. 

My Key Take Away: Focus on the Doughnut, not the hole

“The professional keeps his eye on the doughnut and not the hole. He reminds himself it’s better to be in the arena, getting stomped by the bull, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot.”

3. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone explains that if you want to achieve big goals then you don’t want to settle for ordinary, but you want to aim higher, then 10x rule is the level of action necessary to achieve them.  The book sets out a framework for achieving massive success.

My key Take away: Effort

One of the key take away’s I got from this book were that if things aren’t going as you planned, and you’re not getting the results you expected, you either underestimated the amount of effort needed to be successful, or you’re not putting in the work to be successful.

In other words, there is no short cut to success. Work hard, stay focussed and keep working hard

4. Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries

 

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries  – By Peter Simms is a book about minimising the downside, whilst maximising the upside. It explains how success entrepreneurs don’t put all of their eggs into one basket. In other words they make lots of little bets. If the results of the little bets pay off, then they invest more money and essentially minimise their risks.  If the little bet doesn’t pay off, then they haven’t bet the farm.

My Key take away: Make Lots of little bets

Make lots of little bets to test out your ideas. Test your ideas in such a way that you minimise investment and maximise the learning opportunity.   Consequently you should be clear about what success looks like so that you know when when the little bet pays off.

5. The 4-Hour Work Week

 

The 4 Hour Work Week  – by Tim Ferriss introduced the idea of lifestyle design. Essentially using technology to allow you to work from anywhere and using virtual assistants to streamline your business.  Whist the book isn’t really about working only 4 hours, it’s about using systems and simplicity to minimise your direct involvement in your business, so that you may spend the time travelling or learning a new skill.

My Key take away: Don’t be a slave to email

Many people spend their whole day with email open. When an email comes in they slavishly open the email and deal with it. Rather like a factory worker fixing an item to the next part coming down the production line. So Ferriss encourages that you work on your own terms, rather than someone else’s.

Ferriss recommends checking email twice daily (mid morning and late afternoon).  Rather than checking email first thing, he  recommends that you get most important task of the day completed first.

 

Why Action Is Everything

  This weekend saw the release of the trailer for JJ Abram’s instalment of the highly anticipated Star Wars saga. Fan excitement has been mounting ever since it was announced back in January 2013 that J.J. Abrams, director of the acclaimed 2009 remake of Star Trek, had been signed on to oversee the first film […]

Partnerships, Milk and Chocolate

Rarely can a business make it solely on their own. In this post I talk how partnerships and innovative marketing can catapult the growth of your business. ### Nowadays you get used to seeing a security guard when you go to the supermarket. Generally they are there to put people off helping themselves to the […]

5 Reasons Your Business Plan Won’t Get Funded

  You might have read that it’s difficult to get cash for your business. But the truth is that it’s always been difficult to get cash for your business. Investors, banks, friends and family, aren’t just going to let you throw away their money away. I’ve put together these tips to show you the most […]

5 Tools To Grow Your Business 5 Tools To Grow Your Business

One of the most common queries I get from business owners is what tools do I recommend for this or that aspect of growing a business. I’ve put together a list of my top 5 tools I use to grow my business in my Ultimate Tools Cheat Sheet. These are the tools I use everyday […]

Free Chapter: How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off Free Chapter: How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off

  Free chapter download: How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off Whether you’re starting a business, seeking funding or looking for board approval, you want to give it the best shot at making it a success. How to make your business plan lift off is practical book I wrote to give you the knowledge […]

The Purpose Of A Business The Purpose Of A Business

  The Purpose of a Business   What is the purpose of a business? To make money? To make world beating products? To change the world? The purpose of a business, as Peter Drucker, the management guru famously said, is to create a customer. Which means that if the purpose of a business is to […]

How To Prioritise Projects How To Prioritise Projects

A Simple System To Prioritise Projects   Most of the time we have too many projects on the go which makes prioritising projects a nightmare. If we knew how to prioritise projects better then we’d get more done. But it’s not just getting more stuff done that will grow your business.  No, It’s doing the […]

The Time Management System Worth $2.9m The Time Management System Worth $2.9m

Steve Jobs once said that “the most precious resource we all have is time”. So it’s no wonder that so many of us are obsessed with managing time more successfully by adopting the perfect time management system. But how can any time management system be worth $2.9m? I first came across this story in the […]