It took me several bookstore visits to know which to spend time to read and learn from. I may not have been able to read as much but I’m glad I was able to catch up and accomplished my goal for the year.
All you need is 20-45mins a day.
Having to run a startup, we all have these authors and leaders to thank for sharing their thoughts, lessons and learnings. It’s like having a silent conversation with them and I’ve got my books filled with highlights and notes.
Being an advocate of lifelong learning, these books would make you a better leader, develop you into solidifying your values and principles, teach you grit, patience and gumption.
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START WITH WHY by Simon Sinek
Known for his famous TED Talk, on how leaders can inspire action, it’s impossible for any of us to ignore what this leadership guru and professor have realised and would want any of us to consider towards building a culture of trust, in hiring, executing a business and how we develop as a business.
Popularizing the concept of “the golden circle” and for us to “Start with Why” prompts us to think on why we do, what we do and how we do.
THE CODE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY MIND by Vishen Lakhiani
Aside from admitting in the dailies and having to tell him personally on how much I admire his leadership. Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley made me focus on building a culture of diversity, equality and flexibility for a company before all the profit. His book made me get to know him better, taught and gave me courage to face every fear.
He started the book on how he conquered the fear of public speaking, how he braved and surpassed difficult times and progressed to what is now called, Mindvalley University.
In the book, he explained his personal experiences on discovering the 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms: Visualize success, trust your gut, don’t live by society’s rules and go for what works for you and be mindful.
A good read to those who are starting their journey and is in the quest towards progress in the personal development department.
GAME CHANGERS by Dave Asprey
After I stumbled upon one of the author’s podcast, Bulletproof Radio, since I have transitioned to the Ketogenic diet since 2017, every episode centered on interviewing thought-leaders, disruptive entrepreneurs and people who provide techniques, shared experiences and discoveries on how one can become happier, healthier and smarter.
I’d have to say, I was prompted more to read this book since Vishen Lakhiani is on it, too.
THE SCIENCE OF SELLING by David Hoffeld
Being a Business Developer, and a startup founder, it’s impossible for someone not to know how to sell. When I picked up the book and as I read through each pages – it taught me what to focus on when pitching, influence decisions and how to close the deal.
To this day, I have learned not to sweat not having a deck to present to most of my meetings and focused on what the consumers, potential partners and what the people wants, needs and how we can further help them in order for them to also help us progress.
PRINCIPLES by Ray Dalio
I stumbled upon this author on twitter. One day, while I was browsing through the bookstore, I saw a thick black book with a minimalistic design that has PRINCIPLES written in bold. In curiosity, as I browsed and read one page after another, it caught my attention and left me nodding, agreeing and saying a loud mental ‘YES!’ each time. I knew then, I had to pick it up and have it for myself to read.
This book is good to have on your bed side table, pick it up before you snooze, finish one or two pages every time you need some moral boost or questioning, or if you’d need a good reflection.