Business Books to Change Your Life
Great Books to Get You Motivated in Life and Business
Business books can have lessons that will help you change your life. These books have had an influence on the way I live my life not only at work but in the way I live my personal life.
Learning how to handle multiple projects and not getting bogged down by the enourmously of the tasks ahead of you, or how to deal with different personality types helps in both business and at home.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Since I grew up in the age of Microsoft and Apple, the Steve Jobs book was extremely intriguing for me to read. The rise and fall and rise again of Apple computer. The interactions with Bill Gates and almost every other technology guru of the time. I never liked the fact that Apple computers didn't allow you to buy 3rd party products and software when I was growing up. But that philosophy made iTunes what it is today.
The nagging question I continue to have about every CEO is, can a CEO be a nice guy? Although an interesting read, I'm not sure if Steve Jobs is a person I could work for or even like, however, I do admire his passion.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
I was first introduced to Dale Carnegie while enrolled in the Dale Carnegie Course. The Dale Carnegie Course helped me get over my fear of speaking and helped my organize my thoughts while making a speach.
One of the best things that this book teaches as the title states is how to worrying. How to stop worrying about the different things in your life so you can focus on what needs to be done. You know what needs to be done but sometimes get caught up into everything that needs to be done and then the job seems way to big. "Daytime Boxes" is a technique described in the book that allows you to focus on the task at hand and how it gets you from worrying about "everything" that needs to be done.
What Matters Now by Seth Godin
What Matters Now has a great powerpoint available for free from Seth's blog. I loved the powerpoint, it really makes you think about how to live life. Each slide in the powerpoint is by one of Seth's tribe.
My favorite slide is the Meaning slide by Hugh MacLeod and my favorite line on the slide "Don't try to stand out from the crowd, avoid crowds altogether".
Fish Tales by Stephen Lundin, John Christensen, and Harry Paul
My dad gave me this book about ten years ago and even though it's a quick read, it's a great book It's about a dysfunctional work place that must transform itself and the lessons it learns from Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
If you haven't read the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, this is a must read. Seven Habits provides the building blocks of keeping your life moving along by providing those great insights into life.
Hope is not a Strategy by Rick Page
"I hope" and "I'm hoping" are two phrases that if you say, you are in a losing position. Everyone needs to do their homework and be in a position where you can say, I have done everything I can to finish this project or task.
I currently have a freezer that is leaking water and everytime I try to fix it I say "I hope I got it that time". I don't feel positive about what I did and know it probably didn't solve the problem I was working on, so it doesn't make me feel good after I've completed the task.
Learn how to turn "I hope" into "I have".
Jack - Straight from the Gut by former GE CEO Jack Welch
Learning from those that are successful is always a great way to figure out if you are living the way you want to. Jack Welch is the former CEO of GE and his book provides many insights for a successful CEO. It also tells some from his personal life. I've always been interested the lives of CEO's as the conflict that is produced between your business life and your personal life is hard to deal with. A good communication plan between you and your spouse is essential.
Hard Drive - Bill Gates and the Making of Microsoft by James Wallace and Jim Erickson
Another book about the making of CEO. If you wonder if what your child loves is actually good for him. This book is about how a passion turned into one of the richest guys in the world.