We are living in a rapidly changing world where it is really hard to be original. The immense amount of new ideas and businesses push humanity forward but it also makes it hard for us to keep pace and stand out as an individual. These 5 books will help you question the outdated rules of society and find your own voice while living your life on your own terms.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
After reading this book you will forget about the myth of being simply talented and understand how the combination of hard work and opportunities helped some of the most successful people on Earth achieve their goals in life. Gladwell points out that carrying a cultural heritage and being different can not only be an advantage but it could be the very reason why some people succeed.
Being stubbornly faithful to your identity and embracing the characteristics that make you stand out from your surrounding will make you go a long way. The Outliers will prove this statement with countless intriguing stories from the business world.
The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
This book from 2007 is already considered a classic read, especially among entrepreneurs, as it proposes a fundamentally different approach to work to people who try to succeed in the 9-to-5 world. According to Ferriss, flexible working hours can enhance your productivity in leaps and bounds because it will motivate you to get your work done in less time instead of filling up the entire day with unnecessary to-dos.
With the Four Hour Workweek, you can simplify your life and optimize your earnings to a level where you can make a living from a few hours of super-productive work a week. It’s a must read for entrepreneurs and everyone else who don’t want to follow a 9-to-5 schedule anymore.
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
This is the latest and most technologically hooked-up book from the entire list from the founder and CEO of Mindvalley who has interviewed many of the most extraordinary minds of our time. He provides a hands-on guide for anyone who feels ready to question the rules of society and build a life on their own terms.
The book takes a holistic approach and talks about the outdated rules in relationships, education, spirituality, work, and so on, and gives you a way to improve all areas of your life at once. You can also get to know the real reasons of happiness and the way we form particular beliefs and habits in our lives if you read all these thought-provoking chapters. You have been warned: Once you read this book, it is like taking the „red pill” and entering the matrix. You will never see the world as the majority of society anymore.
Originals by Adam Grant
How Non-Conformists Move the World – the subheading of this edition sums up the essence of this brilliant book well and after getting to the end of it, you might just feel like to go out and change the world yourself. Adam Grant’s thoughts are surprising and powerful and his stories will show you how to choose the right idea, speak up and act at the right time and the right way, and manage your self-doubts.
All ground-breaking innovations and movements had been criticized or ridiculed at first in history, but with the help of this book you can find the way to create value and let your voice be heard.
Million Dollar Women by Julia Pimsleur
Although this book is addressed to women who try to work their way up in the business world, it is an inspirational piece for all who are committed to building a successful company no matter what it takes. The chapters provide a step-to-step guide from starting small through getting investment all the way up to turning your company into a million-dollar business.
The kind of candor and persistence that reveals itself through the words of Pimsleur will make you want to rewrite your business plan right away and dream bigger than you ever have. It is a truly motivating read and a must-have on the shelf of business women who still doubt that gender differences can stop them from success.
Finding the right business partner is almost as challenging as finding the one to marry. The person needs to have experience in your field, but more importantly the right attitude that makes it easy to work with them. You need to be on the same page in order to make long-term decisions together and you have to be able to trust their loyalty when the road gets tough.
Go through this checklist and make sure you share your business with someone who can lead your company to success!
To Grow or not to Grow
Perhaps, the most important value that people you work with can live by is to have a growth mindset. People who have a fixed mindset focus on basic qualities like being inherently intelligent or being talented. They see the world in black and white and they don’t like to be challenged. It is likely that a person who thinks based on these principles would set barriers for your business because he’s ruled by his fear or because she tries to compare herself to you due to low self-esteem, which can sabotage your efforts to get to the next level.
In turn, the person with a growth mindset believes that he can learn anything and she sees a learning opportunity in every failure. They understand that, just like every business, yours will go through ups and downs as well and they motivate you to try harder and commit to your joint success. They admit their shortcomings without feeling ashamed of it but focus on the positive side of everything and educate themselves in order to grow together with your business.
The other side of the coin
One of the most important lessons we learn in life as we climb the ladder of success is that we cannot succeed alone. If you look back, you most likely see that when great opportunities showed up for you, when grand shifts happened in your career there was always someone who connected you to the right person or told you a simple advice that changed your perspective.
„Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you, empower them, your business will thrive” –Richard Branson
It is important to be clear about your own strengths and weaknesses and partner with the person who can complement your innate abilities. If you are great in seeing the big picture and setting a vision for your business then look for someone who can execute and build processes with ease. If you are someone who reacts quickly and makes prompt decisions, then partner with someone who takes the time to analyze the situation and notice risks before they become a bigger problem. You ought to swallow your pride and appreciate people who are smarter than you in order to keep growing.
The trust game
There are a lot of things that you can live with while building your business –doubting the reliability of your partner is not one of them. You need to know the person so well as you know your best friend including all his motives and fears. Don’t be afraid to get personal: people you do business with should never answer a question saying it is none of your business because, quite literally, it actually is.
The business world is changing and we are not cold businesswomen and men anymore with straight grey jackets who try to hide their personality and their emotions. The first thing you should do is to have a drink with your future partner or spend a Sunday brunch with them and get to know each other as deeply as you can. If they get defensive or they try hard to prove their self-worth to you that’s a warning sign and you should probably look for the next option. However, if they are open about their weaknesses and they transmit a positive vibe to you then you can sign the papers without losing any sleep over it.
If you’re in doubt, trust your gut feeling. It will guide you the right way.