If you have read my previous posts, you would know that I've been working on creating a more disciplined daily schedule for myself. Rather than living my days on a whim, I now have blocked off times for activities and work. One of these activities is reading. Reading to me has been extremely important as an entrepreneur. In college, I would read a lot, and I enjoyed finding a good, captivating story.
However, since I graduated, and moved on to starting my own business, and creating others, I find myself trying to shape my perception of how to win at life. I do that through reading books that give insight into how others have created successful careers, as well as books that teach valuable techniques on how to market, brand, and generate more income. Since establishing a daily schedule, and allotting time out of my day to read I have been averaging finishing 2-4 books a week.
I created this blog to share insight on what I'm doing as a creator/entrepreneur to keep moving forward and improving, and with that will include my book recommendations. I'll never stop striving to learn more, and I want to share with you what information I find valuable. I'll give you a short summary of the book, some key bullet points I believe you'll find valuable, and a link to where you can purchase. Feel free to shoot me a comment, and share any additional info, or book recommendations if you'd like!
"Tribes" - Seth Godin
This was my third time reading "Tribes". That could either tell you I'm terrible and reading comprehension, or it's that great of a book. I'll go with the latter. The book "Tribes" is a short read, and you could probably finish it in less than 24 hours. It's all about becoming a great leader. It explores what it takes to lead, and how to find your "tribe" to lead. Some quick takeaways from "Tribes" :
- The internet has made it easier than ever to lead a passionate group of people, and for you to lead them.
- Trying to lead EVERYONE results in leading no one in particular.
- Most people aren't held back due to fear of failure, rather fear of criticism.
- Create remarkable products/services that are "purple cows" (another great book).
- If you're not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it's almost certain you're not reaching your full potential.
"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" - Mark Manson
Honestly, it wasn't what I at all expected. It was actually much better than I expected! Rather than most help books that try and make you feel all warm and fuzzy, Mark Manson cuts out all the bull shit and gets real with you. Some key tips to think about:
- The more we admit we do not know, the more opportunities we gain to learn.
- Adversity and failure are essential for developing strong-minded and successful adults.
- Our happiness and lifelong fulfillment are earned through choosing and managing our struggles. There has to be a struggle to find happiness.
"A fixation on happiness inevitably amounts to never-ending pursuit of "something else" - a new house, a new relationship, another child, another pay raise. And despite all of our sweat and strain, we end up feeling eerily similar to how we started: inadequite".
"Design Your Day" - Claire Diaz-Ortiz
If you find it difficult to find more time out of your day to get shit done, then I highly recommend you check out "Design Your Day". In a nutshell, Claire gives some great tips on how you can maximize your time, create better personal/work goals, and a design a life that makes you happy. Here are a few quick tips that Claire provides:
- Figure out the best times of the day to do your "best 20%" of activities. These are activities that are required for you to live a great life.
- Remember to take breaks and breathe. Many entrepreneurs suffer from overwhelm, and by taking a moment to gather your thoughts and relax you can reduce your stress.
- Create a morning routine. (This had been enormously beneficial for me)
- Make sure your goals are measurable. Break them down into smaller tasks that will help you achieve them.
"Elon Musk" - Ashlee Vance
I was most excited to read Elon Musk's biography because, well face it...he's my hero. Elon has literally transformed industries most would have considered hopeless and stagnant. This book takes you through Elon's early life as a curious child who dreamed of a future filled with space colonies and robots. What was most remarkable was learning about how many struggles Elon endured while growing every business he touched. If you need to find any inspiration or really want an example of what perseverance looks like then you must read this book.
For me, it was not only inspiring but also broke my perception of some of his companies early starts, and him as an individual. Where most people believe Tesla was Elon's brainchild (me included), you'll learn that in Tesla's early days he was merely only an investor who helped fund a concept. If you're also a space junky like me, and watch each live SpaceX launch, the entire history of SpaceX and they're early struggles with leave you in awe of how far they've come and accomplished.