There are so many corny quotable lines about the power of reading.
Like this nonsensical one.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. – A Terrible Oscar Wilde quote.
Now, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume surgeons don’t enjoy reading medical manuals more than once, but I’d like them to at least glance over one or two before operating on me.
So yeah, whatever.
Note: I am not a fan of Oscar Wilde.
So, let me give you one you can relate to more easily. One that isn’t just for shock value or lasting quotability:
The year I started reading one complete book in my field each week, I tripled my income.- Nate McCallister
Yes, I just quoted myself.
I want you to know that right now, at the time you are reading this article, the power of reading and learning in your field is even more profitable for entrepreneurs than ever before in history. I have experienced this first hand.
Reading a book a week was tough, but it paid of tremendously. Not just intrinsically either in a “pat myself on the back” type of way. I mean it literally paid off in dollars, into my bank account.
Note: I wasn’t the fastest reader at the time either.
While I have decided to continue that commitment to reading one book a week, I know many people don’t.
While a book a week is extreme, many people read very little at all.
They say they don’t have the time. Well, I don’t believe you have the time not to read.
Also, as a content creator, I think it would be unfair to you if I wasn’t staying current in the world of entrepreneurship and ahead of the curve right?
What I Want You to Do
So, how about you decide to read at least one of these 4 books on productivity/effectiveness in the next 30 days?
The point of this blog is to make you a better entrepreneur, so I am asking you to actually do this.
I want you to get the most bang for your buck, and these books will do that.
Can you do that? I promise, it will be worth your time!
The 4 “Quick-Read” Books That I Recommend
There are better business books and better books on productivity/effectiveness BUT I have chosen these because they are (relatively) easy reads.
Note: I will write another article soon on my favorite longer books on the topic (4 Hour Workweek, The One Thing, Etc.) as they absolutely have their place, whether or not you read these 4 I am sharing now.
1. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam
This book is brief but inspiring. If you are not yet a morning person or are struggling to become one,What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
is a great, easy read.
This book is like a hypothetical alarm clock telling you it’s time to start making more out of your mornings.
Are you a night owl? That may be fine! Still, you owe it to yourself to at least try out alternative patterns so you can find your optimal fit.
Remember, whatever your sleep/wake pattern is, it’s all about productivity and wellness. It isn’t a contest to see who can wake up at the most absurd times. It is about optimizing your life, however that may be.
2. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
What does tidying up have to do with business? Actually a lot. Check it out for yourself in this unique book my Marie Kondo.
At the time of this writing, this was the #2 most popular book on Amazon.com.
Not in any particular category, just #2 overall!
Note: I apologize, this isn’t really as quick of a read as the others, but I really wanted to add it! It is an easy read though.
3. Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise
This book will remind you that quality habits are the core of a quality life and that anyone can develop them if they care enough to do so.
This book shows that the habit development process can be painfully simplified and turned into a series of absurdly easy to accomplish bite-sized habits that you can then develop into larger, lasting ones.
This book helped me reassess how I viewed habit development (good and bad) and has truly changed my life for the better.
4. Read This before Our Next Meeting: How We Can Get More by Al Pittampalli
Meetings are so ironic.
Their purpose is to improve business, returns, retention, etc. What do they do in the process? Consistently waste resources.
Meetings are important, but how you run them is just as important.
This book explains why.
Note: Yes, entrepreneurs still have meetings…
Bonus: Read More and Faster Than Ever
These two programs will help you get more from your reading each year.
7 Speed Reading:
Boost your reading speed and get through larger books in the same time as these short ones. There are many other options, but this one is the best.
How much more could you learn and therefore earn if you read 3x as fast AND comprehended at the same rate as you do now or better?
If you don’t think the answer is “a lot,” you aren’t reading the right stuff or not in the right way.
: A fantastic service that provides you with a constant stream of book summaries. You can view them on your smartphone, iPad or on their website. You can also listen to the summaries as 12-17 minute audiobooks. Completely awesome.
What are your favorite “quick-read” business or self-development books?
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