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5 Books to Change Your Life

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For the past year, I’ve decided to take action and to include books in my schedule to improve my knowledge and wisdom, in regards to business, motivation, social media, sales and leadership topics.

To fulfill my mission to read more, I allocated a minimum of 2 hours per day every morning to reading. By doing so, I discovered multiple benefits that enabled me to grow as a human being and, in the process, help others around me. That’s because, in keeping us sharp and improving our own knowledge, books help us better serve the world and others.

I opted for physical hard copies of several books and made it my priority to extract value and get concrete results from them.

Here’s a list of the 5 books that changed my life. I have read each one of them multiple times and always am surprised with how much value they continue to offer.

This is by far, the best book I have ever read. If you really want to differentiate yourself from the crowd, you need to learn the simple technique called “the 10X rule” in business and in life. While most people usually face challenges by either taking no action, retreating from them or taking nominal action, this book unveils a fourth way of facing challenges– taking massive action towards your goals and dreams.

The 10X Rule will teach you to:

  • Learn the “Estimation of Effort” calculation to ensure you exceed your targets.
  • Make the Fourth Degree a way of life and defy mediocrity.
  • Discover the time management myth.
  • Understand the exact reasons why some people fail and others succeed.
  • Know the exact formula to solve any problem.

If you want to be successful in business and in life, you must ‘‘10X’’ every action you take. The 10X Rule helps you redefine what success really means and how to reach it. It underscores the degree of separation between people who just want to get by and people who want to stand out. Consequently, I keep this book with me everywhere I go, as it is a constant reminder of what I need to do to be great in life.

 

 2) The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The Miracle Morning is a second book that really resonated with me this past year in regards to personal development. Every morning, I use this book’s insightful knowledge to prepare for the day ahead. The six practices called “life S.A.V.E.R.S” helped me improve several areas of my life and literally transformed my way of thinking. This book will teach you a successful routine to feel energized, excited, and empowered.

Here is a glimpse of the six practices:

  • Silence: taking time to pray, meditate, reflect, take deep breaths, and be grateful are key areas to practice on a daily basis.
  • Affirmation: assessing what you want, why you want it, who you are committed to becoming in order to create it, what amount of action you’re committed to taking, and how to tap into your emotions.
  • Visualization: visualize what you want, who you need to be and what you need to do.
  • Exercise: to boost your energy, enhance health, and improve self confidence
  • Reading: read, read, and read to expand your knowledge on different topics.
  • Scribing: have a personal diary to express yourself without any judgment.

3) Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

The third book in this collection is Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuck— a must in today’s world. With social media taking more and more space in everyone’s life, it was my duty to learn about these platforms and how to use the to build a personal brand. This book will help you use the power of the internet to turn your passion and interests into real businesses. The more transparent you are, the more opportunities you will get.

This book covers the following platforms:

  • WordPress & Tumblr
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Youtube
  • Ustream.tv
  • Advertising
  • Seminars
  • Articles
  • Consulting

If you want to make an impact on people’s live, show them that you genuinely care. Combine hustle with passion in your content to inspire people across the globe. The most important thing is to remain true to yourself. This book will teach you how to do that.

 

4) Sell or be Sold by Grant Cardone

A must read for all the sales people out there, Sell or be Sold by Grant Cardone will help you step up your game and be a top performer in any industry. This book is a work of art. It has helped me close numerous deals in the past and I am confident that the knowledge I learned will help me close more in the future. As Grant would put it, whether it’s selling your company’s product in the boardroom or selling yourself on eating healthy, everything in life can—and should—be treated as a sale. Knowing the principles of selling is a prerequisite for success of any kind. In Sell or Be Sold, Grant Cardone breaks down the techniques and strategies necessary to master the art of selling in any avenue. You will learn how to handle rejection, turn around negative situations, shorten sales cycles, and guarantee yourself greatness.

He will also teach you the following success essentials:

  •  Selling in a bad economy
  • Overcoming call reluctance
  • Filling your pipeline with new business
  • Staying positive, despite rejection

With the experience of a seasoned sales vet at the helm, Sell or Be Sold will change the way you perceive the sale—and life.

 

5) Winning by Jack Welch

This last book, Winning by Jack Welch, is for the leaders out there. If you want to win in business and learn about leadership and management, you need to own this one. Yes i said OWN, because I’ve already read it two times and I’m even using it in my executive MBA. It is for the hungry people out there who want to thrive and learn about how an organization gets to be successful. The core of Winning is devoted to the real “stuff” of work. This main part of the book is split into three sections. The first looks inside the company, from leadership to picking winners and making change happen. The second section looks outside, at the competition, with chapters on strategy, mergers, and Six Sigma, to name just a few. The next section of the book is about managing your career—from finding the right job to achieving work-life balance. Welch’s optimistic, no excuses, get-it-done mind-set is riveting. Packed with personal anecdotes and written in Jack’s distinctive no BS style, Winning offers deep insights, original thinking, and solutions to nuts-and-bolts problems that will change the way people think about work.

So there you go folks. I’ve listed five of my favorite books I’ve read in the past year. I strongly recommend anyone to read these and to share their opinion. Remember knowledge is power!

What are your favorite books you read in the past year and why?

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