Muhammad Ali once said, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”. What I understand from this is that, the rules you play by in business and life right now shouldn’t be the same thirty years from now. And over time, you’ll learn on your own, but you can also learn from others.
Here is a list of some great audiobooks that make it very easy to do just that while on the drive into work, doing chores at home, at the gym, or doing anything else where you can listen in the background. These books are peppered with great information, experiences, and decades of achievement by some of the most successful people in the world. These audiobooks are a great start and will cover topics relating to the everyday entrepreneur, business person, and superhero human. Whether it’s success, money, or professional development you think you may want to hear more about, you’ll undoubtedly find value to apply to your business and life.
E-myth Revisited by Michael E. Greber
Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. Review by www.goodreads.com
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
“In Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh – the hip, iconoclastic, and widely-admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer – explains how he created a corporate culture with a commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.” – Review by www.amazon.com
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
For the businessperson, and entrepreneur, you have to understand how to win people over, get people to like you, and influence your opinion. This one is huge in business and life. I made more friends in three months than I did the previous three years by exercising some of the ideas in this book. Ultimately, those friendships I made in a short period of time led to fun times, projects to work on, and future jobs.
“Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age. Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.” Review by www.amazon.com
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The absolute best way to describe this book is ‘Money Basics 101’. Whether you’re a business professional, entrepreneur, or regular everyday superhuman, this book will be your guide to making money, keeping it, and watching it grow. The main idea in this book is to acquire assets; not liabilities. Robert Kiyosaki uses examples that anyone can relate to, and that everyone can actually understand. Save money, acquire assets, and make your money work for you. A must read.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
One of the best books ever written on true wealth, modern society’s general idea of success, and fundamental principles on personal development. “Think and Grow Rich” challenges you to think differently about how you approach areas in your life and demands you to raise the bar. This is a timeless classic that was written in the great depression and will stand the test of time for at least another hundred years for what is has to offer.
The Code of The Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
Vishen Lakhiani allows you to see what exactly it is in your life that you’ve accepted as truth and show you how you can re-write your own rules to pave your own path in business and life. A great book to listen to on the go. You can also take your time to really dive into understanding your thought process of how you approach business, relationships with others, and yourself. Bring greater awareness and understanding to how you approach every day based on the rules created by your family, friends, and culture growing up.
Anti-Fragile: Things that Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Anti-fragile shows how pressure does allow us to grow naturally, and even more so when we choose to use it as momentum. Simply put, we progress or learn whenever we push our limits and impose stressors in our own lives. Anti-fragile is a concept that when applied, allows individuals to benefit from stress and pressure. Many would argue that the opposite of fragile would be resilient, strong, or tough; however, Nassim Taleb explains how the previous words are neutral to the state of fragility. The word “anti-fragile” does not exist but it’s concept is real. We as business people, entrepreneurs, and superheroes actually can and do benefit from pressure and stress, up to a certain point, if we choose to do so.
Some of these may peak your interest. Either way, the point is, there’s a thousand and one ways to learn from others. There’s no better learning than actually having ‘skin in the game’, and figuring it out on your own to pave your own path. But it doesn’t hurt once in awhile when someone takes your blindfold off, helps you take a step back to see things from a different perspective, and points you in the right direction.
Take chances in business and in life, learn not to listen to others when you firmly believe in your dream, and entertain someone’s perspective even if it doesn’t hold true to you. Be aware, have the right mindset, and have a great purpose. Enjoy some easy listening.