Knowledge is power.
Not only that, but knowledge is the one thing that no one can take away from you once you have it. The more you invest in yourself, the greater your chances of success.
When I set out to become an entrepreneur, I quickly realized knowledge was the most valuable investment I could make for myself. As a result, everything else in life could improve. One of the easiest and most accessible ways I have been able to expand my knowledge is by reading books. Here are three books that hands-down shifted my perspective and changed how I tackle business and approach life.
1. 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
This book knocked me out of my chair. It was the first time I realized how little I knew about how to live life. It was the push I needed to see that options existed beyond what I had in front of me.
This book is for you if you're looking for an alternative lifestyle and crave to break free from the corporate 9-to-5 life. Don't get me wrong, this path does require a great deal of hard work, but Tim Ferriss breaks down actionable steps to walk away from those 80-hour work weeks and build a life of ultimate exploration and fulfillment. It taught me to relook at the value of income and understand what to outsource and when. This led me to greater productivity and excellerated growth.
2. Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
This book was so incredibly controversial during its completion that it was actually banned from being published for over 75 years--it was written in 1938 and not published until 2011. In essence, the book is a conversation where the narrator, Napoleon Hill, interviews the devil himself to determine the reasons why people fail. That may sound outlandish, but it reveals powerful insights into why people give up and why we are filled with fear.
When it comes to being an entrepreneur a strong mindset is non-negotiable. To reach your personal and professional goals, you must understand where your fears, anger, and jealous behavior or drifting patterns originate.
This book is for you if you're ready to work through your mindset limitations and take steps toward your goals without fear.
3. Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
When you hear the word "compounding," your mind most likely jumps to compounding interest in your savings account. That same idea applies in Darren's book, Compound Effect. This book illustrates how small and seemingly insignificant actions and decisions can have a compounding effect on your life for better or worse.
This book was the message I needed to hear that big wins don't happen overnight and that discipline is one of the key variables required to attain success. It isn't any simple big triumph that matters. It's the daily small actions and decisions that lead you to at some point "get lucky." When you work hard and don't immediately see results, it can be discouraging. Learning to focus on the small wins has helped push me forward over the long haul.
This book is for you if you are willing to run the marathon, to practice patience, and dedicate yourself to systematically move your mountain over time. The reality is the little actions run your life every day, and it is 100 percent up to you to take responsibility and make sure they are steps leading in the direction you want.
A single book is not a gold ticket or a guarantee for success. It isn't the book that will change your life. It's the lessons you take from it and directly apply to your life moving forward.