By Chase Williams, managing partner at Market My Market
There's an infinite supply of literature dedicated to educating the next generation of young, aspiring entrepreneurs seeking a pathway to success. Entrepreneurs looking to make an impact in their respective industries must hone not only their skill sets but their minds if they hope to prosper.
These five books contain a wealth of information that will significantly benefit any young entrepreneur looking to grow in their personal and professional life.
1. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
The story focuses on the path Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh led the company down as he worked to elevate the business from startup to mega online clothing retailer. He discusses the hardships he endured, the lessons learned and how aspiring entrepreneurs can use his experiences to their advantage.
Per the title, everything you do should be in the pursuit of happiness, not only in your professional life but your personal life, as well. The avenue to achieving happiness is finding a perfect balance between profits (creating and maintaining a long-lasting, thriving business), passion (creating a work culture staff are happy in and inspired by) and purpose (finding meaning and joy in the work you do).
2. The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan
This book explores the paths to success of people of notoriety. Alex conducts one-on-one interviews with celebrities, such as Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Maya Angelou and many more.
He compares life, business and success to getting into an exclusive club with three points of entry. First, the main entrance: There's a long line of people waiting to get into the nightclub, and most won't get in. Second, the back door: Those with money and connections can gain access.
The third door is the point of entry that most people aren't even aware exists. It's the door you can only find when you think outside the box, take chances and believe in yourself.
There's more than one way to succeed, and success comes with hustle. Not everyone needs to stand in a long line, waiting for their turn. Some of the most successful people in the world have found success through alternative means.
3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don't by James C. Collins
"Good to Great" goes into depth regarding tell-tale signs and characteristics of a good company versus a great company.
Collins and his research team dedicated years of their lives figuring out the formula for creating a successful, long-lasting business. They studied companies ranging from mediocre to great. They compared their data across industries and concluded the success of a business relies on the quality of leadership.
Great companies are run by individuals who possessed a high level of discipline, competence, productivity and risk-taking, all traits I've seen are associated with successful entrepreneurs.
4. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) by Hal Elrod
The objective is to help elevate the lives of all who seek improvement, all before 8 a.m. The secret is "not-so-obvious" because, in actuality, it's so painfully obvious we subconsciously choose not to see it. The secret is to start your day by being productive and positive.
The common sense behind the concept is bulletproof. If you want to have not only a positive and productive day but a positive and productive life, why wouldn't you start your day being positive and productive?
Regardless of your goals and dreams, I believe starting your day off on the right foot can only benefit your life. A simple morning routine can help train your brain to value positivity and productivity, which in turn will increase your odds of becoming successful.
5. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss
"Tools of Titans" is based on details gathered from interviews on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. Interviewees range from celebrities, such as Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to legendary athletes and entrepreneurs.
Each interview concentrates on actionable details, including routines, tactics, and how they spend the first hour of their day. "Tools of Titans" provides an in-depth look at how ultra-successful people in our society live and how they developed the work ethic that enabled them to get to their level of success.
I use this as a cheat sheet to learn the proven techniques and paths of some of the most successful people in the world, and other entrepreneurs can, too.
In my readings, I've seen that the common theme tying these books together is the idea of going off the beaten path, taking risks and having resilience, all while being disciplined in your everyday life.
Chase Williams is managing partner at Market My Market, helping businesses generate new clients by implementing the right marketing systems and strategies.