A few days ago, I read a very interesting article on the Capital Campus page titled ’10 ways to improve our intelligence’. One of the 10 points was to read challenging books. Now, this is something I believe in, especially if you want to achieve success.
You see friends, the wheel was invented a long time ago so what we are all striving to do is find ways we can enhance the performance of this wheel. It’s important to develop a reading culture in order to know the different experiences others have had and draw lessons from them.
When it comes to business and entrepreneurship, we all face similar challenges. Don’t venture into something if you haven’t taken time to do your research or spend time with those who have been in the game for some time.
Just after I made a comment about the above story, one of my Twitter followers, James Mwangi @jaymzn asked what challenging books I’d recommend, so I chose to share my list.
N/B: There are many great books out there but here’s a list (no particular order) of some of the ones that intrigued me and which I have drawn valuable lessons from.
1. Screw It, Let’s Do It – Richard Branson
This one, I must say is one of my favorites. I mean, the title is captivating and makes you want to buy and read the book. This book is really personal because Richard Branson reveals the lessons that have helped him through his business and personal life. I believe there is nothing more powerful than a life testimony of success that has been earned. This is one of those manuals for entrepreneurs!
2. Play to win in Business and in Life – Donald Trump
Another one of my personal favorites. I do not believe in playing to lose, ask those who play golf with me. As long as I get into something, I must come out with something. Strive to win ALWAYS! Trump uses the example of a championship football team to explain how they embody the same attributes necessary to succeed in business and in life; from having a plan to using certain tactics to get success. It’s worth your time.
3. The Leader with No Title – Robin Sharma
It’s a very motivating and inspiring book conditioned to awaken the leader within you. I would definitely recommend this book if you are in campus or if you just starting out in your career.
4. The Monk who sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma
A great inspiring fable of a high-profile attorney with a crazy schedule and a set of priorities that center around money, power and prestige (a true representation of the values of our society). How do you identify the balance? This book will definitely make you give some thought to your life, goals, and dreams, and how your daily habits will help you reach those dreams.
Be careful not to be overburdened with too many ideas or ways of doing this and that. Choose what will work for you.
5. The Corporate Sufi – Azim Jamal
Azim, a goodt friend of mine, writes about how to balance work, family and spiritual needs. This book illustrates how to fuse your life’s mission with your corporate mission using Sufi principles (a mix of old age Sufi philosophies and living and working in the 21st century). It’s one of those spiritual nourishing books.
6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
Kiyosaki may have gone bankrupt but that doesn’t mean his works are a mere sham and don’t work. There are some really good pointers in this book about saving and investing early; and I will tell you that they have worked for me and very many people I know.
7. The Leadership Imperative: What Innovative Business Leaders are doing today to create the successful companies of tomorrow – Robert Heller
A guideline to executives on what it will take to thrive in competitive global marketplaces. The book reveals the strategies of companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Ford, Chrysler, offering insight on the failures and successes, and how these companies attempted to cope with the challenges of the world today.
And of course being a DJ, you cannot miss a few books in my library about the art of ‘DJing’.
‘How to DJ Right’ and ‘Last Night a DJ Saved My Life – The History of The Disc Jockey’ by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton are among the few.
I’m an ‘oldskul’ guy and I thought I could learn how to DJ by reading books and mastering the process…but of course like any other DJ, I had to practice, practice and practice till I became good. Friends, you are lucky that material is easily available on the internet and you don’t even need to buy half of these books. You have no excuse when it comes to access of information.
All in all, remember your responsibility; use the knowledge and information you have gotten from these books and articles to better your life and attain success.
I believe that’s enough to get you started so all the best!