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Top 10 Productivity Books You Must Read to Prepare Yourself for Success

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2020 took an unexpected turn. With much of the population stuck at home in quarantine, and life not expected to return to normal until potentially the end of the year, even the most productive people are being forced to scale back their operations and expectations.

Whether you’re stuck at home, you’ve lost your job, or you’re working minimum hours to keep your job or business ticking over, this turbulent time can still be utilized to your advantage. Quarantine gives you the time you need to take a step back, examine your life and your prospects, and take steps to re-enter the business world with gusto.

Today, let’s take a look at 10 must-read books. We’ll examine some classics as well as the latest releases, and see how you can turn the year around with positive thinking and effective planning.

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Let’s start with a classic. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was written by author, businessman, and inspirational speaker Stephen Covey in 1989. To date, it has sold more than 25 million copies all over the world and continues to sell today.

The book is based on some fundamental productivity principles that apply across all professions and don’t change with time. Covey argues that if you see something that needs to be done, you should simply go ahead and do it. Throughout the book, he outlines 7 habits of the most effective people in business and helps you identify which tasks to undertake first.

If you’ve never read it, this is a perfect place to start!

2. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Entrepreneur, podcaster, and author Tim Ferriss wrote “The 4-Hour Workweek” in 2007, but like Covey’s book, it is still relevant today. Some criticize the author for never having worked in an office, but the book gives you an incredible insight into life as your own boss.

If you’re not looking to improve your performance at work, but instead want to establish yourself as a business owner or a freelancer, this is the book for you. It examines how you can become financially independent and work less than one day a week. It won’t be easy to do, but learning the tricks Ferriss used to achieve success will help!

“To enjoy life, you don’t need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren’t as serious as you make them out to be.” – Tim Ferriss

3. Summary of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

James Clear is a photographer, entrepreneur, and the author of “Summary of Atomic Habits”. His massive social media following is testament to the effectiveness of his book, which became a New York Times bestseller. 

The book examines big business ideas and how readers can achieve their goals. It’s an easy-to-read book with lots of actionable steps people can take every day. If you’re looking for an easy introduction to productivity, and a step-by-step guide that you can follow at your own pace, this is the best book to help you prepare for the rest of 2020.

4. There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game: Be the Best in the World at What You Do

Bo Eason isn’t a conventional productivity expert. A former professional American football player, Eason later became an actor and playwright and published his productivity book in 2019. “There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game” is the perfect 2020 read, looking at a four-step process to improve your character and integrity, and to take on board all the attributes required to be successful.

This isn’t just about how to build a business but serves as a guide to improve your own mental wellbeing and focus. It prepares you for great things!

5. How to Stop Procrastination in 10 Days

For some people, becoming a productive person isn’t just learning the skills to get stuff done; it’s a battle to defeat procrastination and the inability to focus. If you’re struggling to focus, Robert Marrat’s 2019 book “How to Stop Procrastinating in 10 Days” is the perfect 2020 read.

Whether you sit and read the entire thing in a day, or read the book over a series of days (or chilled afternoons in your garden!), you’ll learn how to motivate yourself to get up and do more. The list of anti-procrastination methods are particularly helpful, giving you easy goals to achieve and build on over time. 

6. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Originally published in 2001, David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” is still an excellent option for people looking to become more productive this year. As well as his series of online lectures, this book provides essential guidance on how to organize your tasks in a way that makes them easier to achieve.

Follow Allen’s guidance and you’ll learn key organization skills and discover how to create actionable work items out of all your current and planned projects. 

7. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

Laura Vanderkam is a successful podcaster and author, and her 2010 book “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” is a great way to learn time management. Vanderkam explains how, even between having a family and work, you can always find time to achieve your goals and work harder. 

Take her Time Tracking Challenge and follow the tips in the book, and you may even discover that you spend too much time on tasks that don’t require it! Oh, and by the way, Vanderkam endorsed the first book on this list by Stephen Covey!

8. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Charles Duhigg, gives you a unique take on learning productivity skills by sharing with you some of his most interesting stories and the lessons that came with them. Through his life in journalism, Duhigg discovered how to make the most out of his days and prepare for the future.

In the Power of Habit, Duhigg argues that the key to success is learning good habits. As he says, the golden rule of changing your habits is not extinguishing bad habits, but changing them. 

“Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.” – Charles Duhigg

9. The 5AM Club: Own Your Morning Elevate Your Life

Whether you’re a morning person or you want to become a morning person, this is the perfect read. Leadership expert Robin Sharma, introduced the 5AM Club concept two decades ago, but only published the self-help book in 2018 – and to much acclaim!

The book argues that heroes are made in the first few hours of the day, and encourages people to wake up early and get a head start on the day. Reading the book, you’ll learn how the mind is better prepared to get things done earlier on in the day, and you’ll even learn how to introduce a healthy sleeping schedule into your life. It’s a win-win!

10. Hyperfocus: How to Work Less and Achieve More

Finally, 2018’s “Hyperfocus: How to Work Less to Achieve More” is another fine choice. Written by Canadian productivity consultant Chris Bailey, who also has a series of great lectures published online, this book argues that in the digital age we are more overwhelmed while achieving less than ever. 

Read this book and you’ll learn how to disengage from the things that don’t matter and focus your energy in the most productive way. The book has received great reviews so far, and it’s perfect for people who are looking to change habits on a long-term basis. 

So, there we are! 10 fantastic books for you to read! These books will help improve your knowledge, your skills, and help you find new ways to run your business. 

Which book on this list is your favorite and why? Share your thoughts below!

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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