I’m a lover of reading, it’s my current way to escape from the world. There are times I get really sad if I’m unable to make time to read a book. My newest favorite thing to do is to read “classic” books. When I lived in Atlanta a couple of years ago, I didn’t have cable, so I spent my weekends watching classical 80’s movies as well as movies by specific actors. It makes you appreciate everything because you see how things use to be. I learned so much from classic books.
This book has all types of jewels in it for business owners that need a guide. The two lessons I learned from it were, to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who want to constantly learn, and to pay yourself 10% of what you make. I meet so many women who don’t have emergency funds for their business or personal life.
How To Win Friends and Influence Them
When I jog in the morning, if I am not consumed with my thoughts, I am listening to books. I jog five miles so that’s a plethora of information I can gather during the duration of my workout. This is one of the books I have listened to over and over. If you’re in business you need to have friends, and more than that, you should be a strong influence in their lives and vice versa.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
After hearing great things about Deepak Chopra’s book, I immediately started reading it. I am a firm believer that success is tied to my relationship with Christ. You have to be tapped into a source and be guided by it. You manifest your success by your actions and thoughts.
Right before reading “The Richest Man In Babylon”, I read this book. It was a great book to read. Your thoughts have a lot to do with your success. If you’re consumed with making money and not making a contribution to society, you will always be chasing money versus making money effortlessly. Aligning your thoughts is imperative.
Zig Ziglar taught me amazing secrets to selling my products and services. This is one of my favorite books to give new business owners. Every small business owner is a salesperson regardless of what they think. If you don’t want your business to be an expensive hobby, you need to make sales, or better yet, you need to learn how to close a sale.
My dad wanted to help me get rich by encouraging me to be an athlete, that’s why I started playing golf at 8 years old. My parents had plans for me to be some ruthless, corporate lawyer, who handled mergers and acquisitions. I thought I would become that at some point, too. As one of my sweet sixteen gifts he gave me a copy of this book. I also got a luggage set. I was traveling to Denver for a military leadership camp (insert crying emoji). See, my dad was not playing. So many things have been learned from this book. I revisit it from time to time.
This is a true classic book written in 1913 by Sun Tzu. This book can seem very basic to some but that is because most people don’t want to comprehend the basics. They want to fly before they can crawl, walk or drive. This book is a truly great on strategic planning that can be applied to your daily life in work or dealing with people.
These are just some of my favorite classic, old school books that have brought me so much insight and that have helped me to grow my business. What are your favorite old school books to read for business?
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