"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood"
Getting out there and pursuing that big dream can be tough! Especially when inspiration is dwindling, and there is not a single mentor in sight. No one quite understands your vision, and quite frankly, nobody has the time to listen, or even care. Harsh but true!
Its not that you don't have the drive, passion and motivation, in fact you probably have so much that it makes you weak at the knees! Mainly because you realize how little you know, and how much there is to learn! Where on earth do I even begin!? (enter that little voice of doubt in your head).
In this moment of confusion and a slew of other bizarre irrational emotions, it is very tempting to just dip your toe in, just enough so you don't feel out of your comfort zone, just enough not to fail, but also just enough that nothing magical really happens at all. Now take it from me, there is no quicker way to crush your own dreams, than to stay firmly planted in your comfort zone. In fact, your comfort zone is where all of your dreams will eventually go to die.
In this early but crucial phase of your journey, the best thing I can recommend doing is picking up a book. Not just any book, but a book based around your personal development. Here are the top five books that have helped push me forward when things felt impossible.
1: Be Obsessed Or Be Average - by Grant Cardone
This book is basically about how to dominate the F out of your day. Period. You either love or hate Grant Cardone, but there is no denying he knows how to write a book that gets you out of "what if" land and into a mindset of "I can do anything"!! Well worth the read if you need some pep in your step. Gotta love a rags to riches, no BS type of book.
2: The Compound Effect - by Darren Hardy
No gimmicks. No hyperbole. No magic bullet. This book is based on the simple principal that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will take you either to the life you desire or to disaster by default. This was actually the first book on personal development I ever read, and was the catalyst to my ongoing quest for self improvement.
3: The E Myth - by Michael E Gerber
For those of you who would prefer to get a bit technical, this is the book for you. This book talks about Strategy, Systems and Scaling solutions. I will not do it any more justice trying to sum it up here. The best thing is to set aside a good few days and try smash it out. Then go back for round two. Trust me, you will need round two! The more time you spend in your business, the more relevant this book becomes.
4: How To Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be - Jack Canfield
This book takes you on a deep introspective journey, that will challenge the way you view the world we live in. Jack Canfield shares the 25 attributes he credits for making his $80 million business a success. This excerpt stood out to me "the quickest way to hit a target is to fire, see where the bullet landed, and then adjust your aim accordingly". In other words - Ready, Fire, Aim! This is something all perfectionists need to hear, me being one of them! They just don't teach this stuff at school.
5: The One Thing - Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
Simple, yet effective. This book reveals the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results. Hint: Simplification. I wont say any more, at risk of ruining the way the message is eloquently laid out. I highly recommend this book if your "to do" list is as long as your arm.
So there you have it! Five books that have played a pivotal role in shaping the way I approach new challenges, in business and in life. So jump on Amazon and grab a couple to read.