Read these Books to Bring Your Business to the Next Level – Our top 5 choices for 2020
Mark Twain famously said, “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” As a small business owner, you’re responsible for your own professional development. Reading the right books to level up your business is a great start. The trick is selecting those titles from the sea of business and self-help books that saturate the marketplace.
We’ve got five suggestions to share with you. Focusing our selections on titles released this year, here are our top five recommendations for your reading list.
Small and Steady!
To start things off, we’d like to introduce you to B.J. Fogg’s Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything. In these pages, readers are offered a new approach to making changes in their lives. The goal of this book is to help readers embrace the value of tiny changes, or as Fogg says, “tiny is mighty.” Rather than inadvertently, but inevitably, set yourself up for failure by approaching change in a big way, keep your steps small to stay the course.
Declutter Your Office and Headspace
In this book, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life, celebrated author and organization guru, Marie Kondo, collaborates with Scott Sonenshein to provide expert guidance on the art of decluttering. Between practical tips like Kondo’s 3 rules on how to store papers to Sonenshein’s philosophical statements like “Disagreements don’t always make a mess,” the reader is offered a wealth of advice to help elevate their professional life.
3, 2, 1, Lift Off!
Good news! You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to launch a better version of your business. Ozan Varol’s, Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life comes highly recommended by Bill Gates and Malcolm Gladwell, among other notable thought leaders. Varol is a former rocket scientist who shares 9 strategies with the reader that recast what seems impossible into definitely doable.
Professional Happiness by Design
Starting your small business was the dream but some days it feels like a drag. We get it. We’ve all been there. Fortunately, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans have the solutions and strategies that support ultimate job satisfaction. A highly anticipated follow up to 2016’s Designing Your Life, Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work recognizes that “We all want our days infused with meaning and impact.” In order to do this, the reader will learn how to get unstuck and make work work for them, no matter where they are on their career path or what they do for a living.
Prevent Problems with Practical Solutions
Rather than react to problems, Dan Heath urges the reader in Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen to reevaluate the nature of a problem and how we respond to it. Heath’s insights come from the hundreds of interviews he conducted with unconventional problem solvers that focus on problem prevention, rather than solution.
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