In my first solo episode in three and a half months and as a break from my Xmas content, I thought I’d spend this podcast sharing with you the five books that have made an impact on me and my business. You can always find me reading, I mostly have my head buried in novels, but when I started The Resilient Retail Club digging into business books keep me focused and helped me absorb info that has helped me work more productively and effectively.
First up is “Profit First” by Michael Michalowicz where he ultimately discusses why taking money out of your business is beneficial. Micheal touts the importance of making your business work for you by paying yourself from the very beginning.
My second recommendation is “The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber. Published in 1986, it’s a little dated in places but contains some solid gems when it comes to how you should go about structuring your business.
Third is the genuinely funny self-help book “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. As we all know, running your own business can be tough and Jen’s peppy book will kick you up the bum and help you to get back on track.
My fourth choice is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. A modern classic, this book shifted the way I thought about a lot of things and centres in on being productive and effective by focusing only on the variables that you can actually affect.
My final choice (bar a few extra’s I’ve slipped in) is “Atomic Habits” by James Clear – which I’d describe as life-changing. A practical guide on how to create good habits and break bad ones, it contains so many good tips to get you to where you want to be.
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Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine – Michael Michalowicz
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael E. Gerber
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do – Graham Allcott
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones – James Clear
Storybrand – Donald Miller
This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn To See – Seth Godin
Oversubscribed: How to Get People Lined Up to Do Business with You – Daniel Priestley
Hype Yourself – Lucy Werner