MY FAVORITE BOOKS
Bird by Bird
Anne Lamott’s compendium of instructions on writing is a superb blessing for any passionate writer. The book uncovered some nuggets via personal stories blended with humour. Lamott insists that to become a superb writer, you have to write more and don’t judge your competence based on your first drafts. You will have terrible first drafts. The earlier you know that, the better for you. For storytellers, Lamott’s advice is to keep writing until you unravel the hidden gems – the profiles of your characters, the dialogue forms, the setting and many more.
Zero to One
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
This is a goldmine of resources for anyone that is about the test the waters of digital marketing. It’s a very interactive book and Hyatt’s practical approach is amazing. It contains guidelines on how to start your personal blog, how to make money from your blog and the legal way of marketing digital products. I read this book before starting my blog and I personally recommend it to anyone that’s about to tow the same path.
The Psychology of Selling
If you want to master the art of selling, this is the book for you. Selling is a tough job but Tracy made it look very simple with his proven principles. This book is a compendium of ideas, methods, strategies, and techniques that you can use to sell anything. It explores the psychology of selling, how to make appointments, and how to convert leads to buyers. You will make more sales faster and easier.
Rich Dad Poor Dad
It’s really not about the amount of money you make but your ability to manage money. If you want to be in control of your financial future and make money work for you, reading Kiyosaki’s book is a great starting point. This is a bundle of inspiring stories and principles that will give you a winning mindset towards personal finance. Everyone wants more money but it takes an investment in financial education to gain mastery of strategies that make financial freedom possible. Get a copy for yourself, your spouse and your kids.
I Will Teach You to Be Rich
JEAN GREAVES & TRAVIS BRADBERRY
The Lean Startup
Eric Reis unravelled compelling arguments to lay the solid foundation of the Lean Startup method. The method seeks to help entrepreneurs conserve resources as they experiment with their ideas. The process discussed in this book holds innovators accountable in the midst of uncertainty. The principles for the Lean Startup method are: (i) Entrepreneurs are everywhere. (ii) Entrepreneurship is management. (iii) Validated learning. (iv) Build-Measure-Learn. (v) Innovation accounting. These principles constantly test the drive behind the leaps of faith that often feed innovators with blind optimism about the prospect of their products or services. He did this with several practical examples in real-life business. I had an interesting time reading this one. It’s a classic that is meant to be read four times.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
JOHN C. MAXWELL
John Maxwell is a leadership guru with a wealth of experience on the subject. This book contains ideas that will create a spark of revolution in your mind. You will learn practical insights on how to be a successful leader in your sphere. Plus, the 21 Laws are relatable, simple, workable, and comprehensible.
Footprints in Time
I was literally fired up by this book. Fired up to make an impact! Fired up to fulfill destiny! Fired up to help others! Fired up to leave footprints in the sands of time! He shared stories of seven path makers who left the world with an eternal legacy. He talked about Florence Nightingale, Booker T. Washington and Winston Churchill. Get a copy and find out the remaining four.
Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do
Life can be very tough sometimes and Schuller has shown us how to survive the trying moments. This book is filled with nuggets on how to imbibe positive thinking and seeing possibilities in the midst of glaring impossibilities. Winners never quit and if you want to keep winning at everything you do, get a copy of Schuller’s book.
If you are on the verge of publishing your first book, this is a must-read for you. Bolt will guide you from a blank page to publishing your work. This book will show you proven ways on how to save money on editing, book production, and many more. It will also show you different kinds of launch strategies you can use when it’s time to place your book before your readers.
The Elements of Style
WILLIAM STRUNK Jr. & E.B. WHITE
This is simply the Bible of English Grammar – it highlights the elementary rules of usage, elementary principles of composition, a library of expressions commonly misused and approach to style. If you are passionate about writing, please get a copy of this book and read it. The language used is very simple and the principles are timeless.
30 Days To A More Powerful Vocabulary
DR. WILFRED FUNK & NORMAN LEWIS
Powerful speakers and successful writers are masters of words. Building a strong and rich vocabulary is compulsory for any writer or speaker that wants to make a meaningful impact. In just 30 days, you will learn how to make words your slaves, how to find the right words to say exactly what you mean. Now, to the icing on the cake – you will learn how to pronounce words properly especially the difficult ones. Reading this book will take you a step closer to becoming a lively conversationalist.
Free Prize Inside: How to Make a Purple Cow
This is a blockbuster from a renowned thought leader in marketing and business, Seth Godin. This book takes you on a journey of creating irresistible products and services. Godin shows practical ways of getting ahead in a competitive industry without wasting millions of dollars in advertising. Asides learning how to create a free prize you’ll learn how to sell it in a compelling way.
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers
ALEXANDER OSTERWALDER & YVES PIGNEUR
This is more than a book but a handbook and an encyclopedia of simple but practical steps for designing business models that work in the 21st century. It’s a book for visionaries, game-changers, innovators, challengers, entrepreneurs, and creatives with a zest to build enterprises that last. The book was co-created by an amazing crowd of 470 practitioners from 45 countries; it offers diverse views from different sectors from a business standpoint. If you want to start a business or improve the one you have, then go get your copy now and thank me later.
No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline
As human beings, we are wired to follow paths of least resistance thinking that success is a product of luck or perhaps a proceed of great talent. Tracy elucidates on the lives of highly successful people and how they achieve success – through a sheer measure of self- discipline. This book will open your eyes to how you can practically be more disciplined in all the major areas of your life. It’s time to kill your excuses, let Tracy help you!