Scientists has revealed that our brain is capable of reorganizing itself. This concept of neuroplasticity revolves around the idea of a flexible mind, which is in direct contrast to an old school belief that we have an innate fixed mindset. This older concept is baffling because it suggests that we cannot adjust in the way we think, act, and respond. It implies that “once a loser, always a loser,” which has been disproven time and again.
Shaking off this old concept will work in your favor, especially if you are in business. Changing your mindset into a “growth or success mindset” will free your intelligence skills and you will see new ways to run your business. No more limitations in considering innovative approaches and strategies because of a new and fresh attitude of “can do!”
In business, one of the secret to success is not allowing anyone to box you in – including yourself. This mindset will give you the courage to delegate, empower your employees, and be open to new technology.
You can start a success mindset by reading on it, staying curious, keeping physically fit, adopting a benchmark to track your progress, and being willing to celebrate the success of others because a spirit of generosity will always work in your favor.
Here are five excellent books that will boost your determination to grow your business by focusing on a success mindset.
By: Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a financial book originally written by Napoleon Hill. It motivates individual through sharing the stories of millionaires and what has led them to succeed in life, where it also answers the question, “What makes a winner?” This book encourages people to set their mind to being successful in their chosen path. This updated 21st century edition shares the experience of famous millionaires and billionaires like Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, and how they reached such extraordinary success.
The first edition of this book was written in 1937 and it has sold over 15 million copies to date. The ideas in this book are essentially the gist of what you can find in the 2006 bestseller, The Secret.
Hill has been tagged as many names from innovative author to scoundrel because he has made controversial decisions in his personal and professional life. However, that cannot take away from the fact that a number of today’s very successful industry leaders have read his self-help book and benefitted from his views, including Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking in 1952.
By: Steven Covey
Written by Steven Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was first published in 1990. This book tackles the balance of personal and professional effectiveness, from which true success comes. But before completing the said seven habits, you need to perform first the so-called “paradigm shift,” in which you change your view of how the world works. By accomplishing these changes, there will be a shift in how you perceive time management, productivity, and positive thinking.
Covey was a born teacher, leader and one of Time’s 25 most influential Americans. This book is considered one of the most powerful books of the 20th century, having sold over 20 million copies and translated in 38 languages. As a self-help management book, Covey wrote about the “true north,” which describes universal and timeless character and ethics. One of the profound beliefs of Covey was “Every child is a leader” who can make a difference in the world.
This book espouses the principle that change can happen but only if you make it habitual and, to be effective, you have to know in your heart what you believe in and seek – with true conviction and honesty.
Reading this book will help you start a new chapter in your life with a success mindset. It has worked for many people before you and will continue to be relevant for many more years to come.
By: Stephen Guise
Mini Habits is a book that tells you how small things could make a huge impact in your life. Every small habit, especially if it is positive, will result in bigger and unexpected things. Reading this book probably changes your views in life, and accepting your flaws is the key to your personal development. This is a good book for people starting a business where bigger results always stem from making mini habits.
Guise is a minimalist Millennial who likes straight talk. His book became a bestseller and has been translated in 17 languages. It promotes unconventional ideas that are results driven and very doable. It’s a great read for procrastinators, even though the book is not an original idea. Guise just conveys it in a way the Millennial and younger generation can understand. It is a book that comes highly recommended by professional coaches and business executives.
Guise, who is graduated in 2010 with a degree in Finance, will be the first to admit that he had many bad habits growing up. He faced multiple rejections in his search for a job and his struggles helped him find his way to writing.
This book has the power to change your outlook and make you believe that success is possible by taking mini steps.
By: Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit talks about why habits exist and how they control our brain. The mission of this book is to free us from habits that enslave us. The book is a combination of scientific studies and journalistic interviews, some of which are based on personal experiences. The Power of Habit aims to transform people on the personal level, our communities, and businesses through the new science.
Duhigg is a Pulitzer awardee as a reporter for the New York Times, as well as an author. His 2013 piece on Apple entitled “The iEconomy” was the prize-winning article for explanatory reporting. He is a History graduate from Yale University and earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School. According to Duhigg, his inspiration for his book came in 2011 when he was buried in work, deadlines, and the birth of his second child. He decided to call an author he respected highly who was always busy and productive yet calm and relaxed. His question? “How do you do it?” And the rest, as they say, is history.
Duhigg espouses a better, more efficient way of being productive in order to enjoy a balanced, happier life. This formula has proven to work for many readers and continues to be a book that is highly recommended, especially for business owners.
By; Darren Hardy
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster shares the reason why small businesses tend to fail and these reasons are not actually caused by external, but rather internal, factors. It has been found that failure rate assumptions neglect the fact that failures are not due to economics but are more emotion based. The book prepares you to be an entrepreneur wherein you will encounter an emotional roller coaster. There will be a lot of fears, doubts, and pains of rejection, but this book will guide you to have a thrilling ride towards success.
Darren Hardy – or “Master of Influence” as he is called – is a sought-after keynote speaker and author, and started his own business at age 18. However, after two years, he turned to the personal development and self-help industry. He was at the helm of Success Magazine for almost ten years.
Through his 25 years of promoting the personal self-help success formula, he has maintained that because he has learned the power of exclusivity, he is in the perfect position to teach you how to defy the odds, make an impact, and be successful.
This is great reference book to own if you plan to start a business or grow your business. It is one of the top entrepreneurship books today.