New year New Me? How about you put your money where your mouth is? Here are the 5 business books that helped me maximize my efforts in 2016. (p.s. I read a ton.. these books were the best return on my time.)
1. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage
by Daymond John
Having money doesn't guarantee success and being broke doesn't mean that you're out of the game. Daymond John's The Power of Broke is a testament to that. What I love about this book is that it promotes tenacity above all else and shows you real world examples of entrepreneurs who thrived when they had nothing but the shirt on their back.
Want to learn how to be creative and tenacious? This is for you.
by Dan Fleyshman
While most business books start off by trying to give you an full autobiography on why they're qualified to teach you the material they're passing along, Dan Fleyshman's How to Set-Up Your Business for Under $1000 get's straight to the point.
He covers how to set up a business plan, how to find help when you don't have a ton of capital, and has a full resource list for everything from outlining your ideas to accounting and marketing sites to help your growing business.
This is one of the best books to get your business started if you have no idea where to begin.
by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury and Bruce Patton
Negotiating with clients can feel like a burden or even make you feel ill. Getting to Yes: Negotiation Without Giving In outlines the art of how to negotiate effectively in any situation, whether that's professionally or personally.
No one wants to feel like they're not getting their way on both sides of a disagreement. This book discusses how to understand where and when to compromise and precisely when and where to stand your ground.
This has been one of my favorite books to reference when negotiating contracts.
by Grand Cardone
This book was a recommendation by Miguel Quiles and I absolutely cannot thank him enough for it. Simply put, you want to put ten times more effort than what you think it's going to take to get the job done.
For instance, if you want to make $50,000 per year, work like you're trying to earn $500,000. If you think it's going to take you 10 days to accomplish something, work with the 10 times the effort it would take so that you can accomplish it with better success.
Commit to anything you want to do with 10x the effort and reap the rewards.
by Ryan Blair
I picked up Ryan Blair's first book Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur at the airport before a long flight. It was an instant favorite. The book details Ryan's struggles growing up as a gang member, getting into a array of altercations and finally finding his first mentor who taught him the value of a positive life style.
Ryan's second book, Rock Bottom to Rock Star details how anyone can do the same. He details the tenacity it takes to succeed, how struggle is a real world problem and also how to make it out of those difficult situations. One of my favorite aspects of the book is his vision on how to make a comeback when things aren't necessarily going your way.
Want a book that is going to teach you how to fight your way to the top? This is the one for you.