Best Business Books for Summer Reading
Summer is often a time for outdoor activity. Our business projects and tasks get left by the wayside for barbeques and nighttime chats with friends and family. Here’s a great way to keep the guilty feelings at bay while you’re watching the little ones splash in the pool.
I found five great personal and business best reads to keep you in the mind of growing your business or better time management.
The list has great business building books to help the entrepreneur use time more wisely and create a better business opportunity for success.
So grab your copy on Kindle, Audible or old fashioned paper and enjoy. Links go to Amazon through an affiliate program
‘Principles’ by Ray Dalio
Simon & Schuster
Ray Dalio is well known for leading the highly unusual and sometimes controversial philosophy of “radical truth” and “radical transparency” in which Dalio lays out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams.
Imagine creating “baseball cards” for all your employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses. What would your card look like?
‘Principles’ brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions. This must-read offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone starting a business can apply.
#1 New York Times Bestseller
“Significant…The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving.” — The New York Times
‘Applied Empathy’ by Michael Ventura
In a world of hypersensitivity to words, actions, and social statements, applied empathy is crucial. That is why I sought out this book by Michael Ventura. Many believe empathy is the same as sympathy or pity. There is a popular misconception that being an empathetic business owner means you’re weak and ineffective. Ventura explains thatempathy is a sign of good leadership.
Empathy is not about being nice. It’s about understanding— your consumers, your colleagues, and yourself.
Ventura and his team have taught at Princeton University. Their teaching promotes how to make lasting connections with your business team. The book also dives into how to make lasting connections with your brand, create value.
‘Off the Clock’ by Laura Vanderkam
I am a person who values time above all other currencies.Yes! Time is a currency. The only difference is we can’t make more of it. Yet we spend hours, days, and months with cluttered calendars and loss in productivity. That’s why I use my“Zone Planning Guide”and task managing software to help me stay on track. That’s why I was thrilled to find this book.
Off the Clock is the perfect poolside read since you are OFF THE CLOCK! Learn how to adjust your schedule to create a life that is productive and enjoyable in the moment.
Vanderkam reveals seven counterintuitive principles the most time-free people have adopted. The book reveals mindset shifts to help you feel calm and on control. Vanderkam reveals how you can get more done without feeling overwhelmed. The strategies in this book can help if your life feels out of control.You can apply these tools to your business if you want to take your startup or online business to the next level of success.
‘In Praise of Wasting Time’ by Alan Lightman
If you’re like me, you hate wasting time. It is ingrained in our culture that to be successful, we must carve up each waking hour and schedule tasks into efficient blocks of time. I do it! That’s why this book was of interest to me.
Lightman explains a great deal of evidence suggests there is great value in “wasting time.”
Letting minutes and even hours go by without scheduled activities helps the mind. Explore how you can help your mind and creative juices by wasting time.
‘My Morning Routine’ by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander
I’m not an early riser. You won’t see me starting the day at 4 am with a power drink and jog. On the other hand, I wake up before my alarm at 7:30 and plan my day. Usually, that planning starts with petting my cat for 20 minutes. Some people like to meditate while others exercise. I enjoy spending that bonding time quietly appreciating my pet and the sun shining in the window.
Morning routines create daily success. But which one is right for you? Which one will lead you to success in your life or business?
Spall and Xandershare the stories of successful people and their diverse morning routines. ‘My Morning Routine’will show you how to get into a routine that works for you. Learn how to develop the habits that will move you forward in your business and personal life.
Discover how the intentions we set in the morning help us accomplish great things each day.