Top 8 Books for Business Owners and Business Women

Next time you’re out looking at books keep an eye out for these and get them on your book shelf at home or in the office.  Some books can also give you great ideas for your business, next blog or give you tips on leaderships skills.  Sometimes I get a highlighter and mark the important parts in the book I may want to go back to at a later date.

 

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Ranked as one of the 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business”, Sheryl is the COO of Facebook and previously worked at Google. Her Lean In principle encourages women to be unafraid, find a mentor, and to promote themselves and other women. She discusses how she became successful in business, whilst maintaining a social life, relationship and having children. The book also deals with imposter syndrome and believing that you are good enough to “take a seat at the table” instead of cowering at the back and letting others take the credit.

Her forthright and go-get attitude makes this an incredibly motivational book.

 

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki

This fascinating book tells the true story of a boy learning valuable life and business lessons from his real father on a low income and his best friend’s wealthy dad. Each of the men taught him to achieve financial independence and has constantly been on bestseller lists since its release in 1997.

The author encourages the reader to learn a little about a lot and to be in control of your emotions – and not to let fear, opinion or judgement stop you making decisions and taking chances. Believe in yourself.

 

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

For most people who have read it, this book is a game-changer. It teaches you how to achieve your goals by thinking outside every single box, how to deal with emails so that they don’t overwhelm you and how to free up your time in ways you never knew were possible.

This is a man who became a national kickboxing champion because he found a loophole in the rules. He looks at life differently and some of his methods will have you wondering why you never thought of them yourself.

So grab a highlighter pen and start reading. Trust me, you will need the highlighter…

 

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

This book explains very clearly why some companies succeed and others fail.

It may sound simple but your business operations and revenue could drastically improve by doing things differently and discarding certain aspects completely.

The author encourages you to constantly experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. So don’t be afraid to fail, as it will lead to valuable lessons and future successes.

Innovation and change are vital to a business’s success and The Lean Startup has become one of the best resources on the market.

 

Start with “Why”: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

According to Sinek, starting with the “why” is the best first step for any businessperson, then the “how” and finally the “what”. He goes on to describe how inspiring people is more effective than manipulating them. He is also known for public speaking and interviews where he relates to modern day problems, body language and why he feels so sorry for millennials.

His book focuses on the importance of the “why” as it gives you a sense of purpose first and foremost, which is crucial for any business owner.

 

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is the oldest book in the list, dating back to 1936. It’s regularly placed in lists of the most influential books ever published.

The author’s techniques and lessons will help you to increase your earning power, win people over to your way of thinking and make you a better speaker, both in business and social circles.

One of the most important aspects is the communication skills to have when it comes to handling complaints, avoiding arguments and dealing with potential clients.

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey

This self-help book has sold over 25 million copies and it’s easy to see why. The author was even invited to Camp David by Bill Clinton to advise him on how to incorporate the principles of the book into Clinton’s presidency. The book is split into ways to achieve independence, interdependence and continuous improvement.

It focuses on effective ways to Do, Plan, Delegate and Eliminate.

 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap & Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Using a large research team that studied 6,000 articles, Collins identified seven characteristics that can turn a good company into a great one.

One of the best pieces of advice he offers is to get the right people on your team and then move them around within the business until it runs optimally.

He also talks about having a genuine passion for what you do, as well as actual skill in it. You can’t have one without the other.

He offers examples of those companies that managed the step up too great, those that couldn’t sustain it once there, and the ones that never moved from simply being “good”.

 

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What enticed me to buy this book? I wanted to know what the project is, I’m always trying to stick to a budget and I thought this book may have some tips for me to make things easier or to get a new insight.

Who would this book be good for?  Everyone and anyone wanting to improve their financial position without using their wages.

Was it easy to read?  Very simple to read, it has a nice flow.

Are there any beneficial points in the book? There are heaps, I was actually happy to find out I’ve already put some of these things into practice over the past years at times.  Also heaps of introductory information for investing in trades, which I knew nothing about.

What country is the book based in, where do they live? Sydney, Australia.

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Book cost? I bought this at Singapore Airport on the way back from a holiday in Phuket, if I brought 5 books I got 1 for free, it went in hand considering I wasn’t going to have much money when I flew back home after this holiday. It was $34.99

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How many pages? 208 pages including the Acknowledgments, there’s even some blank pages at the rear which I think would be great if you want to make some notes and create a course of action.

Any graphics and diagrams?  There are some graphs on page 120 & 121. And a table with figures on page 126.  These are in the sharing shares section, being chapter 7, to help understand investing. Some gel branding images on front and back cover.

My favorite paragraph or quote? There are heaps of quotes or what I like to call “highlighted sentences” in this book. My favorite page 80.  “Be selective, focus on what’s really special to you, and make sure you’re only spending on things that you love”.

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Was there anything confusing? For me the Shares section, only because it’s all really new to me, but when I’m ready to purchase shares I’d do my homework first and pull this book back out and read that section again.

Does the title match the content? It definitely does.

Does the synopsis (summary) on the rear of the book match the content and title? Yes, it gives a clear insight of what’s to come, but it was different to what I was expecting.

Anything else? Frugal February- great idea! But you don’t have to do February, pick a month that is best suited to you and your lifestyle, e.g. If it’s your Birthday this month or a number of family members birthdays then I would pick a different month.

Did the book make me laugh? Not exactly, it’s more of an educational book, though there are many heartfelt stories in this one, I love the section at the back with her follower’s tragedy to triumph stories from following the project.

 

I fly in a lot of planes and work in a remote area giving me time to read, this is not a paid review, I have come across this book and many others and have been inspired to start blogging about them, especially now I have so many friends asking me for recommendations.
~R.Bennett, Founder of Fembuiz Directory

Self Development is Key – Find the time

I am a huge believer in self development, without it I believe you will not live a full-filling life and some even struggle, you may find it hard to make ends meet or to understand how to move on from one thing to the other in life and end up working a Groundhog Day job.  I love a challenge, I love to learn, experience new things in life and be creative.  Every chance I get to learn or take on a new course of study I take it, I’ve studied around working horrible shift worker 12 hour rosters, all you need is determination and to pick something of interest.

You might think you don’t have enough time or your busy with the kids and up keeping the house, take the time to research ideas first on how to improve things and make things easier for yourself and the family, there is many blogs out there with great ways on how to make life easier or how to work around things to save you time, all you may need is just another persons perspective.

There are many ways out there to do self development, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars and years at Uni, there’s self help books out there such as “Make it Happen” by Michelle Bridges, a bit about my past, I always hated reading books growing up, I never had the patience to sit down and read, I still can’t get into fiction books, but I picked up this book at the airport when I was dreading having to fly back to work wondering what can I grab to distract me this swing, how am I going to make it through another swing, shortly after I turned 31, I was going through a Nervous break down, the fifo company I worked for flew me home as I was showing high levels of Anxiety, and had to go through a number of counselling sessions to come back to work (bad workplace relationship it’s a long story and I’m not allowed to talk about it, I’m still physically and mentally healing from it) I couldn’t get my head out of this book and it got me back into the gym, I’ve now made it my goal to run regularly, I hated running until now, now I love it, you need fitness for work if you want to have a great quality of life and career. I completely understand and agree with what Michelle says in this book, It’s a great read and there is many more out there by her and other authors as well I can’t keep my head out of books now. It’s also been great having great role models in my up bringing such as Tanya Spencer who has turned her bad life experiences into Life Coaching for others, she has spent thousands on training to accomplish this, she will soon be listed as a Fembuiz.

You can also take on small courses, their listed everywhere these days, I’ve done short photography courses ran by professional photographers who have done the hard yards at Uni, or go to TAFE, I’ve done photography there as well, a part-time course over 6months, one 3 hour session every week is all it took and at the end you have a certificate to add to your portfolio, it’s not even expensive.

There’s also online courses, I’ve done one with Open Colleges and they have different payment plans, I’ve just signed up to another one a month ago so now I will be working a fifo roster, starting up this new business Fembuiz Directory and studying. If I’m not studying I just don’t feel as though I’m getting the best out of life, there is so much hidden knowledge out there, you just have to search for it. The world is my Oyster, Mmmmmmmm Oysters.

You might take on a course of study that your passionate about then halfway through think it’s not what you want anymore it’s been a waste of money – I think this is fear a lot of people take on that stops them from wanting to enrol in a course, even if this happens keep going and finish the course, this is knowledge that you now have, this will never be a waste of money, you would of still gotten something useful out of the course, still put it on your resume, employers love to see that your actively minded even if it’s nothing to do with the job your applying for, and this is also something to look out for when hiring new staff. You may not use that knowledge now but you may need it one day, it’s never a waste. When you do finish that course, if your passionate about it or not you will still have that great feeling of achievement, your passion may change into something else or you may turn that passion into a business, my Dad always told me that if you do something that you enjoy and your passionate about you will never have to work a day in your life, some people know know what their passionate about straight away some people it takes a few trial and errors or even a U-bolt in the opposite direction.

You can always take on a small course before you take on the big one to test out how passionate you are about that subject or ask a company if you can do a day of volunteer work to see what it’s like and get some inside information or just to get those feel good vibes before spending that money and signing up, then when you do the course you have a little head start for yourself.

If your employer ever offers to put you through training take it, don’t see it as an insult and don’t be scared that you might fail, there is heaps of help out there such as tutors or asking another staff member to assist you, sometimes courses cost hundreds or even thousands and it’s you that gets that certificate at the end, not the company, you did it, you own it, but they paid for it, win win situation. I once approached my employer and said I wanted to do the Accounting Clerical & Finance course at the local TAFE, this involved 1 night class every week for 6 months and a lot of studying around work to keep up with it, it was a lot harder then I thought and chewed up a lot of my free hours, I completed it but I didn’t want to take Accounting up a profession, numbers were haunting me in my sleep, even though I could do my book keeping myself I hire someone else to do it as my time is more valuable and I’d rather hire an expert who can do it better then me, but I still have that knowledge and can understand what she’s on about, in most cases.

It’s incredible the amount of ways to Self-develop these days, I actually budget for it, you could budget thousands yearly or you could budget $30 a month for a book, if your really strapped for cash there’s facebook pages, blogs, websites, or tutorials, YouTube is amazing for this, I say “Ask Google” a lot, I’m dead certain google knows everything but you must be weary as anyone these days can put anything on the internet, always read into a number of websites or articles on the same topic in case it’s contradicting then judge for yourself.

Happy learning fellow Fembuizers.  From the Fembuiz Honcho – Rebecca Bennett