5 books from 2016 that all business owners should read


Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body – Joseph Addison

If your New Year’s resolution is to read more, then this round up should be right up your street! We’ve compiled a list of 2016’s best new releases for small business owners – from inspirational development books to practical marketing tips.

Grit – The Power and Passion of Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

In this New York Times bestseller psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that grit, rather than intelligence or innate talent, is the real predicator to success. Put simply, grit is tenacity – the ability to power on in the face of obstacles. What’s more, Duckworth believes that all of us have the ability to increase our inner grit. If you’re feeling somewhat dispirited after 2016 this is a great read to fire you up for the coming year.

Hell Week: Seven days to be your best self – Erik Bertrand Larssen

If you want to start 2017 with a bang and are up for a challenge, then Hell Week may be the book for you! In just 7 days, Larssen states that you can recalibrate your life and discover that you are capable of far more than you thought possible. An ex paratrooper, Larssen takes a military approach to self development, which involves pushing yourself to the brink with exercise, getting out of your comfort zone, even staying up all night.

Deep Work – Cal Newport

This is one for the smartphone addicts – the people who can’t get through an email without checking Facebook, the people who hold a conversation with one eye on their texts.  After noticing that most of us spend our time in a state of ‘shallow work’, never being truly productive, Newport began to investigate how we can transition into a state of deep work, a distraction free state of complete focus. This book aims to bring more deep focus to your life, allowing you to streamline your work, and become more productive into the bargain. 

The Conversion Code: Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales – Chris Smith

Have a website but not sure of its value?  You might want to check out Chris Smith’s book, full of actionable tips for getting more out of your online presence. This book is designed to be a practical guide – meaning it contains a solid blueprint for generating leads and closing sales. It also covers how to track your website visits and sales – making it perfect for internet novices, as well as seasoned digital marketers.

Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money – Pat Flynn

Do you have an idea that you’re convinced will take your business to the next level, but are unsure about if it will work? This book provides a workable way to assess new business ideas, ensuring that you don’t invest in something that turns out to be a flop. A great resource if you’re considering a new venture, or even looking to realign strategy in your current company.

What are your top business reads? Let us know on Twitter @switchmybiz

 

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