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The world we are living in now is very different from the one that past generations have grown up in. Let’s be real-it is nowhere close, technology has allowed us to grow immensely and with it, it has reshaped the way creating a business works. In a business world that has become very competitive, thanks also to the digital age, it becomes critical to develop a new mindset and framework that goes beyond the conventional business thinking. We need new tools to understand how this world works, and how to maneuver it, so that we may be successful working within it.
That is why we are going to talk about The Best Business Books for 2019 and why you should read them. To start off our list we have:
Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies is a book written by Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn Co-founder) and Chris Yeh, is the perfect book for that.
At its core, Blitzscaling is a process of massive growth in an uncertain environment. It shows you the path toward building multi-billion dollar companies but also how to think in a more unconventional way. At the same time, Blitzscaling suggests an interesting perspective on how to look at business model innovation as a key ingredient for any organization success!
Measure What Matters
John Doerr is a venture capitalist and among the early investors of Google. He developed over the years a framework for goal setting which is aimed at helping any organization find the proper way to set goals and achieve strategic results for the sustainable growth of the business.
Indeed, early Googlers are among the companies that used his system, called OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) for setting, communicating and monitoring their goals during a process of hypergrowth! If you need a leadership process for your organization, this is the book for you!
The 10X Rule
The best thing about this book is its unconventional way to look at goal setting where most people will tell you to set reasonable, achievable goals. Grant Cardone suggests you to think in terms of 10X. In short, you want to set such ambitious goals that you’ll need massive action to get there.
That massive action will also make you think in an unconventional way. Indeed, when you switch your mindset from classic business goal setting to 10X, it changes everything! You look for a way to consistently grow your business at 10-100X levels, which requires you to escape competition – or to crash it.
At the same time even when you get halfway through your 10X goal, you’ve already achieved massive success. That’s the book for you if you want to get there!
Tools of Titans
Action without reflection is like steering a boat that is about to go adrift. In other words, it is essential to act, but also to take the time to reflect and study. That is going to make your actions way more efficient.If you are looking for a tool that can boost your effectiveness in the real world, there is no better book than Tim Ferris’ “Tools of Titans.”
This is a book about health, wealth, and wisdom (the book comprises three sections). Tools of Titans is the distilled knowledge of over 200+ guests interviewed in more than two decades at “The Tim Ferris Show,” one of the best podcasts currently available for business and lifestyle. What makes Tools of Titans unique? Most of the content of the book is actionable. Ready for use. In other words, if you are looking to transform your life, that is a fantastic way to start.
Homo Deus isn’t designed as a business book. Yet it will benefit you in many ways. Harari, the author, is a historian but most of all an avid practitioner of Vipassana Meditation. This is a practice taught in India for over 2,500 years, which main aim is to allow to see things as they are. There is nothing esoteric, mystic or religious about this practice. Instead, this is a way of detaching your mind from your thoughts and stop identifying yourself with your mind. By practicing Vipassana, Harari also developed a way to see the reality, that will blow your mind.
What makes Homo Deus unique? In the complex world in which we live it is impossible to predict what is going to happen tomorrow. Harari’s account in Homo Deus explores the likely scenarios that will shape our world in the next century.
Reading these books will help give you new eyes that you can use to look at the business world like never before, they will make you wiser and help you make decisions in whatever endeavors you undertake in the future.