by Brady Pugh
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Something hugely influential in my life is reading. Whether it is fantasy, finance, sci-fi, religious, business related or a book on parenting, reading has shaped the course of my life. The lessons I’ve learned from books have helped develop me into the person I am today and definitely helped design our business model. Here are a few of the books I have specifically chosen to help us build our business here at 5 Sons Naturescapes.
The Total Money Makeover ~ Dave Ramsey
This book is a personal guide to finance laying out a game plan challenging many common beliefs about life, money, and debt. The seven step plan is easy in concept but challenging in practice because it is a long term behavioral shift about personal financial practices. This book started my quest to become financially literate and change the direction of my life long before the business began. We use what we learned as a principle to run our business debt free.
Entreleadership ~ Dave Ramsey
Entreleadership takes the practices of The Total Money Makeover and integrates it with Dave’s game plan for building a successful business. This book is excellent for anyone looking to start a business and wanting to understand the basics of being an entrepreneur and business owner. His “Momentum Theorem” is something I’ve applied to several aspects of my life. This book is absolutely essential reading when considering starting a business.
Outliers~ Malcolm Gladwell
I finished this book recently and it truly challenged my beliefs about natural abilities in relation to success. Gladwell’s premise says natural ability will only take a person so far and how location, culture, opportunity, and hard work are the driving factors determining a person’s overall success. He discusses the commonalities between success stories such as The Beatles and Bill Gates and discusses the practices of education within different cultures around the world. This is a very enlightening read for anyone looking to challenge their ideas about how to be successful.
The Ideal Team Player ~ Patrick Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni lays out the ideal team player model in this book. Humble, hungry, and smart are the three essential virtues he lists and how to propagate an effective team within your organization through hiring and culture. Lencioni starts all of his books with a narrative about a problem or issue within a fictional organization. The CEO and other executives work to correct these virtues in themselves in order to drive their business to the next level. His easy writing style makes his writings great for anyone looking to improve the organizational health of their business.
Who Moved My Cheese ~ Spencer Johnson
I love this book! This parable is all about how to deal with change in your work and life. “Cheese” is anything a person desires to have in life like money, relationships, a certain item or possession, health or spiritual peace of mind. “The Maze” in the book is where you look for what you want. The characters in the book run around this maze doing their best to make decisions despite drastic changes to their environment. This book is great for helping to ease the mind about changes a person may be facing and how to drive on to the next step.
Reading is important. I believe the books we read shape us and change us and help us become life-long learners.
I am issuing a challenge.
Pick up a book, any book, and read! A half-hour every day isn’t much but, it could be one of the most important moments of your day. Happy reading!
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