I was asked the other day which books I have found the most beneficial in building the business.
These are my top 3 recommendations. The books I think I have gained the most value from in building Clara James Tutoring:
“Will it make the boat go faster” by Ben Hunt-Davis.
Amazing, is possible the best adjective I can use to describe this book. The book looks at the idea of focus. Taking your key goal and asking every day and every time you do something: is what I am going to do, help to get me to my ultimate goal. He relates it back to the discipline needed to help win gold in the men’s boat race in the Sydney Olympics, hence will it make the boat go faster.
Whereas I would adapt this to ask, will this make the experience I offer those I work with better, Will it help me build a reputation that I can be proud of? Will it support me in growing the best tutoring brand that I am capable of?
This book is possibly one of the most inspiring books I have read over the past few years. I also recommend listening to / watching to the moment they win. It helps you to appreciate what the discipline and effort was for. The importance of a goal and the reward when you achieve it through the disciple of focus.
“She means business” by Carrie Green.
There are a lot of people who offer advice. They tell you how wealthy they have become and how easy it is for you to do it too. This book is different. This book recognises the struggles and effort it takes to build a business from the ground up.
How at times you feel as if you are banging your head against a brick wall and you end up asking if it is all worth it. The book reminds you that almost every person who is a success today has experienced this too.
It talks you through simple ideas that we can all easily implicate. How at times one of the best things we can do is to stop and recognise how far we have come.
It is easy to recognise how much further others have gone but forget to stop and realise that we have also achieved momentous steps ourselves. Take time to be grateful for the smaller things in life. (At a time like this, in the middle of a national lockdown, I think this is more important than ever).
64 Roses and a Trunki
I never anticipated a business book would make an emotional impact on me. But this one did. Trunki’s failed pitch on Dragon’s Den was something I had heard about. I knew that they had become a huge brand over the years, but that was all I knew. I had no idea about the back story. It was in 2019 that I first heard it at a training event held by the mentoring group I belonged to.
He was one of the guest celebrity speakers and he left an impression. His back story -his fight against cystic fibrosis, dyslexia, the loss of his twin sister. His fight to keep going regardless of the odds are truly inspiring. It proves that it can be done. We have to make our own luck. Have a dream and determination, a reason why and then put ourselves out there and make it happen. It won’t be easy, but he is living proof that it can be done.
That’s my top 3 recommended business books.
Every day I read 20 pages of a non-fiction book to help me grow myself and grow my business. Maybe if I rewrote this blog in a year’s time, my top 3 would be different. Starting today, these are the ones I would recommend for you.
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