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You might not know this about me, but I read like a mad man. I go through multiple books at the same time, and spend hours just sitting there, reading about something that interests me at a given moment. When I read, I forget about the entire world. It’s kind of crazy actually. Recently, I was thinking about how little people read in general, and I wanted to give you some suggestions for books you absolutely have to read, if…
You Want to Be
an Effective and
Everyone of the publications I’ll share with you is unique and extremely helpful to you, so we’ll take a moment to discuss them. Grab a drink and read hardy (as they say…)
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey
I don’t like Stephen Covey as a writer, but I love this book. If you go through it, you will not only be a better, more fulfilled blogger, you’ll have all you need to develop great habits to be effective no matter what you do, whether it’s at home, at work, or anywhere else. Some of the habits include:
- Thinking proactively, which is crucial if you want to get things done when they need to be done.
- When you blog, timing is everything, so knowing how to overcome obstacles quickly and efficiently is key.
- Prioritizing and understanding there are good things to do, and better things to do.
I see so many bloggers waste time all day long because they get terribly distracted. If you’re able to prioritize effectively, there might still be time that’ll slip through your fingers, but you’ll have great control over…
How Much Time
You Spend On
Which Things !
Understand before being understood. This is something not many people know how to do, and if you master this skill…
Set Yourself Apart from
the Blogging Crowd !
It’s impossible to talk about every single habit in the book without making this post terribly long, but it’s a good read.
Pick it Up and
Enjoy it !
2. How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is one of those books you just read in one sitting. As I read it, I was absolutely fascinated by what Dale has to say. He teaches you exactly how to communicate with people effectively, and although the book is relatively old and mostly applies to face to face type of communication…
It’s a Gem that
Every Blogger Should Have
in Their Treasure Chest !
3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This, again, is a fabulous book. It talks about how powerful your mind is and how you can have pretty much anything you want, if you just think about it. Yes, I do realize how it sounds. You have to read the book to understand…
What I Am
Trying to Say
4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
I remember, when I was reading this book, I was literally unable to put it down. I actually sat through the night, in order to finish it. Great book. It goes through different persuasion strategies and how you can use them. When you are done reading this, I can guarantee your brain will go into overdrive and your head will be…
With Ideas !
Actually, I have a little exercise for you. Go ahead and read the book, apply one strategy from it on your blog, and pay close attention to how powerful it is. Great read and…
5. The 4-hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
This book is literally a time saver. It teaches you how to get more done and work less in the process. The one tip I remember from it is this:
You don’t have to (and even shouldn’t) meet with your staff. Meetings are completely useless most of the time. If you train your staff well and tell them you don’t deal with problems, they’re going to get used to it and learn to…
Solve the Problems
If there are problems they can’t solve on their own, have them send you an email which you then check twice a day at a predetermined time (which they are made aware of.) You check the mail and write back with a solution to the problem.If it’s impossible to solve the problem over email, then use the phone. Never have a meeting.
How’s that for
Now, I know this might be a bit hard to apply to blogging, but the book is packed full of small little gems like that. Read it, take what you can, and use it. You’ll soon discover you have more time to do things you really enjoy doing, not just…
More Work !
6. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships by John Gray
You’ve probably heard of this book. I’ve read somewhere it’s the best selling hard cover in the U. S. It’s a book for couples, but it lets you peek into the brains of both men and women. When you read the book, you’ll understand the basic differences in how men and women think, and since your market are men and women…
This Kind of Knowledge is
7. The original Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum or (If You Don’t Like Extremely Fast Paced Spy Stories) The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
These two books have absolutely nothing to do with blogging, but I put them on this list, because no matter how much time you think you don’t have, you need pleasure reading. I like Stephen King for that purpose as well, but that’s a completely different story. These two will do, and you can, obviously, replace them with your favorite reading-for-fun books…
As Long As You Do Read for Fun !
It’s more important than you think. There you go. The 7 books you must read as a blogger. What would you add to this list? Post below!
Stay As A Reader,
Also Know As “The Bad Reader”