Every one 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…)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
By Stephen Covey
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 pro-actively, 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.
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.
How to Make Friends and
By Dale Carnegie
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.
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 here.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
By Robert Cialdini
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 spinning with ideas.
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 problems themselves.
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.
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 work, work and more work.
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 invaluable.
The Original Bourne Trilogy
By Robert Ludlum
This books have absolutely nothing to do with blogging, but I put it on this list, because no matter how much time you think you don’t have, you need pleasure reading.
You can obviously replace with your favourite reading-for-fun books as long as you do read for fun.
What would you add to this list? Comment below!