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The Books that had the Biggest Impact on me and my Business in 2019…and what I’m going to be reading in 2020.

Reading has alway been one of the main ways that I’ve gained my business knowledge and developed myself. I read every single day if I can possibly help it and it takes something pretty major for me to skip my reading for that day.

Some of you may already know my story about reading, but I’ll share it for those who don’t. When I was signed off work with stress and anxiety (that my job had created) I went to see a therapist for help. She suggested that I reconnect with something I had loved to do as a child. This sparked a memory that I had forgotten. When I was a child I loved reading. I would stay up late at night reading in my bed when I should have been asleep and I would wake up extra early in the morning to read before I had to get ready for school. I loved the escape it gave me from my worries and the sense of adventure I got.

I lost my love of reading when I got into major exams at school – I learned to associate reading with studying and not enjoyment and this continued through university. By the time I left uni I had forgotten just how much enjoyment I got from reading…

..until that day in therapy when I was reconnected with that memory. I owe so much to that conversation, that therapist and that day, because my homework of going to find some books to read led me into the world of personal development, entrepreneurship and eventually to where I am now!

Now books are such a huge part of my life and my business and I wanted to inspire you to pick up a book too! Or at least share some of my favourites with you if you’re already a bookworm like me 🙂

I wanted to share with you which of the books I read in 2019 had the  biggest impact on me in both my business and for me personally.

So let’s dive right in!

  1. Becoming – Michelle Obama

Michelle has such an inspirational story and I loved hearing about the values her parents instilled in her and how she brought up her daughters. I also loved the insights into her life in The White House – really interesting. 

  1. The 5am Club – Robin Sharma

This book was my favourite of 2019. He shares the information he wants to teach us through the story of 4 characters – such a good way of getting you to take on board what he is teaching as it becomes part of the story of the book. I’m not quite up to the 5am starts yet – but I do see the value in getting up early and how this can supercharge your success. I’ve made changes to my morning routine because of this book and as a result I’m making faster progress towards my goals.

  1. The Go-Giver – Bob Burg

I read this book in one train journey. That’s how much I loved it. The principles finally put into words what I want to achieve in my business. He teaches about serving not selling, and making sure you give (for free) before you ask for anything in return. I think every business owner should read this book and the world of business would be a less spammy and more genuine place if we all followed these principles!

  1. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy 

A really interesting book about how tiny changes you make in your life all add up to huge transformations over time. This book really changed my mindset on habits and now I realise that consistency is key and that by continuing to make small changes I will see massive results over time. I’ve applied this to my health, my mindset and my business.

  1. The 12 Week Year – Brian Moran

This book is going to be a game changer for me. I’ve just started to implement this way of planning from January 2020 so it’s still a work in progress, however I can see how I am already going to accomplish so much more in 2020 than I have in previous years. He throws out annualised planning and shows you how to plan your goals in 12 week ‘years’. The idea is this intensifies your motivation and productivity as each month kind of becomes a week of your 12 week year – so you get your head down and get 4x as much done over the year!

  1. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay

This is the funniest book I’ve read in years! I can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh out loud. I’m a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy – so getting an insight into the life of a doctor in the NHS (UK) was so interesting and the stories he shares are hilariously funny (some are sad too). I love books that I can just enjoy and that I don’t have to think about. It’s nice to have a change from business books once in a while.

  1. Firestarter – Stephen King

This is a throw-back to when I loved to read as a child. I remember my dad leaning me this book to read when I was a teenager. I loved it! I’ve since gone on to be a big Stephen King fan. So I re-read this book at Christmas and it was just as good the second time! Again another book I could read and just enjoy that didn’t get my brain whirring and thinking about business things 🙂

My All-Time Favourite Business Books

These are the books that have made my all time favourites list that I find myself recommending over and over again (I haven’t included ones from my 2019 list – although The Go Giver and The 12 Week Year will be moving to my all time favourites list):

  1. Profit First – Mike Michalowitz

This book is a game-changer for managing your business finances. He turns normal money management on its head and teaches how you should take profit first, then pay yourself, then set aside money for taxes. Then you run your business using the 30% of your revenue that is left. By keeping your business expenses within this 30% you will always be able to pay yourself and make profit and have money for taxes. Rather than paying all your business expenses and then struggling to pay yourself never mind make some profit.

  1. Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

This book hold a lot of credit for pulling me out of my stress and anxiety back in 2017 when I was signed off work and at my lowest point. I started doing the morning routine taught in this book and my personal development journey began! I recommend this book all the time!!

  1. Expert Secrets – Russell Brunson

I learned so much from this book when I was first starting out with my current business. It taught me that I don’t have to be an expert – I just have to be a few steps ahead of the people I want to help! One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far!

  1. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert 

I love how she explains ideas and how they come to us and how they will leave us and look for someone else to bring them to life it we don’t act on them. A completely different way of looking at things and I found it really refreshing.

  1. Lucky Bitch – Denise Duffield Thomas

I first listened to this book on Audible when I was on my lunch breaks at my job I hated. She mentions how she had a job she hated and how she wanted to escape this and how she  manifested a better life. It’s really interesting and gave me my first knowledge about the law of attraction. It’s a great book if you’re at the start of your journey and you need some inspiration to see just what you can create in your life if you know how!

Bonus:

If you want to know what’s on my reading list for 2020 (I’ve set myself a goal to read 35 books this year!) then grab a copy of my reading list here…

I’ve even categorised it for you 🙂

Extra bonus (I’m not an affiliate or anything, just love the app)

Did you know you can keep track of your reading using the Goodreads app?

  • You can set the books you want to read, have read and are reading right now.
  • You can also track your progress with the books you are reading.
  • You can set a goal for the year and track your progress.
  • At the end of the year the app tells you some fun stats like how many book you read, how many pages you read, the most popular book you read and so many more!
  • You can also see what your friends are reading!

Love

Laura x