Books For An Awesome 2018
You’ve probably been going like gangbusters with your 2017 real estate business and have been so busy that you haven’t had time to read any good books. Over the holidays, take advantage of that extra time off to let your inner bookworm shine through.
Here are our best picks for business, real estate and entrepreneurial books to read and help you get a leg-up in 2018. Get ready to ring in the New Year curled up by the fire with a good book. Here are our faves.
Most of us want financial freedom in our lives, and author Mitch Stephen says it is possible. In his book, My Life & 1000 Houses: Failing Forward to Financial Freedom, the self-taught entrepreneur recounts what he learned from purchasing over 1,000 properties. Stephen is a one-man band that is sure to inspire you this holiday season.
Building Wealth One House at a Time will certainly help. Author John Schaub is described by peers as the “Warren Buffett of real estate investing.” Schaub provides solid business acumen that has worked for him for over 40 years. This book highlights the tried-and-true principles of finance for how to achieve independence through real estate investing.
If you’re a tech newbie, The Manager’s Path is a book for you. In it, author Camille Fournier discusses how to be successful in leading teams in a tech-savvy age. She gives great advice on the technology challenges for modern managers, and provides a popcorn trail for leading your team into the modern world.
Sarah O’Hagan worked for some of the best brands on the planet—Nike, Gatorade, Virgin Atlantic. She understands the delicate workplace balance between fitting in and standing out. In her book Extreme You, the author encourages leveraging your unique talents to push professional boundaries to explore new horizons.
Life doesn’t always happen the way we think it will. Just ask Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Option B. Her life changed dramatically when her husband died suddenly. In the book, they explore the remarkable resiliency of the human spirit to rise up from hardship and loss.
Steven Kotler is an expert on achieving peak performance. In Stealing Fire, he writes how to make the most of your time to work at maximum efficiency. The author spent four years traveling the globe to talk to everyone from executives to our military in the trenches. He shares what he has discovered from the world’s highest performers.
You probably don’t put “flea market” and “entrepreneur” in the same sentence, but that’s exactly where Bill Green started his business empire, which today is one of the largest American industrial distribution companies. In his book All In, Green shares key insights along his journey from startup founder to CEO of a publicly traded company. It reminds us all that the most successful entrepreneurs all started from humble beginnings. Green embodies the dedication and persistence it takes to be a success.
Disrupted is Dan Lyons’ amazing tale of waking up one day to find that his job as a magazine writer was obsolete in the modern age. Lyons made a change, taking a chance on a second tech bubble company called Hubspot. His leap of faith paid off, and this is a great account of what it was like to ride the wave to the top.
In Idea to Execution, authors Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg talk about their idea scribbled on a cocktail napkin being up and running 24 hours later. Their popular and profitable virtual assistant (VA) business reminds us all to continuously optimize, automate and outsource, regardless of what business you’re in.
It’s not education. It’s not money. What does it really take, above all else, to succeed? Author Angela Duckworth has the answer. It’s grit. In her book of the same name, Grit, Duckworth says this quality must be present to separate the wheat from the chaff—the talented from the successful. She defines grit as a blend between passion and persistence, so get your grit on and read this book.
Time to get reading!
While every book on our list offers sage advice, we hope you resonate with one special author this holiday season. Wishing you the grit and glee you need to successfully grow your business in 2018.