Are you looking to learn from the best? There’s something uniquely inspiring about getting insight into success from true titans of their respective fields. However, it’s all too easy to check out a quote or an idea and not make a plan to take action on it. If you want to make sure the time you spend learning doesn’t go to waste, read on!
This article has quotes, ideas on how to apply them, and extra resources from five business icons
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” – Tony Robbins
If you’re like a lot of entrepreneurs, you have a very active mind prone to boredom. This need for mental stimulation can be both a blessing and a curse. It can help propel you rapidly towards success, but if left untamed, it leads to a lot of unfulfilled dreams.
One of the most powerful weapons in your entire success arsenal is the ability to set and pursue goals that are aligned with your vision and values.
When you’re brainstorming a series of goals you want to pursue, aim to dig deeper. Ask yourself what the real reason for the goal is.
Are you chasing after the same things as everyone else for the sake of social validation? This type of goal might feel compelling at the time because social influence is a powerful force.
However, in the long run, you’re likely to be left feeling unsatisfied. Setting reactive goals based on what other people are doing is rarely the best course of action.
Instead, try and reflect on your own situation. What type of legacy do you want to leave? What type of goals will move you towards making it happen?
You’ll know you’ve chosen the right goals when you feel excited about envisioning where they will get you, while also feeling morally comfortable with how they will get you there.
Resources for Goal Setting
This exercise is one of the deepest and most meaningful ways to align your goals with the life you want to live.
Often, we unconsciously live according to values that aren’t deeply aligned with who we want to be. This guide will help you to discover your true values.
A thorough guide to goal setting from James Clear, to help you achieve the things that matter the most.
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn
There’s something special about having the freedom to learn the things that matter most to you. Too many people fall short of their potential, and the contribution they could make to humanity, by losing their love of knowledge at a young age.
Thankfully, many people rediscover both the enjoyment of learning something new and the benefit it brings, even a little later on in life. The great thing about self-education is that it’s never too late to start.
Want to know one of the best ways to self-educate? By teaching others. If you want a meaningful way to reflect on your educational journey, while also benefiting people at the same time, consider creating a book about your business and the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
Be brave and share your experiences of success and failure alike. By doing this, you create a virtuous cycle of self-education that continues far into the future.
Resources for Self-Education
To get an idea of the type of book that truly makes a mark, consider this guide to the books that some of the world’s most successful people gift consistently.
5 different inspirational books, both fiction and nonfiction, to inspire entrepreneurs.
We live in a golden age of self-education opportunities. Here are 20 of the best from Lifehack.
“How can I leave my mark on the world, I thought, unless I get out there first and see it” – Phil Knight
It’s natural that people want to learn from those with experience and wisdom. Everything you experience on your journey, both good and bad, can help you leave a meaningful impact. This is one of the key lessons from Phil Knight in his legendary book Shoe Dog.
Shoe Dog is one of the best memoirs for entrepreneurs. It not only shares invaluable business lessons from Knight’s journey at Nike but also deeply personal insights into his life and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
If you’ve got out there and seen the world, why not plan a memoir to help leave a mark on it?
You don’t need to have had Knight’s success in the business world. Most people have valuable insights from their trials and tribulations that would benefit a carefully chosen readership. Even if you only outline your memoir as a creative exercise, it can still be a valuable chance to look back and reflect on your life and its key moments.
Resources for Ideas that Leave a Mark
Almost 200 business biographies and memoirs as shared by Goodreads.
Short but powerful nuggets of business wisdom from Inc.com.
“Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding” – Bill Gates
When you stop and think about it, you realize that people like Bill Gates have virtually limitless resources. People possessing the most elite level of wealth and status can access almost anything or anyone at any time. But what do they still choose to invest their time in over anything else?
It’s powerful to contemplate how some of the most valuable educational resources on the planet are as accessible to anyone with a library card as they are to billionaires. So are you ready to share your book with the world? There’s never been a better time to publish a book online. You no longer have to suffer through the glacial pace of traditional publishers. Instead, you can help people to progress and grow while retaining creative control and moving at your own pace.
Resources for Optimum Reading
The scientific benefits of reading presented with entrepreneurs in mind.
A scheduling system to find more time to read from Forbes.
Insight into when and why to read particular books at different times.
“The lead generation process starts by finding out where your target market lives on the web” – Wayne Davis
With the exponential growth of online marketing and big data, there is no end to the lead generation opportunities that exist for contemporary businesses. But when you stop and think about the best ways to generate leads, do you think about books?
If not, they should be on your radar. You can engage in lead generation directly from an eBook. As they are read on connected devices, it’s as easy as tapping the screen for readers to sign up for your mailing list or express interest in a lead magnet.
If someone has already taken action and engaged with your book, they are likely to be a valuable lead in terms of what you can offer them in the future.
Resources for Lead Generation
A list of over 70 books on lead generation and conversion from Book Authority.
One of the newest and most effective ways to generate leads.
Insight into the deeper psychological reasons for lead conversion from Neil Patel.
The five key concepts and action points from this guide are:
- Set goals aligned with your vision and values.
- Pursue continuous self-education.
- Share your life lessons with the world.
- Contribute by releasing your own book.
- Generate leads creatively with conversion in mind.
I hope these concepts move you closer to your personal vision of business success.