53 Takeaways from the World's Best Business Books

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The world's best business books are filled with timeless words of wisdom on management, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, customer service, motivation, and more. …

The world's best business books are filled with timeless words of wisdom on management, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, customer service, motivation, and more.

This presentation explores 53 bullet-point takeaways from a library of the greatest business books ever written. Small business owners, solopreneurs, and enterprising employees will love flipping through these points from titles like Good to Great, The 4-Hour Workweek, The Go-Giver, and many more.

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  • 1. TAKEAWAYS FROM THE WORLD’S BEST BUSINESS BOOKS
  • 2. Life’s too short to live on anyone’s terms but your own. 1
  • 3. That “someday” you’re waiting for might never come. 2
  • 4. Focus your energy on what drives the most results. 3
  • 5. 4 Acquire or build income-producing assets.
  • 6. 5 Focus on cash flow.
  • 7. The only way to escape the “rat race” is to have monthly cash flow from assets that exceeds your monthly expenses. 6
  • 8. Take calculated risks. 7
  • 9. 8 Work for profits, not wages.
  • 10. 9 Develop multiple income streams.
  • 11. 10 Be proactive.
  • 12. 11 Begin with the end in mind.
  • 13. Put first things first. 12
  • 14. Think win-win. 13
  • 15. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. 14
  • 16. Synergize. 15
  • 17. Sharpen the saw: Take time for physical and mental renewal. 16
  • 18. Everyone is given the same 24 hours in a day. 17
  • 19. Your business doesn’t require a ton of risk or startup capital. 18
  • 20. The difference between an amateur and a professional is their habits. 19
  • 21. Be helpful. The money will follow. 20
  • 22. Scale that help to reach as many people as possible. 21
  • 23. The easy thing and the best thing often aren’t the same thing. 22
  • 24. “Your competence is your security.” 23
  • 25. Pour your heart and soul into your business. People will notice. 24
  • 26. (If it sounds like real work, that’s because it is.) 25
  • 27. Be first to market. But if you can’t be first, just claim a new market you can be first in. 26
  • 28. You can’t be everything to everyone, so stop trying. 27
  • 29. The best way to get noticed is to be remarkable. That is, markedly different from every other option. 28
  • 30. Do what your competition isn’t doing. 29
  • 31. Use reciprocity: When you give someone something, they feel compelled to repay you. What can you give? 30
  • 32. Gain small commitments in advance of asking for a larger commitment. 31
  • 33. Use social proof like testimonials, press mentions, and trust signals. 32
  • 34. Be likeable. 33
  • 35. Be an authority. 34
  • 36. Use scarcity: Sometimes fear of missing out and playing hard to get can work to your advantage. 35
  • 37. Ideas are worthless without execution. 36
  • 38. Cultivate positive habits. 37
  • 39. The stock market is a poor wealth accelerator. 38
  • 40. The best way to make millions is to solve a problem that MANY people or businesses face. 39
  • 41. Customer service isn’t a department within a company. It IS the company. 40
  • 42. Out-care the competition, online and in-person, and people will begin to take notice. 41
  • 43. The ultimate customer service question is: “How likely would you be to recommend Company XYZ to a friend or colleague?” 42
  • 44. Happy customers do your marketing for you. 43
  • 45. Ship early, ship often. 44
  • 46. Launch, get feedback, and then make quick incremental improvements. 45
  • 47. Less is more. Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” 46
  • 48. Develop a 1-touch system for incoming items: Do it, Delegate it, Defer it, or Drop it. 47
  • 49. Customers don’t buy WHAT you do; they buy WHY you do it. 48
  • 50. Build your team: Get the right people on the bus. 49
  • 51. Find the sweet spot at the intersection of: • What lights you up • What you’re best at • What makes you money 50
  • 52. You are the CEO of your own life. Act like it. 51
  • 53. Work ON your business, not IN it. 52
  • 54. Make progress everyday. 53
  • 55. Is your favorite missing? Add it in the comments below!
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