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

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