Just a little back story about this post. I have this cousin who is not really that old, he is only 29 years old. He was a college drop out, he was in his 2nd year when he just had enough and told himself ‘that’s it!’. He was never a good student, just getting by and passing year by year. He is not really the bookish type, but in our family, we all know he’s a smart guy. Little did we know that he is a more than that, he’s a genius. He is now a billionaire, he is the street smart kind of guy.
After quitting college, he went to travel for a year and put up his own marketing business. You see he did not travel just so he can travel the world, he went to different places to study human behavior. I do not know what he saw, but one thing he realized about people is that they all have one common thing when it comes to buying things. That behavior has never been shared to us, lol. He had intensive study of human behavior for a year and built his business from that.
Anyways, I asked him some tips, one thing he told me is that school does not teach you everything you need to know and that the rest of the knowledge you need is something you have to work on in order to gain them. He has given me two books that could help me gain more knowledge. But these books are more about business building.
First book on his list is Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. He said that is this the the keystone to a lot of business books and studies about behavioral economics. This was the description on the Good Reads’ page : Decisions: You make hundreds every day, but do you really know how they are made? When can you trust fast, intuitive judgment, and when is it biased? How can you transform your thinking to help avoid overconfidence and become a better decision maker?
I personally have not read this book, but people said that Thinking, Fast and Slow is the essential guide to quickly understanding the fundamental components of decision making outlined in Daniel Kahneman’s bestselling book, Thinking, Fast and Slow.
The second book on his list is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The book is written by John Maxwell, published on 1998 and is a primer for developing your leadership skills, while becoming a better overall human in the process. It is described by Good Reads’ as : What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life.
John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can.
I have read this one and I did enjoyed reading it. This is a book all leaders should definitely read. Maxwell’s take on the leadership laws are succinct and highly useful for everyone. He supports these leadership laws by actually citing real life business and leadership stories. Then he will give you a guidance on how you can apply the leadership laws to yourself, each chapter ends with him giving practical strategies to help you reflect on yourself and eventually grow as a leader.