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100 business books that have influenced 100 business owners (Part 3)

Ciara Ferguson
11 May 2021

Today’s blog is part three of 100 business books that have influenced 100 business owners. If you’ve missed part one or two- you can find them both here: Inspiration – MeasMedia

This simple quote by Dr. Seuss covers exactly what reading can do for you: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more than you learn, the more places you’ll go.” And it’s true. Reading provides us with knowledge, and the more knowledge we have the further we’ll get in life. And I’m not talking about just reading intense and heavy books about a particular subject (even though they’re good books too!) Reading any kind of story- even a fantasy- can improve your vocabulary, your writing skills and essentially, your speaking skills. It doesn’t matter what you’re reading- you’re always improving yourself!

1) Although it was very hard for the Owner of Steve Liebroder to narrow it down to just one book- he chose Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. “It helped me to understand how much having control of your thought process changes the way you look at the world and the opportunities that open to you with the new way of thinking.”

2) The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills was what Director of Financial Planning Systems, Founder of Independent Professional Basketball and Founder/Host of In The Front Row, Shereen ‘Rayan’ Lavi chose. “The book offers a code of conduct based on ancient Toltec wisdom that advocates freedom from self-limiting beliefs that may cause suffering and limitation in a person’s life. The concepts in this book are so simple yet so difficult to adhere to. Be impeccable with your words, don’t take anything personal, always do the best you can under the circumstances, and do not make assumptions. The book changed my life! I have to constantly remind myself daily of these things, it helps in my professional and personal life as well.”

3) Adam Kroener, President and Co-Founder of Carbliss chose a book I read recently myself: How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie. “Prior to the book, I believed that being the most charismatic, forceful and talkative person lent a great deal of respect. That book showed me the complete opposite. The way to make the best of relationships is to listen, truly care about others, and let them be in the limelight. Since that book my life has continued to improve dramatically year after year as I continue to hone in on the concepts.”

4) Director, Chairman and Fellow of the Institution of Diagnostic Engineers, Elliot Berry- chose the classic- Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I read this book a couple of times as a child, long before any thought of becoming a Marine Surveyor and I think it instilled a subconscious desire to work on or near the sea with ships or boats but more importantly I think I have learned some valuable lessons from the book, the most important one being that there’s always another opportunity and that if one door closes another will open and that you shouldn’t waste all of your time and energy with the pursuit of a singular unreachable goal. Ahab’s obsession with Moby Dick inevitably ends in tragedy but this could have been avoided if he’d listened to the advice of his crew and if he’d heeded the fate of the two other ships that had previously encountered Moby Dick.”

5) And finally, we have Winne the Pooh– yes, you read that correctly! Co-Founder and CEO of DNA Compass Alice Rathjen said: I’m hopelessly a northern Californian and keep hoping for a softer, kinder world.  I believe strongly that innovation grows in communities that are more forgiving and less judgmental.  Pooh for me, reflects that innocence which I keep trying to hold on to.”

And that’s it for part three! Stay tuned for part four which will be coming up shortly and don’t forget- a list of all 100 books will be available to download at the end of the series!