With the year coming to a close, many of us are already looking ahead to 2015 – or have been for some time! We’d like to share some of our favorite books. Some are new on the market, while others are classics we like to come back to for encouragement. Enjoy!

8 books to encourage, inspire, educate, and motivate entrepreneurs in 2015

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is widely known as one of the most inspiring books ever written for people from all walks of lives – from CEOs to public school teachers.

First published in 1990, it remains a business bestseller – in fact, over 10 million copies have been sold. Author Stephen Covey masterfully illustrates the necessary balance of personal and professional effectiveness.

You’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a “paradigm shift”–a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your “proactive muscles” (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more. -Amazon.com

More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity

In More or Less, Jeff Shinabarger asks readers to experiment with one simple, yet profound, question: “What is enough?”

What would happen if we created a culture in which we gave away whatever was more than enough for us? How would our habits change if we shed the excess of money, clutter, and food in our lives?

Another favorite for people across different walks of life, entrepreneurs will appreciate the motivation to excel not for our own gain, but to leave a bigger, lasting impact on the world.

Rock the System: Using Systems to Grow Your Business With Less Pain + More Fun

Author Michelle Nickolaisen shares foolproof methods for streamlining your business with systems – that won’t bore you to tears!

Particularly releveant for solopreneurs and small teams, the tactics in Rock the System can be implemented immediately, giving you more time to focus on the tasks that help you grow.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

An authority on the dynamics between introverts and extroverts, Susan Cain argues that introverts are dramatically undervalued in our society – and that the cost is great. A powerful read for introverts and extroverts, Quiet is “passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people. Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.”

God in the Marketplace: 45 Questions Fortune 500 Executives Ask About Faith, Life, and Business

Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God, has ministered directly to Fortune 100 and 500 CEOs, helping leaders understand how to harmonize their faith with their business.

God in the Marketplace is a collection of wisdom gathered from that ministry. Like Experiencing God before it, God in the Marketplace illustrates how to recognize and follow God’s will in the workplace.

Blackaby believes that just as Jesus had businessmen among His original disciples, so may God be calling out businesspeople today in preparation for a worldwide spiritual revival.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. Essentialism is about getting only the right things done.  It is not  a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell explores the world of “outliers,” asking: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Top business blogger and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers Michael Hyatt provides no-hype, in-depth guidance for building a platform.

To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling productand a meaningful platform. In Platform, Hyatt will teach readers not only how to extend their influence, but also how to monetize it and build a sustainable career. The key? By building a platform.

What books would you add to this list?

 

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