I got asked quite a few times over the past two months which books I can recommend / what my must-read books are. That got me thinking and made me realize that I haven’t bought as many books to read in 2018 – yet.
I am not big on reading novels, so most of my books are business related or something that will add value to my life. Some books on this list are not new, but it’s definitely worth a read!
1. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k
Author: Sarah Knight
This book will change your life. It’s about how to stop spending time you don’t have, doing things you don’t want to to do, with people you don’t like. It’s easy to read and once you start, you simply cannot put it down! It’s also one of those books that should be read at least once a year to remind ourselves to only give a f**k about the people and things who really matter yo us!
2. 90 Rules for Entrepreneurs, The Codex of Hustle
Author: Marnus Broodryk
Marnus is not only inspiring many people around the globe with his entrepreneurial journey and success story. He has a passion for giving back and helping fellow entrepreneurs. This book is a must read for not only entrepreneurs, but any person who can read, as it teaches us about life, hustle and being happy. And the most important thing of it all is being happy!
3. Tools for Titans
Author: Tim Ferriss
Tim does it again! Those familiar with The 4-hour Work Week will love this one! And those not familiar with it will read it and will want to read his other books too! Tim shares the routines and tools of world-class performers around the globe and is full of tips and tricks. Practical, inspiring and a must read for anyone who want to grow in life, business and as an individual.
4. Finding My Virginity
Author: Sir Richard Branson
In this new autobiography, the Virgin Founder shares some personal and intimate thoughts on five decades as the world’s ultimate entrepreneur. This books takes you on a rollercoaster ride with this enigmatic entrepreneur who keeps on pushing boundaries, breaking rules and who are always reaching for the stars. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand.
5. Jannie Mouton – And Then They Fired Me
Author: Carie Maas
Jannie Mouton is one of South Africa’s greatest success stories and this books tells the story of how he has built his business from scratch after getting fired at the age of 48. It’s insightful, inspirational and provides a look at what really happens behind the scenes when building an empire.
Author: Gordon Institute of Business Science
This book is a compilation of success stories of some remarkable South Africans like Carrol Boyes, Ferial Haffajee, Kabeo Mabalane, Thuli Madonsela, Francois Pienaar, Maria Ramos, Rbbie Brozin, Herman Mashaba and more. They share their motivations, leadership styles, personal inspirations, defining moments and more.
7. Great by Choice
Author: Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
Jim Collins, author of the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, brings us another groundbreaking work, this time together with his colleague Morten Hansen. Great by Choice is based on 9 years of research. This book enumerates the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. He and Hansen show convincingly that, even in a chaotic and uncertain world, greatness happens by choice, not by chance.
8. Talk like TED
Author: Carmine Gallo
For someone who can spend hours listening to various TED talks whilst working, this book was first to add to my cart when shopping for some new reading materials. This book has been around for about 3 years, but never made it to my bookshelf as it was either sold out or I only shopped in the “new release” section. This book consists of some presentations that set the world on fir, and the techniques that some of the top TED speakers use that will inspire everyone to make any presentation more dynamic, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.
9. The Organized Mind
Author: Daniel Levitin
In the digital age we live in, we are overwhelmed by information. Unable to make sense of it all, our creativity plummets, decision making suffers and we grow absent-minded. This book provides good advice based on sound neuroscientific principles, and will explain how to take back control of your life. By following the advice in The Organized Mind, you’ll function better, go further and find more time to do the things you actually want to do.
10. Disrupt yourself
Author: Jay Samit
This books offers clear and empowering advice for anyone looking to break through a creative barrier, anyone with a big idea but no idea how to apply it, and for anyone worried about being made irrelevant in an era of technological transformations. This will challenge assumptions, pinpoint one’s unique value and more. This engaging, perspective-shifting book will demystify the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike.