10 Books Which Made a Difference to My 2011

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Sandy ReadingEver since I was young, I’ve been a reader. Reading was, and still can be, my escape into another world.

While I average about “totally for fun” book a week, I also read 1-2 business-related books — whether true business management, leadership, systems, mindset, wealth, marketing, social media. . .in some way, it’s related to business.

Last year I read 72 business books. Today I’m sharing the Top 10 which either inspired specific actions, motivated or just plain had an impact on me.

Thanks to Anita Kirkman of www.VisionInPurpose.com who suggested this post which required me to think back and take a good look at what still remains on my bookshelves (after a thorough office purge and reorg) and how those books affected me and/or my business.

Here they are (in no particular order):

  1. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  2. Be Unreasonable by Paul Lemberg
  3. No BS Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy (read annually)
  4. Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
  5. The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent by Esther and Jerry Hicks
  6. Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham
  7. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
  8. The Simple Abundance Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach
  9. Unthinking by Harry Beckwith
  10. Fame 101 by Jay Jessup and Maggie Jessup

Whether you choose to read (paper or electronic), listen to audios or attend out-of-your-niche industry events, be sure to constantly access new ideas.  You never know where the next great one will come from.

After all, the idea of a restaurant drive through was inspired from someone using it at a bank and transferring it to their industry.

What can you learn and transfer in 2012?

What was your favorite book(s) from 2011?  Will you share with us below?