Action Bookshelf

A compilation of the top books on taking action

The E-Myth Revisited

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

Authors: Michael E. Gerber,

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Michael E. Gerber teaches you the difference between working on your business and working in your business. He also teaches you to extract lessons from franchising even when your business is not a franchise. His The E-Myth Revisited is a strong guide for someone who is really looking to grow their business.

The 10X Rule

The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

Authors: Grant Cardone,

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The 10x rule isn’t for the ordinary. This is because you can’t be ordinary and expect extraordinary results. Cardone teaches you the 4th degree of action — a mindblowing approach to life that guarantees success. His 10x Rule gives you step-by-step guidance to achieving groundbreaking results and breaking free from the chains of mediocrity.

Execution

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Authors: Larry Bossidy,Ram Charan, Charles Burck

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Sometimes, you get that intense drive to change the world, but ten minutes later, it dies, and with it, your potential. This book shows you how you can discipline yourself to go out and make your goals a reality. These insights will pave the way for your moment of glory.

Eat That Frog!

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Authors: Brian Tracy,

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In his witty and genial style, Brian Tracy crucifies procrastination. His techniques make you work faster, show you how to work smarter and in half the usual time. According to Tracy, if you eat that frog early enough, you are left with more time to do the things you love with the people who matter the most.

Goals!

Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible

Authors: Brian Tracy,

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Brian Tracy gives you 21 strategies to change your life from a series of “wishful thinking” to one that is filled with achievement. In Goals! he guides you to discovering your own strengths, values, and goals in life. He also helps you develop confidence, self-esteem and the ability to withstand any obstacle you face in your journey so you, too, can become extraordinary.

The Now Habit

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

Authors: Neil A. Fiore,

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Procrastination plagues our lives. Dr. Fiore illustrates how technology has led to increased procrastination and guides you toward better time-management. The Now Habit will prove to you that you can enjoy guilt-free play, a less stressful life and curb the anxieties of poor time-management.

Be Obsessed or Be Average

Be Obsessed or Be Average

Authors: Grant Cardone,

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Choose to be average, and you will enjoy middle-class success and live the rest of your life being mediocre. Choose to be obsessed, and watch how every step you take throws opportunities your way. This is what Grant Cardone realized during his transition from a broke drug-addict to a successful millionaire. His secret was that he chose to be obsessed.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Authors: Chris McChesney,Sean Covey, Jim Huling

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You invest all your time and energy tending to the urgent needs of today, and you’re left with none for tomorrow’s goals. The 4 disciplines of execution (4DX) can change that. By adopting these practices, you are sure to achieve your wildly important goals, no matter what they are.

Your Best Year Ever

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals

Authors: Michael Hyatt,

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Hyatt gives you easy ways of making your goals a reality without losing interest in them. He also gives you a way out for the times when you get stuck and removes even the remotest possibility of quitting. Hyatt gives an all-rounded preparation for the reader to experience their best year ever.

Screw It

Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons In Life

Authors: Richard Branson,

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World-famous entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson gives you an insight into his life — his beliefs and strategies that helped him shatter every challenge he faced on his rocky journey to success. The lessons from his life will inspire you to change your own.

The Goal

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Authors: Eliyahu M. Goldratt,Jeff Cox

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Alex Rogo is an employee whose personal and work life are both falling apart, and has only 90 days to save his plant. Learn how he frees himself from conventional methods and changes the entire course of his life.
Fortune’s “Guru to industry” Eliyahu M. Goldratt gives you a thriller that will transform management styles across the world.

The Go-Getter

The Go-Getter (a Story That Tells You How to Be One)

Authors: Peter B. Kyne,

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San Francisco’s gifted author, Peter B. Kyne, gives you the story of Bill Peck, a disabled World War I veteran who refuses to accept the negative circumstances life keeps throwing at him. He faces every obstacle with courage and only stops when he stares success in the eye. His is the story of a “go-getter”.

QBQ!

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and in Life

Authors: John G. Miller,David L. Levin

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Playing the blame-game does not change circumstances or resolve problems — but it sure is what most people do. John Miller gives you thought-provoking content that will guide you to the realm of personal accountability. His insights will help you destroy habits such as procrastination and complaining, and drive you towards inner and outer growth.

When

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Authors: Daniel H. Pink,

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We are always waiting for the right time. But when is the right time? By combining studies from psychology, biology and economics, Daniel Pink proves that timing is a science. His findings and strategies will help you make smart use of the time you have, making your life more fulfilling and less regretful.

Talent Is Overrated

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Authors: Geoff Colvin,

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If doubt and fear have made you think that you are not “gifted” like the other successful people in the world, you have to read Colvin’s Talent is Overrated. He proves that a world-class performance is within everyone’s reach — as long as you are willing to do what it takes. What’s surprising is that it takes only a little effort, but most people choose to ignore it.

Making Ideas Happen

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

Authors: Scott Belsky,

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Generating creative ideas is the easy part. But putting those ideas into action is hard. Based on countless interviews with some creative geniuses, Scott Belsky has put together strategies that pave the way for creativity. He proves why developing creative capacity is more important than developing a creative idea.

The Effective Executive

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

Authors: Peter F. Drucker,

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An executive is only as good as his ability to get the job done — whether it is a small task or a large corporate event. Peter F. Drucker draws out and discusses five distinctive practices that will make a business executive effective. From learning to set priorities to exercising time-management, this book will prepare you for success.

The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Authors: Atul Gawande,

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Despite advancements in technology, intense specialization and long hours of training, catastrophic mistakes still occur in every field. Atul Gawande provides a simple solution to this problem — the checklist. By introducing the power of the checklist, this book has revolutionized industries and even saved many lives. Gawande proves that big problems often have small solutions.

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

Authors: Mark Batterson,

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When opportunity knocks on your door, fear chases it away. Mark Batterson’s insights will teach you to conquer this fear, to face the risks boldly and to make the most of the opportunities God chose to send in your way. It’s time to chase the lion!

The Surrender Experiment

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection

Authors: Michael A. Singer,

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You’ve held on to every moment of your life for so long. Now watch what happens when you let them go. This is what Michael Singer did. The Surrender Experiment, a bestseller and an Oprah favourite, is the real-life story of Singer, where he shares how his life was changed by simply embracing every moment the way it came.

Finish

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Authors: Jon Acuff,

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Moving past the hurdles of Day 2 of your resolutions is the real challenge. According to Acuff, these hurdles are not always because of laziness. Surprisingly, it’s because of “perfectionism” and your fear of failure. In Finish, Acuff shares strategies that will get you through the cursed period between the start and the finish, and with a lot of fun!

Relentless

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable

Authors: Tim S. Grover,

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To keep going despite the hurdles. To push harder, especially when it gets tough. To fight against all odds. This is what it took to make the likes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade. In Relentless, their trainer, Grover, reveals their secrets, and how you can use them to transform your life.

The Science of Self-Discipline

The Science of Self-Discipline: The Willpower, Mental Toughness, and Self-Control to Resist Temptation and Achieve Your Goals

Authors: Peter Hollins,

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The first step to achieving anything in life is self-discipline. The Science of Self-discipline will take you out of the false notion that goals and motivation alone can make your dreams come true. It will train you to focus on your priority, discover discipline tactics, identify your emotions and their triggers and many more life-changing practices.

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Authors: David Allen,

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Your productivity depends on your ability to focus and organize your thoughts. David Allen shows you how you can achieve this and increase your productivity by learning to battle anxiety and confusion and remain calm at all times. He also guides you through prioritizing your goals and getting them done efficiently.

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters

Authors: Jon Acuff,

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When you’re 20, you learn. When you’re 30, you discover who you are. When you’re 40, you hone your skills. When you’re 50, you enjoy the rewards of your efforts. When you’re 60, you help others achieve their dreams. This is the conventional, slow journey to success. Acuff shows you how you can tread the same path in a shorter period of time and punch fear in the face.

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