53 Takeaways from the World's Best Business Books

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The world's best business books are filled with timeless words of wisdom on management, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, customer service, motivation, and more. This presentation explores 53 bullet-point takeaways from a library of the greatest business books ever written. Small business owners, solopreneurs, and enterprising employees will love flipping through these points from titles like Good to Great, The 4-Hour Workweek, The Go-Giver, and many more. Did I skip your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Transcript of 53 Takeaways from the World's Best Business Books

  • Lifes too short to live on anyones terms but your own. 1
  • That someday youre waiting for might never come. 2
  • Focus your energy on what drives the most results. 3
  • 4 Acquire or build income-producing assets.
  • 5 Focus on cash flow.
  • The only way to escape the rat race is to have monthly cash flow from assets that exceeds your monthly expenses. 6
  • Take calculated risks. 7
  • 8 Work for profits, not wages.
  • 9 Develop multiple income streams.
  • 10 Be proactive.
  • 11 Begin with the end in mind.
  • Put first things first. 12
  • Think win-win. 13
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood. 14
  • Synergize. 15
  • Sharpen the saw: Take time for physical and mental renewal. 16
  • Everyone is given the same 24 hours in a day. 17
  • Your business doesnt require a ton of risk or startup capital. 18
  • The difference between an amateur and a professional is their habits. 19
  • Be helpful. The money will follow. 20
  • Scale that help to reach as many people as possible. 21
  • The easy thing and the best thing often arent the same thing. 22
  • Your competence is your security. 23
  • Pour your heart and soul into your business. People will notice. 24
  • (If it sounds like real work, thats because it is.) 25
  • Be first to market. But if you cant be first, just claim a new market you can be first in. 26
  • You cant be everything to everyone, so stop trying. 27
  • The best way to get noticed is to be remarkable. That is, markedly different from every other option. 28
  • Do what your competition isnt doing. 29
  • Use reciprocity: When you give someone something, they feel compelled to repay you. What can you give? 30
  • Gain small commitments in advance of asking for a larger commitment. 31
  • Use social proof like testimonials, press mentions, and trust signals. 32
  • Be likeable. 33
  • Be an authority. 34
  • Use scarcity: Sometimes fear of missing out and playing hard to get can work to your advantage. 35
  • Ideas are worthless without execution. 36
  • Cultivate positive habits. 37
  • The stock market is a poor wealth accelerator. 38
  • The best way to make millions is to solve a problem that MANY people or businesses face. 39
  • Customer service isnt a department within a company. It IS the company. 40
  • Out-care the competition, online and in-person, and people will begin to take notice. 41
  • The ultimate customer service question is: How likely would you be to recommend Company XYZ to a friend or colleague? 42
  • Happy customers do your marketing for you. 43
  • Ship early, ship often. 44
  • Launch, get feedback, and then make quick incremental improvements. 45
  • Less is more. Leonardo da Vinci once said, Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. 46
  • Develop a 1-touch system for incoming items: Do it, Delegate it, Defer it, or Drop it. 47
  • Customers dont buy WHAT you do; they buy WHY you do it. 48
  • Build your team: Get the right people on the bus. 49
  • Find the sweet spot at the intersection of: What lights you up What youre best at What makes you money 50
  • You are the CEO of your own life. Act like it. 51
  • Work ON your business, not IN it. 52
  • Make progress everyday. 53
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