A Success Habit for Entrepreneurs

“Who has time to sit down and read anymore?” I hear that often from many entrepreneurs and the sad part is… they just don’t get it. Reading is one of the habits of very successful entrepreneurs.

I love to read. And call me old fashioned but I love to hold a book in my hand, feel the cover, turn the pages, highlight some key points and add sticky notes throughout as I read. It’s an experience for me.

With the long weekends that we enjoy in the summer, and the pleasure of sitting on my front porch, I typically have a list of books that I want to experience over the months ahead. This summer, I decided to reach into my library to enjoy some of my old favorites – along with some new books on my shelves that I haven’t touched yet.

When I worked in the corporate world, I subscribed to ‘Executive Summaries’ – it was a service that provided just the overview of the new books for leadership. There were many times that I just read that document rather than getting through a whole book.

Consider this YOUR Executive Summary as I share some of my favorites, along with the key take-away points that I have applied in my business. This has helped me to grow ME and to grow my business and I’m certain it will help you, too.

Here are a few books I highly recommend to you:

  1. “Create Distinction” by Scott McKain – I had the good fortune to be mentored by Scott during the Hell Yeah Star program (led by Suzanne Evans and Larry Winget) – one thing I particularly love about Scott’s book is that he does include an ‘Executive Summary’ at the end of each chapter! How cool is that? The 4 cornerstones of distinction include Clarity, Creativity, Communication and Customer Experience. What I really loved is the story he shares on page 159 about Ann Cooper who is 106 years old! Get the book – you will learn a lot! (I’ve just read the book for the 2nd time… so much great content.)
  2. “Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale”by Zig Ziglar (of course!). I have studied his work for many, many years and I am always looking for ways to improve my conversion rate. Now, this book took me a while to get through – lots of content, lots to learn and apply – and small print, LOL! On page 23, he actually guides you through the BEST way to read the book – and they are great tips! Get it – and watch your sales grow, too.
  3. “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp – this was a gift from my colleague and friend, Cathy Wagner. I devoured the book when I first got it – and then pulled it out again this past weekend because I knew the content was just what I needed. Chapter 10 – ‘Empty to Fill’ is profound – timely for me to read and it may speak to your soul too. Check it out.
  4. “Simplify” – by Bill Hybels – this is a book we studied in our Bible Home Group this past winter. There are so many great tips in here – and I am constantly working on simplifying my life… to be in the moment… because most of us are living at the speed of light. I don’t want to be one who has regrets because ‘I was too busy’. This book is packed full of simple, easy tips to clear the clutter from your inner world – and so much more. Take this book, apply the content one tip at a time and see the difference it makes. (and you’re welcome!)
  5. “Prosperity Pie – How to Relax About Money and Everything Else!”by SARK Another fabulous book given to me by Suzanne, my coach. SARK is a mentor in the mastermind program I am in this year – and her ‘down to earth’ basic wisdom is life changing. I love this book because of how the cover ‘feels’ (yes, that’s what I said!), the colors and design of the content, and the simplicity of the information. Page 78 really caught my attention – ‘There is no control and perfection is arrogant!’ (what?) Get a copy and enjoy each and every powerful message.


“Stop Compromising and Make More Money!” – This book tells my story… how I left my 22-year marriage with virtually nothing, moved across the country at age 55 with no business, no clients and no contacts – and started over. In the past few years, I have created a half-million dollar international speaking and business coaching business, travelled around the world on a private plane each year visiting 10 countries each time, recruited and retained an amazing team, been mentored by world-class professionals such as Larry Winget and so much more. It’s all here – right in this book – for you… my steps to success. If I can do this, so can you! Get your copy today.

I love books. I love to read. I love to learn. I love to share. Enjoy!

Source by Pat Mussieux