Many people have this notion that entrepreneurship immediately means sleep deprivation, blind persistence and hard work without rest. Yes, sometimes it takes those three to get things done, but more than that, it takes other factors for sustainability; such as a healthy and happy mind, an ability to know when to pivot and an ability to understand that productivity means quality over quantity.
Here are some of the books that explain these traits:
1. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
On the second year of her company, Arianna passed out and found herself in a pool of blood when she woke up. During that time, The Huffington Post had not yet achieved the influence and readership it has today. Contrary to popular belief, in her book, this media mogul told us about the time when it finally hit her that success only happened when she started taking care of herself. “I can tell you with authority that when I’m exhausted when I’m running on empty, I’m the worst version of myself,” says the entrepreneur. “I’m more reactive. I’m less empathetic. I’m less creative. And all of us can testify to that.”
2. 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
In this book, Tim Ferris gave us a step-by-step blueprint on how to free ourselves from the shackles of corporate jobs, create the business our dreams and live life on our terms. When it comes to success, the effort is crucial. Each and every one of us has 24 hours, no more no less. So instead of focusing on how many hours we can use to work, the focus should be on how productive we can utilize those hours. Quality trumps quantity.
3. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
This book teaches us that changes are inevitable and when it happens, we have to learn to take it positively and move on. Simple message but many of us fall victim to this issue. People tend to think that when we fail, we have to keep doing a certain thing over and over again until we succeed. Yes, persistence is important. But persistence without correction is not. When we fail, find out what causes the failure. Learn from it. If it’s impossible to find out in the first place, find another way to approach the task. See if it yields different results. Remember, along with persistence, you need intelligence.
4. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Tony Hsieh is the CEO of the happy company, Zappos, known for its friendly and familiar approach to customer service. In his book, we’re taught that treating people with kindness and compassion is one of the most important factors in building a sustainable company and a genuinely positive team. And this is something that we apply in our team building at Executive Media.