Lessons from Billionaires, the Power of Checklists, and How to Say “No”

It’s been a busy few weeks of reading for me.  Check out my top suggestions to help you run your business and life more efficiently …

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, Tim Ferriss: When I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.  I’ve always thought Tim Ferriss was a little wacky.  I mean, he advocates not using a top sheet on your bed to save time—I mean who cares?  Try owning 2 fitness studios, you won’t care how many sheets are on your bed, you’re so tired every night.  The introduction didn’t really lay any of those fears to rest.  However, once I got into this book, I couldn’t put it down.  There was some great advice!  Basically, Ferriss took the highlights from the most influential people he’s interviewed on his podcast over the years and created a book about all of their best advice for business and in live.  I found myself dog-earring pages to go back to review or to buy a book recommended by the person profiled.  Tools of Titans is designed so you can skip around or not read some of the profiles if you don’t want to.  I did a little skipping, but found at least a few paragraphs of each person profiled extremely interesting.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, Atul Gawande:  I read this book in one sitting.  It was so fascinating.  It’s all about how the simple idea of a checklist can take away the complexity of our lives and have a huge impact on how efficiently and safely we can accomplish tasks.  Atual Gawande is a doctor, so the majority of the examples and stories of the book are from the medical field and how adding checklists can literally save lives and reduce healthcare costs.  The idea of adding a checklist somewhere in your business is so simple, yet so powerful.  After reading this book, you’ll feel a call to action to see where you can implement checklists in your business or other areas of your life.  This is a must-read!

The Power of NO: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness, James Altucher:  I sped through this book in a few days as well.  Since I tend to over-commit or over-schedule myself, I was hoping to learn a lot from the pages of this book.  And … it didn’t disappoint.  I have James Altucher’s other books on my reading list now.  The big problem with refusing to say “No” to things you don’t have time for or don’t want to do, is that committing to things you don’t want to do takes a huge toll on your remaining time for the things you need and like to do.  The lesson here is the more you say “No,” the more you can say “Yes.”

Next week, I’ll write more about how important checklists are for creating a consistent experience in your business.  I’ll also share how I’ve worked to solve one of my biggest problems, prioritizing my health and healthy eating, which ultimately is better serving my clients.  And finally, I am allergic to bananas and avocados, which makes enjoying a smoothie pretty difficult—but I finally figured out how to substitute those elusive fruits and now feel like I’m winning at life—or at least breakfast.

Until then, stay on your toes!

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