Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
The rich don’t exchange their time and labour directly for money – they invest in wealth-generating assets and businesses to create money for them.
The 4-hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
Tim Ferris is an archetypal modern entrepreneur, hustling hard in multiple different disciplines and making it difficult for the casual observer to see exactly where his wealth is coming from.
Once thing’s for sure – a chunk of it came from this record-breaking book.
Anchored in Tim’s early commercial success running an online supplements company and learning to outsource strategic aspects of his job to a remote team around the world, the book focuses on the ability of business ownership to free up founder time and radically increase quality of life.
There are strong parallels in recruitment – most of us know someone who’s built a successful agency, but is doomed to be the first in and last out every day to keep the heart beating.
Whether (like Tim) you finish up running a profitable international business from an endless string of gap-year style global travel adventures – working the legendary 4-hour work week – or stay closer to home, some of the core ideas of the book are bound to rub off.
Strong operational processes and learning to delegate are critical for business owners to escape becoming ‘slaves to their own machine’
The Execution Factor – Kim Perell
A serial entrepreneur and serial start-up investor, Perell challenges the notion that you need a Harvard MBA to run a successful company.
Success in business isn’t down to having a unique dream, it’s about how well you bring your dream to life.
Rise & Grind – Daymond John
A long way from running a recruitment business (we admit), Daymond John founded clothing and lifestyle brand ‘FUBU’ from humble origins, going on to gross over $6bn in annual sales.
Where Perell advises that putting plans into action is the key to success, John delivers a powerful vote in favour of effort and resilience as the must-have factors.
Drawing on his own (extraordinary) rise to riches, John’s book is a highly inspiring reminder of the need to overcome the doubters, the setbacks, the ‘reasons not to’, and to use time wisely in building for the future.
Time is the only thing we can’t get back – don’t put off chasing your dreams.