At Slingshot, our main focus is customer care, but a huge part of our company focuses on personal growth and creating leaders out of any and every person that comes through our doors. We have an expertly trained and experienced team of execs and leaders who help that process along. But we don’t do it alone. Every leader here has been able to relate their shared success to things they learned through books. That’s right, good old-fashioned book learning. Here are some of our favorite books that we recommend any professional reading.
1. The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
New York Times bestselling author Darren Hard wrote this book to focus on the emotional journey one takes when they step onto the wild ride of entrepreneurship. It’s meant to warn, inoculate, and guide them safely past the landmines that blow up 66% of all new businesses. “I want to inspire you with what’s possible for you, your family, and your future once you step onto this ride. I also want to warn you about the loops de loops, twisters, and death drops you’ll find on the track ahead. I’ll even show you how to love them, as they’re what make the ride so awesomely thrilling. And I will help you master the few critical skills you’ll need to turn the roller coaster car into a rocket ship that you can ride to the moon—far beyond what you can even dream possible.” – Darren Hardy from The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster.
2. Grit by Angela Duckworth
In this must-read for anyone seeking to succeed, pioneering psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement. Winningly personal, insightful and powerful, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that - not talent or luck - makes all the difference. “Why were the highly accomplished so dogged in their pursuits? For most, there was no realistic expectation of ever catching up to their ambitions. In their own eyes, they were never good enough. They were the opposite of complacent. And yet, in a very real sense, they were satisfied with being unsatisfied. Each was chasing something of unparalleled interest and importance, and it was the chase— as much as the capture—that was gratifying. Even if some of the things they had to do were boring, or frustrating, or even painful, they wouldn’t dream of giving up. Their passion was enduring.” – Angela Duckworth from Grit.
3. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on this book. Start with Why shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY. “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” – Simon Sinek.
Here are a few more books we HIGHLY recommend for anyone looking to improve themselves both personally and professionally:
4. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
6. Good to Great: Why some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by James C. Collins
7. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
8. Insight by Tasha Eurich
9. The One Thing by Gary Keller
10. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg