I hope you enjoy what I’ve prepared for you and that these materials may be as useful to you as they were to me.
I’ve watched the following videos more times than I can remember. None of them is short, some are almost 1-hour videos, but I believe all are life changing, whether because they are inspiring or because they present you a more comprehensive perspective of the world.
Simon Sinek – Start With Why – TED Talk Short Edited
Simon Sinek is leading a movement to build the world in which the vast majority of us are inspired by the work we do. Millions have already seen his video on TED.com about the importance of knowing why we do what we do. Start with Why takes the concept even deeper.
Any person or organization can explain what they do; some can explain how they are different or better, but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not about money or profit – those are results. WHY is the thing that inspires us and inspires those around us.
From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Steve Jobs to the Wright Brothers, Start with Why shows that the leaders who inspire all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way – and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does.
Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life, and Leadership
During a student-led interview at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Oprah Winfrey shares seminal moments of her career journey and the importance of listening to your instincts. Winfrey also offers advice to students on how to find their calling: “Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.
Steve Jobs at 2005 Stanford Commencement Address: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
Probably one of the best speeches you will ever see. An amazing piece of art that was once again brought to us by Steve Jobs. In spite this video was already seen by more than 50 million people, I had to place it on this list. If you’ve never watched it, please do not miss this chance.
Alexis Ohanian at Tools for Entrepreneurs: Making Something People Love
Renowned entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian will inspire you to think of unique ways to connect with your customers, and to build a community of users who want your business to succeed. In this class, you’ll learn some key branding, marketing, and user experience principles, plus speciﬁc tactics and strategies that you can use to create a company people love.
John C. Maxwell – “The Rule of 5 to Lifting your Lid”
This is an amazing video in which John C. Maxwell details what it takes to master anything in life. You can correlate it pretty much with momentum. He also introduces one major concept called “Lid”. As John will explain you, the higher is your Lid, the higher is your potential to lead. It’s fascinating, give it a look.
Simon Sinek on How to Get People to Follow You
Simon’s lessons on leadership ring true, not only because he spent the better part of a decade systematically studying leaders, but because his transition from marketing consultant to evangelist for global change came as a result of a personal crisis. Having fallen out of love with the very company he created, he turned a bout with depression into a revolution of the self that has helped him become one of the most impactful voices in the world of leadership.
You know, the internet is an interesting thing. The books I’ll share with you below can be bought and should be bought because all of them are worth every cent. Nevertheless, the internet often opens doors that shouldn’t be open, such as allowing the possibility to read or listen to these books for free, whether on YouTube or in free PDF versions you can find browsing. I’d like to state, however, that I definitely encourage you to acquire these books legally.
John C. Maxwell – The Success Journey
Defining success is a difficult task. Most people equate it with wealth, power, and happiness. However, true success is not a thing you acquire or achieve. Rather, it is a journey you take your whole life long.
In a refreshingly straightforward style, John Maxwell shares unique insights into what it means to be successful. And he reveals a definition that puts genuine success within your reach yet motivates you to keep striving for your dreams.
Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last
Why do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine the world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.
Jim Collins – From Good to Great
The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:
- Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness.
- The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence.
- A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology.
- The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.
Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends & Influence People
Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age.
Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity–principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
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