Self-help books have gotten a rather rotten reputation as of late. If you read them you are lame. If you write them you are crazy. Luckily these labels are generalized stereotypes and can’t be applied to all books in the genre. There are some self-help books out there that eschew the “normal” advice and provide you with the background and motivation you need to move your life in a positive direction. Think Like is one of those books.
Rather than provide you with a list of things you are doing wrong, Think Like focuses on showing you what other people have done right. You can think of it more like a non-fiction account of great successes as opposed to a generic list of advice. What’s more? The successes featured aren’t your everyday wins. No, they are tales of international achievement riddled with information on the habits and practices of the people achieving them.
So, how does this help you? Really the answer is all in how you read the book. If you’re just looking for inspiration then you can page through it much like the year’s best beach read. You’re sure to find words of wisdom. There’s bound to be pages you’ll dog-ear for a valuable takeaway or two. Plus, it’s full of fun facts about all of your favorite celebrity entrepreneurs.
If you’re looking to make a change, however, you’ll want to make more of an effort to engage with the content. Highlight any of the habits that you practice on a daily basis. Mark the ones you want to incorporate into your routine moving forward. Take some time to really think about the attitude and mindset of each of the individuals featured in this book. How are you alike? How are you different? Can you make those differences work for you?
The best thing about Think Like is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all book. The successes of 21 different entrepreneurs are featured among the pages and I can guarantee you that not a single one of them got to the top by doing exactly what someone else did…or what someone else told them to do for that matter. They carved their own path, but they did so with a huge breadth of knowledge and best practices tucked away for reference. This book gives you access to that knowledge and those best practices in a single, portable place.
When you get right down to it, Think Like can hardly be considered a self-help book. In fact, it’s probably more of a self-awareness book…or a self-motivation book. You’ve already got what it takes to make it to the top. You don’t really need help. You just need a little bit of motivation and a whole lot of examples. Why not get them from Think Like?