On the Bookshelf: Taking Charge

UPDATED: May 24, 2023
PUBLISHED: October 13, 2011
On the Bookshelf: Taking Charge

If everyone around you seems to have it all together, maybe it’s time to stop looking around. Instead of comparing yourself with others, start focusing on your efforts and outcomes. From the bookshelf this month, you’ll learn time-tested strategies that will help you take charge of your life, your business and your success.

Success Mapping: Achieve What You Want . . . Right Now!

by Arlene Johnson

Greenleaf Book Group, 2011

In Success Mapping , Arlene Johnson offers strategies and processes to help you achieve your goals. You’ll learn how to determine the best path, overcome obstacles and efficiently manage detours so you can create the life you want.

Beyond the easy-to-follow Success Map—a personalized plan for achieving your goals—the practical resources offered in this book set it apart from others in its genre. For example, the Decision Matrix will help you confidently come to a conclusion. This powerful tool is one of several that help set you on the right path.

Noteworthy Quote:

“Protect your time, energy and desired outcomes by leveraging the strengths you have.”

From this book you’ll learn how to:

►Become a problem solver.

►Prepare for obstacles so they don’t block your success.

The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom

by Carrie Wilkerson

Thomas Nelson, 2011

In the late ’90s, Carrie Wilkerson was more than $100,000 in debt, depressed, overweight and searching for a better way of life. Desperate to stay home with her newly adopted children, she started one home-based business and then another, climbed out of debt, shook her depression and lost 100 pounds. In 2007, she entered the online business space and watched her profits skyrocket. Today, she runs multiple six-figure businesses and says she has rendered herself and her husband “unemployable.” She’s a business coach, a popular keynote speaker, an information marketer and the mom to four children—her whys.

In The Barefoot Executive , Wilkerson pulls back the curtain and offers a transparent view of entrepreneurship. Transparent—as in candid enough to tell readers that the profits from one of her core businesses recently dropped by 40 percent and honest enough to explain how she structured her business so that the drop in revenue didn’t stall her success.

Those just entering the entrepreneurial fray will benefit from The Barefoot Executive’s tips for moving from idea to done. Seasoned business owners will appreciate Wilkerson’s powerful strategies that (when implemented consistently) can increase earning opportunities. And whether you’re a newbie or a serial entrepreneur, the practical how-to information, action steps and case studies will provide the inspiration and information you need to thrive as the CEO of your own business.

Noteworthy Quote:

“Turn your excuses into the reasons why you must succeed, the reasons why you must take action.”

A few things you’ll learn from this book:

►Why profits are more important than passion.

►How to recession-proof your income.

►Why it’s more important to get your product or service to market than to get it perfect.

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

by Dave Ramsey

Howard Books, 2011

Your team will never be stronger than you; that’s why leadership is a critical business skill. Whether you’re growing a small business or managing a team of thousands, the principles Dave Ramsey teaches in EntreLeadership will help your organization thrive. Through practical step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to instill unity and personal responsibility in your team, how to reach your goals and how to effectively manage your business’s finances.

Noteworthy Quote:

“For our purposes EntreLeadership is defined as ‘the process of leading to cause a venture to grow and prosper.’ ”

From this book you’ll learn how to:

►Set goals for yourself and your business.

►Create a culture of communication.

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