10 Books to Read During the Lockdown

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COVID-19 has changed our world forever. The pandemic has left an indelible mark on humanity; it has not only claimed lives and chattered homes, but it has also changed the way we live.

Virtual conferences and meetings have taken over. Remote work is now the order of the day with millions of bricks and mortar companies adopting new technologies to work from home. E-learning has gained unprecedented acceptance as an efficient means of education without any boundaries.

After the pandemic, some people are going to come out better and more prepared for the new wave of opportunities that will open up. Others who fail to prepare will join the statistics of the unemployed which will soar after the pandemic.

What would your fate be?

One way to prepare yourself for post-COVID-19 opportunities is to expand your horizons by reading some of the best books ever published. Books that will take you from where you are to where you want to be.

In the list below, you will find some of the best self-development books in the world, from self-development to business and even books on how to make money, the list is everything you need to keep you going as we are locked down.

These books are the best companion you can have during these lockdown seasons after your face mask.

The good thing is, you don’t have to go out to get the hard copies of these books, thereby risking catching the virus, you can read them online wherever you get your eBooks.

  1. Small Business Big Money by Akin Alabi

If you want to learn the trick of how to start to grow and turn your business into a money-making machine, then this book is all you need.

The book is written by one of the very successful young entrepreneurs in Nigeria right who has done well for himself. He is the owner of one of the successful football betting companies in Nigeria and he has other loads of small businesses that get him credit alerts.

So when someone like Akin Alabi writes a book on how to make money doing small business, trust him to know his onions.

This lockdown is a great opportunity to read this book and get all the knowledge therein. This book may be all you need to change your story for good and forever!

  1. The Smart Money Woman – Arese Ugwu

I read this book and it changed my mindset about money and how I make decisions around money. I’ll recommend this book to everyone – male or female – who wants to take charge of their finances, live a happy, wealthy, and guilt-free life.pink back books

The Smart Money Woman is a 210 paged book written by Arese Ukwu, who is out to help young Africans discover their power to build their future and make smarter money decisions as in helping them get money, keep money and grow money through her personal financial platform, Smart Money Africa.

The book is in the form of fiction but teaches important life lessons that have a life-changing effect on anyone who reads it.

The story revolves around a classic girl squad with Zuri being the protagonist and her best friends; Tami (the fashion designer), Lara (the oil and gas executive), Adesuwa (the lawyer), and Ladun (housewife). Zuri is a senior manager in a real estate firm in Lagos called Richmond Developments and earns six hundred thousand naira every month after taxes have been deducted.

  1. 7 Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – By Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of several well-known classics on this list, though I personally find it to be the most refreshing one. I have read it a million times. Lol.

In his book, Covey creates a framework that allows you to be successful. In order to achieve success though, you must first develop your ability to be both efficient and effective. There are many great lessons to gain along your way.

This self-help book is exactly what it sounds like: a guide to the habits of successful, effective people. In addition, the books have an important undertone that runs through it which forms the real power of the book and the prime takeaway: living with fairness and integrity is the path to maximum efficiency and success.

In a world where shortcuts, secret deals, and dishonesty are prominent, Covey’s classic preaches a message that the world needs more than ever — and shows you how to apply it in the form of simple, straightforward habits.

  1. Awaken the Power Within – Anthony Robin

Awaken the Giant Within is one of the best self-help books ever written by one of the most compelling writers ever. Robin has a number of great books to his name but this is arguably the best of them all.

Once you read it, you’ll know why.

Many of the books on this list hone in on a particular subject, but this one doesn’t. It gives you the whole damn thing and then some more. Robbins gives his best advice for improving your relationships, confidence, finances, and finding your purpose.

However, the main takeaway and the theme that runs through the entire book is that you have inner confidence, a giant within, that you can awaken by changing the way you think in a fundamental way. And doing so will allow you to create real change in your life– no matter the type of change you want to make happen. If that’s what you’re looking for, prepare to be blown away.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influence People was published in 1936. Since then over 15 million copies have been sold worldwide, making this one of the best-selling books of all time.

In 2011, it was number 19 on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books proving that this book is as effective now as it was in 1936.

It will teach you how to improve your social and communication skills in ways that will not only make you more likable, and more successful. It really is the only book that you need to be more successful.

  1. As A Man Thinketh was written – James Allen

Like a Man, Thinketh was published in 1903, and it has been a very popular self-improvement book ever since.

In this classic book on positive thinking, the author describes how each of us shapes the events around us, and creates our own lives of abundance.book shelf

Allen argues that the key to mastering your life is harnessing the power of your thoughts which will help you to develop into a positive and successful person.

As a Man, Thinketh is full of wisdom and will be an incredible source of inspiration to you.

  1. Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss

Tools of Titans is the number one book I’ll recommend for you if you are a startup owner or would-be entrepreneur.

Well-known investor and advisor Tim Ferriss interviewed about 200 true “world-class performers” and collected success tips and stories from them.

Ferriss shares insights about success stories on over 700 pages with his readers. He does not just give away tips and tricks but manages to relate them to everyday life without any problems. It provides answers to burning questions about the biggest movers, motivation, and productivity.

  1. The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz

This is another great book every entrepreneur who wants to be successful should read.

Ben Horowitz knows how to handle crises. In a captivating way, he talks about his experiences as founder and CEO, and also how fast a favorable wind can turn for a company. With incredibly much effort he manages to save his own company from bankruptcy.10 books on a table

Based on this experience his tips are based on what counts in turbulent times. He also explains how to carry out dismissals in a fair manner. His narrative is peppered with anecdotes and humorously written.

  1. The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz knows how to handle crises. In a captivating way, he talks about his experiences as founder and CEO, and also how fast a favorable wind can turn for a company. With incredibly much effort he manages to save his own company from bankruptcy.

Based on this experience his tips are based on what counts in turbulent times. He also explains how to carry out dismissals in a fair manner. His narrative is peppered with anecdotes and humorously written.

  1. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

The book subheading that points the target audience as “fast, risk-free and successful start-up companies” promises a lot. This book tells you how to develop a startup with minimal resource costs in terms of maximum constraints and a large number of potential challenges.

If you are just starting your way in the world of technology entrepreneurship and want innovation to be fully measurable and measurable, be sure to read it. The approach mentioned here can be used not only in IT but also in other areas.

So, there you go, which of the books on the list will you be reading first? Do you have any other book on your list that you would want to suggest? Feel free to make your comment in the session. If you have no suggestion, simply say hi to me and I’ll be glad to respond. Lol.

 

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