Millennials. I am one of them. Love us or hate us. We are going to be around for a while.
There are countless articles that talk about how to understand Millennials to effectively work with us.
As a Millennial, I was raised in a rapidly, evolving technological era. So, I do see things a bit differently.
But I am not an entitled Millennial. I try to understand all generations to work with them effectively in business.
It is not about Baby Boomers or Gen-Xers rolling out the red carpet for us. It is our job to invest in ourselves personally and professionally to become some of the best business professionals in our industry.
Americans are now working an average of 47 hours a week, replacing the traditional 40 hour workweek. If you are the typical entrepreneur, you are probably working over 50 hours a week.
Unfortunately, longer workweeks make just about everything a bit harder. Sometimes, long workweeks can reduce motivation and inspiration. So how can Millennial entrepreneurs stay inspired and motivated despite working longer hours?
Employ reading. A print book or e-book? The choice is yours.
You should consider reading on your bus or train commute to the office or on the way home. If you live in a big city and are stuck in traffic for a while, it might not be a bad idea to read one or two pages of a book.
So here are my three book recommendations for Millennial entrepreneurs.
1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Success is built on habits. So it is foolish to neglect the power of your habits.
Charles Duhigg educates and entertains readers in this book. The New York Times reporter explains how you can tweak your behavior to influence your habits. You will appreciate the various historical and modern examples he uses to illustrate his points.
2. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza
There is this advice that you have probably heard from many people: “Be yourself.” Really? Is that really a good idea?
Dispenza argues that being yourself is often a bad idea. Since many people become content with living an unfulfilled life, it may be a good idea to break the habit of being yourself.
As a graduate of neuroscience, he explains the neuroscientific process of breaking the old self and become your preferred self to live an ideal life.
3. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
Corporate social responsibility has become a 21st century standard. People are more interested in supporting businesses that are making a difference in their world.
In this book, Blake Mycoskie advocates the importance of having a story. The founder of TOM Shoes explains that a story encourages customers to not only buy your products but feel that doing so makes them a part of a greater cause.
The Final Word
Books are not the only tool to keep you inspired and motivated, but they are the most practical to implement into your daily routine. Will reading make you a more successful entrepreneur? Without a doubt.