Two years ago, when LeBron James announced “The Decision” to take his talents to South Beach and join The Miami Heat, it was met with much fanfare and controversy. As if Miami needed another reason to be hated, the decision, almost overnight, catapulted The Heat to the unenviable position of the most hated team in sports. LeBron in particular, suffered the brunt of the abuse. The pressure of such immense criticism and scrutiny proved too much, even for a man of his figurative and literal stature. As evidenced by his disappointing performance and subsequent loss in the 2011 NBA Finals, hate and outside noise can derail the best of intentions.
One year later, LeBron James is the NBA MVP, Finals MVP and 2012 World Champion. His transformation and growth came by way of his most profound realization; the biggest challenge to the heart of a champion NEVER comes from the outside, it comes from within! And this is true in every aspect of life!
Entrepreneurs are a unique bunch. We’ve made a conscious and deliberate decision to repudiate so-called job security for a more challenging expedition into the unknown. It takes an individual with steely resolve, and in some cases, a lack of aversion to risk, to brave the jungle that is entrepreneurship. As I close in on 10 years of business development, which includes building three unique corporations from scratch – a car dealership, a finance company, and now a multimedia marketing firm – I reflect on some of the books I’ve read that not only inspired me, but reconstructed my understanding of business strategies and tactics. Here are three of the most enlightening books I’ve read so far. I hope they’ll inspire you, my fellow entrepreneurs, the way they did me.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. This book was first published in 1936; however, the lessons in people management and relationships are timeless.
- Turn Around, How Carlos Ghosn Rescued Nissan, by David Magee. A testament to the importance of diversity and leadership.
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki. My most profound realization in business happened after I read this book. It reinforced my decision to become an entrepreneur, and taught me the power of passive income.
So there you have it, three great reads to get you through the good times and bad. Share and like us on facebook.com/SuccessMediaSoultions if you enjoyed this post.
As a life-long Miami Dolphins fan, I had a simultaneous sense of relief and apprehension after the beat-down we delivered to the Chiefs yesterday. No loyal fan wants to see their team have a losing season. However, with a losing season comes high draft picks and playoff hopes for next season. With Players like Richardson, Barkley and superstar QB Andrew Luck, all expected to be top draft picks out of college next spring, it’s understandable why Dol-fans are chanting, “suck for luck.” Ultimately, I believe you should play to win and let the chips fall where they may. And that goes for anything you do in life. So congratulations to my Miami Dolphins on their victory. Now lets go win the next eight games.