Passionate about social media and digital marketing, Akshat loves “people”. He deeply understands the current social land-grab and has deep creative instincts as well as practical thinking ability to help brands build success and reputation for themselves, both online and offline.

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The more you know, the more you grow. Although there might be a hundred cultural shifts like the mobile industry coming up, kindles and other tech gadgets coming in but books never lose their value. And you are one hundred percent wrong if you feel like watching a YouTube video on the same topic instead of reading an entire book would bring you any good.

When you stick through a book, you start behaving patiently. Because I agree, no matter how interesting the book is, it’s always hard to get through it. Trust me, it’s a fact. A couple days back, I wrote an article on Quick, Better Way To Read And Finish a Book. The previous article shows how you could read the following books faster and effectively. Also, I personally love reading books. Today, I decided to list my favorite ones below! Thank me later!

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

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Networking is important. With no hedge, it is one of the most important things to do when it comes to making an actual business happen. And the way you say hello to the person sitting next to you, determines how good you are with people. You never know the person sitting right next to you is a CEO of a million dollar company or he might be someone just like you who’s looking for collaborative efforts. Maybe you could form a team, maybe you can be the next greatest co-founders of all time, who knows! But would all this happen without the right communication? Absolutely not. As important communication is- to a healthy relationship, it is even more important we realize the right way to handle people and inculcate the ‘i like this guy’ factor in them. The book, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie explains just that. It explains exactly how effective communication can help you grow and build fans.

This book is something you should be starting with RIGHT AWAY.


2. Crush It!

By Gary Vaynerchuck

The only thing about Crush It is that it sends chills down my body every time I realize it is that this particular book was released in the year 2013. While we’re here weeping 2018, nothing makes more sense than this book when it comes to realizing the power of the internet. Gary did this at such an early stage- the stage when the internet was still a just-born. This book shows how a few basic principles make so much sense when you’re trying to grow yourself up. The book emphasizes on how social media, or on a whole, the internet, could make it easier for you to establish a footprint in this chaotic world.

This book is the first one you should be picking up if you’re interested in building yourself an online reputation. Proving the things he wrote about and moreover ‘predicting’ in Crush It, he released his new book Crushing it in the year 2018- proving that the strategies he mentioned in 2013 were exactly how we presented them.


3. Crushing It!

By Gary Vaynerchuck

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After writing one of the most influential books in 2013, the engagement guru, Gary Vaynerchuck (also known by his YouTube/Instagram name ‘Garyvee’) brought out his latest book Crushing It- which happened to be the #1 New York Times Bestseller. The book is super into social media and how one could use every platform present to build himself/herself a tremendous opportunity land. Gary has also proved to his audience that the facts that he spit back in 2013 in his book Crush It had made an exceptional impact and almost everything that he had mentioned still hold utmost value. The book, Crushing It is all about building influence and getting eyeballs to actually look at what you’re doing (if you’re doing something ofcourse). The tagline on the book’s front page says- “How great entrepreneurs build their business and influence- and how you can, too”.

Alongside reading a book, I’d also suggest you guys to follow my previous article where I explain the importance of having an audio book by your ears. Especially in Crushing It, Gary introduces many more experiences and bit advises which are not mentioned in the book. Honestly, this isn’t a fair deal to do as one is supposed to produce the exact version of the book as audio. But what’s fair is you going and checkout out the article-

Here’s a Quick, Better Way To Read And Finish a Book

The book also features numerous success stories giving a real-life insight of the people who have already been #CrushingIt.


4. The Magic of Thinking Big

By David J. Schwartz

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This is by far the most ‘positive energy implanter’ I’ve read so far. There is no possibility for one to think small again after going through even a few chapters in this book. Out of the list, this is the only book, that I read without a hitch. It has close to 330 pages and I read them all in two sittings. The book is super intuitive and goes into real-life scenarios with examples and ways one could really think big in down-pulling circumstances. The book is all about setting your goals high and exceeding them while persuading an eminent behavior towards life and situations.

I just cannot emphasize enough on how much positivity this book had implanted in me. A must read if you’re starting with something new and you feel life’s always dragging you down. That is never the case, it is just a new opportunity, that’s being put forward in a different manner. This book shows exactly how you could identify the pattern and live a happier, yet a bigger, more fulfilling life.


5. Rich Dad Poor Dad

By Robert T. Kiyosaki ft. Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A.

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Here is another #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller. This book is a direct hit to people who feel an educational qualification is a must for living a rich (fulfilling) life. This book takes examples of two dads, one who’s habits drown him and who always is a bad influence on his child and on the other hand, the other dad realizes the latest land-grab and explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich. The book does not completely revolve around money. Neither does it implore its readers to go out there and make a million bucks. All this book tries to get across is that how important it is to live a happy and a fulfilling life- regardless of what a few adults try to impose on children. Here a snippet on the back cover of the book:

Rich Dad Poor Dad will…

• Explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich.

• Challenge the belief that your house is an asset.

• Show parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids about money.

• Define once and for all an asset and a liability.

• Teach you what to teach your kids about money for their future financial success.

If you need the courage to go out of the block and do what you want to do, this book is your sword.

Remember, doing the right thing, is the right thing.

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