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Level up your productivity with these 5 books

Want to level up your knowledge of business? Here are 5 books you can read to raise your productivity and increase the efficiency of your business operations.

Each of these books made my list because they've had a profound impact on the way that I think and the way that I conduct business. They've challenged me to think more strategically and less haphazardly, as is often my default mode.

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Deep Work by Cal Newport

My favorite takeaway: Focus. Focus. Focus. Everything in life comes back to focus. If you're not actively fighting for where you want your attention to go, it will naturally drift to the next shiniest object that it sees.

Learning how to discipline oneself in this area of clearing out the distracting things that constantly bombard them helped me not only in my professional life, but also in my personal and family life, too. Focus your time and attention where you want to see results. And this book will teach you how you can start doing just that.

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$100M Offers by Alex Hormozi

My favorite takeaway: Confidence. This book gets straight to the good stuff and provides some very practical ways that you can make your business offering stand out above the rest.

The same day I started reading this book I saw direct results in my day-to-day about how I viewed our business, our competitors, and the marketplace as a whole.

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How to be a Chief Operating Officer: 16 Disciplines for Success by Jennifer Geary

My favorite takeaway: This book challenged me to view operations from a more holistic view. For example, working in tech, I often don't have to think on or worry as much about physical supply chains, or logistics that would otherwise affect a business that relies heavily on import/export of items.

This challenges me to prepare for future growth, if our business were to ever expand into those areas, or if I held a future position that required that knowledge.

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Idea to Execution by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg

My favorite takeaway: Build things using tools that already exist. You will get to where you want to go much more quickly!

It's amazing how many tools are already in existence that can be pieced together to test MVPs of an idea or create entirely new lines of business. All from things that are already there! Knowledge and awareness of those tools equates to increased power.

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Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares

My favorite takeaway: This book allowed me to recognize the things I'm doing that "aren't moving the needle" for my company as much as they should be. And as a result, helped me reduce my time spent focusing on things that do more distracting than helping to drive results.

It's very applicable to startups, but I think any stage of a business or organization could benefit from applying some of the principals found inside of this book.

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(Bonus) Your Next Five Moves by Patrick Bet-David

My favorite takeaway: "Stop thinkin' like an amateur!" This book is all about strategy. It helped me learn to pause and evaluate all possible outcomes of a scenario before entering into a situation so that I can be as prepared as possible for any curveballs that might come up.

Also: this book made me pick up learning how to play chess.

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What's one impactful book that's helped you level up your productivity? I'd love to know what it is! You can let me know in the comments.

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