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3 Business books to drive your success in 2017.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance By Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, a distinguished psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and winner of a 2013 MacArthur Genius Fellowship, leads readers to the belief that grit is equally as important as either talent or IQ in determining success.

Duckworth's book shares stories of those who have accomplished major achievements fueled by their passion and perseverance. She also showcases a "grit scale" and survey-based research about how grit is an indicator of the ability to succeed. The test is available in the book, as are tips on how to develop grit, and how we can encourage it in others.

The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage By Daymond John

Shark Tank investor Daymond John got his start as an entrepreneur and co-founder of the urban clothing line FUBU initially by selling hats on the streets without funding. This taught him to become creative and aggressive in business. It also taught him that being broke wasn't a negative, but instead, a positive, when mixed with passion.

From John's book, readers learn that a lack of money is actually a competitive advantage. John also focuses on how he learned from expensive mistakes and the successes and failures of others. The Power of Broke offers practical advice, stories of success, and tales from behind-the-scenes of Shark Tank.

The Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person By Shonda Rhimes

With her book, Shonda Rhimes-creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandai--writes about how saying "yes" changed her life. In the poignant and hilarious, blog-style prose, Rhimes' decision to say "yes" to everything led to her saying "yes" to herself; shedding some weight, spending more time with friends and family, and ultimately finding her own path to happiness.

The book discusses how her experience can serve as a guide for you to change your life, too. It teaches that being a badass doesn't mean you have to do it all atone. Her candidness can help others to learn ways to say "yes" that are not detrimental to themselves.

Lynne D. Johnson writes, teaches, and consults with companies on how to better engage with their audiences. Follow her on Twitter @lynneluvah.

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Author:Johnson, Lynne D.
Publication:Black Enterprise
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Date:Jan 1, 2017
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