4 tools for business owners

Wherever you are in life, if you aspire to grow your business, you have to grow yourself too. A one-man band outlook will not help you when you have staff. In order to grow your business, you have to grow yourself too. There are lots of famous quotes out there, we have all seen them, but the truth is this, if you don’t grow, your capacity as a person won’t grow and so, you limit your own capability.

Human beings are capable of such much, yet we so easily rest on our laurels and don’t like to push our capabilities, stretch ourselves to reach new possibilities. Have you ever read the 4 hour work week by Tim Ferriss? His book is full of radical ideas, but what impresses me about this guy is his eagerness to conquer obstacles such as winning competitions with only a few hours preparation or learning a language in a few days. It shows the potential and ability of the human mind when it is set on a task.

Here are some of the tools I recommend to help you stretch yourself and grow…

1. Google Apps

For years I struggled with managing email, then I discovered Google apps. Mail, Calendar, Tools, Contacts all sync’d with your phone. Not only that, with Google drive you can create all the usual Microsoft office documents and have them stored in your drive for use anywhere anytime.

2. Evernote

I used to come across loads of great articles and inspirational ideas to help me in business. The problem was, how would I remember them all. Well, Evernote is the solution. Using my phone app and desktop tool I can cut and store articles to help me read them and recall them later without any stress.

3. Entrepreneur Magazine

What I really love about this online magazine is that it is incredibly practical. I have learned so much from this site and my Evernote is busting to the seems with useful material to help me learn and re-learn new ideas and remind me of the old ones. Some of my favourite articles are….

The Simple Secret to Making an Instant Connection With Everyone You Meet

Coach Yourself to Success With These 6 Tips

5 Ways for Bootstrapped Startups to Get Through the First Year

4. History

There is nothing new under the sun. Technology may develop but people despite this are pretty much the same. Looking at history and what people have done throughout time can bring you incredible inspiration and insight into how to grow as a person. I find the Bible gives me insight and wisdom. One particular part of the Bible which brings me inspiration is the Book of Proverbs. This book is crammed full of inspirational wisdom on life, business and how to grow as a person. I recommend it as a good read.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another   Proverbs 27:17

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.  Proverbs 22:7