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10 Financial Books You Should Read In Nigeria Before The End Of 2019

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10 Financial Books You Should Read Before The End Of 2019

Financial books are necessary for becoming financially successful. Books are ointments that keep the mind alive generally so by extension, financial books keep the mind attuned to financial breakthroughs. A reader is a leader; so the saying goes. Books are essential in the renewing of the mind and the mind is important in becoming a better person in all ramifications of life.

Poverty is a state of the mind. You are poor in so far as you think that you are poor. you get it now right? The moment you begin to see yourself as rich and financially capable, you will begin to consciously and unconsciously gravitate towards financial freedom and wealth.

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Napoleon Hills stated that in a race, it not necessary the fastest that wins, but that the race is won by the man who thinks he can. Mehta opined that success is a product of working smarter and not harder. Check it out yourself, if the hard workers are to be the most successful people on earth, then the barrow pushers, mine workers, building laborers, and all manual workers would have been very wealthy.

But the most successful are actually the people who think through and innovate so that they can either establish business or keep one for the manual workers to participate in. The truth is that most of them have one thing in common; the mind is continuously renewed through the power of books.

The importance of books to humans cannot be overemphasized. Enough powers lie within financial books and you can only get better if you read. Unfortunately, Africans in general and Nigeria, in particular, have a very poor reading culture. It is as a result of this that it was stated by our colonial masters that the safest place to hide something from an average African is in the pages of a book. We must change this attitude.

Thank God the emphasis is now shifting to becoming entrepreneurs and not becoming dependent on what the government can offer. There are financial books that are widely acclaimed and they are so many. We are already at the other half of 2019, there is still time to read these books.

I wanted to suggest twenty of them but since the year is at its second half, I will cut it into ten. Take your time and study these very interesting and insightful and impactful financial books and make your businesses better. Increase your earnings, investments, and savings as you go through them.

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Ten Financial Books You Must Read Before 2019 Runs Out

  1. THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill

 

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Napoleon Hills was a journalist who researched very influential and successful millionaires who were self-made. It is a fact that he researched over 500 millionaires including the likes Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Charles Schwab and a lot of other notable names before releasing this powerful bestseller in 1937.

This financial book promises to help you understand the place of the intellectual in becoming successful. He will make you understand that there are psychological barriers that withhold from making money and walks you through how you can think your way through and become successful in your chosen business. Get a copy today

  1. THE LITTLE BOOK OF COMMON SENSE INVESTING by John C. Bogle

 

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Investment is the key to becoming a successful business man or entrepreneur. If you didn’t know that, then you are still in the kindergarten of business school. It is about the most effective way to build wealth when done correctly and wisely. In this book, John Bogle, the founder of the Vanguard Group and the person who created the world’s first Index Fund, gives details on the simplest, effective and efficient investment strategy known as “Investing in low-cost index funds. The impact of this book got Warren Buffet to admit that every investor should as a matter of necessity, pick up a copy.

  1. THE TOOLS OF TITANS by Tim Ferriss

This book explores the requirements for becoming a billionaire. Here, Ferriss explores the daily routines and habits of celebrities, professional athletes, hedge fund managers and lots more. Get a copy today and you won’t regret it.

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  1. THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON by George S. Clason

 

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This book was written by George Clason in 1926. It is a classic and has remained relevant in today’s business world. It is a must read for any serious entrepreneurial mind. Clason revealed the enormous secret to getting rich in the masterpiece. However, the term secret sounded to you; don’t worry because his secrets actually are simple concepts such as living within your means and paying yourself. He preached these simple concepts using parables.

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  1. RICH DAD POOR DAD by Robert Kiyosaki

 

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This book is an incredibly popular book that has become a masterpiece by Robert Kiyosaki. To him it is a big myth that you need to earn a lot of money to get rich. He did this by telling the story of two dads; his own and his best friend’s father. The difference being that while one was comfortable with a salary, the other one was breaking the barriers and making a lot of money without monthly salary. He further highlighted how to build incredible wealth even with a little salary. The climax of this book is the author challenging the popular belief that your house is an asset and distinguishing how average people and rich people choose to get paid. Pick a copy now.

  1. THE AUTOMATIC MILLIONAIRE by David Bach

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The author of this book, David Bach is a self made millionaire and a top financial advisor. This masterpiece of David is very easy to read and he did well in exposing a lot of misconceptions and misgivings about money. He is of the opinion that you don’t need a high budget, you don’t have to have a lot of money and you don’t even need will power to acquire and accumulate a fortune. Get a copy today and find out what you need.

 

  1. HOW RICH PEOPLE THINK by Steve Siebold

 

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Before putting up this book, Steve Siebold interviewed hundreds of millionaires and even billionaires. As at that time, he was completely broke and had to find answers he was not getting from the classroom. He made a huge discovery, poverty was all in the mind. To get rich, he wrote, “I had to learn to think like a rich person. … Once I changed my thinking, the money started to flow”. He maintained that everyone has the opportunity as well as the ability to become very rich in so far as the mindset is drafted and gravitating towards riches. Get a copy now and renew your mind.

8. BE OBSESSED OR BE AVERAGE by Grant Cardone

 

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Grant understands the concept of being rich and what it takes to be rich. He built five companies and has a multi-million dollar fortune. He understands money management. In this book, he emphasized that if you must be successful financially, you have to be very hungry for it. You also have to extremely focused and obsessed.

He is not a proponent of investing in a home, weird I suppose. He was strategic that he went from being broke at the age of 25 to becoming a millionaire by the age of 30.

  1. THE POWER OF BROKE by Daymond John

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Daymond John wrote an unconventional book and termed it the power of being broke. He was an investor in SHARK TANK and a powerful entrepreneur. He turned $40 worth of fabric into $6 billion brand, FUBU. He shows what being broke can do in the life of an individual. He admonishes that the fact that your account is low now does not mean you will not succeed. It has to spur you to more action.

  1. YOU CAN NEGOTIATE ANYTHING by Herb Cohen

 

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I’m very certain you understand the place of negotiation in an entrepreneur’s life. Therefore, it is pertinent that you do it well. This is what Herb Cohen explains in this book. If you want to increase your salary by negotiating a raise, or you want to increase your business empire by getting new partners, you have to arm yourself with this tool and see the wonderful result.

Dear reader, you have to read if you want to lead. Emancipate yourself from mental financial slavery and become the man or woman you had envisaged for yourself. Welcome to the millionaire’s world.

 

 

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The Nigerian labor market is very flexible with a skilled, low labor cost, highly motivated, and productive workforce. High level of education and efficiency are common factors for spotting exceptional employees. Besides, exceptional employees are easily self-motivated and self-managed.

Another important factor used for distinguishing an exceptional employee is the personality of the employee. This informs why some people are more successful at work than others? Travis Bradberry of Forbes magazine stated that following a research done around 2016, it was concluded that the key to exceptional performance is in the personality of the employee. Bradbery (2016) stated that the results indicate that “78% of leaders consider that personality distinguishes great employees, much more than cultural adjustment with 53% and even the skills of an employee (39%)”.

However, the qualities that the leaders pointed out as part of the personality are those of emotional intelligence. Unlike personality (which never changes), emotional intelligence can be transformed and improved. So executives don’t need to look for employees who have these skills. His duty, and also that of the company, is to help the entire team to enhance their emotional intelligence to become exceptional.

In essence, a typical team does all of its planning to achieve goals, with minimal intervention from management. Exceptional employees are also known to be healthily self-critical, with a willingness to learn and a commitment to making improvements both in production and performance.

It is clear, therefore, that the key indicators of exceptional employee are high level of education, efficiency at work, self-motivation, self-management, great personality, and emotional intelligence.

However, how can we see these playing out to determine how exceptional an employee? How does one spot the level of education, efficiency at work, self-motivation, self-management, great personality, or emotional intelligence of an employee? It is by observing if the employee has the following characteristics before and after employment.

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5 Ways To Spot An Exceptional Employee.

 Exceptional employees may be spotted using the 5 indicators below:

(1) The Employee Is Willing To Delay Gratification.

Exceptional employees work outside the range of job descriptions. Rather than expect recognition or compensation to come first, they move forward in their work, confident that they will be rewarded later, but they don’t worry if they aren’t.

(2) Exceptional Employees Tolerate Conflict.

While exceptional employees don’t seek conflict, they don’t run from it either. They can maintain their composure while presenting their positions calmly and logically.

(3) Exceptional Employees Are Focused.

Exceptional employees are not distracted by grumpy customers or disputes in the office. Rather, they know how to detect the important issues and that is why they stay focused on what matters.

(4) An Exceptional Employee Is Judiciously Brave but Courteous

An exceptional employee is willing to speak up, ask a difficult embarrassing question, or challenge an executive decision. Besides, an exceptional employee chooses the best time to do act and thinks before speaking.

(5) Exceptional Employees Control Their Ego

While the ego is part of an exceptional employee’s drive to constantly improve, they never overdo it. An exceptional employee admits when he/she is wrong and agrees to do things differently with or without correction.

Becoming an exceptional employee is a skill, an art that can be learned and practiced to efficiency. One of the ways to become an exceptional employee is to establishing open and trustworthy lines of communication with the management and co-workers.

Besides, the Human Resources (HR) department has a role to play in the building of an average employee into an exceptional employee. Rather than dismiss below average or average employees, the Human Resources (HR) team can deploy technology to improve their integration with the entity’s values. In this sense, e-learning, for example, can have great value in developing courses that convey to that person what it means to work in that company and what it contributes to society.

Another mechanism that may be used to is improve an employee’s performance is proper mentoring, that is, involving some of the people with the best reputation and knowledge within the organization to protect and accompany the toxic worker, giving them advice and offering advice whenever they need it. In this way, individual attitudes can change, although care should be taken so that it does not in any way cloud the relationship between the company and the staff.

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A school is a place where knowledge is acquired. As an aspiring entrepreneur, going to school is important because it helps you to add knowledge to your skills or ideas. A business school is a school where basically business-related courses are taught and it is advisable for all entrepreneurs to go to Business School in order to add additional knowledge and information to their skills. This will enable the entrepreneur to function and stay relevant in the Business and Corporate world.

Although going to a business school in Nigeria is somehow costly, there are different categories of business schools out there which one can enroll in and get the necessary professional skills for efficient business operations. Make your research and choose the one that is comfortable to you financially and which matches your day-to-day business operations. Luckily, you will find some that run at a subsidized rate and which you can attend while running your business simultaneously.

Why You Should Go To Business School As An Aspiring Entrepreneur

Why You Should Go To Business School As An Aspiring Entrepreneur

As an aspiring entrepreneur, making a choice to go to a business school is one of the best life decisions you will ever make. There are various reasons why you should go to a business school as an aspiring entrepreneur. In this article, I share 10 good reasons why you should go to business school with you as an aspiring entrepreneur in Nigeria.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Business School

(1) Attending A Business School Will Help You To Make Better Career Choice

Attending a business school as an aspiring entrepreneur will help you to make a better career choice and help you focus. There are different courses taught in the business school and going for (i.e., offering) these courses especially the ones that match your business delineation will help you to structure your business ideas and help you to make better decisions in your career.

Aside from helping you in your idea formation, execution, and expansion, attending a business school in Nigeria will help you to function well and have an edge in the cooperate world. As the world is going more digital today, it is most likely that only people with multiple streams of income wil be able to survive the tough climates of the future. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, with your degree from a recognized business school, you can work in the cooperate setting and also run a business as a side hustle.

(2) Attending Business School Will Help You To Attain Personal Growth

As an aspiring entrepreneur, attending a business school is not only for career development but also for personal growth. Let’s looking away from the monetary sacrifices or benefits and focus on the personal growth for a moment. When you attend business school, you get exposed to different categories of businesses. In business school, you will be exposed to in-depth knowledge of business education which will personally groom you for what lies ahead of you in both your business and career. It is a great opportunity for you to fulfill your goal of becoming a certified entrepreneur. Business school degree is equivalent to University Degree and fortunately they run postgraduate studies for graduates from other schools and Universities.

(3) You Get Upgraded Skills

As an aspiring entrepreneur, going to a business school will help you to acquire more skills. Examples are critical thinking and analytical skills which will help you to make good decisions in your business choice and anywhere you find yourself in the world. The knowledge and skills that you gain from business school will also help you in your day-to-day activities. Also, business school teach different skills related to the cooperate world. Some of these skills are Presentation Skills, Interpretation of data (Data Interpretation), Information Management and Personal Development skills which will help you to function not only in the business world but also in other areas of your life.

(4) Helps to Widen Your Scope

Business programs offered in business schools will widen your scope about your business. For example, with the knowledge gained from business school, you will learn how to and be able to write your business plan(s), structure of your business, have risk awareness, know different marketing strategies, learn finance management, and acquire leadership skills. Acquiring a skill is not enough in business. For example, we have a lot of people with different business ideas but who have difficulties with structuring the business and this limits the lifespan of their business. Therefore, business school will help to widen your scope about the business you want to venture to.

(5) Helps You To See Beyond Local Lens

Business programs/course taught in business school will help you to understand business beyond the local lens. It will expose you to working with different people; there are some business schools that run their program with international students. This will help to broaden the scope of study which will include studying business beyond your local environment or country (i.e., Nigeria).

(6) Business School Showcases Practicality Of Business

In most business schools, the students are taught practical business operations; they undergo several business projects which expose them to the practicality of business. There are several models and theories in business but as an aspiring entrepreneur, you will need more of practical in your business and the most interesting thing about going to a business school is that you will be exposed to both basic and comprehensive business practices which will help you stand out among your fellow aspiring entrepreneurs.

(7) Attending Business School Offers You The Opportunity To Further Your Education

Business school is not just for people who studied Business Administration and Management in the tertiary institution at bachelors (i.e., graduate) level but for everyone who wishes to have the knowledge of business. Therefore, there is opportunity for further studying i.e. you can obtain your Masters and Doctorate degree respectively in business. This is a great opportunity for people who graduated from other University courses but want to switch to Business Management and Administration or Entrepreneurship.

(8) It Helps To Fuel Your Passion

When you make a decision to go to business school as an aspiring entrepreneur, you are indirectly or directly fueling your passion for business. It will help you to take what you love seriously and see it from a different angle. Business practices taught in business school will help you to develop more interest in your field and it can also help you to make better decisions in your business idea which will help you to achieve your goals faster.

(9) Build Interpersonal Relationship Skills

Attending a business school as an aspiring entrepreneur will help you to develop interpersonal relationship skills which involve proper communication skills, customer relationship skills, and human relationship skills all of which is are basic skills you should have as an entrepreneur. You will learn how to communicate with people at different levels. You will be taught how to give business report and you will also acquire passive and active listening skills.

(10) Self Improvement

Doing new and different thing for yourself is a form of self-improvement. Going to a business school as an aspiring entrepreneur is a form of self-improvement because you are not just limiting yourself to only what you know. Rather, by engaging in academics, you are actively brainstorming, tasking your brain and challenging yourself to become a better person in your field, moving from just an entrepreneur to a business guru. Upon completion of your studies, you will not just have the skill but the knowledge of how to become a business mogul. Going to a business school as an aspiring entrepreneur is one of the best things that you can do for yourself.

Conclusion

As an aspiring entrepreneur you must dare to stand out by going beyond your circle to be the best among your peers. Going to a business school to acquire professional knowledge on business and management will help you to stand out both in the business and corporate world.

Looking for a business school you can attend close to you? Go through this comprehensive guide that shows a list of available business schools and their locations in Nigeria.

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When you acquire useful business administration/management knowledge and add this to your skills, you are unequivocally bound for the top of the game in your chosen business line. This is the more reasons it is advisable to go to one of the business schools that teach the basic business administration/management skills before or after acquiring the basic skills of a business. You can never be wrong to go to a business school.

I have noticed that a larger percentage of entrepreneurs with a form of formal education are always different from and perform comparatively better than those without any form of formal education. Therefore, to boost your game in entrepreneurship and up your ante as an entrepreneur, it is advisable for you an aspiring entrepreneur to get a formal education to upgrade your skills.

If you don’t know why you should go to Business School as an aspiring entrepreneur, then I advise that you should get that settled first before proceeding to the rest of the article. Why would you want to learn about available Business Schools in Nigeria when you don’t even know why you want to attend one in the first place! Well, I guess you know why already. But if you don’t, I have compiled a full guide that lists and explains 10 key reasons why you should go to Business School as an aspiring entrepreneur. You can get the full guide here.

In this article, I share the best business schools in Nigeria for aspiring entrepreneurs.

A business school is tertiary institution that offers a university degree equivalent certification upon competition of a training in a business-related courses.  The courses you can offer at a business school include Business Administration, Business Management, Business Strategy, Finance, Management Related Courses and Customer Relations related courses. The length/duration of the courses varies with the courses offered although they all share the in-depth knowledge in business. This is the more reason why you should enroll in one of these courses today.

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Best Business Schools For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

There are various business schools in Nigeria and I will be sharing the best of them with you in this article. The sprout and growth of the various business schools in the country currently is largely supported by the large population of Nigeria. Being the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria offers so many great opportunities for business making the establishment of business schools a beautiful idea to investors. Doubtless, these business schools have aided the growth of businesses in Nigeria.

Below is a list of best business schools in Nigeria, their offer packages and locations:

(1) Lagos Business School

Lagos business school was established by the renowned economist, Pat Utomi. It is a graduate business school of pan-Atlantic university officially owned by Pan Atlantic University Foundation. Over the years, Lagos business has been rated the best business school in Nigeria. The school offers different categories of courses for aspiring entrepreneurs which ranges from executive courses to basic business courses like Business Decision, Business Administration, Finance, Accounting and so on.

Lagos business school is really a good and reputable business school that suits all business styles. Due to the increasing trend in the digital world, they have introduced online courses for people/businesses which cannot be on ground physically for studies. This implies one can get a business degree online from the school from the comfort of his/her home.

(2) Business School Netherlands, Nigeria

Business school Netherlands, Nigeria was established in the year 2003 in Ikeja, Lagos State Nigeria. It is different from other business school because it is managed by foreigners. Its uniqueness is due to the fact that the school offers its students the opportunity to study at a lower rate especially if you are a Nigerian. Besides, the school teaches both the theoretical aspect of business and the practicality of business theory. Since their establishment in August 2003, they have made great effort in improving the business world in Nigeria.

(3) Executive Business School

Executive business school is one of the top business schools located in Nigeria. It was founded in 2007. This business school is unique because it is internationally affiliated to some schools oversees for example in Europe and the United Kingdom. Executive business school offers courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels e.g. Masters and doctorate degrees. They offer various courses in different spheres of business world e.g. Finance Accounting, Business, Information Management, Business Law and so on.

(4) African Business School

There is hope for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to gain knowledge and improve their skillset in Nigeria. African business school is a good choice business school located in Gwaripa Estate in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The school was established in the year 2000 and is not only affiliated with international institutions but national institutions also. They offer great courses in Business, Management, Finance, Accounting, Banking Studies, and Public Administration. The school is also known as Centre for Management Development. The courses offered in the school help to shed more light not only on business but also in the cooperate world.

(5) The Delta School Of Business And Technology

The Delta School of Business and Technology is located in Warri in Delta State, Nigeria. The school offers various courses ranging from Business Management to Business Technology. Besides, they offer skills acquisition training for undergraduate and unemployed graduates respectively. It is unique school to study because they offer both business knowledge and practicable skills at the same time.

(6) GPE Business School

GPE Business School is a known business school located in the south-eastern part of the country. The school which was founded in 2007 is located in Enugu State, Nigeria. They are unique because they offer free training for their best candidates that shows dedication to their work. They offer intense practical and research of/in business. The school teaches business education that helps to prepare aspiring entrepreneur for the business and cooperate world. They offer not only Undergraduate studies but also Postgraduate studies in various business courses.

(7) Integrated Business School

Situated in the northern part of the country, Integrated Business School was founded in the year 2000. It is one of the best business schools for aspiring entrepreneur who live in the northern part of the country. Specifically, the school is located in Kaduna state and has been officially accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

(8) Kaduna Business School

Kaduna Business School is a known Nigeria business school situated in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The school encourages innovative thinking among aspiring entrepreneur. They offer Business and Management Courses respectively and also train aspiring entrepreneurs for managerial roles. They teach professionalism and leadership in the business and cooperate world.

(9) West African Business School

The West African Business School operates in Nigeria and Ghana. It is located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. This school was founded in 2002 to provide the best knowledge for Business Managers and Public Administrators. Also, this school helps to train business men and women in skills training and development as well as business education. Besides, The West African Business School offers world class Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Business Administration and Management. It is one of the best business schools in Nigeria as evidenced in their laudable past records and the world class training offered in the institution.

(10) Bowell Business School

Bowell Business School is one of the best of business schools in Nigeria. Like The West African Business School, this school is also situated in Lagos State with another branch in Akure, Ondo state. The school delivers the best entrepreneurial and General Management education which helps to develop both Business and Management skills. They also deliver online training programs.

Conclusion

Attending a business school (in Nigeria) as an aspiring entrepreneur is one of the best things that you can do for yourself today. The knowledge and skills that you gain from the training that you undergo in any of these schools can help you to top your game and increases your chance of success in the entrepreneurship world. Make your thorough research on the different business schools I mentioned here today and pick the one of your choice. Best still, visit any of their physical offices for enquiries. No knowledge acquired is a waste.

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