Higher Learning – Recovery Edition

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Do the best you can until you know better; then when you know better, do better."

This well-known quote from Maya Angelou is almost like an entrepreneur’s personal motto, especially during this time of rebuilding and recovery.

In fact, in today’s world, you are probably looking for ways to bulletproof your business even further than it already was, and that means you must seek to know better. The easiest way to continue to level up your education is to employ a rotating stream of resources like the list we’ve curated for you here. Choose one or many, then turn your knowledge into the power to build yourself a more fortified business and a more fulfilling life.

The secret life of a CEO

The Secret Life of a CEO

This Freakonomics Radio podcast special series is only six episodes, featuring leaders of some of the world’s most formidable companies: Facebook, Microsoft, Virgin, PepsiCo, and more. Bonus full-length interviews with heavyweights like Richard Branson and Jack Welch are included as well—every episode offers useful insights, whether or not you sit in a corner office.

Winning With Data

by Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien

From strategy to sales, authors Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien dive into how big data drives internal culture and results, and provide guidance for companies seeking everyday business data solutions. This one will appeal to the eggheads, but it’s really for anyone looking to make better business decisions based on better information. In this world of heightened emotion and drama around every corner, a little data can go a long way.

Winning With Data


Think this NPR podcast about human behavior isn’t business-related? Peep their Season 6 theme and reconsider: “You hear the train barreling towards you and you’re tied to the tracks. It’s an impossible situation. Most people would panic, and then a tiny handful would think up improbable workarounds. This season on Invisibilia: Inventors in desperate times.” Inventors in desperate times indeed!


by Kip Tindell

Kip Tindell, CEO of the Container Store, writes about how his employee-first culture, five-star customer service model and more landed him on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For list for 15 consecutive years. An easy read and perfect for those who identify as “conscious capitalists,” Uncontainable just may contain the business insights you’re looking for during this recovery.

The Dip

The Dip

by Seth Godin

Of all these resources, probably none is more timely than The Dip by Seth Godin. Asserting that “winners do quit and quitters do win,” this bite-sized book delivers solid advice on how to tell if the obstacles you’re facing are worth the struggle, or if they’re just distracting you from becoming the best in the world. Let The Dip help you decide when to quit and where to invest your valuable energy.


With over eight million downloads, this podcast created by renowned business and finance coach Dave Ramsey offers inspiring stories from leaders who have been there, plus real tactical tips that you can implement now. With guests ranging from Green Berets to faith leaders to FBI agents, you’ll find something actionable in every episode. You won’t regret giving this one a listen in between Zoom meetings.

The success principles

The Success Principles

by Jack Canfield

If this bible of business isn’t already on your shelf, we won’t judge you, but we will wait right here while you go get yourself a copy. Canfield may be best known to some for his Chicken Soup for the Soul books, but his perspective of success is pure gold. Take the 64 principles one at a time and watch the transformation happen in your business and your everyday life. Trends come and go, but principles never die.

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