Whether you’re starting a new venture or in need of a touch-up, here are 10 excellent reads (all available on Amazon) to get you going:
1. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
A classic to put you in the proper mindset for business: to get what you want, pick a destination and work relentlessly to that end. Hill had unprecedented access to all the millionaires and billionaires of his age, and the resulting text is fantastic.
- How to Win Friens and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How do you take your interpersonal skills to the next level? Use honey instead of vinegar.
3. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco
A gritty, real, and personal account of one man’s journey from $0 to millions. Partly autobiographical, with general business lessons throughout.
4. The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
As Tim says: “what would this look like if it were easy?” In the spirit of his beloved Pareto principle, Ferriss teaches you to find the 20% of activities that are creating 80% of the results. PSA: you need to work extremely hard before you ever reach a 4-hour work week.
5. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
A look at how to use the compound effect (exponential growth over time) in your business for massive results.
6. The One Thing by Gary Keller
A look at how to become more productive. Namely, keep asking yourself this question: what is the one thing that, by doing it, will make everything else easier or unnecessary?
7. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin
Learn how to manage your money like your life depends on it… because it kind of does! This book gives you an easy system for tracking all spending and earning, and transforms how you manage your wealth.
8. The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo
This isn’t a “business” book in the same way the others are. It’s not tactical instruction. Instead, it’s a short story of a Spanish shepherd named Santiago, and his quest to realize his own “personal legend.”
9. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
A full crash-course in what it really means to think positively. How to change your beliefs, how to frame situations in a positive light, and how to manage your “state” to get better results in life and at work.
10. Influence by Robert Cialdini
Learn the basic tactics of human persuasion such as reciprocity, small initial commitments, and social proof.
So that’s my list! If you read something else that you really like as well, leave a comment about it. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’d like to learn from you in the same way that you learn from me every now and then. So, comment away!
Even if they’re not strictly business books (you’ll notice that I put Coehlo’s The Alchemist on here), I’d still love to hear about them. In fact, out of the genre is appreciated.
All the best, and I’ll see you in the next one.