Reading books is one of the best habits one can build. You all may have heard that books are the real companions of humans. This is not just a sentence, it’s a fact. Those who build this powerful habit of reading have completely changed their lives. Reading can mean a difference between poverty, mediocrity, and riches.
I am greatly obsessed with reading and read books whenever I get some free time. I read 1-2 books per week. This habit of reading books actually put the idea of entrepreneurship in my mind.
However, as having an entrepreneur mindset, I am pretty much interested in reading the lives of great business tycoons. I come across their life journey on how they started from zero and made great empires in their fields. After reading their life journey filled with so many ups and downs, failure, and success, I generally think that if they can do why can’t I do the same.
Albert Einstein once said you should strive not to be the man of success, but rather to be the man of value. That’s the core concept of reading inspirational books. Reading books is a great way to feed your mind good attributes like values, knowledge, building character, and optimism.
This year I am committed to reading all the best business books that I can find.
I will show you the 81 most influential business books that can completely change your way of thinking and destroy the bridge between your poverty and riches.
Top 81 Business books
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- Zero to One by Peter Theil
- Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
- The Business of 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki
- The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
- Parable of Pipeline by Burke Hedges
- Attitude is Everything by Jeff Keller
- The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
- The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
- The Master Key to Riches by Napolean Hill
- The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J Stanley
- Alibaba by Duncan Clark
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
- The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
- Rich20Something by Daniel Dipiazza
- Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher
- The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom
- What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
- Drive by Daniel H. Pink
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
- The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
- The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek
- Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
- The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- 10X Marketing Formula by Garrett Moon
- Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk
- The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by AI Ries and Jack Trout
- Business Adventures by John Brooks
- The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
- Losing My Virginity by Sir Richard Branson
- The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco
- The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons by Napolean Hill
- The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires by Brian Tracy
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- The E-myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
- The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller, Cliff Haby
- Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
- Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite by Paul Arden
- Before You Startup by Pankaj Goyal
- The Leader in You by Dale Carnegie
- Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Peterson and Joseph Grenny
- The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
- The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
- Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins
- The Business of 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki
- High-Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
- The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone and Gildan Media
- Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
- Company of One by Paul Jarvis
- Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
- Crushing it by Gary Vaynerchuk
- Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
- The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
- Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz
- Hooked by Nir Eyal
- The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
- How to be a Power Connector by Judy Robinett
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
- The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and John David Mann
- Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
- The Champion’s Mind by Jim Afremow
- Winning with People by John C. Maxwell
- Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
The above-given books are the best seller among various business tycoons. For those who want to start up their own business, these books act like navigation to their dreams.
Now, let’s go through each and every book in detail:
1. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad is written by One of the most successful real estate investors ‘Robert Kiyosaki‘ and published in 1997. Since then it has become No.1 personal finance book of all time, with millions of copies sold worldwide.
Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
2. Zero to One: Notes on Start-Ups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
Zero to One is another great book for entrepreneurs that is an international bestseller book.
The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.
3. The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
Did you know that your mind has a ‘mind’ of its own? Yes! Without even realizing, our mind is often governed by another entity which is called the sub-conscious mind.
The power of your Subconscious Mind is an ideal book to unravel your subconscious mind. In this book, you will come to know the infinite limits of your mind. This book can bring to your notice the innate power that the sub-conscious holds. We have some traits which seem like habits, but in reality, these are those traits that are directly controlled by the sub-conscious mind, your habits or your routine can be changed if you can control and direct your sub-conscious mind positively.
In this book, ‘The power of your subconscious mind’, the author fuses his spiritual wisdom and scientific research to bring to light how the sub-conscious mind can be a major influence on our daily lives. Once you understand your subconscious mind, you can also control or get rid of the various phobias that you may have in turn opening a brand new world of positive energy.
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the first best-selling self-help books ever published. Written by Dale Carnegie and first published in 1936, it has sold More than 15 million copies worldwide.
The possible situations are endless: you’ve moved to a new town and forgotten how to do this “people” thing; your long-term relationship has left your social network lacking, or maybe you merely lack social skills – whatever it is, we all need friends. What should be as simple as eating and breathing seem such an intimidating process, doesn’t it? As with anything, take it one step at a time. Throughout human history, the predominant way we’ve built relationships is through real-time conversation. This throne is about to be taken over if it hasn’t already been.
This book is still as vibrant and helpful as the day it was written it offers a simple set of guidelines, lucidly explained, that will enable every reader to gain insights into being Popular, Persuasive, Influential, and Happy in all of his or her relationships.
5. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
Think and Grow Rich is another best international book with millions of copies sold worldwide. You can imagine the usefulness of this book by knowing that the author took 20 years to analyze more than 500 successful businessmen and then he wrote this book.
In this book, you will get actionable techniques that can help one get better at doing anything, not just by rich and wealthy, but also by people doing wonderful work in their respective fields. There are hundreds and thousands of successful people in the world who can vouch for the contents of this book. At the time of the author’s death, about 20 million copies had already been sold. Numerous revisions have been made in the book, from time to time, to make the book more readable and comprehensible to the readers.
6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is an effortless and straightforward story based on the life of an Andalusian guy named Santiago. He is a shepherd who is a day-long engaged in and around his sheep. He persistently gets a dream about a treasure kept for him at the Pyramids of Egypt and believes in the dream as diligently as if some prediction has been made to him.
That man approaches a vagabond, regarding the same for a piece of advice. The vagabond makes him believe that the dream indeed is true and insists on him to go to Egypt. Santiago embarks on his journey searching for the treasure, oblivious of the situations and experiences to be thrown at him by life. Initially, he meets an old man who pretends to be a king. He advises Santiago to continuously seek for premonitions and see them as signals from the Universe.
The alchemist was initially published in the Portuguese language in the year 1988. It became an international bestseller although at a sluggish pace. More than 65 million copies of this book have been sold and it has been translated into around 71 languages till the year 2011.
7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by R. Stephen Covey
‘The 7 habits of Highly Effective People’ is a book that aims at providing its readers with the importance of character ethics and personality ethics. The author talks about the values of integrity, courage, a sense of justice, and most importantly, honesty. The book is a discussion about the seven most essential habits that every individual must adopt in order to live a life that is more fulfilling.
8. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz
Magic of Thinking Big was first published in 1959, David J Schwartz’s classic teachings are as powerful today as they were then. Practical, empowering, and hugely engaging, this book will not only inspire you, but it will also give you the tools to change your life for the better – starting from now.
More than 6 million readers around the world have improved their lives by reading The Magic of Thinking Big.
9. The Business of 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki
The Business of the 21st Century is written by Robert T. Kiyosaki, author of the best international seller book ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad‘.
In this book, he explains the revolutionary business of network marketing, without the usual hype about magnificent potential incomes, but rather, in the context of what makes any business a success in our current economic situation. The book offers great believability to multilevel marketing business and justifies why it is an ideal avenue to make money.
10. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
The Intelligent Investor is written by ‘Benjamin Graham’, a professional investor and economist, known all over the world and known to be the father of ‘Value Investing‘.
Warren Buffett, the world’s most popular and successful stock market investor inspired by this book and made billions of dollars in the field of the stock market.
This book aims at preventing potential investors from substantial errors and also teaches them strategies to achieve long-term investment goals.
11. Secrets of Millionaire Mind, mastering the inner game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is two books in one. Part I explains how your money blueprint works. Through Eker’s rare combination of street smarts, humor, and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and “revise” it to not only create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it.
In Part II you will be introduced to seventeen “Wealth Files,” which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth.
12. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.
This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: How Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per MONTH and 4 hours per week How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist.
13. The Parable of the Pipeline: How Anyone Can Build a Pipeline of Ongoing Residual Income in the New Economy by Burke Hedges
In the parable of the pipeline, Burke Hedges explains how virtually anyone can leverage their time, relationships, and money to become a millionaire.
The parable of the pipeline: why job security is an illusion. And why pipelines of residual income provide the only true security. Why pipelines are the secret behind every million-dollar fortune. Why one pipeline is worth a thousand paychecks. How to build a million-dollar pipeline on less than 4 dollars a day! How average people without a lot of money can leverage their time and relationships to create the ultimate pipeline.
14. Attitude Is Everything: Change Your Attitude … Change Your Life! by Jeff Keller
Do you dread going to work? Do you feel tired, unhappy, weighed down? Have you given up on your dreams? The road to a happier, more successful life starts with your attitude and your attitude is within your control. Whether your outlook is negative, positive, or somewhere in between, Jeff Keller, motivational speaker, and coach, will show you how to take control and unleash your hidden potential through three powerful steps: -THINK!
Success begins in the mind. The power of attitude can change your destiny. -SPEAK! Watch your words. How you speak can propel you towards your goals. -ACT! Don’t sit back. Take active steps to turn your dreams into reality. Soon, you will be energized and see new possibilities. You will be able to counter adversities and develop talents unique to you. Your relationships will improve, both at work and in your personal life. All you need is this step-by-step program to change your attitude and your life!
15. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch
Vilfredo Pareto created a revolutionary principle, known as the Pareto’s principle or the rule of 80-20, the core of this principle lies in the fact, that 80 percent of the results which one receives in a field of activity is a result of 20 percent of the efforts.
In the case of business, merely 20 percent of the customers helps in generating 80 percent of the revenue. This principle is developed and presented in a systematic way by Richard Koch. He not only explains the intricacies of the principle but also goes a step ahead by explaining the reasons that make this principle work.
16. Outlier: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an invigorating intellectual journey to show us what makes an extreme overachiever.
He reveals that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where successful people are from: their culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell examines how the careers of Bill Gates and the performance of world-class football players are alike; what top fighter pilots and The Beatles have in common; why so many top lawyers are Jewish; why Asians are good at maths; and why it is correct to say that the mathematician who solved Fermat’s Theorem is not a genius.
17. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Giving an insight into the power of thoughts; the effect they have on our health, body, and circumstances; and how we become what we think; this compelling literary essay by James Allen contains practical wisdom which will inspire, enlighten and help us discover our hidden powers. Written in a spiritual tone, As a Man, Thinketh has been a valuable source of inspiration ever since its first publication in 1903. It continues to remain a classic bestseller.
18. The Science of Getting Rich: Discover the Secrets to Wealth by Wallace D. Wattles
In his book, Wattles stresses the power of the human mind claiming that one’s way of thinking can attract or repel wealth. According to him, there are certain laws that govern the process of acquiring riches.
Once these laws are obeyed by any person, he will get rich with certainty. Discover the law of attracting wealth from among the first master to propagate it. Discover the secret of how to get rich, starting from where you are, with what you have.
‘The Science of Getting Rich’ holds the secret to how economic and emotional security can be achieved in a practical, imaginative, and non-competitive way while maintaining a loving and harmonious relationship with all of life. ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ remains relevant more than 100 years after its initial publication.
19. The Master Key to Riches by Napolean Hill
The Master-Key to Riches, a powerful formula for self-improvement, shows you how to harness the powers of your will and mind so that you can achieve mental happiness, business success, spiritual vitality, and financial superiority. This book is written by Napolean Hill, author of one of the best international seller books ‘Think and Grow Rich’.
Millions of readers all over the world are grateful to Dr. Napoleon hill for his now classic Think and Grow Rich. The Master-Key to Riches provides the key to why some people become successful and how you can become one of them.
20. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D. and William D. Danko Ph.D.
The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword for the twenty-first century by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.
21. Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark
This book is based on the life of ‘Jack Ma’, founder of one of the most successful e-commerce companies ‘Alibaba’. Jack Ma was the one who had tasted the failure number of times, but now he is multi-billionaire having business all over the world.
In just a decade and a half Jack Ma, a man who rose from humble beginnings and started his career as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into the second largest Internet company in the world.
The company’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the world’s largest, valuing the company more than Facebook or Coca Cola. Alibaba today runs the e-commerce services that hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend on every day, providing employment and income for tens of millions more. A Rockefeller of his age, Jack has become an icon for the country’s booming private sector and as the face of the new, consumerist China is courted by heads of state and CEOs from around the world.
Clark tells Alibaba’s tale within the wider story of China’s economic explosion—the rise of the private sector and the expansion of Internet usage—that haver powered the country’s rise to become the world’s second-largest economy and largest Internet population, twice the size of the United States.
22. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Issacson
Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years – as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues – this is the acclaimed, internationally bestselling biography of the ultimate icon of inventiveness.
Walter Isaacson tells the story of the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
23. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry by Dale Carnegie
This book introduces ways to prevent fatigue and worry and cultivate a mental attitude that will bring peace and happiness. it offers insights on how to break the worry habit and brings for you not an only magic formula for solving worry situations but a way to conquer it all together.
A result of his own experiences and realizations, Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living has inspired many and helped them triumph over their worries. with timeless practical advice, this classic bestseller holds the power to change your future.
24. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the key to high performance and personal renewal tells you how to use your energy positively. The number of hours in a day is fixed and so time is not unlimited or flexible but the quality and quantity of energy in ourselves is not limited or inflexible. This book teaches you the fundamentals of power, to revolutionize the way you live.
25. Rich20Something: Ditch Your Average Job, Start an Epic Business, and Score the Life You Want by Daniel DiPiazza
Daniel DiPiazza, the young founder of the massively popular Rich20Something.com, was once a typical twentysomething, logging mind-numbing hours at low-paying jobs in hopes of moving up. Then it hit him: This doesn’t have to be my life. Now twenty-eight, DiPiazza has launched multiple successful businesses with zero startup capital—simply by identifying and monetizing his skills into a career and life he loves. And with this book, so can you.
26. Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher
I’ve reinvented my career, my interests, my life, many times over the past twenty years. This is the book I wish I had at the beginning of that long and often volatile journey. I found when I outsourced my self-esteem to only one outcome, disaster resulted. Reinvention was the key to ensuring that the outcomes in life were positive ones.
And now the entire world: technology, governments, the shifting landscapes of opportunity and success, are all turning upside down, forcing us to reinvent as individuals and as a culture. , Along my own journey, I have read and encountered dozens of other successful leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, and mentors who I have learned the art of reinvention from.
The journey has been intense. The obstacles were hard-fought. And the adventures that led to me now finally sharing it all in this book has been both painful and exhilarating. I describe specific techniques, share stories, tell the stories of others, and give the ultimate guide to not only how but why it is critical for people to master the skills of reinvention.
What I’ve learned: change is the only constant. Companies decay, technologies disappear, governments change, relationships change, and opportunity is a shifting landscape. Reading the stories and learning the critical skills taught in Reinvent Yourself is how I found my own way through the chaos of change and onto the path of new opportunity and success.
27. The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom
Borrowing a leaf from an accomplished life is enough to decode success, says Robert G. Hagstrom in his book, The Warren Buffett Way, +Website. The author goes on to analyze various moves and decisions made by Warren E. Buffett. This book explores the forethought of a man who commenced his entrepreneurial ambitions with a mere 100 dollars in his pocket and ended up building a $20 billion empire.
The author has observed Buffett’s numerous pathbreaking ventures over a period of ten years. During his research, the author made sure to include even minor aspects related to the entrepreneur. Being a philanthropist and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren E. Buffett was born in 1930. From selling chewing gum and Coca-Cola to his neighbors to becoming the wealthiest man in the world, this book gives new perspectives to prospective entrepreneurs.
28. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful! by Marshall Goldsmith
Perhaps one small flaw a behavior you barely even recognize is the only thing that’s keeping you from where you want to be. It may be that the very characteristic that you believe got you where you are like the drive to win at all costs is what’s holding you back. As this book explains, people often do well in spite of certain habits rather than because of them and need a “to stop” list rather than one listing what “to do”. Marshall Goldsmith’s expertise is in helping global leaders overcome their unconscious annoying habits and become more successful. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag but in this book, you get his great advice for much less.
29. Drive by Daniel H. Pink
A book that will change how you think and transform how you live
Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things and to do better by ourselves and the world.
Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.
The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that’s being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It’s about testing your vision continuously, adapting, and adjusting before it’s too late. Now is the time to think about Lean.
31. The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More by Chris Guillebeau
You no longer need to work nine-to-five in a big company to pay the mortgage, send your kids to school, and afford that yearly holiday. You can quit the rat race and start-up on your own – and you don’t need an MBA or a huge investment to do it.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau is your manual to a new way of living. Learn how to:
– Earn a good living on your own terms, when and where you want
– Achieve that perfect blend of passion and income to make work something you love
– Take crucial insights from 50 ordinary people who started a business with $100 or less
– Spend less time working and more time living your life
32. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
If you have a lean purse and are looking for financial wisdom, you’ve picked the perfect book!
“A PART OF ALL YOU EARN IS YOURS TO KEEP.”
From the importance of savings to the essentials on how to become wealthy, this collection of famous Babylonian parables imparts timeless financial wisdom. It offers insights on how to become wealthy and how to attract good luck and discusses the five laws of gold.
A perfect guide to understanding finances and a powerhouse of time-tested principles to gain and retain personal wealth, The Richest Man in Babylon have been inspiring readers for generations. It continues to remain a classic bestseller.
33. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek
Why are some people and organizations more inventive, pioneering, and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again?
Because in business it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters why you do it.
Steve Jobs, the Wright brothers, and Martin Luther King have one thing in common: they STARTED WITH WHY.
This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or to be inspired.
Based on the most-watched TED Talk of all time.
‘One of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years’ William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes
‘This book is so impactful, I consider it required reading’ Tony Robbins, bestselling author of Awaken The Giant Within.
34. Built To Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James Collins and Jerry Porras
‘This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. Nor is it about just having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies.’
Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Collins and Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each company in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day – as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: ‘What makes the truly exceptional companies different from other companies?’
Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the twenty-first century and beyond.
35. The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume by Josh Kaufman
This is a book that has thousands of people about every single aspect of business there is. It presents to readers a broad spectrum of knowledge. This will help them transform their business, career, or even their working life forever. The author tells the readers that studying an MBA at either a top school or even a normal school involves a huge investment of time, exertion and cold hard money depends on their life goals. If the reader does not want to work in an investment bank, or a consulting firm, then it probably will not be worth it.
This book gives readers the hard truth about what they need to know. This book allows readers to learn for themselves what they need to know. It provides them with tools without having to attend university, gives readers the mental models in every subject that they will find necessary for commercial success, teaches readers about different topics such as products, marketing, sales, and finances. It also teaches readers about human psychology, creating systems, and teamwork. This book gives readers the confidence to beat the average MBA graduate.
36. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Cal Newport discusses in his new book, Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World, about how professionals of today have started valuing quantity over quality; and how this has turned young professionals of today into puppets who try to indulge in extensive multitasking, dealing with multiple emails and projects. This prevents them from doing ‘deep work’; which is focused on work free from all other distractions. This also means that the professionals of today should sort out their priorities.
Newport uses principles of psychology and neuroscience to enhance his points. He elaborates on how to improve a person’s cognitive abilities and how employers should encourage workers to not take shortcuts for completing projects. He claims that the best way to break away from the corporate race is to take a break from technology and social media and use some alone-time to rewind and introspect. Newport enforces the beliefs of a non-technophile to deliver work that is productive and efficiently delivered.
37. 10x Marketing Formula: Your Blueprint for Creating ‘competition-Free Content’ That Stands Out and Gets Results by Garrett Moon
This book is about finding the strategic shortcuts to get you to results fast. It’s about short-circuiting the path to jaw-dropping growth. You have to find your own way-and The 10x Marketing Formula is that path.
You’ll learn why Jay Baer calls it: “A powerful formula for marketing success; thoroughly modern and proven to succeed. This is a book for marketers that want to win.”
And why Michael Hyatt says: “Garrett Moon is one of my favorites to follow because he combines the edge of a fearless startup CEO with the savvy of a marketer who’s scaled a successful business. The 10x Marketing Formula challenges you to rethink your goals and definitions of success and, more importantly, how you employ strategic shortcuts to achieve them.”
So, if you’re ready to look like a marketing genius and revolutionize your results (and mindset), you’ve just found your path.
38. Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.
Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver’s manual for modern business.
39. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Al Ries and Jack Trout, two of the world’s most successful marketing strategists, call upon over 40 years of marketing experience to identify the definitive rules that govern the world of marketing. Combining a wide-ranging historical overview with a keen eye for the future, the authors bring to light 22 superlative tools and innovative techniques for the international marketplace.
The authors examine marketing campaigns that have succeeded and others that have failed, why good ideas didn’t live up to expectations, and offer their own ideas on what would have worked better. The real-life examples, commonsense suggestions, and killer instincts contained are nothing less than rules by which companies will flourish or fail.
40. Business Adventures by John Brooks
What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety.
These notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened. Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well‐known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history really does repeat itself.
This business classic written by longtime New Yorker contributor John Brooks is an insightful and engaging look into corporate and financial life in America.
41. Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change) by Clayton M. Christensen
The best-selling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell.
In this classic bestseller, one of the most influential business books of all time, innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right, yet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator’s Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.
Sharp, cogent, and provocative and consistently noted as one of the most valuable business ideas of all time, The Innovator’s Dilemma is the book no manager, leader, or entrepreneur should be without.
42. War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.
43. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
In the book, the author, Daniel Goleman, argues that the Emotional Intelligence of people was more important than their IQ in order for them to have productive lives. People who were well adjusted emotionally were more likely to have better leadership skills, mental health, and job performance. According to Goleman superior EI (Emotional Intelligence) was twice as necessary as skills and IQ required for completing a job. The skill could be taught in schools to enable the students to turn into stable employees and leaders in the future.
The author also listed the methods EI could be integrated into the school curriculum. This theory of Goleman’s has come under severe criticism as it has been contended that Emotional Intelligence is not really an Intelligence, but just a set of behavioral traits.
However the reader may look at the theory, the book had a great impact. The book was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over a year and a half.
44. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.
In a powerful new vision, Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability and dispels the widely accepted myth that it’s a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability – from revealing our true selves – we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.
45. Losing my Virginity by Sir Richard Branson
Richard Branson is a worldwide icon known for his tremendous wealth and industry-leading business models. His spectacular journey has remained a topic of discussion and now Branson himself, reveals his story through his biography, ‘Losing My Virginity’. This book follows a spectacular narrative style and is written in an engaging tone. This book was published by RHUK in 2009. This is an inspiring as well as an interesting story that takes the readers on a successful journey marked by courage and unparalleled self-belief.
Richard Branson has created unconventional businesses and made them successful for the world to see. He has a unique philosophy to life which separates him from the rest. Branson tells the story of his first 43 years of life sharing all the details of the pangs and toils he faced.
While others choose a life of modesty, Branson has always believed in living life to the fullest. What sets him apart is his legendary vision which enables him to earn success in domains where there not much scope. The book is divided into 28 chapters which showcase how Richard Branson became the successful person he is today. This is an exciting saga of a man who strived hard to create what he believed in, even if conventions were prompting him to act otherwise.
THE MILLIONAIRE FASTLANE: NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER! TRANSLATED IN OVER 15 LANGUAGES WORLDWIDE! UPDATED AND REFRESHED FOR THE BITCOIN / CRYPTO ERA! Is the financial plan of mediocrity — a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as “The Slow lane” your plan for creating wealth? You know how it goes; it sounds like this: “Go to school, get a good job, save 10% of your paycheck, buy a used car, cancel the movie channels, quit drinking expensive Starbucks lattes, save and penny-pinch your life away, trust your life-savings to Wall Street, preferably a low-cost indexed-fund, and then one day, when you are oh, say, 65 years old, you can retire rich.”
The mainstream financial gurus have sold you blindly down the river to a great financial gamble: You’ve been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by recklessly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the stock market, the job market, and the housing market. This impotent financial gamble dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair — sacrifice your youth for a financial plan that reaps dividends in life’s twilight.
Accept the Slowlane as your blueprint for wealth and your financial future will drift carelessly on a sailboat of HOPE. HOPE you can find a job and keep it, HOPE the stock market doesn’t tank, HOPE the economy rebounds, HOPE, HOPE, and HOPE. Do you really want HOPE to be the centerpiece for your family’s financial plan? Drive the Slowlane and life will deteriorate into a miserable exhibition about what you cannot do, versus what you can.
For those who don’t want a lifetime subscription to mediocrity and a lottery-sized chance of elderly riches, there is an alternative; an expressway to extraordinary wealth that can burn a trail to financial independence faster than any road out there. Why jobs, 401(k)s, indexed-funds, Wall Street, and 40-years of mindless frugality will never make you rich young. Why most entrepreneurs fail and how to immediately put the odds in your favor. The real law of wealth: Leverage this and wealth has no choice but to be magnetized to you. The leading cause of poorness: Change this and you change everything. How the rich really get rich – and no, it has nothing to do with a paycheck or a 401K match. Why the guru’s grand deity – compound interest – is an impotent wealth accelerator. Why the guru myths of “do what you love” and “follow your passion” will most likely keep you poor, not rich. And 250+ more poverty busting distinctions.
47. The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons by Napolean Hill
“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.”
From helping you rid yourself of aimlessness and find a definite purpose to teaching you the art of negotiating harmoniously with others, this course on the fundamentals of success will guide you, lesson by lesson, through the sixteen laws of success, which include mastering fears and increasing self-confidence, inculcating the habit of saving your income, stimulating your imagination, practicing self-control, accurate thinking and profiting by failure.
With valuable insights on how the famous American millionaires became successful, Napoleon Hill’s The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons is a classic bestseller. It continues to inspire and guide readers to achieve their dreams and become successful.
In his book, The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success, Brian Tracy drew on his thirty years of experience and knowledge to present a set of principles or “universal laws” that lie behind the success of business people everywhere, in every kind of enterprise, large and small. This latest volume, The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires, is made up of entirely new material that shows how anyone, no matter where they are in life at this moment, can become a millionaire.
The advice in this book is based on Brian Tracy’s twenty-five years of research, teaching, and personal experience on the subject of self-made millionaires. Tracy himself used these ideas to rise from humble beginnings to become a millionaire. And Tracy has discovered that all successful people practice these 21 success secrets, whether they’re consciously aware of it or not. In The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires, Tracy not only identifies and defines each success secret, but also reveals its source and foundation, illustrates how it functions in the world, and shows how to apply it in life and work through specific steps and practical exercises that everyone can use.
Easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to apply, The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires shows how anyone can cultivate the habits and behaviors that will enable them to achieve not just financial independence, but success in any area of life. Because, as Tracy writes, “The most important part of achieving great success is not the money. It is the kind of person you have to become to earn that money and hold onto it.”
49. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change by Charles Duhigg
We can always change. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg translates cutting-edge behavioral science into practical self-improvement action, distilling advanced neuroscience into fascinating narratives of transformation.
Why can some people and companies change overnight, and some stay stuck in their old ruts? The answer lies deep in the human brain, and The Power of Habits reveals the secret pressure points that can change a life. From Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps to Martin Luther King Jr., from the CEO of Starbucks to the locker rooms of the NFL, Duhigg explores the incredible results of keystone habits, and how they can make all the difference between billions and millions, failure and success – or even life and death.
The Power of Habit makes an exhilarating case: the key to almost any door in life is instilling the right habit. From exercise to weight loss, childrearing to productivity, market disruption to social revolution, and above all success, the right habits can change everything.
Habits aren’t destiny. They’re science, one which can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
50. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Micheal E. Gerber
An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.
Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.
51. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller and Cliff Haby
Anyone who seeks financial wealth must first learn the fundamental truths and models that drive it. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor represents the collected wisdom and experience of over 100 millionaire investors from all walks of life who pursued financial wealth and achieved the life-changing freedom it delivers. This book-in straightforward, no-nonsense, easy-to-read style–reveals their proven strategies.
52. Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers (Collins Business Essentials) by Geoffrey A. Moore
The bible for bringing cutting-edge products to larger markets—now revised and updated with new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing.
In Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore shows that in the Technology Adoption Life Cycle—which begins with innovators and moves to early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards—there is a vast chasm between the early adopters and the early majority. While early adopters are willing to sacrifice for the advantage of being first, the early majority waits until they know that the technology actually offers improvements in productivity. The challenge for innovators and marketers is to narrow this chasm and ultimately accelerate adoption across every segment.
This third edition brings Moore’s classic work up to date with dozens of new examples of successes and failures, new strategies for marketing in the digital world, and Moore’s most current insights and findings. He also includes two new appendices, the first connecting the ideas in Crossing the Chasm to work subsequently published in his Inside the Tornado, and the second presenting his recent groundbreaking work for technology adoption models for high-tech consumer markets.
53. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance
The book captures the life and achievements of South African interpreters and innovators, Elon Musk, the brain behind a series of successful enterprises such as PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity. The real-life inspiration of the Iron Man Series, Musk wants to be the savior of the planet, send people into space, and set up a colony on Mars.
Bullied in school and scolded tremendously by his father, Musk was actually a brilliant student and his life story is nothing less than a drama packed film. Ashlee Vance’s brilliant description of Musk’s character, simple language, and neat choice of words indeed make this book a great read.
Considered by some as the innovation, entrepreneurial Steve Jobs of the present and future, Elon Musk became a billionaire early in life with his successful online ventures. One of the successful companies that he co-founded was the online payment gateway PayPal that was later acquired by e-Bay in 2002.
Getting sacked as the CEO, Musk did not cease to amaze friends and foes alike with his out of the box ideas, like investing in rockets! Needless to say, this deconstructed obsession with technology had his marital life go haywire.
The book ‘Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and TESLA is Shaping Our Future’ is a brilliant and intelligent account of this genius young ‘iron man’ told in a gripping manner. Available in paperback from Penguin Random House publication, the book was published in 2015.
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54. Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers
Best known for creating CD Baby, the most popular music site for independent artists, founder Derek Sivers chronicles his “accidental” success and failures into this concise and inspiring book on how to create a multi-million dollar company by following your passion. In Anything You Want, Sivers details his journey and the lessons learned along the way of creating CD Baby and building a business close to his heart. His less-scripted approach to business educates readers to feel empowered to follow their own dreams.
55. Whatever You Think Think The Opposite by Paul Arden
The bestselling author of It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be Paul Arden turns logic and common sense on its head in Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite and gives you the confidence to take bigger risks and enjoy your work more than you can imagine.
Paul Arden has become a global business guru on the strength of such radical insights. His first book, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be, became a word of mouth classic, selling more than half a million copies. Instead of the usual boring advice, he offered daring quips, aphorisms, and paradoxes – all seeking to revise what we habitually hold as our ‘common sense’. Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite is an even more daring attack on the way we look at our work and our world.
56. Before You Start-Up: How to Prepare to Make Your Startup Dream a Reality by Pankaj Goyal
If you’ve played sports, you already know how you prepare is as important as how you play. Starting up a business is no different—it needs preparation. This preparation is about understanding your “why”; about generating and testing business ideas, building your founding team, talking to your family, about taking care of your career, and your finances. It is about getting mentally prepared to get started.
This book will help you ask the right questions. It will guide you, steer you towards finding your answers.
You are ambitious, go-getter, destined to win. This book will help get you what you deserve.
57. The Leader in You by Dale Carnegie
In today’s fast-paced business world where people do not have time to communicate on a regular basis, clients are looking for something more. Dale Carnegie, in this book, stresses the point that relationship building is the cornerstone of every successful business. He suggests that businesses can no longer ignore the needs of their customers and also mentions that, ‘people will have to think quicker, work smarter and dream wilder and relate to each other in very different ways.
Carnegie says, ‘About 15 percent of one’s financial success is due to one’s technical knowledge and about 85 percent is due to skill in human engineering – the personality and the ability to lead people.’
In this book he emphasizes the need for such a leader who will have to communicate and inspire others using a distinguished skill set, encouraging his people to adapt to change and move with the times and by recognizing untapped and creative talent within their workplace.
58. Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Peterson and Joseph Grenny
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High is a vital book for learning English and mastering the art of making conversations. At a time when how you converse dictates how far you will go, this book is surely going to be your most helpful aid to the art of conversing.
The book is divided into several chapters in order to ease you into the process of learning. The book first delves into the concept of a crucial conversation. The authors say that whenever you are faced with making a crucial conversation, there can be three possible outcomes: you could turn around and not talk, thus losing by default, you could botch it up quite badly, or you could take the opportunity with both hands and ace it. This book is about the last of those options and helps you reach that stage.
The authors also speak in great detail about what is safe and what is not safe to say during a crucial conversation. They list the deal makers and other demeanors that will help you stay on top of the situation always. They tell us ways to retain our composure in the face of risk or possible failure and how to work it to one’s advantage. Lastly, they touch upon the really tough cases that might be a cause for worry sometimes and help you learn the techniques that will allow you to emerge victoriously.
59. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving. Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were. ‘
The go-giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be.
One day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by many devotees simply as the chairman. Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of successful ‘go-givers’ who teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving.
Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving – putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives ultimately leads to unexpected results.
This revised and updated edition includes a foreword by Arianna Huffington, a new preface, and addressing some of the many questions about the book the author has received from fans and a reader’s guide.
‘Most people don’t have the guts to buy this book, never mind the will to follow through and actually use it. But you do. And I’m certain that you’ll be glad you did’ Seth Godin
‘This terrific book wonderfully illuminates [the] principles of contribution, abundance, service and success’ Stephen Covey.
‘Not since who moved my cheese? Have I enjoyed a parable as much as this? You owe it to yourself to read the go-giver and share its message with those who matter most to you’ David Bach, New York Times bestselling author of the Automatic Millionaire.
60. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
The New York Times bestselling author of Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, and Together Is Better offers a bold new approach to business strategy by asking one question: are you playing the finite game or the infinite game?
In The Infinite Game, Sinek applies game theory to explore how great businesses achieve long-lasting success. He finds that building long-term value and healthy, enduring growth – that playing the infinite game – is the only thing that matters to your business.
61. Money Master the Game by Tommy Robbins
Multimillion-copy bestselling author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power has created a new 7-step blueprint for securing financial freedom. Based on extensive research and one-on-one interviews with more than 50 of the most legendary financial experts in the world – from Carl Icahn to Warren Buffett, to Jack Bogle and Steve Forbes, Tony Robbins.
Robbins has a brilliant way of using metaphor and story to illustrate even the most complex financial concepts – making them simple and actionable. With expert advice on our most important financial decisions, Robbins is an advocate for the reader, dispelling the myths that often rob people of their financial dreams.
Tony Robbins walks readers of every income level, through the steps to become financially free by creating a lifetime income plan. This book delivers invaluable information and essential practices for getting your financial house in order. It’s the book millions of people have been waiting for.
62. The Business of 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki
Explains the revolutionary business of network marketing in the context of what makes any business a success in any economic situation. This book lends credibility to multilevel marketing business and justifies why it is an ideal avenue to make money.
63. High-Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard
After extensive original research and a decade as the world’s highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits and you win. Neglect them and life is a never-ending struggle.
We all want to be high performing in every area of our lives. But how? Which habits can help you achieve long-term success and vibrant well-being no matter your age, career, strengths, or personality? To become a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.
This book is about the art and science of how to practice these proven habits.
If you do adopt any new habits to succeed faster, choose the habits in this book. Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers.
64. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone and Gildan Media
Achieve “Massive Action” results and accomplish your business dreams! While most people operate with only three degrees of action-no action, retreat, or normal action-if you’re after big goals, you don’t want to settle for the ordinary. To reach the next level, you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action.
This 4th degree, also known as the 10X Rule, is that level of action that guarantees companies and individuals realize their goals and dreams. The 10 X Rule unveils the principle of “Massive Action,” allowing you to blast through business cliches and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams. It also demonstrates why people get stuck in the first three actions and how to move into making the 10X Rule a discipline. Find out exactly where to start, what to do, and how to follow up on each action you take with more action to achieve Massive Action results.
* Learn the “Estimation of Effort” calculation to ensure you exceed your targets * Make the Fourth Degree a way of life and defy mediocrity * Discover the time management myth * Get the exact reasons why people fail and others succeed * Know the exact formula to solve problems Extreme success is by definition outside the realm of normal action. Instead of behaving like everybody else and settling for average results, take Massive Action with The 10 X Rule, remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success.
65. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
Rework is a unique business book that shows the reader a better, faster, easier way to be successful in business. The book tells the reader why plans are truly harmful, why people don’t need outside investors and why a person is better ignoring the competition.
The book tells the reader what you really need to be successful which is to stop talking and start working. This book shows the reader the right way. It teaches the reader how to be more creative, how to get exposure without wasting money, and tons of other senseless thoughts that will motivate and provoke the reader.
Its straightforward language and easy approach make ‘Rework’ the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Committed businesspersons, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, victims of “rationalizing,” and artists who don’t want to famish anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.
66. Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis
Company of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size of business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per-piece basis and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale up as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way.
By staying small, you can have the freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion.
Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis. Paul Jarvis left the corporate world when he realized that working in a high-pressure, high profile world was not his idea of success. Instead, he now works for himself out of his home and lives a much more rewarding and productive life. He no longer has to contend with an environment that constantly demands more productivity, more output, and more growth. In Company of One, Jarvis explains how you can do the same, including planning to set up, determining desired revenues, and keeping clients happy and of course, doing all this on your own.
67. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss
“This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.
“What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why?
68. Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk
In his 2009 international bestseller Crush It, Gary insisted that a vibrant personal brand was crucial to entrepreneurial success, In Crushing It, Gary explains why that’s even more true today, offering his unique perspective on what has changed and what principles remain timeless. He also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have grown wealthier and not just financially than they ever imagined possible by following Crush It principles.
The secret to their success (and Gary’s) has everything to do with their understanding of the social media platforms and their willingness to do whatever it took to make these tools work to their utmost potential. That’s what Crushing It teaches readers to do.
In this lively, practical, and inspiring book, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each. He offers both theoretical and tactical advice on how to become the biggest thing on old standbys like Twitter, Facebook, youtube, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat, podcast platforms like Spotify, sound cloud, iHeartRadio and iTunes and other emerging platforms such as musically for those with more experience, Crushing It illuminates some little-known nuances and provides innovative tips and clever tweaks proven to enhance more common tried-and-true strategies.
Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms.
69. Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done.
Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.
In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, deep reporting, and rich storytelling to explain how we can improve at the things we do. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to succeed with less stress and struggle and to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most—to become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.
70. The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win by Jeff Haden
Haden shows us how to reframe our thinking about the relationship of motivation to success. He meets us at our level–at the beginning of any big goal we have for our lives, a little anxious and unsure about our way forward, a little burned by self-help books and strategies that have failed us in the past—and offers practical advice that anyone can use to stop stalling and start working on those dreams.
Haden takes the mystery out of accomplishment, proving that success isn’t about spiritual awakening or a lightning bolt of inspiration –as Tony Robbins and adherents of The Secret believe–but instead, about clear and repeatable processes. Using his own advice, Haden has consistently drawn 2 million readers a month to his posts, completed a 107-mile long mountain bike race, and lost 10 pounds in a month.
Success isn’t for the uniquely-qualified; it’s possible for any person who understands the true nature of motivation. Jeff Haden can help you transcend average and make lasting positive changes in your life.
71. So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
Cal Newport’s clearly-written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person’s talent and skill – and not necessarily their passion – that determines their career path. Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD. from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers.
The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martin who, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediately replied: “Be so good they can’t ignore you” and that’s the main basis for Newport’s book. Skill and ability trump passion.
Inspired by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ famous Stanford University commencement speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams, Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is this advice Pollyannish but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice. From there, Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence that the key to one’s career success is to find out what you do well, where you have built up your ‘career capital,’ and then to put all of your efforts into that direction.
72. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz
After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a kidnapping negotiator brought him face-to-face with bank robbers, gang leaders, and terrorists. Never Split the Difference takes you inside his world of high-stakes negotiations, revealing the nine key principles that helped Voss and his colleagues succeed when it mattered the most – when people’s lives were at stake.
Rooted in the real-life experiences of an intelligence professional at the top of his game, Never Split the Difference will give you a competitive edge in any discussion.
73. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
Eyal provides readers with practical insights to create user habits that stick; actionable steps for building products people love; and riveting examples from the iPhone to Twitter, Pinterest, and the Bible App.
Nir Eyal spent years in the video gaming and advertising industries where he learned, applied, and at times rejected, techniques described in Hooked to motivate and influence users. He has taught courses on applied consumer psychology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and at Fortune 500 companies. His writing on technology, psychology, and business appears in the Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
74. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Micheal Lennington
The guide to shortening your execution cycle down from one year to twelve weeks Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking.
This book redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn’t enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.
In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound. * Explains how to leverage the power of a 12 week year to drive improved results in any area of your life * Offers a how-to book for both individuals and organizations seeking to improve their execution effectiveness * Authors are leading experts on execution and implementation Turn your organization’s idea of a year on its head, and speed your journey to success.
75. How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits by Judy Robinett
How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network Into Profits is a management guide. The book looks at professional networking as a highly important asset in business development and how it helps grow businesses substantially faster than other methods.
This book explains how combined with talent, unique skill sets, and power professional relationships, a business grows exponentially and helps its owners achieve their goal. By forging strategic and long-lasting professional partnerships, you can not only achieve greater acceleration of professional growth but also achieve a level of personal expansion, thereby increasing your own brand value.
With techniques like finding and entering the best network ‘ecosystem’ to meet your goals, reaching even the most unreachable people quickly and effectively, getting anyone’s contact information in 30 seconds and accessing key influencers through industry and community events, the book tries to emphasize the various essential strategic steps that you should take to expand, forge mutually beneficial relationships and work toward your business goals in a focussed and strategic manner.
‘Hal Elrod is a genius and his book The Miracle Morning has been magical in my life’ Robert Kiyosaki, bestselling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad
What if you could wake up tomorrow and any – or EVERY – area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.
Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life-the the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined-is about to begin. It’s time to WAKE UP to your full potential.
77. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and John David Mann
The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue.
78. Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C. Maxwell
Are some people born to achieve anything they want while others struggle? Call them lucky, blessed, or possessors of the Midas touch. What is the real reason for their success? Is it family background, wealth, greater opportunities, high morals, an easy childhood? New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell has the answer: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.
Most people are never prepared to deal with failure. Maxwell says that if you are like him, coming out of school, you feared it, misunderstood it, and ran away from it. But Maxwell has learned to make failure his friend, and he can teach you to do the same. “I want to help you learn how to confidently look the prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway,” says Maxwell. “Because in life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with them. Stop failing backward and start failing forward!”
79. The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow
Even among the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn’t necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience its the mental game that matters most.
Sports participation-from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their games may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: The desire to excel. In the Champion’s Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, Ph.D., offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners and professional athletes, including:
How to get in a “zone,” thrive on a team and stay humble
How to progress within a sport and sustain long-term excellence
Customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is dropped.
With hundreds of useful tips, breakthrough science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world’s top trainers, the Champion’s Mind will help you shape your body to ensure a longer, healthier, happier life.
80. Winning with People by John C. Maxwell
Discover the people’s principles that work for you every time. If you can win with people, you can win. Many people focus on other talents and abilities first -such as polishing their communication or leadership skills or taking courses to expand their base of knowledge -but they forget those good relationships are the foundation for achievement.
Winning with People will provide you with the tools you need to immediately improve your existing relationships as well as cultivate strong, exciting, new ones. Using a unique blend of interesting facts, statistics, humor, real-life examples and questions for discussion, Winning with People will show you how: The Skills You Use + The Relationships You Choose = Success
81. Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life by Anthony Robbins
‘Tony’s incredible understanding of the world, people, and human nature make him the ultimate like coach. He knows what it takes to make people excel… and win!’ – Andre Agassi ‘Robbins is a mass of walking energy and passion.’ – Time Out Are you in charge of your life? Or are you being swept away by things that are seemingly out of your control?
In AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN, Anthony Robbins, the bestselling author of UNLIMITED POWER, shows the reader how to take immediate control of their mental, emotional, physical, and financial destiny. Further praise for Tony Robbins:- ‘A fascinating, intriguing presentation of cutting-edge findings and insights… including the growing consciousness that true success is anchored in enduring values and service to others.’ – Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
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Now, I have listed the top 81 books that you must read to acquire knowledge and grow in life. Although there are thousands of books available in the market, the above-listed books are international bestsellers. These books are followed by a number of millionaires and still, these books are helping millions of humans to get their goal and fulfilling their dreams.
I assure you these books will inspire you enough that you will definitely take action in order to fulfill your dreams.
It’s up to you, how early you start reading these books. The more early you start reading books, the more early and easily you will reach your desired goal.
I hope you will take a leap and start reading these books as soon as possible. Also, let me know in the comment section which books you started reading first.
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