One of the greatest and most valuable thing you can do is Keep Educating Yourself (KEY).
I have compiled a list of the Top 10 Business Books of ALL time…
All Business Owners should read these books if they are serious about growth, mindset and taking their business to the next level.
#1 Tools of Titans: The tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers – Tim Ferris
“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. “I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.” – Tim Ferris
What makes this book different?
Tools of Titans focusses relentlessly on detail… what is the first thing you should do in the morning, what books have you been given, what supplements do you take everyday…
It is a compilation of Tim’s past and future podcast guests and their life lessons … and much more.
#2 Start with Why – Simon Sinek
Start with Why is a global bestseller and the TED Talk based on it is the third most watched of all time. Simon talks about the importance of WHY you do what you do in business. He explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question-WHY?
Everyone has a WHY. It is the main purpose of your being and it is what inspires you to do what you do every day. When you understand your WHY, you inspire yourself and ultimately others.
Simon Sinek is an optimist and he believes everyone has a bright, colourful and successful future. Read this book and learn how great leaders inspire others.
#3 Hustle – Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler
A New York Times Best Seller, the authors guide the readers through the process of “breaking free from drudgery” in their everyday lives. He believes where there is potential – there is opportunity.
Three of the nation’s top entrepreneurs have come together to write this book and teach you how to Hustle.
The authors reveal their ground breaking three-part framework of Heart, Head, and Habits, including:
- Why you shouldn’t rent your dreams from others
- How to create your own “luck”
- How betraying yourself may allow you to be true to yourself.
This book is more than a career guide, it shares ideas and tips to transform the way you work and live, and give yourself permission to thrive in today’s uncertain world.
#4 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R Covey
In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen reveals a holistic approach to problem solving in the personal and professional space. He chalks out a step by step process for living with fairness and dignity and give you the power to take advantage of any opportunity thrown at you.
Everyone wants to succeed and one of the most important paths to success is identifying your habits which will ultimately help you on your journey.
These are the 7 Habits Covey talks about:
- Be Proactive
- Begin with the End in Mind
- Put first things first
- Think Win-Win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the Saw
The way you see the world is based entirely on your own perception and in order to change a given situation, you must change yourself.
“The more we see people in terms of their unseen potential, the more we can use our imagination rather than our memory.” – Stephen Covey
#5 The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace D. Wattles
In the book The Science of Getting Rich, Wattles describes a definite science of the laws of attraction. This book was featured in the bestselling book The Secret, and concludes with Wattles rare and classic essay “How to get what you want”.
In this book, Wattles talks about 7 principles:
- Thought is your starting point
- How riches come to you
- An Attitude of Gratitude
- Thinking a certain way
- How to use the Will
- Acting in the “Certain Way”
- The impression of increase
#6 Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad is the #1 Personal Finance book of all time. Written by the “son” Robert Kiyosaki, he talks about his two dads, his real father and his father’s best friend. He goes on to talk about how both these men shaped the way he thought about finances, money and investing.
Some of the key lessons outlined in this book:
- Most people think their career and profession is their income. Rich people consider their assets as their income. So, aim for more assets, not income
- Work to learn, don’t work to earn.
- Learn how to invest before investing
- You become what you study, so choose your materials carefully.
#7 The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael E. Greber
If you have your own business or are about to start one, you may find yourself faced by assumptions and myths surrounding starting your own business. In this book, Greber shows you the steps in the life of a business from infancy onwards. He also touches on the topic of “franchising” and whether your business is ready for this or not.
Finally, Gerber talks about the one thing MaxMyProfit talks about the most – working on your business NOT working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.
#8 Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable – Seth Godin
What do Apple and Starbucks have in common?
These two giants, along with many others, have edited their 4P’s of marketing. They have added a new “P” – the Purple Cow.
Seth Godin, author of 4 worldwide bestsellers, keynote speaker and Marketer, describes the purple cow as something spectacular, something phenomenal, something flat our unbelievable!
He goes on to suggest that if you are a business owner, you need to stand out, be different.
This book goes through this marketing technique and is a great read.
#9 All In: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Emerging Entrepreneurs – Bill Green
Forbes listed All In: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Emerging Entrepreneurs as the number 1 best seller in 2017.
In this humorous addition of Green’s book, he shares 101 real life, key insights using his own achievements and successes.
“His message is universal and is the ideal road map for anyone who might wonder how the Bill Greens of the business world do what they do so well”.
#10 The Billionaire Who Wasn’t, How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune – Conor O’Clery
The Billionaire Who Wasn’t, How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune tells the story of the secretive billionaire who is determined to give away his fortune before he dies.
“Chuck Feeney was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to a blue-collar Irish-American family during the Depression. After service in the Korean War, he made a fortune as founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world’s largest duty-free retail chain. By 1988, he was hailed by Forbes Magazine as the twenty-fourth richest American alive.”
But secretly Feeney had already transferred all his wealth to his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies. Only in 1997 when he sold his duty free interests, was he “outed” as one of the greatest and most mysterious American philanthropists in modern times. After going “underground” again, he emerged in 2005 to cooperate on a biography promoting giving while living. Now in his mid-seventies, Feeney is determined his foundation should spend down the remaining 4 billion in his lifetime.