MUST-READS BOOKS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

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Books are like mentors. 

Read and re-read them as many times as possible until the information not only sticks, but you can teach it to someone else! Then you have really learned (Mr. Covey taught me that one). 

I love to swap book recommendations with fellow business owners.  Some are staples on many of our bookshelves. We have read them numerous times, highlighted passages, folded down important pages, and written bits of their wisdom on post-it notes that we stick to our mirrors for inspiration. Others are quick thought-provoking finds, and some are very dense and full of history lessons that you should pay close attention to. Happy Reading!

 

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE ARE MY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOU THIS YEAR BELOW. 

 

+ Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is leading a movement to build a world in which the vast majority of us are inspired by the work we do. Millions have already seen his video on TED.com about the importance of knowing why we do what we do. Start with Why takes the concept even deeper.

 

How To Win Friends & Influence People: The Only Book You Need To Lead You To Success by Dale Carnegie
For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

 

+ The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is The Key To High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
As Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz demonstrate in their groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance.

 

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.

 

The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene
Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power in to forty-eight well explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

 

The Science of Success: Napoleon Hill’s Proven Program for Prosperity and Happiness by Napoleon Hill
Rare writings from Napoleon Hill—perfect for the THINK AND GROW RICH fan in your life, or for aspiring followers of Napoleon Hill’s philosophy. The Science of Success is a collection of writings by and about Napoleon Hill, author of the most widely read book on personal prosperity philosophy ever published, Think and Grow Rich.

 

+ Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers Into Fanatics by Jackie Huba
Famous for her avant-garde outfits, over-the-top performances, and addictive dance beats, Lady Gaga is one of the most successful pop musicians of all time. But behind her showmanship lies another achievement: her wildly successful strategy for attracting and keeping insanely loyal fans.

 

+ Spark & Hustle: Launch And Grow Your Small Business Now by Tory Johnson
Some people are willing to spend their lives working for someone else. Not you. You’re ready to start your own business—or grow your existing business into something bigger. You’re ready to take control of your life, your finances, your future.

 

+ Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
By now, emotional intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction—it’s no secret that EQ is critical to your success. But knowing what EQ is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things.

 

+ The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation To Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

 

+ Tribes:  We Need You To Lead Us by Seth Godin
The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals—people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips.

 

+ The War Of Art:  Break Through The Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

 

+ Screw Business As Usual: by Sir Richard Branson
One of the world’s most famous and admired business leaders, argues that it’s time to turn capitalism upside down-to shift our values from an exclusive focus on profit to also caring for people, communities and the planet.

 

+ The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide To Creating Success On Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte
Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have been read by over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts on life and balance.

 

+ The Innovators:  How A Group Of Hackers, Geniuses And Geeks Created The Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s New York Times best selling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a “riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving” (The Atlantic) story of the people who created the computer and the Internet.

 

The Power Of Intention:  Learning To Co-Create Your World Your Way by Wayne W. Dyer
We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power of intention.

 

+ Disrupt Yourself: Putting The Power Of Disruptive Innovation To Work by Whitney Johnson
Consider this simple, yet powerful, idea: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different—they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist.

 

+ The Rational Optimist:  How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
In a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—what Ridley calls cultural evolution—will inevitably increase human prosperity.

Sonja Thorsvik