This list of business books is ambitious – but in the past I have had stacks of books and random lists of things that I want to read to help me further my business – but never get to.
One of the keys to success in life is good planning – so this concept should work with reading too – right?
That's what I figured.
Books for Entrepreneurs
The plan is simple: read one book per week throughout the year. The year doesn't have to start or stop on January 1. It can start whenever you are ready to read. Summer, is a great time, in fact.
I just hope that you will join in because reading together is better than reading alone. I will post links to my reviews as well (as soon as they are published).
- Listful Thinking by Paula Rizzo – see review here
- Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern – see book review here
- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – see review here.
- The 8th Habit by Steven R. Covey – book review here
- A Happy Pocketful of Money – book review
- Ask and It Is Given by Abraham Hicks – Ask and It Is Given Book Review
- Blink by Malcolm Gladwell – Blink Book Review
- Influence by Robert B. Cialdini – Influence book review
- Getting To Yes by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury
- Invisible Selling Machine by Ryan Deiss
- EMyth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
- Get Them On Your Side by Samuel B. Bacharach
- Keep Them On Your Side Samuel B. Bacharach
- Purple Cow by Seth Godin
- Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn
- A Mind At A Time by Mel Levine, M.D.
- The Myth of Laziness by Mel Levine, M.D.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- Winning From Within by Erica Ariel Fox
- Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
- The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
- Better Under Pressure by Justin Menkes
- Do The Work by Steven Pressfield – Do the Work Book Review
- Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Bold by Peter Diamandis
- Executive Intelligence by Justin Menkes
- Power of Perception by Hyrum W. Smith
- Linchpin by Seth Godin
- Today We Are Rich by Tim Sanders
- Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
- God Works Through Faith by Robert Russell (hard to find)
- Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield and Seth Godin
- Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
- A Mind For Numbers by Barbara Oakley
- Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra
- 24 Hour Customer by Adrian C. Ott
- Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
- Great By Choice by Jim Collins
- How Successful People Think by Jon Maxwell
- Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Lean Startup by Eric Ries
- Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
- Drive by Daniel H. Pink
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek
- The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
- To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink
- Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
- Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
Why This List Is Liberating
For me, putting this list together was actually a liberating experience. Pretty funny that something so simple could have such an impact.
Most importantly, it has organized me.
When it comes to reading I have been scattered. I had books on my Kindle, I had actual physical books, and even some e-Books in PDF format.
So, I would start to read something on say the Kindle and then forget that I was reading that particular book (out of sight out of mind) and then pick up a physical book and start reading that.
The result was lots of half-read books and no completion.
By creating this list, I now know what I will be reading in any given week. I also made notations (which I didn't publish above) about whether I already have the book and what format it is in – so I can actually find it when the time comes.
The list has also allowed me to see what I can reasonably expect to actually read. I have grand intentions – but time runs out. So, reading became almost like a chore. There was too much on my list and I never felt like I could make any progress.
As I said, one book a week is ambitious – but it is doable. And after I scheduled out 1 book each week for then entire year I found that I still had more on the list – which means that my first quarter of 2017 is also mapped out. 😉
But seriously, slow and steady wins the race and now I can see that I will eventually get to everything and I won't feel bad that I am not doing it all “now”.
I already started this process and am happy to report that I have read 3 books in the last 3 weeks of the year.
Do you have a book list of your own?
I hope that you will join in reading with us throughout this year.
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Think of it as a virtual book club.
I look forward to reading with you!