21 Books You MUST-Read for Business Success

chaninsdYou may know that I am a avid reader.  I make many book recommendations and love receiving them.  In my personal opinion, self-education is a MUST for any successful entrepreneur.  To sum this up, one of my favorite quotes reads “If we are not growing, we are dying.”

So when I recently visited the blog of one of my favorite books, The Go-Giver, I saw that Channel Insider (value-added reseller’s online trade journal) recently released their list of “21 Must-Read Books for Business Success.” The list of 21 knockout classics, includes several of my favorites:


Good to Great
Blue Ocean Strategy
How to Win Friends and Influence People

The Tipping Point
The E-Myth
7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Join us 6/10/09 for teleconference w/ author Stephen R. Covey)

… and of course, The Go-Giver.

I encourage you to go through this list and pick up some, if not all, of these books.  Let’s hear your TOP 5 recommended books that every young entrepreneur must read.  Here are mine:

The Go-Giver

Maximum Achievement

The Four-Hour Work Week

The Richest Man in Babylon

Tipping Point

  • Annie Sorensen

    Ooo great list, I've read all but Maximum Achievement…need to grab that one! Although it's always changing, my current list would have to be:

    How to Win Friends and Influence People
    The Slight Edge
    Rich Dad Poor Dad
    The Go-Giver
    7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    • Awesome list Annie!

      It is so hard to choose just 5 right? Thanks for your insight… I will check out “The Slight Edge.”

      Cheers!

      Bradley Will

  • Bradley…love the list first of all. Here are some additional books, plus one off of the list above that comprise my “Top 5.” (not in order of preference)

    1)” How Full is Your Bucket” by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton
    2) “The Generosity Factor” by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy
    3) “Full Steam Ahead” by Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner
    4) “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann
    5) “The Servant” by James Hunter

    These are the 5 books that I recommend to my entrepreneurial friends as well as those who are in any management position in life. They are all great reads and easy reads at that.

    Thanks for your site and the information you share.

    • Great picks Bryan, thanks for sharing. We have one in common. I will have to go check out the other three.

  • Got have Tony Robbins on the list – “Awaken the Giant Within”

  • I don't have 5 yet, my top 3:
    'Be Unreasonable' – Paul Lemberg
    'The 3 Laws of Performance' – Steve Zaffron & Dave Logan
    'The Science of Getting Rich' – Wallace Delois Wattles

    I look forward to checking out your suggestions, thanks!

    • Fabian, thanks for sharing. Let me know how you enjoy some of these new books.

  • Paul

    I agree TOP list.

    I must add a few more though:

    Eating the Big Fish (Adam Morgan). Fab book about the rise of Challenger brands, very relevant for tech start-ups.

    Disruption and Beyond Disruption by Jean Marie-Dru.

    Purple COW by Seth Godin.

    Good stuff.

    • I can agree on Purple Cow. Haven't read the other two yet.

  • ecjake

    Ok Bradley, Here is my list:

    1. The Alchemist
    2. The 4 hour work week
    3. The Secrets to Sucess
    4. 7 Habits
    5. Good to Great

    I would highly recommend “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo which is a parable about life's journey that buts you exactly where you should be at all times.

    My list may change soon…I am working on Tim Ferris's top 5 right now.

    http://bit.ly/7qbo1

    Eric

    • Reading Good to Great now. I am going to buy the alchemist. All I know is that it is hugely successful. 7 habits is a classic. thanks for the link, cool resource man

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