Cette année, je me suis engagé à trouver et à lire tous les meilleurs livres d'affaires Je peux trouver.

Cette quête a commencé en vous demandant (mes lecteurs) de me donner votre il y a quelques années, il sélectionne les meilleurs livres sur les affaires – et c'est depuis une obsession constante. Vos recommandations dans les commentaires ont été incroyables, avec littéralement des centaines d'entre vous pour partager vos livres d'affaires préférés.

Vous avez plus de livres à recommander? Partagez dans les commentaires ci-dessous.

Ce qui est encore mieux que le nombre impressionnant de livres d’affaires que vous avez recommandés (que j’ai depuis lu et commenté ici), c’est que nous n’avons pas seulement obtenu une tonne de votes pour tous les auteurs d’affaires les plus vendus qui obtiennent déjà beaucoup de presse et de louanges – nous avons reçu des suggestions étonnamment grandes d'un très large éventail d'auteurs.

Ces livres d'affaires sont parfaits pour ceux d'entre vous qui cherchent à faire quoi que ce soit de … démarrer un blog, faire progresser votre carrière, créer une entreprise, acquérir de nouvelles compétences, acquérir des habitudes plus productives, facturer des tarifs plus élevés pour votre travail – et tout le reste. J'ai compilé cette liste de livres d'affaires spécifiquement pour les entrepreneurs, les créatifs, les indépendants et les professionnels.

En tant qu'entrepreneur moi-même, je suis un grand partisan de la lecture de livres d'affaires pour améliorer mon jeu pour une raison simple: si vous voulez en savoir plus sur les affaires ou améliorer un aspect particulier de votre entreprise, un livre de 15 $ à 30 $ est l'un des les cours accélérés les moins chers que vous pouvez obtenir aujourd'hui.

Pensez-y… pour le prix d'un dîner bon marché (j'habite à San Francisco), vous pouvez obtenir un livre d'affaires qui pourrait littéralement changer votre vie.

Dans le monde d’aujourd’hui rempli de cours d’affaires en ligne, d’ateliers de formation coûteux et de programmes de coaching, les livres d’affaires sont une aubaine.

Maintenant, allons-y. Veuillez noter que certains des liens ci-dessous sont des liens d'affiliation et sans frais supplémentaires pour vous, je gagnerai une commission. Sachez que je ne recommande que des livres et des ressources d'apprentissage que j'ai personnellement testés et que je pense être vraiment utiles, pas à cause des petites commissions que je fais si vous décidez de les acheter.

Avec votre aide, j'ai rassemblé cette liste ultime des meilleurs livres d'affaires les plus pertinents à lire en 2020 pour les futurs entrepreneurs, créatifs et professionnels.

Et c'est là que j'ai une recommandation qui change la vie pour vous

J’ai parcouru des livres d’affaires grâce à mon nouveau cadeau pour moi – un Abonnement Audible, afin que je puisse écouter plus de livres pendant mes séances d'entraînement et dans la voiture.

Si vous voulez essayer Audible par vous-même, je ne saurais trop le recommander. À l'heure actuelle, ils offrent 2 livres audio gratuits à tous les nouveaux membres pour qu'ils puissent essayer pendant un essai de 30 jours. Vous pouvez vous inscrire ici.

Les meilleurs livres d'affaires audibles

Depuis que j'écoute tant de ces livres d’affaires, j’ai déjà besoin de plus de recommandations.

Veuillez commenter ci-dessous avec vos suggestions!

Maintenant, passons à mes choix pour les meilleurs livres d'affaires que les entrepreneurs doivent lire en 2020.

85 meilleurs livres d'affaires à lire en 2020 pour les entrepreneurs, les créatifs et les professionnels

Si vous remarquez d’importants livres d’affaires que j’ai manqué qui devraient être inclus, ajoutez-les dans les commentaires ci-dessous!

1. Company of One: pourquoi rester petit est la prochaine grande affaire pour les entreprises par Paul Jarvis

Company of One de Paul Jarvis, le livre le plus vendu cette année

Company of One est de loin mon choix n ° 1 sur cette liste des meilleurs livres d'affaires que vous devez lire cette année. Dans le livre, l'auteur et vétéran solopreneur, Paul Jarvis, décompose sa philosophie pratique (et son approche pratique) pour bâtir une entreprise autofinancée, rentable et agréable, conçue pour offrir le style de vie que vous souhaitez vivre. Dans un monde débordant de conseils invitant les entrepreneurs à lancer une start-up à «croissance rapide», à obtenir des financements d'investisseurs et à viser des milliards de revenus, Company of One est un moyen rafraîchissant pour les entrepreneurs de se concentrer plutôt sur la création d'une entreprise à but unique, conçue pour une seule personne et conçue durer.

Depuis que j'ai mis la main sur un premier exemplaire, j'ai relu ce livre plusieurs fois au cours de la dernière année – et je peux dire que c'est l'un des meilleurs guides que j'ai trouvés pour bâtir une entreprise que vous aimerez vraiment, et comment pour éviter le piège de poursuivre des objectifs et des idéaux qui ne sont pas importants pour vous. Maintenant traduit en 15 langues et comptant, le message central de Paul est que la vraie clé pour créer une vie professionnelle plus riche et plus épanouissante pourrait être de ne pas faites évoluer vos ambitions pour devenir une grande entreprise, mais plutôt, pour travailler pour vous-même, déterminer vos propres heures et devenir une entreprise (plus rentable). Ce livre vous donne un plan pour faire exactement cela.

2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In de Sheryl Sandberg sur les meilleurs livres d'affaires à lire cette année

Ce livre révolutionnaire est devenu un best-seller international n ° 1 pour une bonne raison. L'auteure Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, qui occupe actuellement le poste de directrice des opérations chez Facebook, a des décennies d'expérience à naviguer dans l'échelle de leadership d'entreprise et à devenir cadre dans des startups technologiques à succès, tout en équilibrant la vie de famille. Cela figure en haut de ma liste des meilleurs livres d'affaires cette année, car ses thèmes touchent à tout, de la façon de trouver un mentor sur le lieu de travail, à négocier pour ce que vous voulez, exprimer votre opinion, devenir un leader dans votre organisation, forger un égal partenariat dans votre vie familiale et à quoi devrait ressembler une véritable égalité sur le lieu de travail.

Sandberg a clairement eu beaucoup de plaisir à écrire ce livre d'entreprise avec un thème cohérent d'équilibrer l'humour léger avec le partage de sa vaste expérience de leadership dans des entreprises comme Facebook, Google et même le département du Trésor américain. Lean In est un puissant appel à l'action (et à un plan) pour la croissance personnelle qui peut permettre aux femmes du monde entier de réaliser leur plein potentiel. En écrivant Lean In en 2015, Sandberg a vraiment relancé la conversation importante sur la façon d'amener les femmes à un niveau plus égal sur le lieu de travail – et son travail est toujours poursuivi par une équipe dédiée au sein de l'organisation Lean In.

3. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers par Tim Ferriss.

Les meilleurs livres d'affaires Outils de Titans Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss a eu une mission sérieuse de distiller et de partager ses plus grandes leçons apprises des meilleurs interprètes (de tous les horizons) à travers ses livres d'affaires les plus récents.

En ce qui concerne Tools of Titans, j'ai traversé presque toute cette bête de près de 650 pages qui plonge dans tout ce que Tim Ferriss, l'auteur à succès du New York Times de The 4-Hour Workweek, a appris – tactiques, routines et les habitudes – d'interviewer plus de 200 des personnalités les plus reconnaissables du monde dans les affaires, les sports, le monde universitaire, l'armée et à peu près toutes les autres industries imaginables sur The Tim Ferriss Show, qui compte désormais plus de 100 millions de téléchargements.

Voici pourquoi celui-ci se classe si haut sur ma liste des meilleurs livres d'affaires: il capture si naturellement les meilleurs conseils d'affaires, des conseils de productivité, des leçons de vie et bien plus encore de tous les invités du podcast de Tim allant de Tony Robbins à Derek Sivers, Daymond John et bien d'autres. La lecture de ce livre d'entreprise est l'un des investissements les plus abordables que vous puissiez faire dans votre avenir en tant qu'entrepreneur.

4. Bon à grand: pourquoi certaines entreprises font le saut et d’autres pas par Jim Collins

Bon à grand livre de Jim Collins à lire cette année

Good to Great est l'un des meilleurs livres d'affaires liés à la gestion que j'ai jamais lu, et c'est un classique intemporel. Bien qu'écrits à l'origine par l'auteur de renommée mondiale, chercheur et consultant de Stanford, Jim C. Collins en 2001, ses conseils très pratiques et ses études de cas fascinantes résistent encore à l'épreuve du temps dans ce livre.

Dans Good to Great, Collins décrit comment les entreprises passent d'une situation de bien les entreprises en véritables grandes entreprises qui bouleversent des industries entières pour le mieux – et les raisons pour lesquelles la plupart des entreprises ne parviennent jamais à réaliser cette transition. Ce livre d'entreprise est un méga best-seller, ayant vendu plus de quatre millions d'exemplaires (jusqu'à présent) et se donne beaucoup de mal pour décomposer les facteurs communs aux quelques entreprises du monde qui ont été en mesure de maintenir un succès remarquable pendant une période substantielle de temps. Si vous voulez créer votre propre entreprise un jour, alors c'est une lecture incontournable.

5. Valeurs aberrantes: l'histoire du succès par Malcolm Gladwell.

Les meilleurs livres de commerce aberrants Malcolm Gladwell

Les valeurs aberrantes sont reconnues pour avoir popularisé les recherches qui ont conduit à formuler la règle des 10000 heures pour atteindre la maîtrise de n'importe quel sujet grâce à une pratique délibérée – même si la pratique s'est avérée depuis être simplement une composante de ce qu'il faut pour devenir un expert dans votre métier. Ce qui est le plus beau chez Outliers cependant, c'est que le livre cherche à répondre à une question simple, "Qu'est-ce qui différencie les plus performants?"Gladwell pense que nous accordons trop peu d'attention à la culture, à la famille, à la génération des gens qui réussissent et aux expériences idiosyncratiques de leur éducation.

Dans l'ensemble, c'est le livre d'affaires le plus influent de ma vie – et je reviens le lire chaque année. Je lui attribue le fait d'avoir alimenté une grande partie de mon inspiration initiale pour apprendre à créer un blog et le style d'écriture de l'auteur à succès, Malcolm Gladwell, est toujours l'une de mes principales influences. Son contenu a en fait alimenté de nombreuses idées d'articles de blog pour mon site. Dans le livre, Gladwell se concentre sur la recherche de groupes de personnes qui réussissent et sur la façon dont ils ont atteint leur niveau de réussite professionnelle ou personnelle.

Il soutient que le succès est étroitement lié à l'opportunité et au temps que les gens passent à pratiquer leur métier. Il présente un cas convaincant que la raison pour laquelle plus de gens ne sont pas des experts est que, comme il faut tant d'heures pour maîtriser quelque chose, la plupart des gens n'ont tout simplement pas la patience de consacrer ce genre de temps à perfectionner une compétence. En plus de cela, Gladwell parle également des composants nécessaires pour trouver (ou créer) un travail significatif, ce qui a inspiré mon premier article de blog invité sur le blog Buffer et m'a conduit sur la voie de l'apprentissage de la façon de gagner de l'argent en bloguant et de transformer cela site dans une véritable entreprise.

6. Travail en profondeur: règles pour un succès ciblé dans un monde distrait par Cal Newport.

Les meilleurs livres d'affaires Deep Work Cal Newport

Best-seller du Wall Street Journal, ce livre commercial soutient que l'une des compétences les plus précieuses au monde devient rapidement rare: la capacité de se concentrer sans distraction sur une tâche exigeante. L'auteur Cal Newport explique qu'en maîtrisant cette compétence, vous serez en mesure de traiter plus efficacement des informations compliquées et d'obtenir de meilleurs résultats en moins de temps.

C'est l'un de ces livres sur les affaires que j'ai ramassé et commencé à lire parce que je devais réaffirmer mon engagement à ne pas me laisser distraire en chassant les mauvaises opportunités et en passant du temps par d'autres moyens qui ne m'aident pas à atteindre mes objectifs les plus significatifs. Bon nombre des principes abordés dans ce livre m'ont aidé à affiner mon système de gestion des opportunités pour être plus productif tout en portant les nombreux chapeaux différents nécessaires pour être un spécialiste du marketing de contenu, un blogueur et un créateur de cours au quotidien.

Donc, si vous vous écartez trop mince, vous voulez apprendre à éliminer (et à vous éloigner) des distractions et à ne continuer à faire que ce que vous faites de mieux – Deep Work est garanti pour vous aider à accomplir cela. Il existe même une version de livre audio à écouter sur Audible.

7. Crushing It: comment les grands entrepreneurs créent leur entreprise et influencent-et comment vous pouvez, aussi par Gary Vaynerchuk

Meilleurs livres d'affaires Gary Vaynerchuk Crushing It

Quatre fois New York Times l'auteur à succès Gary Vaynerchuk fait revivre la chaleur avec son tout nouveau livre sur les affaires, intitulé Crushing It, qui figurait déjà sur la liste des meilleures ventes d'Amazon sur les réseaux sociaux pour les entreprises avant même le lancement.

À ne pas confondre avec la première incursion de Vaynerchuk en 2009 dans les livres Crush It: Pourquoi est-il temps de profiter de votre passion?, ce nouveau livre relate de toutes nouvelles leçons, stratégies, tactiques, conseils et inspiration tirés directement de sa propre expérience commerciale amplifiée et de celle de dizaines d'autres influenceurs et entrepreneurs du monde entier. Vaynerchuk offre de nouveaux conseils tactiques sur la façon de devenir une marque domestique sur les réseaux sociaux comme Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram et Snapchat; des plateformes de podcast comme Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio et iTunes; et d'autres plateformes émergentes comme Musical.ly.

Si vous cherchez à bâtir une marque qui peut faire croître votre entreprise, il s'agit d'un livre d'affaires incontournable pour l'année. Et bien que ce soit un guide pour construire votre propre chemin vers la réussite professionnelle et financière, n'oubliez pas qu'il ne s'agit pas de devenir riche. Il s'agit de vivre la vie selon vos propres conditions.

8. Le pouvoir de Broke: comment des poches vides, un budget serré et une soif de succès peuvent devenir votre plus grand avantage concurrentiel par Daymond John.

Les meilleurs livres sur les affaires Le pouvoir de Broke Daymond John

Je suis un grand fan de belles histoires sur la façon dont les entrepreneurs sont passés de l'humble début à la création d'une entreprise à partir de zéro et à la gloire. Star de Shark Tank et fondateur de Fubu, Daymond John incarne cela sous sa forme réelle à travers son histoire d'origine au sein de The Power of Broke. Dans ce livre sur les affaires, il explique comment se débarrasser de la ferraille et comment tirer parti des outils, des relations et des ressources à votre disposition pour bâtir une entreprise prospère avec un petit budget.

Il souligne comment le démarrage d'une entreprise lorsque vous êtes en faillite vous oblige à penser de manière créative et à utiliser efficacement vos ressources limitées. Cela vous oblige à être innovant. Plus important encore, il explique comment il s'est intentionnellement imposé des contraintes de ressources au fil des ans et comment cela l'a aidé à tirer le meilleur parti de ce qu'il avait. Le pouvoir de Broke est tout aussi applicable aux nouveaux entrepreneurs qu'aux vétérans des saisons. Ce livre d'affaires vous aidera à gratter, bousculer et rêver votre chemin vers le sommet.

9. Plus intelligemment plus vite et mieux: le pouvoir transformateur de la productivité réelle par Charles Duhigg.

Les meilleurs livres d'affaires plus intelligents plus rapidement mieux Charles Duhigg

Ce livre d'entreprise est particulièrement unique dans le domaine de la productivité car il propose une nouvelle définition de ce que signifie être productif. Ce livre vous apprend à vous concentrer sur la gestion Comment vous pensez plutôt que de passer du temps à gérer quoi tu penses. Le principe fondamental est que vous pouvez transformer votre vie en faisant certains choix – et l'auteur à succès Charles Duhigg vous donne les outils pour recâbler votre processus de prise de décision.

Dans Smarter Faster Better, Duhigg présente des arguments convaincants pour expliquer comment le modèle traditionnel de définition d'objectifs consistant à se concentrer principalement sur nos grandes ambitions et à ignorer toutes les décisions plus petites et les objectifs faciles en cours de route est intrinsèquement défectueux si vous souhaitez créer de grands changements dans votre vie ou votre entreprise. Il soutient que les personnes et les entreprises qui innovent le plus rapidement et qui réussissent le mieux ont perfectionné l'art de changer d'importance pour atteindre les petits objectifs – qui finissent par atteindre les plus grands.

10. Commencez par pourquoi: comment les grands leaders inspirent tout le monde à passer à l'action par Simon Sinek.

Les meilleurs livres d'affaires commencent par pourquoi Simon Sinek

Commencez avec Why est né d'une conférence TED présentée par l'auteur, Simon Sinek, qui est devenu la troisième conférence TED la plus populaire de tous les temps. Il est construit autour de la question: «Pourquoi certaines personnes et organisations sont-elles plus innovantes, plus influentes et plus rentables que d'autres?» La prémisse de base de ce livre commercial est que les dirigeants qui ont eu la plus grande influence, agissent et communiquent de la même manière – ce qui est le contraire de la façon dont la plupart des gens fonctionnent.

Sinek appelle cette idée, "Le Cercle d'Or", et tout commence par la question, "Pourquoi?»Fait intéressant, les critiques de ce livre d’affaires sont très polarisantes. Les lecteurs l'aiment ou le détestent. Personnellement, je l'adore. Je pense que les réactions et les critiques les plus dures proviennent de lecteurs qui ont du mal à se voir objectivement, à prendre en compte les commentaires critiques et à les traduire en changements positifs dans le leadership. Il est beaucoup plus facile de continuer aveuglément sur le même chemin… Que pensez-vous?

Êtes-vous d'accord? Dites-moi ce que vous pensez de Commencer par pourquoi dans les commentaires ci-dessous.

Sinek fait également un excellent travail en parlant dans des citations de motivation dans son écriture, vous pouvez donc vous attendre à trouver beaucoup d'inspiration de ce que vous lisez dans Commencer par pourquoi.

11. La startup Lean: comment les entrepreneurs d'aujourd'hui utilisent l'innovation continue pour créer des entreprises radicalement prospères par Eric Ries.

Les meilleurs livres d'affaires Lean startup Eric Ries

Dans cet ouvrage, auteur et entrepreneur Eric Ries nous guide à travers l'approche du lean startup, qui a changé la façon dont de nombreux fondateurs de startups cherchent à créer des entreprises et à lancer de nouveaux produits, largement basés sur le principe de la validation rapide des idées avant d'investir massivement dans une idée. Sa définition d'une startup est large, toute entreprise allant d'un solopreneur, d'un blogueur ou d'un pigiste opérant à partir de leur garage à un projet soutenu par une entreprise au sein d'une entreprise Fortune 500, tant que vous êtes déterminé à découvrir un chemin réussi vers la construction d'un environnement durable affaires.

Le Lean Startup offre aux entrepreneurs un moyen de valider les idées commerciales, de tester leurs visions en continu, de s'adapter et de modifier avant que tout dommage réel ne soit fait. Ce livre d'entreprise fournit une nouvelle approche pour gérer avec succès une startup et aborde également certains des outils commerciaux en ligne innovants qui peuvent vous aider à accélérer votre chemin vers la validation en cours de route.

12. Grind It Out: la fabrication de McDonald's par Ray Kroc

Moudre la création de livres d'affaires McDonalds par Ray Kroc

Le haïr ou l'aimer, Ray Kroc était une figure polarisante dans le monde des affaires et Grinding It Out est une excellente source de motivation et d'histoires. Quels que soient vos sentiments personnels à propos de l'homme (après avoir regardé Le fondateur avec Michael Keaton), le fait demeure que peu d'entrepreneurs peuvent prétendre avoir radicalement changé notre façon de vivre et de manger – Ray Kroc en fait partie.

Il est largement reconnu pour avoir propagé des révolutions de masse dans l'automatisation des services alimentaires, la franchise, la formation en entreprise partagée et même la publicité, son travail faisant de McDonald's l'une des entreprises les plus prospères de l'histoire moderne. Encore plus intéressant, Kroc n'était pas votre homme d'affaires typique, car il avait 52 ans lorsqu'il a ouvert sa première franchise de McDonald's et a commencé son voyage vers la création d'un réseau de chaînes de restauration rapide d'une valeur de plus de 150 milliards de dollars aujourd'hui.

13. Le mythe de la motivation: comment les bons élèves se sont-ils vraiment mis en place pour gagner par Jeff Haden.

Meilleurs livres d'affaires Jeff Haden Mythe Motivation

Issu du chroniqueur le plus populaire d'Inc.com, Jeff Haden, ce livre d'entreprise était un guide très attendu, contre-intuitif, mais pratique, pour trouver et maintenir la motivation (réelle) durable nécessaire pour réaliser de grandes choses dans la vie. Le livre est basé sur la conviction fondamentale de Haden que la «motivation» telle que nous la connaissons est un mythe complet dans notre société.

Si vous avez déjà lu mon blog, vous savez à quel point je suis un grand fan d’utiliser des citations de motivation pour me reconcentrer en cas de doute et aider à revenir sur le but principal de ce que je construis. Eh bien, ce livre d'affaires de mon ami, Jeff Haden, prend la motivation à un niveau beaucoup plus profond. Haden soutient que la motivation n'est pas une formule magique dont nous avons besoin au début de tout changement, défi ou effort majeur. La motivation est plutôt le résultat d'un processus et non une cause. Si vous vous êtes déjà senti déçu par les livres d'auto-assistance et les stratégies de réussite «éprouvées» qui ont échoué, alors ce livre d'entreprise est une lecture incontournable qui vous apportera des conseils pratiques pour arrêter de caler et commencer à travailler réellement sur vos rêves.

14. L'art subtil de ne pas donner un f * ck: une approche contre-intuitive pour vivre une bonne vie par Mark Manson.

Meilleurs livres d'art subtil Mark Mark Manson

Le titre à moi seul m'a vendu sur ce livre d'affaires, mais il m'a été recommandé par plusieurs amis. Ce best-seller du New York Times est construit autour de l'argument central, soutenu par la recherche universitaire, selon lequel l'amélioration de nos vies ne dépend pas de notre capacité à transformer les «citrons en limonade», mais d'apprendre à mieux digérer les citrons. Il s’agit de nous fixer des attentes réalistes. Embrasser nos peurs, nos défauts et nos incertitudes pour commencer à trouver le courage, l'honnêteté et la responsabilité que nous recherchons. J'ai hâte de plonger dans celui-ci.

L'une des choses que j'aime le plus dans ce livre est la façon dont l'auteur, le style d'écriture personnel de Mark Manson, reflète vraiment le titre du livre. Ce qui se lit comme 2 parties de conseils de vie profonde et 1 partie de comédie, vous permet de rester engagé et d'anticiper avec impatience ce qui va suivre, surtout lorsque vous écoutez sur Audible. Une autre chose que j'aime dans le style de Manson, c'est qu'il ne se soucie pas du respect du jargon de l'industrie ou de l'argot des affaires – il s'en moque activement.

15. La chose difficile à propos des choses dures: bâtir une entreprise quand il n'y a pas de réponses faciles par Ben Horowitz.

Les meilleurs livres d'affaires Hard Thing About Hard Things Ben Horowitz

C'est l'un de mes titres préférés que j'ai jamais vu pour un livre d'entreprise. L'auteur Ben Horowitz est cofondateur et associé commandité de la société de capital-risque Andreessen Horowitz. Pendant de nombreuses années, il a écrit sur un blog personnel, donnant des conseils commerciaux terre à terre et partageant ses expériences sur la création et la gestion de startups. Pour ce livre d’affaires, il a adapté la plupart de ses messages originaux et les a compilés dans un récit incroyable sur la façon de surmonter les difficultés inévitables lors du démarrage et de la croissance d’une entreprise (en particulier du côté de votre travail quotidien).

Horowitz analyse les problèmes auxquels les dirigeants sont confrontés chaque jour, partageant les idées qu'il a acquises en cours de route. Il raconte les choses, couvrant des sujets tels que démarrer une entreprise avec des amis, licencier ces amis lorsque les choses ne fonctionnent pas, braconner les concurrents et cultiver une mentalité de PDG. Peut-être que ce que j'aime le plus dans The Hard Thing About Hard Things, c'est qu'il amplifie les histoires avec les paroles de ses chansons de rap préférées.

16. Le pouvoir de l'habitude: pourquoi nous faisons ce que nous faisons dans la vie et les affaires par Charles Duhigg.

Charles Duhigg

Je me souviens quand The Power of Habit a particulièrement attiré l'attention des lecteurs aux États-Unis lors de sa sortie en 2014. Il a dépassé la plupart des listes de best-sellers et a passé plus de 60 semaines sur la liste des meilleures ventes du New York Times. Dans ce livre d’affaires, le journaliste lauréat du prix Pulitzer, Charles Duhigg, nous emmène au bord des découvertes scientifiques, explique pourquoi les habitudes existent et comment elles peuvent être modifiées de manière proactive pour créer des résultats positifs dans nos vies.

Dans cet ouvrage, Duhigg souligne l'importance des habitudes pour notre succès. Les habitudes sont les clés essentielles pour atteindre des objectifs significatifs. Ce sont nos bonnes habitudes qui nous donnent la structure et la discipline pour exercer régulièrement, être plus productifs et continuer à progresser vers nos objectifs de vie plus larges. Sans bonnes habitudes, il est trop facile d’abandonner lorsque la situation devient difficile. Ce livre d'entreprise vous donnera les bases pour créer des habitudes de réussite.

17. Tellement bon qu'ils ne peuvent pas vous ignorer: pourquoi les compétences de Trump Passion dans la quête du travail que vous aimez par Cal Newport.

Les meilleurs livres d'affaires si bons qu'ils ne peuvent pas vous ignorer Cal Newport

Il s'agit du deuxième livre d'affaires de l'auteur Cal Newport qui a fait ma liste des incontournables de l'année (pour une très bonne raison). Tellement bon qu’ils ne peuvent pas vous ignorer est basé sur la philosophie avec laquelle je suis d’accord, selon laquelle «suivre votre passion» est l’un des pires conseils que l’on nous ait jamais dit. Plus important encore, le fait de suivre ces mauvais conseils et d'échouer à votre passion «prédéterminée» peut entraîner de l'anxiété, un saut chronique à distance et, dans le pire des cas, une dépression par manque de réussite.

Dans ce livre d’affaires, Newport soutient que la véritable passion n’est découverte qu’après avoir travaillé dur pour développer une compétence solide – une capacité que vous aimez à son tour utiliser parce que vous êtes vraiment doué. Ce sont en fait vos talents naturels et vos compétences raffinées qui devraient déterminer votre cheminement de carrière ou le type d'idée commerciale sur laquelle vous commencez à travailler en premier lieu.

18. Money Master the Game: 7 étapes simples vers la liberté financière par Tony Robbins.

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Tony Robbins est mondialement connu sur le circuit de la parole dans le monde pour ses discours inspirants, ses ateliers et ses cours de transformation. Plus de 4 millions de personnes ont assisté à ses événements en direct au cours des deux dernières décennies. Comme Robbins l'a partagé avec moi dans une interview l'année dernière, il croit de tout cœur que le succès en affaires a plus à voir avec la psychologie que les compétences, l'expérience ou tout autre trait unique. Il expliqua, "Le succès en affaires est constitué à 80% de psychologie et à 20% de mécanique. Et, franchement, la psychologie de la plupart des gens n'est pas destinée à créer une entreprise. »

Dans ce livre sur les affaires, Robbins se penche sur la façon dont nous pouvons améliorer nos vies grâce à une gestion de l'argent plus efficace. Il a acquis des connaissances en interviewant 50 experts financiers de premier plan, sa propre expérience dans la croissance d'une entreprise de plusieurs milliards de dollars et a créé un processus en 7 étapes à suivre pour progresser vers la liberté financière dans Money: Master the Game. Les critiques sont assez mitigées et cela semble polariser les lecteurs. Le fil conducteur semble être que beaucoup ont du mal à passer à travers les 50 premières pages, mais ceux qui le dépassent aiment le message des livres à la fin. Personnellement, je le recommanderais sans hésiter.

19. Ne jamais partager la différence: négocier comme si votre vie en dépendait par Chris Voss et Tahl Raz.

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Imaginez la pression que vous subissez si les négociations très délicates avec un kidnappeur dépendent de vos compétences en négociation. Faites les choses correctement, l'otage est libéré et vous êtes le héros du moment. Comprenez-vous bien, l'otage est blessé et vous devenez le méchant, du moins dans votre esprit. Dans ce livre d'entreprise improbable, l'auteur Chris Voss ne connaît que trop bien le sentiment.

Il sait ce que c'est que d'être dans ce type de situation. Voss est un ancien négociateur international en otages du FBI, a affronté des voleurs de banque et des terroristes, puis est finalement devenu le principal négociateur international du FBI en matière d’enlèvements. Dans Never Split the Difference, il partage les compétences qui l'ont aidé à réussir et comment ces stratégies peuvent être utilisées pour devenir plus convaincant en tant qu'entrepreneur.

20. Zero to One: Notes sur les startups, ou comment construire l'avenir par Peter Thiel et Blake Masters.

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Ce livre d'entreprise examine de près le pouvoir de l'innovation. Le fondateur de PayPal et premier investisseur Facebook, Peter Thiel montre comment nous pouvons encore créer de nouvelles choses. Ce avec quoi je suis complètement d'accord – nous n'avons pas encore tout inventé. De l'avis de Thiel, nous vivons actuellement à une époque de stagnation technologique car tout le monde est aveuglé par des objets brillants et de nouveaux gadgets. L'innovation et le progrès ne se limitent pas à ce que les ordinateurs et la Silicon Valley ont à offrir, et bon nombre des meilleures idées commerciales attendent toujours d'être construites.

Selon Thiel, la clé du progrès est d'apprendre à penser par vous-même. Lorsque vous faites quelque chose de nouveau, vous passez de 0 à 1 (d'où le titre). Sa thèse dans le livre est que la prochaine génération d'entrepreneurs à succès fera des choses complètement nouvelles, pas seulement des mises à jour de nos produits existants. Dans ce livre d'entreprise, Zero to One, il explique comment vous former pour être un innovateur.

21. Le point de basculement: comment les petites choses peuvent faire une grande différence par Malcolm Gladwell.

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Ce livre d'affaires, un autre de Malcolm Gladwell, est son argument selon lequel il y a un point magique où une idée d'entreprise, un mouvement ou quelque chose de similaire franchit un seuil d'adoption et commence à se répandre comme une traînée de poudre. Il peut s'agir d'une petite application iPhone qui grimpe en tête des classements de l'App Store en un week-end et finit par devenir un phénomène mondial. Pourquoi des choses comme ça se produisent? Ils franchissent un point de basculement.

Gladwell soutient qu'il existe des types de personnalité particuliers qui travaillent délibérément pour pousser les idées au point de basculement. Il s'agit notamment des créateurs de tendances et des grands vendeurs du monde (qui emploient tous l'un des meilleurs CRM pour réussir, pensez-vous). Dans ce livre d’affaires, Gladwell explique ce que ces magique les gens le font afin de trouver naturellement le point de basculement et donne aux lecteurs des stratégies pratiques pour reproduire leur succès. Cela comprend ses trois règles pour créer votre propre point de basculement: la loi du petit nombre, le facteur d'adhérence et la puissance du contexte.

22. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

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Vous vous demandez peut-être pourquoi un livre sur les Navy SEALs est sur une liste des meilleurs livres d'affaires. En un mot: le leadership. Grâce à leur expérience avec une unité SEAL sur les champs de bataille en Irak, les auteurs Jocko Willink et Leif Babin ont appris de première main que la formation au leadership d'équipe SEAL est la meilleure au monde, que ce soit au combat ou en affaires. En tant qu'entrepreneur, le développement de vos compétences en leadership est l'un des facteurs les plus importants pour déterminer le succès ou l'échec de votre entreprise.

Extreme Ownership prend les leçons que ces auteurs ont apprises sur les champs de bataille et les applique à d'autres situations du monde réel, en particulier les affaires. Chaque chapitre prend un principe qu'un grand leader a démontré et montre comment le principe fonctionne dans la pratique.

Comme le suggère le titre du livre, la clé d'un leadership réussi est qu'un chef d'équipe doit s'approprier tout ce que fait son équipe. Il n'y a personne d'autre à blâmer; vous assumez la responsabilité personnelle des échecs de votre équipe et récoltez les fruits de la réussite de votre équipe.

23. Hooked: Comment construire des produits qui créent une habitude par Nir Eyal.

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Dans Hooked, l'auteur à succès du Wall Street Journal, Nir Eyal, explique pourquoi certaines entreprises et particuliers sont en mesure de créer régulièrement des produits qui décollent dès le premier jour et captivent l'imagination du public, tandis que d'autres lancent de nouveaux produits au son des grillons.

Dans ce livre d'affaires, Eyal explique ce qu'il appelle le modèle du crochet, qui est un processus en quatre étapes que les entreprises qui réussissent suivent lors de la création de produits qui subtilement encouragent (et récompensent) les consommateurs à adopter un comportement souhaitable pour l'entreprise. Les entreprises technologiques et les jeux comme Facebook, Twitter et Candy Crush qui suivent parfaitement The Hook Model sont capables de créer des produits qui ramènent les consommateurs encore et encore sans avoir besoin de publicité coûteuse.

24. Traction: comment une start-up peut générer une croissance explosive de la clientèle par Gabriel Weinberg et Justin Mares.

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Starting a business, especially for the first time, is a lot like putting together a puzzle—one that doesn’t necessarily have a clear ending. In this business book, authors Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares pull from their own experiences building and selling multi-million dollar companies to teach other entrepreneurs how to find and focus on the right growth levers that’ll scale their businesses quickly.

Traction presents the compelling argument that the key to success in business isn’t just coming up with “the best idea,” having a brilliant team, or raising more funding than your competitors. Business success is directly related to how consistently you can acquire new customers (or users) for your product or service—a serious challenge if this is a side hustle idea that doesn’t get your undivided attention. That’s true traction and once you’ve unlocked your growth lever, it makes everything else significantly easier. When you have traction, you can raise funds on your own terms, hire the best talent, garner press, establish partnerships and sell to whomever you choose. Traction is proof that your business is on the right track.

25. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

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This business book is a leadership classic and has been more than seventy years—but there’s a reason. As the title suggests, it teaches you how to effectively work with other people, how to become a better manager, leader and connector. Author Dale Carnegie provides readers with time-tested strategies for you to manage relationships more effectively, build friendships and to encourage people to agree with your way of thinking.

Carnegie covers much more than just trying to convince people to agree with you in this book. It’s a guide for how to get along with people. It also shows that if you want to get along with people, you have to be genuinely nice to them and show an interest in their lives.

26. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman.

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International bestselling author Josh Kaufman is not a fan of the formally-taught Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programs offered by the universities in the U.S., which often run in excess of $140,000 or more to get your degree. In this business book, Kaufman shows how they’re often teaching irrelevant theoretical information that doesn’t further graduates abilities to succeed in business—at insanely high costs.

Instead of getting an MBA, Kaufman explains that you can learn about business with practical experience, as long as you read and learn about the fundamentals of modern business practice along the way. This business book is designed to educate you about business in your own time at comparatively little cost. It’s a Personal MBA that won’t send you into a mountain of debt.

27. Choose Yourself! Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher.

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This business book, my favorite from prolific writer and ridiculously hilarious entrepreneur James Altucher takes a refreshingly honest look at the difficult world we’re living in, where there are no guaranteed jobs, no certainty of a comfortable retirement and no probability that a college degree will lead to the lifestyle you want. He believes that the only person you can fully believe in is yourself. One side effect of this “Brave New World,” is that it’s easier than ever to turn your own strengths, skills and interests into a business where you can employ yourself.

Altucher focuses on helping you improve your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing while finding your way towards uncovering potential business opportunities you’ll be uniquely qualified to pursue. In this business book, he asks why you would put your trust in others who don’t care about your future as much as you do—and gives you the tools to take control of your own life.

28. Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin.

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In this business book, multi-bestselling author and marketer Seth Godin teaches readers that the Purple Cow is the fourth P of Marketing–after Price, Product and Publicity.

What exactly is a purple cow? It’s a metaphor for something that’s phenomenal, counterintuitive and even unbelievable. Godin believes your common-place cow to be brown and boring—the “industry standard.” On the other hand, if you were to see a purple cow out in a field, you’d stop and take notice. Anyone who sees a purple cow would never forget it. In Purple Cow, Godin outlines the importance of creating a purple cow with everything you build and do—and he gives you tactical strategies on how to make your business remarkable. And if you’re in the midst of learning how to drive traffic to your blog, creating something truly remarkable is the best long-term strategy you can ever invest in (check out my picks for the best blogging courses to get even more about building a blog readership).

29. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini.

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This is a classic business book for marketers and people looking to build their marketing skills. Dr. Robert Cialdini first published this in 1984, yet it’s still just as relevant today as it was then—I still read it about every other year. Influence discusses how you can use the power of persuasion to influence how other people react. There are six universal principles at the core of Cialdini’s thesis of how to become a successful persuader: Reciprocation, commitment and consistency, social proof, liking, authority and scarcity.

Influence teaches you how to master these principles of persuasion, as well as how to identify when others are attempting to use these tactics on you.

30. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki.

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I consider this business book to be centered mostly around financial advice and author Robert Kiyosaki claims it to be the #1 personal finance book of all time. Interestingly enough, it seems to polarize most readers. People either feel that it has revolutionized their way of thinking about finances or alternatively feel that it takes 200 pages to tell a message that could have been told in 20. Here’s what I think: It depends on what your baseline knowledge about personal finance is at the time you start reading Rich Dad Poor Dad—and if you’re towards the beginning of your journey to personal finance mastery, Kiyosaki’s message can lead to big breakthroughs.

In this business book, Kiyosaki focuses on how you should let your money work for you, rather than spending your life working for your money. He also emphasizes that you should avoid placing your money into objects, possessions and investment instruments that’ll cost you and incur more expenses in the long run, like flashy cars and big homes. The core message of this business book is that if you want to grow rich, buy things that generate income.

31. What If It Does Work Out?: Turn your passion into cash, make an impact in the world and live the life you were born to by Susie Moore.

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Author Susie Moore has written this business book as a motivator for readers to get pumped up about pursuing the life they really want to live. We all have hobbies, talents, and skills which we enjoy, but usually don’t go as far as turning them into a money-making venture. Her point in this business book is that it’s so easy to think about all the possibilities and then shut yourself down with the question, “What if it doesn’t work out?” In this book, we’re asked to instead consider, “What if it does work out?”

This business book aims to motivate you for overcoming your fear of failure and doubts about whether or not it’s the “right decision” to start a business of your own and begin going through the difficult process of building a profitable side hustle.

32. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath.

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Each of Chip and Dan Heath’s business books highlight their immense strengths and research prowess deep into psychology. In Decisive, they share from their broad understanding of how people go about doing business and living their personal lives—with the goal of helping us to make better decisions.

We know from research in psychology that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities. Unfortunately, knowing this doesn’t make much difference to most people. What we need to know is how to change these biases and irrationalities so that we’re able to make more informed decisions that better benefit us in the long run. This business book gives readers a four-step process to counteract these biases and it shows us how to make stronger decisions.

33. Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job by Sean Wise and Brad Feld.

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I’m a big believer in never quitting your day job to start your own business—without first validating your idea (even if that’s starting a phone case business) and having a sustainable, growing income already flowing in from your business. Authors Sean Wise and Brad Feld elaborate on this conviction of theirs in this phenomenal business book. Once you validate your idea, and if it’s viable, then you can grow your revenue, ensure your customers are happy (and come back for more) then continue building your business up at a manageable rate.

Here’s why they too feel so strongly about this: During the building phase, you still need a regular income to survive. The reality is that few businesses survive to see five years, so it’s foolish to risk everything right at the beginning before you have definitive proof that customers are willing to pay (and continue to pay) for your solution. Startup Opportunities is a practical guide to help you evaluate your business ideas. It provides realistic advice on which businesses are likely to succeed, and which aren’t. If you want to learn more from this talented duo, listen to their interview on my podcast, right here.

34. Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations by William Ury.

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Negotiation is a difficult skill to master, doubly so if the other person is stubborn and just keeps saying “no” to everything you propose. Author of this business book, William Ury is the co-founder of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and is considered one of the world’s leading negotiation specialists.

In Getting Past No, Ury teaches numerous techniques you can use in negotiations, including how you to counter dirty tricks and reach mutually beneficial agreements that satisfy the needs of both parties. It’s a great book for entrepreneurs who want to master the art of selling and establishing strategic partnerships.

35. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

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It’s so easy to get bogged down trying to do everything that we feel we need to—especially when everything feels like a top priority and we have a demanding boss breathing down the back of our necks. There are times when it seems like we spend more of our time updating the to do list, than actually completing those tasks. This is often exacerbated at work when people ask you to do “just one more thing.” You don’t want to sound like you’re not a team player, so you add yet another task to your list.

In Essentialism, author Greg McKeown shows how this is not a sustainable (happy) way to go through life. In fact, in this business book, he outlines how you can actually get more done in life by doing less. He stresses the importance of prioritizing your work, and that the word “priority” means focusing on the single most important task in the moment, not trying to juggle multiple tasks at the same time. The Way of the Essentialist is about getting only the right things done and not wasting your time on unproductive, unimportant, and often under-appreciated tasks.

36. Virtuous Leadership by Alexandre Havard.

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Virtuous Leadership is described as a guidebook in the quest for moral personal excellence. That’s quite a lofty claim, but bestselling author Alexandre Havard has created a movement around the topic of virtuous leadership and this seminal book has been translated into more than 20 languages to day. With a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and 4.07 star average on Goodreads, readers appear to consider it a thought-provoking read.

This business book demonstrates how virtue can impact every kind of personal and professional situation. Leadership is based on virtue and virtue can be developed, grown and deepened for anyone. Virtuous Leadership demonstrates how each of the classical and indeed spiritual virtues are essential to good leadership.

37. The Secret to Success: When You Want to Succeed as Bad as You Want to Breathe by Eric Thomas.

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Eric Thomas, the self-described hip hop preacher, knows what it’s like to have to pull yourself up from the bottom. He began his adult life as a homeless high school dropout, sleeping in abandoned buildings in Detroit. He rose from this lifestyle to become a successful husband, father, CEO, educator, motivational speaker and author. This business book is an autobiography that chronicles his difficult rise to where he is today.

Thomas has garnered most of his fame for his role as a motivational speaker—his energy is contagious and you can feel it through this business book as well. He uses his own ability to “break the cycle” as motivation to disaffected youth to follow in his footsteps. The Secret to Success includes actionable advice for those wanting to improve their own situation in life, regardless of where you’re starting and what your struggles are. In many ways, this business book is a step-by-step guide on how to live a meaningful life.

38. The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs by Kevin D. Johnson.

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The premise of this business book is that if you hope to reach the highest level of performance as an entrepreneur, you need to change your mindset to think with the Entrepreneur Mind. The best way to do that is to learn from successful entrepreneurs who’ve already gone through the process of developing a battle-hardened mindset for business.

Bestselling author of this business book, Kevin Johnson is the president of a multimillion-dollar marketing agency that’s worked with brands like Cadillac, Bank of America and Coca-Cola. In this business book, Johnson shares 100 of what he considers to be the key lessons entrepreneurs need to learn about strategy, education, people, finance, marketing and sales, leadership and motivation in order to train yourself for success.

39. The Ten-Day MBA 4th Ed.: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering the Skills Taught In America’s Top Business Schools by Steven A. Silbiger.

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Most people can’t afford the time, money, or in many cases meet the strict entry criteria, to go to an elite university and graduate with an MBA—no matter how useful or fulfilling that educational experience may would be. The Ten-Day MBA by author, CPA and MBA graduate Steven Silbiger provides you with the essence of the material taught at America’s top business schools. As a top ten graduate of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, he should know.

According to many reader reviews, even those who genuinely obtain MBAs have found this book to be a great reference source. However, it’s written for a broad audience, so you will still gain understanding even if your education is below college level. This business book focuses on the ten main things you’d learn in an MBA class.

40. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant.

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Originals is about improving the world through using original, novel, non-conforming ideas. This business book aims to inspire and encourage you to use your creative thoughts to battle conformity—and to not accept tradition for the sake of it. In this business book, Wharton school of business and New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant shows you how to come up with and recognize a good idea, then confidently share it.

In this business book, Grant shows you how to become a non-conformist by examining several real-life examples in the world. You’ll hear about an entrepreneur that pitches his startups by giving investors clear reasons not to invest, a CIA analyst that overturned the rule of secrecy in the agency, a billionaire that quickly fires employees who won’t criticize him and more in this business book.

41. What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World by Tina Seelig.

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It’s amazing how many of us thought we knew it all at 20 (as I quietly raise my own hand…). What could “old people” over the age of say 30 know about life that’s so insightful, right? Of course, the reality is that the older you get, the more you realize you didn’t (and still don’t) know. Moreover, this business book acknowledges that it’s at about the age of 20 that you start to make major changes in your life. Most of us leave the comfortable environment of living with your parents, enter the world and it can be extremely challenging to make the right decisions for your future.

In this international bestselling business book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, author and Stanford professor Tina Seelig shares with us what she offers her students in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program—provocative stories, inspiring advice, humility and entertainment. This is one of those books I wish I had read when I was 20. It may have helped me avoid a few of the biggest business mistakes I’ve made along the way.

42. The Social History of the Machine Gun by John Ellis.

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Originally published in 1975, I can truly say that The Social History of the Machine Gun is the most “different” business book on this list—which is really a deep study of the cultural implications of lethal technology. For a start there’s the subject matter—it’s not what you’d immediately think of being on a list of the best business books. Then there is it’s age. The first edition came out in 1975 and even the current second edition dates back to 1986.

But the thing is, it’s particularly relevant to this list of the best business books because it’s very much a direct insight into the cultural battles we’re facing today between different types of political and military leadership styles. Author John Ellis has been recognized as one of the world’s most treasured historians and has authored ten books at the intersection of psychology, politics and leadership. This business book demonstrates how new and original thinkers often have to fight conservatives who resist change, if they want to implement their new ideas—it’s the perfect tool set for trailblazing entrepreneurs.

43. Running Lean: Iterate From Plan A to a Plan That Works by Ash Maurya.

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Running Lean by author and entrepreneur Ash Maurya is another business book that preaches an idea very close to my own heart. The idea that validating your business idea before you go all in is crucial to your success as an entrepreneur.

This business book provides a framework for modeling how your product or service is most likely to succeed—based on how your early audience reacts to what you’re sharing with them. It provides you with the key metrics you need to understand and focus on in the early process of collecting feedback and getting your product to market. This business book also provides a clear introduction to the philosophy of The Lean Startup. This is a great business book to read before getting started on your business idea.

44. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone.

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Most people operate with three degrees of action in a situation—no action, retreat, or normal action. The 10X Rule by bestselling author and sales consultant Grant Cardone gives readers a brand new level of action: “Massive Action.” It’s this principle of Massive Action that allows you to reach your dreams. In this business book, Cardone argues that in order to succeed in life, you first need to set massive goals and then take massive action towards meeting those goals.

In simple terms, The 10X Rule teaches you to aim high and work harder. In fact, both your goal and the effort you put in towards achieving it should be 10x greater than would have been the case before reading this business book. On top of that, Cardone teaches you the importance of selling yourself, keeping track of your biggest wins (having a strong freelance portfolio is key for those in the gig economy), and using your successes to catapult yourself even further ahead at every opportunity.

45. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

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Steve Jobs has certainly left his mark in the world of business. This business book by writer and journalist Walter Isaacson who’s previously written biographies about Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and others, extensively covers the late Apple co-founder’s professional and personal life.

This biography is based on extensive interviews that Isaacson conducted with Steve Jobs and those who knew him. It’s a “warts and all” biography, which Steve Jobs fully cooperated with. The reviews generally indicate that this is an accurate, engaging narrative about a compelling, if imperfect, subject who’s ingenuity changed the world forever.

46. The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling.

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The 4 Disciplines of Execution is written by members of the time management training and organization firm, Franklin Covey, including Sean Covey, son of Franklin Covey’s founder, Stephen Covey. This business book discusses the four disciplines of execution which the authors see as being precise rules for translating strategy into action. These disciplines are focus, leverage, engagement, and accountability. The authors lay out ways they believe your business can implement and accomplish these disciplines.

47. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry.

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In recent years, people have discovered that our emotional intelligence (known as EQ) is just as important as our IQ for a successful life. However, while our IQ is to a large extent fixed, particularly our biological intelligence, it is much easier to improve our EQ. The premise of this business book is that emotional intelligence is considered to be one of the fundamental foundations for building a solid character.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 provides a step-by-step program to improve your EQ, through a mixture of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. And in this business book, you are given the opportunity to take an online assessment twice, to see how your EQ has changed between the tests.

48. The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer.

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The business world may be global now. However, cultures are often still very far apart. There have been numerous cases where a global business got things horribly wrong in a local market because they didn’t make enough effort to understand the local culture. Even if you want to start a freelance business and work from a home office, you often have to adapt to working with foreign cultures. Too often a lack of cultural understanding can lead to confusion and unintended consequences—and that’s the problem this business book by Erin Meyer attempts to solve.

Erin Meyer’s written this business book in a friendly, easy-to-understand way, to raise your awareness and consciousness of cultural issues you could encounter in business dealings outside of your home turf. You don’t want to have to recall an entire product line from a market because of a culturally-inappropriate decision you made, right?

49. Small Business, Big Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right by Adam and Matthew Toren.

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Small Business, Big Vison is one of the best business books for aspiring small business owners, full of inspiring and practical advice for getting started. It can be very confusing when going it alone in the business world, especially as a freelancer learning how to find good leads, write freelance proposals and close deals on great work from home gigs. This business book is written specifically for solopreneurs that want to unlock more growth for themselves without risking a lot of capital on complicated marketing tactics.

The authors of this business book, two brothers, not only share their own experiences, but also pull insights from numerous other successful businesspeople. In this business book, you’ll learn from their successes and mistakes. It covers everything from preparing a one-page business plan, to setting up a comprehensive action plan for effective social media marketing.

50. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller.

Best Business Books The One Thing

The ONE Thing certainly comes with an impressive reputation, having been on most of the important bestselling business books of recent decades. This book’s premise is that you need to build a big vision and then zoom into a narrow focus, so you can start taking measurable action to move towards your greater vision.

This business book will teach you how to be more productive and how to avoid the all-too-common productivity killers in your life. It provides you with the framework to build a plan that is not just talk. Then, you can follow the steps in that plan to eventually meet your vision.

51. Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future by Leonard A. Schlesinger and Charles F. Kiefer.

Best Business Books Just Start

This business book appears to fly in the face of most treatises of business advice, in that it disagrees with the common view that you should prepare in-depth formal planning, and undertake market research before you start a business. The authors believe that many successful businesses were started in the past without formal plans, and this drove phenomenal growth. They believe entrepreneurs are too cautious now, and that business plans are often a tremendous waste of time and money.

The basic philosophy of this book (and why it’s one of my picks for the best business books), is that as you can’t accurately predict the future, so you should act very quickly and see how things progress—adapting and changing as you grow. Learn from your experiences. If things don’t go well, get out before it costs too much. If that happens, learn from your experiences and try again with a new business idea.

52. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight.

Best Business Books Shoe Dog

The Swoosh has to be one of the most monumental logos of all time. It’s a rare case of a logo that can be recognized by its name alone. Not bad for a logo created by a previously-unknown graphic artist for just $35.

Phil Knight, the author of this business book and founder of iconic brand Nike, created the company with $50 borrowed from his father and a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. That created history and one of the best-known companies in the world. This business book chronicles the story of Phil Knight and Nike. Knight bares his soul and tells his tale, warts and all. If you’re asking yourself, should I quit my job?… and are considering heading into business for yourself, this story provides great inspirational reading.

53. The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey.

Best Business Books Total Money Makeover

Like him or not, Dave Ramsey, the author of this business book, The Total Money Makeover, has sold millions of copies for himself over the years. This book has been through several editions over the last 15 years and seems to be eternally popular with those trying to sort out their financial chaos.

Central to the goal of this business book is providing you with a plan to pay off your debt and secure a financial nest egg. Along the way, it teaches you how to manage your money better and to avoid the 10 most dangerous money myths. Dave Ramsey walks you through seven baby steps so you can take control of your finances, with a real emphasis on paying off debt—and highlights case studies of people who’ve followed the principles in the book to eliminate their debt.

54. Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age, It’s a Financial Number by Chris Hogan.

Best Business Books Retired Inspired

When you’re young, you usually don’t think much about retirement. It seems so far away. Yet that is precisely when you should turn your mind to funding your retirement. And author Chris Hogan wrote this business book to show you exactly why it’s so much easier to do, if you start young.

In Retire Inspired, Chris Hogan suggests a way to look at retirement from a new perspective. Rather than seeing retirement as being an age when you stop working, you should look at it as being the point where you have put sufficient funds aside that you can live the rest of your life the way you want, without the need for working. This business book also covers what you should do with your money once your house is paid off, covers emotions related to your finances, creating a financial team, inheritance and other financial retirement issues. I’d recommend it if you want to learn more about ways to also keep earning into retirement through things like house flipping, part-time jobs to stay mentally active and more.

55. Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results (Volume 1) by Stephen Guise.

Best Business Books Mini Habits

This business book is for those of us that struggle to meet our goals and resolutions. If you find the thought of achieving a Big Hairy Goal too daunting, then perhaps working on improving your mini habits may be more to your liking. A mini habit is a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do every day (I’m a big believer in using mini habits to reinforce my bigger, life-changing habits).

This business book’s message is that rather than aiming very high and failing, you should aim for the step in front of you. Then, once you achieve that small step forward, you can keep going and making incremental progress that adds up each day. All you need in order to see progress, is to make at least one small step every day.

56. 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is You by Rebecca Halstead.

Best Business Books First Person to Lead

This business book is the tale of retired Brigadier General Becky Halstead, formerly of the United States Army, where she shares her leadership experiences and lessons learned in the field. She takes her extensive personal leadership experience and analyzes what she’s learned. She presents five fundamental leadership truths in this business book, which have led to the leadership principles she personally follows.

This business book provides many authentic lessons of leadership, from somebody who has been a leader her entire life, from leading high school sports teams through to being one of the first high-level female leaders in the Army.

57. 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More by Perry Marshall.

Best Business Books 80-20 Marketing

The 80/20 Principle actually applies to many facets of our lives. As Perry Marshall says in this business book, it is a Law of Nature. Regarding sales and marketing, the 80/20 Principle states that you can save 80% of your efforts by concentrating on the right 20% of your market. This business book is full of practical examples of how you can apply the 80/20 Principle in practice, from how to slash sales and marketing time-wasters, to how to differentiate yourself from your rivals. It includes suggestions on how you can use split testing, email marketing, building a content marketing strategy and AdWords to find and focus your efforts on “the 20%” to eventually reach profitability which affords you options to do things like choose a website builder, make a website and continue growing your blog or even sell your website in order to move on to new projects.

At its heart, this business book focuses on what is formally known as the Fractal Power Law, and how you can use it to improve your sales and marketing successes, by eliminating time spent trying to sell to low-value high-demanding consumers who are unlikely to buy your product anyways.

58. Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini.

Best Business Books Pre-Suasion

I’ve already read Robert Cialdini’s seminal business book, Influence, and this one is a fresh new take on how to master the art of persuasion. His key finding, surprisingly, is that persuasion is less about the content of what you are trying to persuade somebody about, and more about your timing. As with a good comedian, if you want to be an effective persuader, you need to master your timing perfectly. For you to effectively persuade someone else of anything, you first need to “presuade” them. I.e. you need to change the person’s state of mind before anything else.

The reason Pre-suasion makes my list of the best business books, is because it provides a phenomenal range of sales techniques that you can use to lay the groundwork for persuading someone to make a deal, or you can watch out for when someone is trying to use those techniques on you.

59. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger.

Best Business Books Beautiful Question

In this business book, author Warren Berger argues that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business is intelligent questioning. To get a great answer, you need to ask the perfect question. Imaginative questioning can help you identify and solve problems, pursue fresh opportunities and come up with game-changing ideas.

It appears that the world’s most creative, successful people are expert questioners. Questioning is, of course, the nurturing point for innovation. Kids start out asking questions but appear to lose that ability as they age. One of the biggest reasons I chose this to be included on my list of the best business books is because (like the author) I believe that in order to advance society to it’s fullest potential, we need to reignite our questioning skills.

60. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! by Al Ries & Jack Trout.

Best Business Books Immutable Marketing

The authors of this business book argue that just as there are laws of nature that you can’t ignore, such as the Law of Gravity, there are laws of marketing that you need to follow if you wish to launch and maintain a winning brand.

Al Ries and Jack Trout argue a case for 22 of these laws in this seminal business book. These include the Law of Leadership (it’s better to be first than it is to be better), the Law of the Category (if you can’t be first in a category, set up a new category you pouvez be first in) and the Law of the Mind (it’s better to be first in the mind than to be first in the marketplace). If you’re at all into marketing, this needs to be on your list of business books to read ASAP.

61. Lucky Or Smart?: Fifty Pages for the First-Time Entrepreneur by Bo Peabody.

Best Business Books Lucky or Smart

As its subtitle suggests, this is a short business book you could probably devour in one sitting (although it is actually 78 pages in total). Author, early dot-com entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Bo Peabody, walks you through his experiences as an entrepreneur, having founded five companies in a variety of industries. He ponders whether it was his intelligence that led to his success, or was it just plain luck? In reality, it was probably more that he had enough intelligence to know when he was getting lucky.

An interesting point he makes throughout this business book that it tends to be B-level students who create companies, who then employ the A-level students to help manage them.

62. The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom by Carrie Wilkerson.

Best Business Books Barefoot Executive

The Barefoot Executive walks new business owners through the steps of planning, starting and operating a small business. It is not so much a “How To” guide, as it’s primarily a motivation-driven business book, to help you follow your dreams. It contains practical business advice from Carrie Wilkerson’s personal experiences and takes you through the process of setting up your own business, beginning with questioning why you want to start a business in the first place (a good question). It also helps you map out a personal plan that fits your motives and which you then tailor to reflect your personal interests, entrepreneurial strengths, skills, and abilities.

This business book contains “Barefoot Action Steps” for you to take, as well as “Barefoot Case Studies” which show how others have performed.

63. Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Tony Robbins.

Best Business Books Awaken the Giant

In Awaken the Giant Within, well-known motivational speaker (and motivational quote guru) Tony Robbins provides strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life—that’s an all-encompassing list! This business book is designed to give you step-by-step lessons for self-mastery.

Tony Robbins emphasizes that we are a product of our mind, which has tremendous power. And the basic takeaway of this business book is that it’s up to us to use our mind to help us enjoy life and live it the way we want it to be. That we should be using the power of our thoughts to help us live each day to its fullest.

64. Impact, What Every Woman Needs to Know to go from Invisible to Invincible by Nancy D. Solomon.

Best Business Books Impact

As a man, I’m not exactly the target reader for Nancy Solomon’s business book, but it’s been recommended to me by both men and women who’ve professed that there are many golden nuggets anyone can glean from the book.

Unlike many self-help business books, it focuses on utilizing and sharpening your strengths, rather than improving your weaknesses. Its key message is that you should stop trying to fit in with others’ expectations. Instead, you should hone your skills and talents and focus on being the person you were always meant to be. This business book shows you how to overcome your fears, stand up for yourself, and give yourself permission to do what you really want.

65. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Best Business Books Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill’s life-changing business book has been around since 1937. Which must make him one of the most influential self-help gurus of all-time. To date, Think and Grow Rich has sold over 100 million copies and is one of the 10 best-selling self-help guides ever—earning it a spot on my list of the best business books that are (yes) still applicable today.

For this business book, author Napoleon Hill studied the lives of many successful people and, based on his findings, came up with what he deemed to be the 13 key principles of success. To a large extent, the book is about convincing yourself you can become wealthy. One interesting statistic from the book is that 99% of the public has no goal in life and are stuck in jobs they don’t want. This was however, written during the Great Depression, so it would be interesting to see whether this statistic still holds true today.

66. The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by James Afremow.

Best Business Books Champion's Mind

While The Champion’s Mind is very much focused on improving your performance, primarily from an athletic perspective, so much of this business book can be applied to your life as an entrepreneur as well—particularly the sections that refer to strengthening and honing your mental focus.

In many ways, the necessary traits, skills and behaviors of a top business executive, in terms of mental fitness, match those demanded of top athletes. This makes my list of the best business books because Dr. Afremow provides actual mental exercises and tangible skills to help create your own version of peak performance and to strengthen your mind for the challenges ahead. This business book is designed to help you to understand the psychology of excellence.

67. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin.

Best Business Books Linchpin

Our second Seth Godin book on this list of the best business books, places its emphasis firmly on you—your choice, your future, your potential to make a difference. He argues that as well as labor and management, there is a third group in every workplace: the linchpins.

Linchpins are the bright sparks within an organization who know what to do in situations where there’s no formal play book. They are the building blocks of great organizations, the go-to leaders people naturally look up to. In this business book, Godin argues that managers have the responsibility to develop linchpins within their employees. More importantly, however, employees have the ability to develop their own linchpin characteristics. A worker exhibiting linchpin characteristics and qualities will have a far more secure place in the workforce than the average employee.

68. Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers by Seth Godin.

Best Business Books Permission Marketing

In some ways, this business book can be thought of as a history book. It’s all about permission marketing—a style of marketing that’s become ideal in today’s internet age. While this business book was published in 1999, Godin’s description of permission marketing has turned out to be an apt premonition of how marketing has had to move in the 21st Century.

In the pre-internet days, marketers came to you with their message, whether it be on the television screen, on the radios we listened to, or in the newspapers or magazines we read. This makes my list of the best business books because Godin argues in Permission Marketing, that consumers are no longer prepared to give up their precious time, to be served with advertisements. Instead, marketers need to give consumers incentives to accept advertising voluntarily.

Fast forward 18 years, and we can see that he foresaw the way of the internet and prevalence of having a well thought-out content marketing strategy in particular. Alas, he wasn’t able to convince all marketers of the uselessness of spam—the internet equivalent of old-style interruption marketing.

69. Developing the Leader Within You by John C Maxwell.

Best Business Books Developing the Leader

Developing the Leader Within You is Dr. John Maxwell’s first business book, which has now sold more than one million copies. Although John Maxwell developed his leadership skills within the church, they are to a large extent transferable across all sectors, including business. Maxwell speaks annually to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, the United States Military Academy, and even the National Football League. In 2014 he was named the No. 1 Leadership and Management Expert in the World by Inc. Magazine.

Developing the Leader Within You makes my list of the best business books because it covers topics like the true definition of a leader, traits of leadership, and the difference between management and leadership—it’s a classic must-read for an up-and-coming leader hoping to inspire their employees.

70. Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C Maxwell.

Best Business Books Failing Forward

In this business book, best-selling author John Maxwell focuses on the differences between average people and those successful people who achieve. He discusses whether people are simply born lucky, or whether there are other reasons for them becoming successful, while others seem doomed to failure from the moment of their birth.

One of the problems people face, according to Dr. Maxwell, is that they are unprepared for failure. Why this makes my list of the best business books is because successful people still have their fair share of failures, but the difference is that they know how to deal with them; to learn from their failures, to move on and turn things around. They know how to take responsibilities for their failures and not blame others.

71. The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John C Maxwell.

Best Business Books 360 Leader

This business book is John Maxwell’s answer to the most common question he’s asked at his leadership conferences: “How can I implement what you teach when I’m not the top leader?” This is a very good question when you think about it. Most people have a boss they report to, which makes it more difficult to introduce new leadership practices.

Dr. Maxwell shows that you can still provide genuine leadership in middle management. You have the ability to demonstrate leadership in all directions—upwards (to your boss), across (to your peers), and downwards (to those you lead). Middle managers are in the ideal position to be full 360-degree leaders.

72. Winning with People: Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time by John C Maxwell.

Best Business Books Winning with People

If you can’t tell by now, I’m a big fan of John Maxwell’s business books. In Winning with People, Maxwell focuses on relationships. Everybody involved in a business has to build relationships with the people they come into contact with. Even a solopreneur owner has relationships with clients and anyone they need to work with like accountants, contractors, and legal advisors.

In this business book, Dr. Maxwell discusses the key principles of relationships, such as the Bedrock Principle, that trust is the foundation of any relationship, and the Lens Principle, that who you are determines how you see others. This business book can help you improve your people skills, and is thought-provoking for anyone who works with people.

73. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson.

Best Business Books The Slight Edge

The Slight Edge explains how if you change the way you think and process information, you can change your life, leading you to more effectively achieve your dreams.

The premise of this business book is that if you can change your mindset and follow certain daily disciplines, you can radically change your life—which I’ve personally experienced as a result of reading this business books. The daily disciplines are simple productivity upgrades, but when you repeat them day after day, the results can be astounding. One of this business book’s philosophies is that, “difficult takes a little time, impossible only takes a little longer.”

74. The Success Principles (™) – 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer.

Best Business Books Success Principles

This classic business book provides you with 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women, that author Jack Canfield got to interact with and interview. These are a mix of CEOs, world-class athletes, celebrities, and successful everyday people.

The journeys, experiences and principles these successful people exhibited on their rise to the top are explained step-by-step in this business book, so you can follow them in your own life. If nothing else, this business book can put you in the mindset that you can do something big. Many of the principles aren’t earthshakingly original—but Jack Canfield tells them in a way that sticks in your mind.

75. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod.

Best Business Books Miracle Morning

This business book, but author and entrepreneur Hal Elrod, brings you easily applicable tweaks, habits and changes you can use to wake up each morning with more energy, motivation, and focus. As the title suggests, it’s possible to start your day off in a manner that transforms your mentality about the work day.

Hal Elrod suggests you should wake an hour before you usually do and spend about 10 minutes doing one of these key intention-setting activities: meditating, saying affirmations, visualizing, exercising, reading something constructive, and writing. His hyper-enthusiastic demeanor will keep you engaged, and his tactics are very approachable, and there is evidence that this routine can make a huge difference to your well-being, which is why this makes my list of the best business books.

76. How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits by Judy Robinett.

Best Business Books Power Connector

There’s a famous cliché that’s undoubtedly a truism: “It’s not what you know, it’s qui you know.” The takeaway being that no matter what kind of business you want to start, you need to surround yourself with standout people. According to author Judy Robinett, strategic relationship planning should be your top priority if you aim to achieve long-term success. If you have high-powered connections, it is much easier for you to come in contact with key influencers, and to find the best network that will help you meet your goals. This business book is all about building quality connections, rather than simply building up as big a list as possible.

For this business book, Robinett has developed the 5 + 50 + 100 Rule. This states that you should keep in daily contact with your top 5 connections, weekly with your key 50 connections, and monthly with your most vital 100 connections. Sound like a lot? Well, that’s because it is—but this made my list of the best business books because of how important your relationships will be (for the years and endeavors to come).

77. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun.

Best Business Books Pencils of Promise

This is a story of how one man, Adam Braun, made it his mission to make a difference in the world. Along the way in this (somewhat) business book, he shares with us the steps he took to turn his ambitions into reality—a journey that’s particularly relevant to an entrepreneur that wants to create a positive social impact through business.

The story started when Adam Braun met a young boy begging on the streets of India. Adam asked the boy what he wanted more than anything else. The answer was, “a pencil.” This sparked an idea for Adam, who then went about setting up an organization, Pencils of Promise, which has now contributed to more than 250 schools worldwide.

This still makes my list of business books, because Adam shares 30 powerful mantras that’ll inspire you to do more than just chase your own financial dreams—but to help you remember that success comes with the responsibility to help others too.

78. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington.

Best Business Books 12 Week Year

The 12 Week Year takes an interesting approach to planning. Rather than considering your business year to be a traditional 12 months, this business book suggests that you should plan for it being only 12 weeks. The argument is that if you think about the traditional calendar, you have peak times and slump times. With a 12-week time cycle, there will be no slack times, and you can remain focused for the entire period, celebrating your successes at period-end.

This is, of course, another goal-setting focused business book. But the focus here is on setting, following and achieving 12-week goals that’ll stretch you to deliver at higher performance (and focus only on the right allocations of your time). This means that you need to break down your bigger challenges into 90-day chunks. This makes my list of the best business books because it’s such a seemingly simple, yet highly effective concept. 12 weeks is neither so long that it seems distant and unimportant, nor so short that you immediately start to panic about your goals.

79. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield.

Best Business Books War of Art

There’s a timeless classic called The Art of War, dating from the 5e Century BC where renowned Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu outlines military strategy and tactics. The fact that it is still required reading in many leadership and military courses after all this time says something about its importance. In this business book, author Steven Pressfield wrote The War of Art to do for the soul what Sun Tzu did for military leadership.

This business book is an essential guide for succeeding in any creative endeavor; how to ensure your head is in the right space as you engage in your creativity, how to avoid writer’s block, how to brainstorm your perfect business idea and then start bringing it to life.

Steven Pressfield believes our biggest enemy is “resistance,” and that it is inherent inside all of us. Resistance is our natural tendency to procrastinate and get distracted from what we really should be doing. He doesn’t just recognize resistance, though. He provides practical strategies to fight our internal resistance, which is what solidifies it’s place here on my list of the best business books.

80. Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod.

Best Business Books Ignore Everybody

This business book grew out of cartoons on the back of business cards that Hugh McLeod used to draw as doodles while sitting at a bar. He moved on from the cartoons to a blog Gaping Void, and eventually wrote (and drew) this book. In it, he shares his insight into how people can improve their creativity.

This is one of those business books that polarizes readers. I think this very much depends on how much you like Hugh McLeod’s type of dry humor and simplistic drawing style. He isn’t PC at all, so if you’re the politically correct type, I would avoid this one—or if you are offended by frequent fucking swearing (clearly, I’m not). This makes my list of favorite business books because his tips are all about defending your creative spirit and your right to have it.

81. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras.

Best Business Books Built to Last

Built to Last is an enduring business book, and was first published back in 2004. It looks at 18 exceptional successful companies and analyzes them in direct comparison to their main competitors. The authors based their work on a six-year research project at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. They tried to determine what it was that made these particular companies successful, at the expense of their opposition.

The focus is very much on what makes a visionary company. Visionary companies are made up of many people who come and go, some of whom are visionary and highly talented leaders. Yet despite eventually losing their top talent and big names, these companies keep their vision. As the authors analyzed their data in this business book, they were able to shatter quite a few common success misconceptions.

82. Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher.

Best Business Books Reinvent Yourself James Altucher

In Reinvent Yourself, bestselling author and entrepreneur James Altucher (in typical fashion) takes an insanely deep dive into his several successes, numerous devastating failures and how he’s constantly reinvented himself in the face of painful life changes over the years. If you’re in a personal or professional rut, feel like your business needs a change of direction, or that you just need to try something new, this business book will be incredibly helpful by learning Altucher’s personal process for perfecting the art of reinvention.

What I love most about Altucher’s writing style in his many business books, is that he’s not afraid to go down the rabbit hole when he encounters a question he feels his readers will have—this business book is no exception. In it, he describes specific strategies, chases down the answers to your fears & objections, shares personal stories, explains case studies in transformation from other entrepreneurs he’s interviewed and gives you the blogging tools you need to master the skill of reinvention.

83. The Power of KM: Harnessing the Extraordinary Value of Knowledge Management by Brent N. Hunter.

Best Business Books Knowledge Management

Have you heard of knowledge management? Brent Hunter’s business book on this topic is a clear introduction to the subject and explains all of the basics of what knowledge management entails. It’s written for beginners, so don’t expect a textbook for an MBA graduate. It’s more aimed at managers who can take its ideas and put them into practice in their organization—in order to better your internal processes.

The key learning from this business book is that knowledge is power, and therefore knowledge management is extremely valuable to any entrepreneur or manager.

84. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss

Best Business Books Tribe of Mentors Tim Ferriss

This incredible business book comes as the culmination of everything Tim Ferriss has worked on over the past decade. From penning some of the most popular “life advice” books of all time, to launching Apple’s consistently #1 ranked business podcast, to countless other accomplishments and adventures—Tim has always been a mentor from afar for me.

Another 600+ page monster, Tribe of Mentors takes a different approach than most business books that offer up the author’s key advice—it tackles a wide-range of topics and pulls insights & advice instead from people who’ve been influential mentors to Tim. The roster of people Tim cites and pulls advice from in this book is insane. From Ray Dalio to Maria Sharapova, Kelly Slater, Tony Hawk, Jimmy Fallon, and even some guests I’ve had on my podcast here—Debbie Millman, James Altucher, Noah Kagan and others.

85. Rich20Something: Ditch Your Average Job, Start an Epic Business, and Score the Life You Want by Daniel DiPiazza.

Best Business Books Rich 20 Something Daniel DiPiazza copy

Beyond being an author of one of the most well-received business books for Millennials in the past few years, Daniel is a contributor to Entrepreneur, Inc, Business Insider and more. He’s also the founder of an incredible blog about how millennials can quickly build a profitable business based around their passions—I’ve been reading and following along with him for years at Rich20Something.com. In this business book, Daniel dives into his backstory about how he went from clocking hours at low-paying jobs in hopes of eventually making it—and how we completely changed the trajectory of his career by choosing a niche to blog about that he had a deep interest in.

Now at the age of 28, Daniel has launched multiple successful businesses without taking any investment—simply by discovering his strengths and monetizing his skills to create a life he loves. This business book is your roadmap to achieving the same. In it, you’ll learn how to fail-proof your business idea, how to prioritize your limited time outside of your day job, his promotion strategies to help make you money around the clock and how he went from ten followers to more than 500,000.


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