It’s hard to keep track of the best business books there is. That’s why we’re here to help. Here are the top business books to read during your spare time.
1. The 4 Hour Work Week,” by Tim Ferriss
The 4 Hour Work Week focuses on how the author, Tim Ferriss, followed the steps he discussed in this book. It’s mainly about the 80/20 principle where 80% of a person’s productivity comes from 20% of his time, and the other 20% of his productivity consumes 80% of his time. The book is broken down into several pieces, and there are even some step-by-step advice, philosophical, and anecdotal entry. Upon reading this book, you’ll realize that by removing 20% of productivity that consumes most of your time, you’ll be able to achieve your goals faster.
2. The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People,” by Stephen R Covey
A book published in 1988, the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People is a business and inspirational book that promotes self help. It encourages the reader to achieve his goal through the principle of “true north,” where it’s considered to be universal and timeless.
3. The Lean StartUp,” by Eric Ries
The book is more of a journal of Eric Ries during his journey while creating “IMVU.” The book talks about various concepts of validated learning, as well as the “build-measure-learn” feedback loop. Additionally, it opens the idea of systematic approach when it comes to assess the progress made in a startup business. Wherein, a startup has a true north that functions as its vision, and certain strategies must be implemented for it to succeed.
4. The Little Red Book of Selling (2004) by Jeffrey Gitomer Most businessmen usually experience the point where they have to run into dead ends, and other issues. Gitomer, the author of the Little Red Book of Selling, teaches his readers how to overcome these obstacles and be able to market their products and services effectively. The book itself is rich with hundreds of ideas to be the best sales person there is.
5. Think and Grow Rich (Original 1937) by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is one of the best selling books by Napoleon Hill. This book summarizes his Philosophy towards success in a way where he explained it in an easy-to-understand manner. Most business entrepreneurs prefer this 1937 (unedited edition), because it really contains all the important subjects and explanations that Napoleon Hill tried to give to his reader. Additionally, the good thing about purchasing the original book, even just the PDF file, is that you’ll be helping the nonprofit Napoleon Hill Foundation.
6. The Art of Strategy (1988) by R.L. Wing
The Art of Strategy is R.L. Wing’s version of the Art of War, where he addresses the notion that mankind is warning with conflict. What does this mean? Basically, in our lives, we often encounter non-negotiable issues and the best thing to react to these, is to move or as much as possible, try to limit the impact. Another possible remedy would be to lower our standards for success. Each chapter of this book starts with a reflection regarding the 4 types of conflict– the self, with the environment, among leaders, and with another. This helps the reader realize that with the Art of Strategy, it’s important to plan and execute strategies that can help in accomplishing goals.
There are 13 chapters in this book and 52 passages where one should reflect on for a week. As for the implementation of the concepts discussed in the book, it would take at least a year before you can execute it.
7. The Ten X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success And Failure
Humans operate with only three degrees of retreat, action-no action, and normal action– for the over achievers and those who would rather strive hard instead of being contented with what they currently have. In order to reach the next level, it’s important to know the 4th degree of action, better known as the “Tenx (10x) Rule.” This book focuses on what we call “Massive Action,” where it encourages the readers to take the leap and risks involved in managing a business for them to achieve their goals. Likewise, it also explains why some people get stuck with the first three actions, and can’t move on to the next. By reading this book, you’ll discover where to start and how to reach the top!
8. Start with why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Start with Why is definitely a must-have book for entrepreneurs. It’s inspirational, life changing, and the author behind this amazing book is Simon Sinek– the author of Leaders Eat Last and Together Is Better! Back in 2009, Sinek started a movement where he helps others to become more motivated at work and pay it forward. Since then, he has been able to touch a lot of lives. Not just that, more than 28 million have watched his TED Talk about this book, making it the third most popular video of TED to date. The book starts with several intriguing questions that can definitely capture a businessman’s mindset. These lines often intrigue the readers to find out the answers as they read the book.
9. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
The ONE Thing has been making rounds all over the nation! It has made a lot of noise as one of the best seller’s all over the world. It doesn’t stop to that, it has also won 12 book awards, and has been translated in 27 languages. There’s a reason for that. The ONE thing talks about the simple, yet powerful focus that can help individuals reach their goals, and businessmen to succeed. This includes companies motivating their employees, and how sales teams can improve their sales. You get the idea.
10. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
Extreme Ownership talks about the mindset and principles that allows the SEAL units to accomplish the most challenging missions they had. This book details how you can apply the tactics they used in any organization, team, and even within your family. Each chapter talks about a specific topic, and it explains what it’s all about, the importance, and how to implement them effectively. Overall, it’s a compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application.