Best Business Books
Looking for good business books to add to your reading list? Below you’ll find a list of the best business books of all-time as recommended by several highly successful entrepreneurs.
The list includes a mix of practical business books for beginners starting a new business, people looking to scale up their business and established business owners looking to learn more about managing people and business strategy.
I hope at least one of these business books will change your life for the better. Enjoy!
The 10 Best Business Books of All Time
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Synopsis: Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
Synopsis: This book was wonderful education for people, education in how to live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a ‘success’ in life.
3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Synopsis: Napoleon Hill’s 13-step program will set you on the path to wealth and success. Think and Grow Rich reveals the money-making secrets of hundreds of America’s most affluent people. By thinking like them, you can become like them. This powerful 1937 classic, with analysis from self-development authority Tom Butler-Bowdon, will continue to be listened to through the decades of economic boom and bust, proving that the magic formula for making-money never changes.
4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by James C. Collins
Synopsis: To find the keys to greatness, Collins’s 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.
5. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Synopsis: Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his “rich dad” — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
6. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Synopsis: From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.
7. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
Synopsis: Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.
8. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Synopsis: The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to “kill” your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.
9. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
Synopsis: Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of…well, everything. The inner working of a crack gang…the truth about real-estate agents…the secrets of the Klu Klux Klan.
10. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Synopsis: This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages.
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