10 Life Changing Business Books to Read This Year (Or This Month!)
Here is the list of my all-time favorite business books (so far).
These books have LITERALLY changed my entire life. These are books that I could hug and kiss and sleep with under my pillow. These are books that make me absolutely and completely fall in love with the author and want to be their best friend, even though I’ve never met them and they would probably think I’m a total weirdo stalker.
These aren’t just books that you read and think “oh, that was a nice book” and then move on with your life entirely.
Yeah…we all know we’ve read those books. They sound great and all, but not great enough to take any action.
…nope…this isn’t that kind of list…
THIS is a list of business books that will CHANGE you (if you let them).
Here is the list – keep in mind that these books have transformed my life completely, from being a snot-nosed nothing to running several businesses all generating $5-$30k in passive monthly revenue EACH.
#1) 7-Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
If you haven’t had a chance to dive into the world of personal or business development books, I recommend starting here.
This is easily my number one book choice.
Stephen Covey lays out the foundation for taking charge of your business (and your life), how to communicate healthily with the people in your life (business and personal), and how to think of your time completely different than you ever have before.
The chapter “Put First Things First” has changed the way I run my life and my businesses to the very core.
I’m not going to explain everything here because you really just need to get this book.
#2) The Charge by Brenden Burchard
Brenden Burchard is one of my favorite authors. I happen to know someone who was mentored by him, so hopefully, someday I will get a chance to meet him in person.
The Charge lays out the 10 human drives that make us feel alive and live our lives to the fullest.
After reading this book, you will have several pages of notes mapping out the exact tweaks to make in your life to ensure that you don’t just lust after your dreams – you become the kind of person who is capable of living the life of your dreams.
The Charge is amazing, but I might love his newest book High Performance Habits, even more.
In High Performance Habits, Brenden talks in detail about the habits of highly effective, powerful, and inspiring people, and how the only way to get there is by changing your habits.
This book isn’t for the faint of heart. Sticking to the routines and habits outlined in the book (Brenden spoon-feeds everything to you so that by the end you will be a level 10 super high performer) is tough work.
But if you follow even 10% of his advice, you will be better for it.
#3) The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber
This book is the starting place for any local business, but it also has great takeaways for online-only businesses as well.
The “E” in the title stands for “entrepreneur” – and the myth is that entrepreneurs tend to think that to be more successful, they need to do more work.
This “myth” is the reason that 80-90% of small business owners work more than 50 hours per week.
And working 50+ hours per week for years on end, also happens to be the reason why 80-90% of small businesses end up shutting their doors.
A business owner’s job is not to work in the business! Their job is not to create the product, and deliver it! No no no!
A business owner’s job is to RUN THE BUSINESS.
And if you’re not running the business, and instead you are doing the jobs of everyone inside your business – then you are doing it wrong.
And if you’re spinning your wheels wondering why you’re not making more money, even though you’re working harder (and doing it wrong) – this book is the answer that will turn everything you think you know about your business on its head, and then change your life forever.
#4) How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is a total winner. If you are running a business right now, then you are in the business of people.
No matter how much you don’t like the idea of that, its true.
To make money, you’ve got to sell your product/service.
And to sell, you’ve got to market.
And to market, you’ve got to deal with other real human beings (people).
And to market successfully, you’ve got to be good at dealing with those people.
So if you are worried about being too shy, awkward, flakey, superficial, pushy in sales interactions?
Do you not know how to get customers to come to you, and beg for your services?
Do you find yourself charging rock-bottom prices in order to entice customers, but you still struggle to close the deal?
Then this is the book for you.
This book covers all the basics of talking to other humans in a positive and productive way. Its great for both your business and your personal life.
#5) The Great Work of Your Life
This isn’t a business book exactly. But it kind of is.
Because your business is a reflection of yourself. And if YOU don’t have YOU figured out, you won’t have your business figured out either.
If your life is a mess, your business will probably be a mess.
If you don’t enjoy your life, you probably won’t enjoy your business.
If you are confused about your life, your business will be confusing.
This book is about spending your life’s work on something that you truly love. Something you are truly invested in.
Not to sound too Oprah, but when you do something you love, everything else falls into place.
#6) Expert Secrets by Russel Brunson
If you have an intense ambition to make your living in the digital world, then Expert Secrets in the absolute best place to start.
This book is like a bible for internet entrepreneurs.
Read it, and you will be armed with a proven blueprint for starting and running your digital product business.
Skip it, and you will spend several years (and probably a significant amount of money) figuring out what Russell Brunson could have told you in the two or three hours it takes to read his book.
Another great book for digital product sellers is The Millionaire Messenger by Brenden Burchard – however, this book is geared more toward discovering your personal brand/message, while Expert Secrets is packed full of tactical action steps.
#7) How to Make a Million Dollars With Your Ideas
This book makes me want to cry tears of joy just thinking about it again. How to Make a Million Dollars With Your Ideas is quite possibly the best piece of educational for an ambitious entrepreneur to ever exist.
This book spoon feeds you nearly every single opportunity where you can turn your business idea a million dollar business.
Honestly, when I bought this book and read the description, I thought it sounded a little cheesy. But I bought it anyway because a mentor of mine recommended it.
AND WOW. JUST WOW.
This book is the essence of pure entrepreneurial beauty.
If you truly aspire to ever become a millionaire, to break past the donut-hole of small business, and open the doors into financial freedom – then get this book right now.
#8) The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
A classic. The 4-Hour Work Week was one of the first books that really broke the mold and publicly spoke out against everything we are brought up to value and expect from our careers.
If you haven’t read it, this NEEDS to be part of your line-up.
#9) The ONE Thing
This is a book is not just for time management, but for prioritization, which is far more important than how well you can deal with 50 low-level tasks on a given day.
The theory here is that for any problem in your business, there is ONE thing that will help you solve it quickly and simply – and you aren’t doing that thing.
Think about what you actually need to do, and then do it.
The key is to not waste your time doing the things that DO NOT solve your main problem. If you are currently spending the majority of your time on something other than the activity that directly impacts your main goals, then you will have a long journey ahead of you.
#10) Work the System
The main philosophy of this book is not to blame the system (even though you might see flaws or challenges) but instead to work with the system.
And no, he doesn’t mean cheat or do anything sketchy.
This book is a great eye-opener, especially for those who feel like they are completely stuck in their business.
Anyone who feels like they have exhausted their options for growth, that they can’t escape the drudgery of living paycheck to paycheck, and that they will never be rid of the constant worry of financial pressures.
This book will get you out of your own head and have you thinking on a higher level.
From that higher level, you will be able to clearly see solutions that you didn’t see before.
When you take action on those solutions (and you will, when this revelation happens) all the mixed up pieces of the puzzle will suddenly come together.
Bonus Book I Am Loving:
Yes! By Noah J Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, and Robert B. Cialdini
This is a quick and easy read providing 50 valuable tips on persuasion.
Persuasion is essential for any entrepreneur.
It is those who know exactly how to position their brand, product, and offer that go on to become multi-millionaires. Think about it – persuasion is the only way to convince would-be strangers to eagerly pull out their wallets and throw their money at you.
You must know how to talk to people, and to do this, you must understand the psychology behind:
- Why people buy things?
- What exactly are they looking for?
- What do they base their decisions off of?
- How can you connect with them?
If you can master this skill, you will be successful in any industry.