Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: Another must read for anybody looking to be successful in business. There have been more millionaires who have claimed this book made it happen than any other. The best business mindset book there is.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: One of the only books I’ve ever read front-to-back in one sitting. And man, I was tired at school the next day, but it was worth it. This is an absolute must read, not only for entrepreneurs but for anybody hoping to live a successful life.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie: A must read for any entrepreneur, or pretty much anybody looking to be successful in anything. Time-tested, hugely actionable, and absolutely golden advice from front to back.
The Millionaire Fastlane: On par with Rich Dad Poor Dad, with a very similar message. It describes how people must choose early which path in life they want to take – the sidewalk, the slow lane, or the fast lane. A great read!
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss: The super-famous book that taught countless people how to live more productive, wealthy, and fulfilling lives. Any internet entrepreneur should read this one at least once.
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene: I wouldn't recommend all of the laws this book lays out, but this is the encyclopedia on becoming powerful and gaining control over others. A bit unethical at times, but a must read.
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy: This book really makes you realize how much consistent action can change your life. Another great one to get out of a rut.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey: Possibly the most popular book on productivity and taking control of your life. Definitely worth a read, but a little less advanced than most of the books on this list.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne: Yes, I know this book is a little gimmicky, but I still think you can take a ton away from this book on motivation and keeping your mindset in the right place.
The Alchemist: While I haven’t read this book yet, it’s one that I have recommended to me constantly. People that read this simple little story tend to come out truly better people on the other end. It’s the first thing I’ll be reading when I get some spare time!
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion: Gary Vaynerchuk’s big book on how the internet has made it possible to make a living off of your passion. There isn’t a lot of actionable methods or tactics in there, but it’s definitely a good starting point for people just starting as internet entrepreneurs.
The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn: Your inner representations in business, just as they do in life, will lead you to success. This book will teach you the philosophies you most adopt in order to be successful.
Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt: Goal setting can be one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal when done properly. This book will teach you proper goal setting how to ignore all of the noise outside the focus of your goals.
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: Humans have over 99% similar DNA to primates, however, would you consider yourself almost exactly similar to a primate? Often things seem to be almost unidentifiably similar. However, this book will teach you that much of success lies in the small things to point you toward success or failure.
Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz: The human race just simply isn’t aware of its individual power. We sell ourselves short, and dont give our abilities near enough credit. If you don’t believe you have what it takes to be successful, you probably never will. With that being said, everyone has what it takes to be successful. This is an essential read because most of society is raised in a squandered belief of what is possible. Believe more and you will achieve more.
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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries: Another must read for every entrepreneur. Tons of valuable, timeless tactics and strategies to make sure your startup succeeds with limited risk. Great stuff.
How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis: I was surprised at how good this one was. Felix Dennis dropped out of college with no money and quickly created a publishing empire. He runs you through everything he wishes he knew, as well as how to avoid the death-traps after success.
How to Be a Billionaire by Martin Fridson: This one is awesome – it is a great read directly after How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis. A comprehensive overview of the strategies and tactics all billionaires have used to get to the top. Really unconventional principles that I haven't seen anywhere else in this one.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau: One of the best books there is on validating and launching your startup with limited money and time. Tons of great info in here – a must read
The E-Myth Revisited: One of the best books on building a business there is. Michael Gerber delves deep into the life cycle of both successful and failed startups, pointing out what makes all the difference in the process. Another must-read for entrepreneurs!
The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch: The absolute best book on how to figure out what to focus on in life, and how to get the most out of your time. You probably see 80/20 and 95/5 referenced all the time – this is where it is from.
Rework –Change the Way You Work Forever: A great, QUICK and SIMPLE read that will make you ask important questions about your work and your business. We revisited it recently and realized how many of these important ideas we were forgetting.
Delivering Happiness: Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares what he learned about building businesses throughout his life. This book will change the way you see the corporate culture and customer service – guaranteed! Highly recommended, and a quick read.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t: Jim Collins answers the question that plagued him for years; What separates the good companies from the great ones? The team was shocked by what they discovered. A must read for every entrepreneur!
The Laptop Millionaire by Mark Anastasi: One of the best books I have read on making money with internet marketing methods specifically. Pretty good read.
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki: One of the better startup books I have read. Takes you through all the important things to focus on and what to ignore. I reference this often.
The Knack by Norm Brodsky: A really great book on entrepreneurship and business. Will help you be more confident and effective with your decisions. Highly recommended.
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker: Takes all the best management and leadership principles and makes them simple to understand and fun to read. Highly recommended.
ProBlogger by Darren Rowse: One of the best books on blogging out there. Helps aspiring bloggers quickly launch a blog and take it to monetization.
The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career: Simply the best career-book out there. It takes principles used in the startup world and applies them to your career. And not your job-job career – it treats each person like an entrepreneur. Fantastic advice on networking, risk-taking, and gaining a competitive advantage. If you want to boost your professional career then you don’t get better than this.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love: This book completely altered my thinking on passion. It shows that most successful careers were not founded on passion, rather the passion developed. Cal Newport lays out the roadmap for creating work that you’re passionate about and demonstrates the importance of diligent practice. It helped me get over lapses in the passion that I had been suffering. Focus on the work!
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbably: You will be smarter as soon as you hold this book. It’s a powerful perspective-shifter that shows us the importance of impact over probability. It also shows us just how bad we are at predicting things – a fantastic read!
The Personal MBA: Simply the best business overview you can get. It’s about $10 on Amazon and a necessity for any person interested in business, productivity, or pretty much anything else. The book’s section on “Working With Yourself” will make working a much more pleasant experience for yourself.
Linchpin: Seth Godin’s great book on what is required of anybody doing work today. His insistence that each one of us must be an artist is becoming more and more obvious every day.
Purple Cow: You’re either remarkable and unique, or bland and invisible. That’s the message of this enjoyable book by Seth Godin. But, don’t expect many “eureka moments” apart from that. Worth reading though.
The Retargeting Playbook: How to Turn Web-Window Shoppers into Customers.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout: This is a great book for laying down the fundamentals of marketing and what you need to do to get your message to spread.
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Mastery: Robert Greene’s latest book, and sure to be another classic. For anybody who has ever desired being the best at something (anybody on this site), this is required reading! It’s been described as the synthesis and application of his 48 Laws of Power. Truly, an awesome book.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion: A classic book on the psychology of persuasion. After reading this you will have all the tools you need to be persuasive in business and everyday life. Powerful stuff.
Crucial Conversations by A Bunch of Guys: The only book you need when it comes to negotiations. I reference this one a lot.
Drive by Daniel Pink: Learn the truth about what motivates people and connect with what drives you again. I reference this whenever I am feeling burned out to get back on track.
Get Anyone to Do Anything by David Lieberman: Another book I reference constantly. Instead of giving you psychological principles and letting you figure out how to apply them, this book takes many specific instances and shows you how to apply psychology to get what you want. Highly recommended!
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: I really didn't expect to like this one, but quickly got hooked and loved it. More inspirational than anything else.