The Ultimate Business Books for Entrepreneurs & Investors

Before we start with the list of books, I want to share 2 of my favorite tools to read and listen to books.

As you probably already know, I am constantly traveling from one country to another, and having a Kindle allows me to take 100s of books with me wherever I am without having to take much space or carry heavyweight paper books.

In addition to the Kindle, which I use mainly at night before going to bed, I am also using Audible, which I use mainly during my daily walks to reach my 10,000 steps goal every day.

The combination of the Kindle and Audible is perfect for busy entrepreneurs.

Now that you are fully equipped to read and to listen to your books, here is the ultimate list of books you should read if you want to take your life, your business, and your investments to the next level. Enjoy!

  • The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.

    The New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body shows readers how to live more and work less, now with more than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.

    Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

    This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
    • How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
    • How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
    • How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
    • How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
    • How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    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.

  • The Game of Work: How to Enjoy Work as Much as Play

    The guide to making human nature work with you and not against you by increasing job enjoyment and producing extraordinary results.

    In The Game of Work, Charles A. Coonradt explains what makes people so dedicated to recreational pursuits, and shows—with fresh, proven management techniques—how to use that same motivation to win at business.

    Everyone can achieve better results with these proven principles. Company presidents, managers, supervisors, sales personnel, and human resource directors will find ideas for achieving not only personal success but also success for the entire business team.

  • How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling

    A business classic endorsed by Dale Carnegie, How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling is for anyone whose job it is to sell. Whether you are selling houses or mutual funds, advertisements or ideas—or anything else—this book is for you.

    How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling reveals foolproof principles, instructive anecdotes and step-by-step guidelines on how to develop the style, spirit, and presence of a winning salesperson.

    No matter what you sell, you will be more efficient and profitable—and more valuable to your company.

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

    Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep Work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

    In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

    1. Work Deeply
    2. Embrace Boredom
    3. Quit Social Media
    4. Drain the Shallows

  • Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

    Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you?

    All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations—personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made, or, once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. It's not complicated or theoretical.The Entrepreneurial Operating System® is a practical method for achieving the business success you have always envisioned. More than 80,000 companies have discovered what EOS can do.

    In Traction, you'll learn the secrets of strengthening the six key components of your business. You'll discover simple yet powerful ways to run your company that will give you and your leadership team more focus, more growth, and more enjoyment. Successful companies are applying Traction every day to run profitable, frustration-free businesses—and you can too.

  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?
     
    People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it. 
     
    START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

  • Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

    For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare -- poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him "The Fittest (Real) Man in America."

    In Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice.

    “Some of the key concepts discerned in the study fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.”

    Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?

  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

    This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. Nor is it about just having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies.

    Collins and Porras go beyond the incessant barrage of management buzzwords and fads of the day to discover timeless qualities that have consistently distinguished out-standing companies. They also provide inspiration to all executives and entrepreneurs by destroying the false but widely accepted idea that only charismatic visionary leaders can build visionary companies.

    Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the twenty-first century and beyond.

  • Turning the Flywheel: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great

    The key to business success is not a single innovation or one plan. It is the act of turning the flywheel, slowly gaining momentum and eventually reaching a breakthrough. Building upon the flywheel concept introduced in his groundbreaking classic Good to Great, Jim Collins teaches readers how to create their own flywheel, how to accelerate the flywheel’s momentum, and how to stay on the flywheel in shifting markets and during times of turbulence.

    Combining research from his Good to Great labs and case studies from organizations like Amazon, Vanguard, and the Cleveland Clinic which have turned their flywheels with outstanding results, Collins demonstrates that successful organizations can disrupt the world around them—and reach unprecedented success—by employing the flywheel concept.

  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.

    Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.

    The E-Myth Revisited will help you grow your business in a productive, assured way.

  • $100M Offers: How To Make Offers So Good People Feel Stupid Saying No

    I took home more in a year than the CEOs of McDonalds, IKEA, Ford, Motorola, and Yahoo….combined….as a kid in my twenties….using the $100M Offer method. It works. And it will work for you.

    Here’s exactly what this book will show you How To Charge A Lot More Than You Currently Are, How To Make Your Product So Good, Prospects Find A Way To Pay For It, How To Enhance Your Offer So Much, Prospects Buy Without Hesitating, And so much more…

    The methods contained within this book are so simple, so instantaneous, and so effective, it’s as if they work by magic. If you implement even one tactic in this book, you’ll see the change in your prospects' demeanor. And you’ll know the $100M Offer method worked when you start hearing “What do I need to do to move forward?” ...before you even ask for the sale.

  • Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins

    Within this book, Hopkins shows a variety of tested techniques which he had used through his successful career in advertising, including How advertising laws are established, Just salesmanship, Offer service, Mail order advertising, Headlines, Psychology, Being specific, Tell your full story, Art in advertising, Things too costly, and so much more…

  • SELL LIKE CRAZY: How to Get As Many Clients, Customers and Sales As You Can Possibly Handle

    $1.33 billion in sales. That’s what this ‘selling system’ is responsible for generating, in 416 different industries and niches. It works. And it will work for you.

    This is unlike any business book you’ve ever read. There is no fluff or filler. Just hard-hitting actionable strategies you can use RIGHT AWAY to dramatically grow sales for your business.

    This book gives you a complete step-by-step blueprint of the most powerful sales and marketing system, ever deployed in any industry.

    It’s super simple and fast to apply. It has 8-steps. And can be used for any business, in any industry, selling anything! And is truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard about before!

    Grab yourself a copy today and use this system to get as many clients, customers and sales as you can possibly handle.

  • Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork

    The world's foremost entrepreneurial coach shows you how to make a mindset shift that opens the door to explosive growth and limitless possibility--in your business and your life.

    When we want something done, we've been trained to ask ourselves: "How can I do this?" Well, there is a better question to ask. One that unlocks a whole new world of ease and accomplishment. Expert coach Dan Sullivan knows the question we should ask instead: "Who can do this for me?"

    This may seem simple. And it is. But don't let the lack of complexity fool you. By mastering this question, you will quickly learn how billionaires and successful entrepreneurs like Dan build incredible businesses and personal freedom.

    Making this shift involves retraining your brain to stop limiting your potential based on what you solely can do and instead focus on the nearly infinite and endless connections between yourself and other people as well as the limitless transformation possible through those connections.

  • The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies

    Chet Holmes helps his clients blow away both the competition and their own expectations. And his advice starts with one simple concept: focus! Instead of trying to master four thousand strategies to improve your business, zero in on the few essential skill areas that make the big difference.

    The Ultimate Sales Machine shows you how to tune up and soup up virtually every part of your business by spending just an hour per week on each impact area you want to improve—sales, marketing, management, and more.

  • Principles: Life and Work

    In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating “baseball cards” for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.

    Here, from a man who has been called both “the Steve Jobs of investing” and “the philosopher king of the financial universe” (CIO magazine), is a rare opportunity to gain proven advice unlike anything you’ll find in the conventional business press.

  • Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen

    More than half-a-million business leaders have discovered the power of the StoryBrand Framework, created by New York Times best-selling author and marketing expert Donald Miller. And they are making millions.

    If you use the wrong words to talk about your product, nobody will buy it. Marketers and business owners struggle to effectively connect with their customers, costing them and their companies millions in lost revenue.

    In a world filled with constant, on-demand distractions, it has become near-impossible for business owners to effectively cut through the noise to reach their customers, something Donald Miller knows first-hand. In this book, he shares the proven system he has created to help you engage and truly influence customers.

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