I’ve read a lot of business mindset related books over the past ten years. Some were excellent, some should have stayed in the authors head and never made it to paper.
Although I believe I can express many of the ideas I’ve learned from these books quite well, I’ll never be able to express the ideas as well as the original authors, and nor should I try.
That’s why I’ve spent the last hour digging out the top ten books from my business book shelves and sorting them into order. The order is based on the impact they had on me personally. Books expressing new and life changing ideas ranked the highest. Books that my Aunt could have written never made it to the list at all.
Ok, starting with number ten…
10 – Who Moved My Cheese – Dr Spencer Johnson
Suitable for any age and taking only an hour to read this book is a must for anyone who is seeking something better in life. Whether it’s freedom, wealth, love or health, it’ll help you find what you’re looking for in a changing world.
9 – Buzz Marketing – Mark Hughes
This book is the one you might find surprising. You may have heard of all of the other books in my top ten but this one was a surprise to me too. Not being a well known classic, I didn’t expect it to such a fantastic book and so well written.
8 – The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
This book really is a classic. If you’ve ever wondered what makes some products or trends take off worldwide while others just fall by the wayside, this book will enlighten you. Filled with real life case studies this book is a must read.
7 – The Long Tail – Chris Anderson
We’re no longer restricted to just a few blockbuster movies, or the books in your bookstore, or the songs in your music store. The Internet has given us almost infinite choice, even in the tiniest of niches. This book explains how to capitalise on this and make money from the “long tail”.
6 – The 4-Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferris
Ever fancied outsourcing most of your business and some of you life so you can spend your time doing the things you enjoy? Of course, that’s why you’re reading this and that’s why you should read this book. It changes everything.
5 – The Richest Man In Babylon – George S. Clason
A little like Who Moved My Cheese in that it won’t take long to read and it’s suitable for all ages. It lays down the fundamental principles of building wealth which everyone should know. I’ve read it three times and I still love it.
4 – Rich Dad, Poor Dad 2 The Cashflow Quadrant – Robert T Kiyosaki
This is the sequel to number three below. It builds on the principles in the first book and details what the author calls the cashflow quadrant. Don’t be put off by the terminology, this book really did change my life for the better.
3 – Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert T Kiyosaki
Before you read the sequel above you should read this one. If you’re still doing your day job and are looking for a better life this book is a real life changer. I should warn you that this book will enlighten you so fundamentally that you’ll never think the same way about work, business or money again. Be prepared for change if you read this.
2 – The E Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber
Written by one of the top small business consultants in the world this book explains why most small businesses fail. More importantly it explains how to design your business so that it gives you exactly what you want from it. If every small business owner read this book I truly believe the failure statistics would reduce dramatically. I’ve read this one twice too and I plan to read it again soon.
1 – Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
This is a true classic. It’s such a classic that I bought the rights to an audio version and I give the first two chapters away free as my email list sign up incentive. I often listen to it in my car and on my iPod and I’ve even read the paper version twice. It details the results of a twenty five year study on the wealth building secrets of over five hundred of the wealthiest people in the world. It’s broken down into thirteen principles which anyone can follow. The reason it’s my number one is that it’s basically been my reference book and my business bible. If you only read one book this year it should be this one.
I hope you found this list useful. I’m currently reading Getting Things Done by David Allen which is excellent. I’ve also bought Influencer which I plan to read next. I’m always looking for new books to read so if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them, feel free to email me.