1. Start With Why – Simon Sinek
This book discusses how every great leader inspires action. And it starts with one simple question. WHY do we do it? Sinek says people are inspired by a sense of purpose (or “Why”), and that this should come first when communicating, before “How” and “What”. It’s not because your product or service looks great, or feels great – there’s a deeper meaning and purpose behind what we are selling, and that starts with WHY.
2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry
We’re all searching for tools to help us keep up with the fast-paced and competitive world, but what we really need is more Emotional Intelligence. Travis Bradberry argues that we need 4 core skills to succeed in the workplace:
- Social Awareness
- Relationship Management
This book has a sole purpose of helping you increase your emotional intelligence so if you’re looking to increase your potential at work, pick this book up to help you get there faster.
3. The Lean Start-Up – Eric Reis
This book has a simple underlying principle – in order to innovate quicker, we must be willing to test and learn rapidly. This means not wasting time creating elaborate business plans, but rather getting your product/idea out to the public in a minimally viable way so you can test your vision continuously and adapt before it’s too late. A book I recommend all business owners read!
4. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
The first edition of this book was printed in 1937 and it is the foundation for any human’s success. Napoleon Hill creates the Law of Success philosophy that produces the basis of this book and he draws on stories from Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford to illustrate his principles. Money and material things can help propel us forward, but the greatest of all riches lies in lasting friendships, loving relationships, and introspective harmony. Many of his principles have been taught over in over in other successful business books of this era.
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey
Named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the 20th Century, this book teaches you how to be your best self both at home and in the workplace.
It focuses on timeless principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity and teaches you these 7 habits:
- Habit 1: Be Proactive
- Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
- Habit 3: Put First Things First
- Habit 4: Think Win/Win
- Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
- Habit 6: Synergize
- Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
6. 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss
This book is about a lifestyle by design. Forget the rat race and escape the 9-5 corporate grind. He talks about outsourcing and leveraging technology so you can tighten up your work structure and gain more time and freedom.