Although there are thousands of books on all facets of business, these five books are the best of the best, offering advice, insights, resources, and tips to expand your business skills.
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People
Although it was written in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People is still widely considered to be one of the best books on business ever published. Written by Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People teaches readers techniques such as six ways to get others to like you or nine ways to change someone’s mind without resentment.
2. The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price
Learn from the mistakes of others without having to make them yourself by reading The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price. Written by Jim McConoughey and Laurence G. Weinzimmer, The Wisdom of Failure is based on a 7 year study of more than 1000 managers in 21 different industries. By reading about the mistakes of others, business people can gain the wisdom and experience that comes with failure without suffering any negative consequences.
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is arguably one of the most successful business books of all time, with more than 25 million copies in 40 different languages sold. With strategies that can be applied to both your personal and professional lives, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a must read for anyone looking to improve their productivity in all areas of their life.
4. Think and Grow Rich
A perennial favorite among for managers and business owners alike, Think and Grow Rich encourages business people to find success through concrete planning and the power of positive thinking. Author Napoleon Hill argues that personal success can be found in any area, whether it is Money, Power, Position, Prestige, Influence, or Accumulation of Wealth, by following this plan.
5. The 4-Hour Workweek
The principles of The 4-Hour Workweek are designed to help business owners work less while earning more. Written with a focus on business owners, The 4-Hour Workweek provides a blueprint for leaving the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with little to no management, and living more while working less.