Even if one’s career isn’t focused on business or entrepreneurship, everyone can use tips and advice from business experts and thought-leaders. In today’s post, some of my personal favorite must read business books. This list is filled with gems. Ready? Let’s go.

Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
One of the best-selling books of all-time and an acknowledged wealth-creating tool, Think and Grow Rich has sold over 70 million copies- and for good reason. Napoleon Hill, a former advisor to President Roosevelt, spend 20 years interviewing 500+ of the world’s most successful businessmen (the likes of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford), packed his extraordinary findings, and unlocked the secret to success for millions.

He refuses to see success as the result of luck, background or even intelligence. Instead, the common thread he uncovered was persistence. Each of the magnates he spoke to possess a deeply held belief that they’d achieve their dreams, and they were unflappable in their determination. With his 13 “laws of success”, Hill deconstructs the mental barriers we place to acquiring wealth and lays out a roadmap to success.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a timeless classic that should be read by everyone interested in improving their lives and reaching their goals. One of my personal favorites.

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Sprint: How To Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsk, and Braden Kowitz

Three partners of Google Ventures present an innovative five-day process for solving tough problems, proven in more than a hundred companies. Insightful knowledge that comes from the field and not from the classroom.

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How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Good relationships are the foundation of a successful business, and that’s what makes this book a great read for small business owners. You will need to excel at working with people. If done incorrectly, managing employees can be one of the most draining tasks a business owner faces. Ever wonder how to establish loyal relationships with the people that work for you, and get them to do what you want without being a dictator? Dale Carnegie masters the art of “influence” and persuading others to emotionally invest in your business.

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TED Talks by Chris Anderson
This book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is not set formula; no two talks should be the same. The goals is for your to give the talk that only you can give. But don’t be intimidated. You may find it more natural than you think.

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Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein
After ten years of research and more than two hundred interviews, Finkelstein has concluded that superbosses exist in nearly every industry, from the glamorous to the mundane. If you study the top fifty leaders in a field, as many as one-third will have once worked for a superboss.

While superbosses differ in their personal styles, they all focus on identifying promising newcomers, inspiring their best work, and launching them into highly successful careers while also expanding their own networks and building stronger companies.

Among the practices that distinguish superbosses:

– They Create Master-Apprentice Relationships

– They rely on the Cohort Effect

– They say Good-Bye on Good Terms

By sharing the fascinating stories of superbosses and their protégés, Finkelstein explores a phenomenon that never had a name before and he shows how each of us can emulate the best tactics of superbosses to create our own powerful networks of extraordinary talent.

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The richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason
The richest Man In Babylon lays down the fundamental principles of building wealth which everyone should know. With time-tested principles and an engaging format, The Richest Man in Babylon is an excellent introduction to finance, and a classic in any must read business books list.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen Covey
The seven habits are simple rules for life, but also timeless principles and powerful tools. This book focuses on cultivating personal development, so that you can become more effective in how you work and relate with other people. At the heart of the book, in a deep appreciation of the fact that we are all interdependent, we need each other to achieve our best outcomes.

As the title of the book implies, the book describes the seven habits of highly effective people and techniques for adopting these seven habits. The seven habits of highly effective people include:

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

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The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala
In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppala explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success. We are taught that getting ahead means doing everything that’s thrown at us (and then some) with razor-sharp focus and iron discipline; that success depends on our drive and talents; and that achievement cannot happen without stress.

The Happiness Track demolishes these counter-productive theories. Drawing on the latest findings from the field of cognitive psychology and neuroscience research on happiness, resilience, willpower, compassion, positive stress, creativity and mindfulness. Seppala shows that finding happiness and fulfillment may, in fact, be the most productive thing we can do to thrive professionally. Filled with practical advice on how to apply these scientific findings to our daily lives, The Happiness Track is a life-changing guide to fast tracking our succes and creating the anxiety-free life we want.

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  1. I have actually read TED Talks and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. Very good reads and I recommend those to others also. And from reading TED talks, I’ve signed up on their site and watch some TED talks about 2x a week. Very inspirational and so informative. I’ve heard (and been wanting to read The Happiness Track…..since I saw it on this post, will make a reminder to go get it and read. Thanks for your other suggestions, they sound very good.

  2. I’ve heard of a couple of these before, like Thing and Grow Rich, but I’ve haven’t read them yet. I guess it’s time to though. I’ve hears of Ted Talks but I didn’t know there was a book. Definitely reading that one too. Thanks for the great list!!

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