Although books are making a comeback for the mainstream consumer, for entrepreneurs and business owners they’ve always been an important part of continuous improvement. Here are ten of the top business books I recommend reading as soon as you can. The list is a mix of new books, oldies but goodies, and a couple of memoirs for good measure, not in any particular order. (I’m compelled to tell you these are monetized links. Should you order, I will make a little cash. But this is my true opinion nevertheless.)
Ten Top Business Books
Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum – I usually like to read Neil Patel’s advice piecemeal, so I wasn’t sure whether or not I would enjoy this book. But Patel and his co-authors combine pragmatic tips with some advice bordering on the zen, which was a perfect fit for me. Plus it’s a fast read, and a good introduction to someone who has taught me a ton about business.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – As someone who usually gets marked as “weird” I had to read this book and the authors Sandberg and Grant do not disappoint. This is basically a book about looking at things in a different way. It’s “outside of the box” redux in a way that is fun and readable.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike is Phil Knight’s memoir. I found it to be as interesting for its examination of marketing as it was about Mr. Knight and the brand. This is a good plane read if you want to be productive but not really. I put it in the top business books list because it’s basically a great read no matter the reason for reading it.
When I had a concussion in 2010, the neurologist told me I needed to learn how to unitask in order to heal my brain. Focus has been one of my best strengths ever since and Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World helped me get even better at it. It contains some really good, actionable steps.