I’ve always been a firm believer in the saying “Education is power.” Whether it is formal or informal education, learning new things and expanding your skills is always a smart move. In my apartment I have stacks of books in my bedroom and living room that attest to how much I like to read. I mainly read business books for inspiration and to learn new skills, so here are 5 of my favorite business books that every businessman, entrepreneur, and marketer should read:
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is a classic and has sold millions of copies for good reason. Originally written in 1936, this book has been revised many times over the years with updated language and stories for a modern audience, although most of the book has timeless advice. Dale Carnegie goes over how to maximize your social skills and genuinely care about people. He uses stories and real-life examples to go over topics like how to build strong connections, make friends, convince people to help you, and many others. His lessons are crucial for everyone, not just people in the business world, because life is a lot easier and more enjoyable if you have charisma. You can get How to Win Friends and Influence People straight from Amazon by clicking the link.
- Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
I talked about Richard Branson in one of my previous articles for the People Who Inspire Me series. In part 1 of Richard’s autobiography, he goes over his journey from a mischievous child to becoming the head of the Virgin Group conglomerate. Please check out my article on Richard Branson if you want a more in-depth look at it. Richard’s journey is inspiring and shows how you can achieve almost anything if you put your mind to it. He outlines how he started his businesses, the struggles he went through, and how he overcame them. It is a great read and you can order Losing My Virginity today to experience his journey for yourself.
- Trump 101: The Way to Success by Donald Trump
Regardless of anyone’s political opinion, Donald Trump is a successful businessman and has some great insight. In this book he goes over some simple but effective tactics that he has used over the year to negotiate deals and build his empire. There are also interviews with him and some motivational stories thrown in that make this a well-rounded book. I would recommend Trump 101: The Way to Success to anyone in sales, real estate, or who wants to learn how to build confidence and learn negotiation skills.
- Rise and Grind by Daymond John
This is another book I went over when I wrote about Daymond John and how he inspired me. I like the format used in Rise and Grind and his other book, The Power of Broke, because they include interviews with other successful entrepreneurs. Daymond talks with entrepreneurs about their ‘grind’ or ‘hustle’, basically what gets them motivated and energized. He speaks with a wide variety of people and gets to the root of what drives them, giving a lot of insight and life lessons along the way. Daymond also relates these men and women to himself and paints a picture of what the core qualities of a successful entrepreneur are. Rise and Grind is a great book that everyone should read. You can also check out his first book, The Power of Broke, which focuses on how entrepreneurs got their start with little to no money and built a powerful brand.
- Crushing It! By Gary Vaynerchuk
I’m going to finish off this list with a book that is an amazing resource for any modern entrepreneur or marketer. In ‘Crushing It!’, Gary Vee takes an in-depth look at social media and the strengths and weaknesses of each platform. He also includes interviews with other successful entrepreneurs and stories in each chapter, like the format from Daymond John’s two books. Gary talks about how to get started, how to create engaging content, and how to use social media as an unstoppable weapon for your personal brand. Gary Vee specializes in social media and personal brands, so you should definitely pick up a copy of Crushing It! If you have an interest in these topics.
Which of these books have you read? What are your favorite business books? Let me know down below in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!