What Business Book Has Changed Your Life? Part Four

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We asked business leaders what business book has had the biggest impact on them and we have received an overwhelming response. Read on and find the next book that will improve your business.


Jack Miller, Founder, How I Get Rid Of

Book: The Four-Hour Work Week: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.

The one book that’s helped me with my entrepreneurial endeavor so far is Tim Ferriss’ “The Four-Hour Work Week: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.” This is my go-to answer for the best business book because it gives you a new perspective on how to approach work. It’ll also make you realize that working a 9-5 job isn’t exactly the path to financial stability and freedom. And given today’s technology, there are many other ways to earn money to help give you a comfortable life. What I also like about this book is that not only is it helpful for me as an individual, but it’s also a good, insightful lesson to pass onto others, especially those whom you’re mentoring.



Patrick Garde, Co-Founder & Technical Director, ExaWeb Corporation

Book: Start with Why

Start with Why by Simon Sinek. When I co-founded our company, I did not have any leadership experience. Hence, I tried to read books, watch videos, etc. just to learn leadership which I can apply to our business. Start with Why has the most significant impact on me personally as I try to be the leader that I wish I had. Thanks to this book, I try to implement policies for our business which are consistent with our why. Lastly, I believe that when your team knows your why, they will offer their blood, sweat and tears, just so that they can help you advance your cause.



Paul Mallory, Co-Founder, ConsumerGravity

Book: Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power.

The book I would recommend may not be solely focused on the ways to run a business effectively, but it brings great impact to the mindset of business leaders as they are the ones holding the wheel of their organization towards progress. I am talking about *Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power. * In the book, Robert describes power and gives it a form. He goes on to say that *power is amoral.* Power is *not inherently bad, but knowing how to deal with it ensures your way to success. * He says as well that individuals must *obtain, maintain, and exercise power* through the laws he enumerated. Overall, the 48 Laws of Power is a *collection of accumulated wisdom that spans several generations before us from people across all walks of life. * As an application to business leaders, reading and mastering the book is important because you are dealing with people all of the time. Being aware of their motivation and how they function brings you ahead of the game in order to make them follow and ultimately, *bring you closer to the goal of your organization. *



Eli Inman, Investing Expert, US Investment Network

Book: Change Your World

Change Your World: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Difference: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins would surely be a good read for any business individual. It is one of the best business books of the year 2021, and many experts have found it to be very useful. The best thing about this book is that it motivates entrepreneurs and investors to make productive changes. John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins have used very simple language to explain how you can change your surroundings to make them more supportive and beneficial for you. Understanding these techniques can help businessmen establish the right partnerships, find the right investment options, improve business performance, provide better customer service, etc. The authors have shared their own experiences and provided practical solutions to some of the major problems individuals face in everyday life. It can help you to transform others' lives and inflict positive changes. The book gives you an easy guide on how ordinary individuals can make a big difference. It proposes the idea that you don't have to succumb to your surrounding community. Instead, you can step up and change them into a more positive and encouraging group. Business is all about management, and therefore, this book is a must-read.



Paige Arnof-Fenn,, Founder & CEO, Mavens & Moguls

Book: Everybody Writes: Your go to guide to creating ridiculously good content

I started a global branding and digital marketing firm 20 years ago and I read a lot for professional development and usually prefer books by practitioners because they are more relevant and have current examples from pop culture vs. theories based on research. I also like the classics that have advice that has withstood the test of time and in this case the best book I can recommend is How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie — it is evergreen with insights on manners and people/human nature. In my experience you can learn a lot from books which offer practical advice whether you are someone just starting a career in business as well as anyone managing and leading a team. It was published almost 100 years ago and the advice has held up so you cannot go wrong with this one. Others I recommend that inspire me and keep my marketing skills relevant by using the advice everyday are: Everybody Writes: Your go to guide to creating ridiculously good content by Ann Handley Handley argues that in an online world everyone is a writer so you need to learn how to create content that attracts and retains people’s attention. She provides practical tips, easy grammar and usage rules that are valuable whether you are working with a big brand or startup these are best practices that will make your writing better. Great advice we can all benefit from now more than ever. Fanocracy — Turning fans into customers and customers into fans by David Meerman Scott. David’s new book is a real world practitioner's guide from someone who has lived the job from the front line, he has been there and done it so he tells it like it is not theoretically but from the trenches. The name of the game to grow today is how to get your fans engaged online and here is the manual to do it.



Alex Gould, CEO/Co-founder , Mr. Hemp Flower

Book: Think And Grow Rich

We are one of the top CBD companies in the USA. Our motto is to help everyone be healthy while making sure that we’re doing that in the most organic way possible.In reference to your query on the best business book I'd recommend, here's my answer.I recommend that all business owners read the book Think And Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill. It is a book that was written in 1937, but it is still relevant for today. This book discusses the various methods that you can use in order to increase your income. It also talks about how you can change your mindset so that you can succeed in whatever you want to do.



Nelson Sherwin, Manager, PEO Companies

Book: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

I can’t believe how much this book did for my business and our success!: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't by Jim Collins is by far my favorite book for business owners and for good reason! Collins explores the DNA embedded in highly successful businesses and how they’ve come to be where they are. Further, he explores the qualities of poorly performing companies and how they can turn things around. Collins’ wisdom was particularly pertinent to my business because not too long ago, we weren’t doing that great. Our sales were down and managers like myself weren’t sure how we could rise to the occasion. This book completely changed the workplace dynamic and gave us something to work towards. I know for a fact my team and I wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for this fantastic book.



Daniela Sawyer, Founder, FindPeopleFast


Business books are published and read by millions of individuals regularly. As a result, how do you prioritize the various titles available? There are several excellent options out there, including: Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill: It has vital aspects like Thoughts that are real, and they may have a profound impact on your life. Having a definiteness of purpose, as Hill refers to it, can help you stay focused on your goals. Additionally, it would help if you persevered in the face of challenges that will hamper your progress. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki: Key points like There's a reason the rich get richer: They know the distinction between assets and liabilities better than the rest of us do. An asset is a source of income for you. You lose money when you have a liability. To become wealthy, you must invest in assets and use the revenue created by those investments to purchase extravagances and fund your way of life. The E-Myth, by Michael Gerber: The technical work of a firm is something I'm familiar with, so I'm familiar with businesses that perform that task. Inexperienced entrepreneurs often make this mistake. Entrepreneurs, managers, and technicians are all three types of people that start businesses. To establish a firm that can thrive without you, you need all three of them. The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz: There is no formula for coping with difficult situations, according to Horowitz, and he's perfectly correct. In contrast to many business books, few, if any, actually tell it how it is, which is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.



Ray Blakney, CEO and co-founder, the Live Lingua

Book: Millionaire Next Door‘

I recommend ‘Millionaire Next Door‘. The book is a bit dated with regard to the numbers now, but it talks about how most millionaires are really made and how they live. Spoiler: they don’t buy yachts and private jets.



Lori Hamilton, Award-winning Writer, Director & Actor,

Book: First Break All the Rules

My favorite business book is First Break All the Rules, it’s a quantitative study of what makes a good workplace AND the financial impact of doing so. If you want your company to work, it starts with the people, which starts with giving them a few simple things that cause your employees to give their best, stay motivated and move your company forward.



Carrie Verrocchio, Professional Speaker, Podcast Host, Author, Bella Vita, LLC

Book: The Big Leap

The book I recommend that everyone read is The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. I personally read this book a couple of times a year and in 2022, I plan to read it at the beginning of each quarter. This book dives deep into the concept of how we hold ourselves back - and how to break those patterns that keep us from working in our zone of genius. The training in this book has changed how I view myself and how I approach my business. I recommend it to all of my clients and send out copies to my team. It is a book of gold nuggets. Get ready to transform!



Lisa Sanchez, Fashion Editor, The Nines

Book: Girlboss

My absolute favorite book from a business leader is “Girlboss” by Sophia Amoruso. She’s a gritty, bootstrapped founder that delightfully sprinkles in wit and humor without sugar coating the often tough life of an entrepreneur. One big lesson I learned is that no idea is too small. As a founder you need to be intentional with everything associated to your brand. This may take up a lot of time, but it will pay off. I could easily read this book over and over again because it’s like listening to a good friend chat.



Jason Kudlock, Chief Financial Officer, Mrs. Property Solutions

Book: Mindset

The most important book in my business life has been Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. Without it I could still be the same person I was when I left my baseball career behind. It taught me how to derive growth and meaning from challenges. Without this way of thinking we remain stuck, and the only whole soul is a growing soul. Human beings need to be learning perpetually in order to feel fulfilled. It has impacted the business because I am constantly learning new approaches to solving problems and improving processes. Without growing, we stagnate personally and our businesses do the same.



Stephan Baldwin, Founder, Assisted Living Center

Book: Getting things done

*Getting things done by David Allen* With working models changing so drastically last year, company owners and employees are still finding their footing, leading to more working hours and anxiety. This book is excellent for people struggling with productivity issues, making it more relevant today than ever. It talks about how stress and anxiety can cloud our decision and prioritization process, slowing our progress towards different tasks. Personal situations vary a lot, but the book presents various strategies to adapt to your own situation. For example, how to streamline your responsibilities efficiently.



Yazan Sehwail, CEO and Co-Founder, Userpilot

Book: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance

The book: Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance by Erica Dhawan And why: This is a new book from 2021 that I really enjoyed and impressed me. It’s an instant best-seller that details how you can communicate effectively in a hybrid world. So much of human connection is based on body language and ‘vibes’, so how can you cope in a world ruled by virtual conversations and digital friendships. Erica Dhawan talks about these challenges, how to overcome them, and how to use this new world as an asset in the way you grow as a business professional!



Charles Leduc, Chief Operations Officer, Mold Busters

Book: Extreme Productivity

I read Extreme Productivity by Robert Pozen several years ago and it really overhauled my way of thinking about business and productivity, especially focus. It seems obvious now, but this book showed me the way toward being more successful and growing the business by changing my way of thinking toward results instead of time spent at work. Everyone talks about how much time they spend “working”, but the reality is a lot of that time is not spent productively. With so much of the business world focused on time, results often fall by the wayside, and this is the most important focus for all of us. I would argue that every hourly job should be incentivized for the result of the work, and we have recently done this for our mold remediation techs



Chris Alexakis, Co-Founder, CabinetSelect

Book: The Art of War, Always plan for the everything and Allocate resources smartly

*The Art of War* There are many essential lessons business owners can learn from Sun Tzu's book about ancient military strategy. However, you have to look at it with different eyes than the average reader because what's important here is the mentality and philosophical lessons. You don't need to know how many chariots an army needs to store food. With that in mind, here are some of the most important lessons the book has for SMB owners. - *Always plan for the everything* Every military campaign or business endeavor needs a solid plan or strategy to follow. There needs to be a common goal centered around the company culture and its objectives from the top-down. Otherwise, there's no congruence between your actions and your goals. - *Allocate resources smartly* Small businesses usually have equally small budgets, and for that reason, resource allocation is one of the most critical aspects of success. This issue is the root of many problems that plague small businesses that run out of budget on unnecessary tasks or endeavors.



Cathy Mills, Director of Strategy, Net Influencer

Book: Do What Matters Most: Lead with a Vision, Manage with a Plan, Prioritize Your Time

The book Do What Matters Most: Lead with a Vision, Manage with a Plan, Prioritize Your Time. is definitely among my top best books, as it has had a huge impact on my work life. This book summarizes the best time management habits and strategies from leaders around the world. In addition, the authors Robert R Shallenberger and Steven R Shallenberger explain the importance of prioritizing to be successful in life. For this reason, it will be a book that will help you start each day with healthy and productive habits that will allow both your work and professional life to be successful.



Marilyn Gaskell, Founder , TruePeopleSearch

Book: Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy by Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim This book has been the most significant catalyst for my business because the competition in the tech industry is very high. Therefore, this book has helped in meaningful ways to have a competitive edge over my competitors. This book proved to be a good read for me because of the impactful strategies written in the book. A systematic approach is present in the book to make the competition irrelevant. Blue Ocean Strategy topples the traditional system about strategy and provides a new pathway to winning the future. This book also includes a new preface by the authors that says, Helo! My Blue Ocean is turning red, which means the competition is increasing in the market, which my business is facing right now. Reading this book gave me examples and updates of all the relevant cases. Moreover, it brought all the stories related to them up to the present time, which has helped me devise strategies to overcome the challenges in the market. Moreover, I found this book to be a complete guide to create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant.



Todd Ramlin, Manager, Cable Compare

Book: The Millionaire Mind

Learn How Millionaires Succeed: The business book that I’d recommend is “The Millionaire Mind” by finance professor Thomas J. Stanley. The reason that I recommend this book is that instead of abstract theory, it’s basically a case study of actual millionaires. The author surveyed real millionaires and used the results to craft this book. His research is the foundation of this book that explores the ideas, beliefs, and practices of successful Americans. What better way to learn how to be successful in business than from those who have already done it?



Nikki Webster, Travel writer , Brit on the Move

Book: Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry (Author), Jean Greaves (Author), Patrick M. Lencioni (Foreword) To lead and be successful you need a high level of EI - most people are not born with this skill. This book explains the concept, why it's important, how your EI will help you excel and it gives you tests. You can test before and after the book to see if you've improved. I have a high EI but this book highlighted some opportunities for me to have empathy (not sypathm) for people or situations that I may have previously discounted. As a result, I am more aware, more in tune and more effective. This all translates to my ability to communicate with people and build stong partnerships.


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