Normally, I give a list of the latest business books I’ve read to give you a guide to resources that will help you grow your business, but this is a list of classic books and ideas. Many of the books on this list have been updated recently, but they are solid and relevant as they were when they were first published. Read to feed your soul and give you a new perspective on your life and your business.
Growing Pains by Eric Flamholtz and Yvonne Randle
This book is all about transitioning from a start-up to becoming a professionally managed business. Growing Pains, now in its 6th edition, is a classic resource for businesses who want to scale. It will help you think about growth strategically without loosing the the special spark that launched your business in the first place.
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi with Tahl Raz
Ferrazzi lays out in-depth advice for making connections in the digital world.
What distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships—so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi explains easy-to-follow strategies he used to cultivate relationships with people he admired, and you can use them to start becoming a master networker to grow your business.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
Passion is an over used word in small business. In So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only does he explain why leading with passion is a flawed strategy. He also explains how it can be dangerous, leading to anxiety, chronic job hopping, or starting a business with poor business model. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. He’s not suggesting you give up on your dreams, but he invites readers ensure that you pair them with a dose of reality and make yourself valuable in the marketplace.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit is one of the most useful books for business owners looking to set themselves up for a lifetime of health, happiness, and business success. Duhigg explains how the road to success – whether that means loosing weight, starting your dream business, or putting an end to procrastination – is paved with tiny behaviors you can implement every day. It takes 21 days to turn a daily action into a habit, but when you’re striving for success in any field, you know that keeping routine is important. Consistency is key.
Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell
I am a huge John Maxwell fan. He believes that we should think of ourselves in terms of growth and not goals. In his latest book Intentional Living, Maxwell helps readers take the first steps to living a life that matters. We all have a longing to be significant. We want to make a contribution, to be a part of something purposeful. But many people wrongly believe significance is unattainable. They worry that it's too big for them to achieve. He teaches that anyone can achieve significance and create a lasting legacy. The only thing you need to achieve significance is to be intentional everyday. This book will inspire you.