If you want to be successful, both in business and life, you might focus on sticking to a strict routine, getting qualified, nourishing yourself properly, making the right investments, listening to entrepreneur podcasts, networking, and figuring out how you can take your business to the next level.
Although all of these things are definitely important, if you’re not doing one thing in particular, you’re holding yourself back – that one thing is reading!
Research has shown that the average self-made millionaire reads two or more books a month, meaning they read a minimum of 24 books a year.
Most billionaires, such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, claim that reading is one of the things they prioritize doing every day. It can’t be a coincidence that the most successful people in the world are the ones that frequently read. So, if you want to be successful, it’s time to become a bit of a bookworm!
However, there are so many books out there that claim to be life-changing and revolutionary that it can feel overwhelming to actually pick a good read.
So, in this article, I’m going to be telling you (in no particular order) about the best 11 business and self-help books out there that will actually help you forward your life and boost your business.
11 Notable Business/Self-help Books
1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, published in 2011, is a book by Yuval Noah Harari, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The book essentially looks at the entire history of humanity, looking at how we have evolved over the last two and a half million years, why we are the way that we are, and what we might possibly be like in the future.
Although the book is more philosophical, scientific, and humanitarian than business-based or motivational, it poses some of the biggest questions about humanity, making the reader really stop and think, which is always beneficial. The book has been read and recommended by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.
2. The 4 Hour Work Week
The 4 Hour Work Week, published in 2007 by Tim Ferriss, is a self-improvement book that specifically relates to business. Ferris, an American investor, entrepreneur, and podcast host, tells the reader how to live a ‘4 Hour Work Week’ that allows more time for joy, meaningful experiences, and particularly travel immediately, rather than having to slave away at a job 40+ hours a week until retirement comes.
The book is a New York Times Best Seller and has sold 2.1 million copies worldwide since 2007.
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, published in 1989, is a self-help book that specifically relates to business, written by the late Stephen Covey. Covey was a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and educator.
The book does exactly what it says on the title – it tells the reader about the 7 habits of highly effective people, in the hopes that the reader can learn the habits and apply them in their own lives to become more successful, in all aspects of their lives.
Since its release in 1989, the book has sold more than 25 million copies and is still highly regarded as one of the greatest self-help business books of all time.
4. How To Win Friends And Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People, published in 1936 and written by writer, lecturer, and teacher Dale Carnegie, is one of the most well-known self-help books of all time.
The basis of this book is that it teaches the reader how to change their behavior in order to influence the people around them, how to understand and relate to people, and how to improve relationships, as well as become a strong leader.
Although the book was written 85 years ago, it’s still incredibly relevant today, and millions of people are still learning from it. Since being published, there have been 30 million copies, and it’s regarded as Warren Buffet’s favorite book.
5. The Power of Habit
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, published in 2012 and written by previous New York Times reporter and current New Yorker journalist, Charles Duhigg, is a self-help book focused on the science of habits. The book explains why we form habits, how they can change, or how they can be stopped.
This book isn’t only beneficial for those of us that want to eat healthier, quit smoking, or work out more, it’s also powerful for our businesses. Duhigg focuses a large proportion of the book on business, so it’s a win-win for personal life and business!
6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Rich Dad Poor Dad: ‘What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not’ was written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter and published in 1997.
The book tells the reader all about the importance of being able to understand and control finances, how to build wealth, and how to start businesses.
This isn’t only a useful book for you to read and utilize as an adult, but it’s a good book to refer back to when thinking of how to make children or younger peers. Since it was published in 1997, over 30 million copies have been sold worldwide.
7. Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich, written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937, is a self-development book that focuses on looking at how people come to be successful and rich.
Hill researched over 40 millionaires, learning about what made them reach the point they had gotten to, and how they continued to become more successful, and in this book, those findings are displayed.
Although this book is 84 years old, it’s still completely relevant, as it’s based more on what makes someone successful, than the current situations of the world today that can make people successful, or help to make them successful.
8. The Magic of Thinking Big
The Magic of Thinking Big, written by David J. Schwartz and published in 1959, is a self-help book that focuses on pushing the reader to think big, hence the title! Schwartz believes that anyone can have the life that they want, no matter how extravagant, as long as they think big.
However, this book isn’t just empty promises or a collection of thoughts, instead, it actually contains methods on how to achieve success, in various areas of life.
The case studies in the Magic of Thinking Big are obviously outdated, seeing as the book was published 62 years ago, but the methods that the book presents are still incredibly valuable in useful in the modern-day.
9. The Four Agreements
The Four Agreements, published in 1997 and written by Don Miguel Ruiz, is a self-help book that uses the ideas from ancient Toltec wisdom to explain how the reader can stop putting limits on themselves that are holding them back from living their dream lifestyle.
This is a self-help book that’s not specifically targeted towards success in business but actually targeted towards every aspect of our lives. It’s a remedy book for the way in which we all hold ourselves back without even knowing.
Since being published, the book has been translated into over 46 languages and has sold over 10 million copies in the US alone.
10. The Power of Now
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, published in 1997 and written by Eckhart Tolle is a self-help book that focuses on spirituality, hence the book’s title!
However, it’s not ‘wishy-washy’ or particularly ‘hippy’, instead Tolle takes a modern-day approach to spirituality, calling the reader to live in the moment and giving them specific methods to reduce their stress levels and live an abundant life.
The book has been translated into over 30 languages and over 3 million copies have been sold in the US alone. If you’re looking for self-help, feeling distracted or overly stressed, it’s highly likely someone will recommend this to you!
11. The Hard Thing About Hard Things
The Hard Thing About Hard Things was written by Ben Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s most well-renowned entrepreneurs, and published in 2014. The book is a business-development book, with Horowitz sharing advice on how to solve problems that occur when you’re a CEO or budding entrepreneur.
The book is widely respected, and as one of the most recent books on this list, offers a modern perspective on business-development that others may not.
Which One Are You Going To Start With First?
Now that you know the top 11 best business and self-help books out there, and a little bit about each of them, there’s only one thing left for you to do, and that is, choose which one you’re doing to read first!
Then, maybe it’s time for you to commit to reading a least one book a month if you like what you get from it, which you’re almost guaranteed to!