Business books are practical guides to owning a successful business. The most successful entrepreneurs and business owners make reading a priority.
Business books may cover topics such as:
- Mindset and Motivation
- Product or Service Development
- Overhead and Operations
- Cash Flow
And so much more. Simply said, business books offer advice from someone who has been to places you want to go. Adding these books to your list in 2023 will help you grow as a leader, follow current trends in the market place and totally up your game as an entrepreneur.
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My Top 10 List of Business Books
My top 10 list contains books recommended for new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Some of these books are classics that still offer valuable business insights and others may be new best-sellers. If I list it here, I believe it to be a timeless read and learning tool.
1. How to Grow Your Small Business by Donald Miller
How to Grow Your Small Business will give you a proven 6-step plan for growth so you can stop drowning in the details.
If your business isn’t growing, you’ll never get to experience the life you hoped for when you became a business owner. Donald Miller’s new book, available March 2023, will give you a proven six-step plan for growth so you can stop drowning in the details and spend more time doing the things you truly love- in your business and in your life.
Pre-order How to Grow Your Small Business today and get a 70 minute audio that covers the 6-part framework right delivered to your in-box.
2. Leadership Not By the Book by David Green
Leadership Not By the Book contains 12 unconventional principles to drive incredible results. David Green, Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby was an unlikely leader who grew a startup company with a $600 investment to an $8 Billion company. With a unique and religious approach to his leadership and success, he urges leaders to break conventional rules of business with these 12 core principles that can open doors to greater success than you ever imagined.
Leadership Not By the Book is for leaders and those that work for them or aspire to become one. In addition, every small business leader should consider these principles regardless of religious affiliations.
3. Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima
“Setbacks and rejection aren’t an indication that your goals or dreams aren’t going to happen. They’re just an inevitable part of the journey for anyone brave enough to go after them.” – Jamie Kern Lima
How to go from underestimated to unstoppable! Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima, was gifted to me from one of the most unlikely of mentor leaders in my life this year and I could not be more thankful. Jamie Ker Lima started It Cosmetics in her living room and has grown her business to the largest luxury makeup brand in the country. Her story is one that EVERY small business owner can feel all the way to the bones. Another bonus, this book has a FREE study guide and an action plan.
And, when you order your copy of Believe It, you help fulfill a greater mission. Jamie Kern Lima is an active philanthropist who has donated over $40 million in product and funds to help women face the effects of cancer with confidence. She’s also donating 100% of her author proceeds for Believe IT to Feeding America and Together Rising.
4. Balancing Act by Daniel Lamar
The show must go on! Take a step backstage at Cirque du Soleil through this leadership memoir. Without creativity, there is no business. At the core of Cirque du Soleil’s lavish, multi-million-dollar productions is Vice Chairman Daniel Lamarre, who has mastered the ability to bring business and creativity together across multiple languages and cultures in a way that has never been seen before. The secrets he shares in Balancing Acts are rooted in tremendous faith in your own creative skills, even if you are convinced you have none, and those of the sharpest minds within your organization.
Whether you own your own small business or you work for a corporation, or somewhere in between, Balancing Acts is filled with principles that can strengthen and accelerate any business on the planet.
5. They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan
They Ask, You Answer is a revolutionary approach to in-bound sales, content marketing and today’s digital consumer. This timeless method has been, is and will continue to be the standard for digital sales and marketing.
For almost a decade, Marcus Sheridan has been teaching the principles of They Ask , You Answer to audiences around the globe. You need to learn how to obsess over the way your customers think, act, talk, and search as they move through the buying process. But, before it was a book, the River Pools story (which was the foundation of “They Ask You Answer”) was featured in multiple books, publications, and conferences for its incredibly unique approach to Inbound and Content Marketing.
This book was an immediate hit in 2017 and remains one of the most easy to apply methodologies that any business can implement for growth. As a business you will want to implement this one right away. They Ask, You Answer is a MUST READ and a MUST DO in 2023.
6. The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber
Entrepreneurship is the leading career choice today! Sadly, most small businesses do not survive the first 5 years. The E-Myth Revisited is a timeless business classic, newly revised and updated, dispelling the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.
The E-Myth walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, this book helps entrepreneurs work through the overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.
7. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
Confident that he had the formula to success, he became a small business angel investor… and proceeded to lose his entire fortune. Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Mike has devoted his life to the research and delivery of innovative, impactful entrepreneurial strategies to you. When you implement the Profit First strategy your business will be permanently profitable.
“Every one of you – entrepreneurs, business owners – do what Mike says!” Michael Gerber,
Author of The E-Myth
Make sure to get your copy of Profit First, most importantly implement this. At a conference in October of 2022, Mike said “Only 2% of you in this room will do this.” Go do it!
8. The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt
Focus your efforts, energize yourself and your team, and scale your business! The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt will take you above and beyond the basic vision statement. This approach is simple, attractive, inspiring, and practical. With 10 simple questions you will identify a clear and compelling vision script for your company that helps you prepare for the future of your business.
Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm helping leaders focus so they win at work and succeed at life. In his first business, Michael felt the pain of not having a clear vision. Because he and his business partner were unprepared for the future, a series of strategic missteps ended their business. In The Vision Driven Leader, Michael unveils his complete system for using vision to catapult your organization into a better future.
9. Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards
Networking is a key ingredient to success in business. The main ingredient in networking is building relationships and connecting with people. In the book Captivate, Vanessa Van Edwards helps you understand the science of succeeding with people.
When you understand the laws of human behavior you can get along with anyone. Your influence, impact, and income will increase as a result. Not to mention, you will improve your interpersonal intelligence, make a killer first impression, and build rapport quickly and authentically. You will never interact in the same way again after reading the book Captivate.
10. The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
Get more done in 12 weeks than you will all year! And it is true. I have experienced the results of The 12 Week Year. It works and it is so simple.
The effectiveness of traditional goal setting using “annual goals” has long been debunked as an ineffective goal-achieving approach for eight out of ten people. The 12 Week Year will walk you through the proven step-by-step system for achieving more in 12 weeks than you will all year.
Grow Your Business in 2023
The richest man in the world, Bill Gates, reads 50 books every year. Warren Buffet reports spending nearly 80% of his day reading. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are reading for the same reasons you are; to learn from someone who has been to places they want to go. Let’s get ready to kick off your 2023 reading and growth plan. This year, seek to go places you have never gone before.
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