1. E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber – It causes you to think about your business in terms of systems of delivery and the process of doing whatever it is your business does. http://www.e-myth.com/.
2. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – Written in 1937, this is the classic about focus and determination. http://www.naphill.org/.
3. The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss – Reevaluate everything you thought about what is success and what it takes to achieve it. http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/.
4. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – Laugh at the hair if you must but this is A book to help you think out of the box about why change happens. http://www.gladwell.com/.
5. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clayton – Originally published in 1955, another classic, not about business, but following this advice will make you wealthy and secure – if you can muster up the discipline.
6. How To Become A Rainmaker – By Jeffrey Fox – Really one of the best books and great salesmanship. http://www.foxandcompany.com/index.html.
7. How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling by Frank Bettger – In my opinion the first, best book ever written about great salesmanship, written in 1949 and still the best today.
8. The Five Temptations of a CEO – by Patrick Lencioni – A great parable about taking responsibility for yourself and your company. http://tablegroup.com/.
9. The Ant and the Elephant by Vince Poscente – This wasn’t originally on my top 10 list – it is an excellent book about how the subconscious mind guides or decision-making and how to actively direct it, but didn’t originally make the list. However, earlier this month I met Vince Poscente and heard him speak. He is an Olympic athelete and professional business coach and hearing him speak really brought his principles to life for me. http://beinvincible.com/.
10. The Idiot Factor by Larry Winget – A take no prisoners approach to personal responsibility in business and in life. Don’t read it unless you want to be confronted by the Truth. http://larrywinget.com/.
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11. The Breakthrough Company by Keith McFarland – I’m reading this now, I had an opportunity to meet Keith last week when he spoke at a Vistage meeting (coaching organization for CEO’s). If you want to take your business from entreprenurial to large enterprise, Keith offers great advice. http://mcfarlandstrategy.com/.
Next year, I’ll probably have a whole different group although some of these have been on my list for over 20 years.