Favorite Business Books

The joke in my house is the number of books on my “Top 10 List” is about a hundred – and it’s probably true.  Here is my current top 10 list in no particular order:

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/.

And one to grow on:

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.

Happy Reading!

About Joe Schmitz

Joe Schmitz has been involved in equipment leasing and finance for over two decades. Joe has a special area of expertise in the fitness industry, having placed funding in excess of 100 million dollars for small to medium sized health clubs, Joe has also funded general equipment projects throughout the United States. Currently one of approximately 200 Certified Lease Professionals (CLP) in the United States.
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