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My Top 10 Favorite Books about Business

by | Apr 12, 2017

I’ll be the first to tell you that one of the biggest mistakes that I made when starting out in online business is not taking the time to learn some of the lessons that others who had gone before me had learned. For me, that means I didn’t spend much time seeing what others did to get to their success – I just sat on the sidelines wondering what I was doing wrong a lot.

One of the quickest ways that catapulted me into actually making money online was taking the time to invest in my business. By investing, I mean in both time and money. When I finally spent money to learn what other successful owners already knew, that’s when I started cutting my learning curve in half. I’ve learned one of the very best ways of doing this is through reading and researching.

Sure, there are a ton of courses out there that can teach you the very minute details of some entrepreneurs’ success stories and how to mimic them, but if you want the high level (and cheaper version) of what you can do to cut your time in half in growing your business, books are where it’s at.

I’ve done my fair share of reading to grow my business and I wanted to share with you my top 10 favorite books about business. These are the books that were game-changers for me – the ones that I had huge “aha’s” around and made me approach my business differently. In fact, I think that’s what makes a business book actually a GREAT read – one that I can immediately walk away from and implement something to cut my learning curve down by even a fraction.

Without further ado, these are my top 10 favorite books about business.

1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

This is all about taking your business (and even your life) down to the bare bones of what matters. Focus on what matters and moves you forward to your goals and leave everything else behind. This book was profound in how I approach my business and how I spend my time – it’s a major part of the 80/20 lesson that I teach inside my Leveraged Income Biz Program. It’s an absolute must-read!

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2. Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr

I loved this book, because it wasn’t about doing just one thing to create success for yourself. It’s about using your own intuition to guide you to a business and life that supports you and lights you up. At the end of the day, if you don’t love what you spend your time on, why are you doing it? I loved that she embraces the crux of what so many women avoid in online business – leaning into your femininity to lead. This was a powerful book for any woman in business!

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3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book is all about creativity and the creative process. I found this book to be a refreshing take on allowing ideas to flow – and allowing certain ideas to just keep on going. The one big thing I took away from this book is that not every idea that comes to you is meant to be manifested by YOU – eventually someone else will pick up your idea and make it amazing. And that’s okay (especially if you’re like me and want to do ALL THE THINGS)! You were meant to manifest something even more amazing and more perfectly suited to you.

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4. Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Denise Duffield-Thomas is one of my biggest business crushes. I’ve been following her for years and am a member of her Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp. Everything this woman teaches is about allowing you to release your money blocks, stories, and hang-ups so you can own your value and worth, charge what you want, and make great money – without having to prove to anyone (even yourself) that you deserve it.

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5. The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte

The Desire Map was a game-changer for me a few years ago after I was coming off this binge of trying to over-plan every part in my business. I love the Desire Map in both my business and personal life, because it shows you how to set goals based on your feelings (or desires) instead of timelines or other people’s systems. It all feels a bit like a big “duh” once you’ve read it – but if you’re like me, I needed to read it to give myself permission to let go of everyone else’s ideas and start embracing my own for my life.

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6. Quiet Power Strategy by Tara Gentile

This book is a bit of a call to arms for doing business in your own way. I enjoyed this book, because Tara Gentile highlights that not every business needs to be doing the same things to be successful – that who you are is how you can set yourself apart. And how you show up in business is what makes you unique. And NOT going along with the crowd of what people tell you what to do makes you successful in business. Forging your own path is sexy. And doing things YOUR way is what makes people who are meant to find you love you.

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7. Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build a Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker

Even though I like doing things my own unique way in business, sometimes it’s useful to see what works for others to see where I want to break the mold. I enjoyed this book by Jeff Walker, because he gives you the exact steps to take to have a successful online launch. And this means of any product – an online course, an eBook, an online clothing store – anything. I personally tried this process out and found it to be useful – however I don’t use it often anymore, because I discovered I don’t love the launch process itself. I found my own process for marketing and selling that works better for me.

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8. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

This book had some amazing ideas for how to make the first few minutes (or hours) of your day productive. The idea is to carve out time to do the things that really matter to you in the beginning of your day so you feel energized and productive to carry that enthusiasm through the rest of your day. While I loved the idea of getting into the habit of doing these things, it isn’t practical for my current life and family needs. However when my son is a little older, I do plan to try out my own Miracle Morning routine just as this book outlines. I think creating a Miracle Morning is a great idea for anyone who is looking to create that sacred space for self-care in their lives.

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9. Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less by S.J. Scott

This practical book was something I stumbled upon randomly on Amazon and thought I could use a few simple swaps to make my life easier. I loved the concept of habit stacking – basically doing certain simple tasks together during the day and making them habits. The idea is that simple tasks add up to big results and I love the concept. I found that I applied a few of these habit stacking ideas to both my business and in my personal life with great results.

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10. Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

The concept in show your work is all about being transparent about how you work and show the behind the scenes of how your success is created. Instead of showing a final product all the time, allow people to see how you do something. Instead of going all the way down the line to the end of a project, document your process and progress so that your audience is invested in your success. I loved this idea and plan to do this more in the future here on this website.

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Now that you know what’s on my hall of fame shelf for business books, what are some business books that you think everyone should read?

 As an online business owner and blogger, one of the biggest mistakes I made when I first got started was not learning from those who came before me. Now, I read as many books of successful entrepreneurs as I can so I can shorten my learning curve and grow my business in half the time. Click through to read my top 10 favorite books on business that have helped me get ahead in my business and learn from other people’s mistakes and successes.

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