For years now, we’ve heard gurus and business people talking about how reading is one of the most important things you can do.
I just so happen to agree with them. Reading has helped me with my businesses, my finances, my social life, and overall in my development into who I am.
Although most of us know that it is important to read, we don’t. One of the reasons why I believe is because we don’t know what to read. Especially when it comes to business books because there is so many.
That’s why I created this list of the Top 10 Best Business Books to Read in 2019. Business books can help you start a business or grow a business. They can help you change your mindset or get your finances in order.
I believe I’ve compiled a balanced list of all of these. I’ve picked out 10 special ones and even say who they will help in the paragraphs below. So find one that will fit your needs and get the growth that you need in your business today.
I figure let’s kick this list off with an obvious one. If you don’t have someone recommend Rich Dad Poor Dad to you when you ask what to read, then you’re in the wrong circles.
It’s one of the most sold entrepreneur and finance books of all time and probably within my top three books to read in any genre.
This book is what it sounds like. The author has a poor dad who taught him about money and investing and then his best friend’s dad was his rich dad. He also taught him about money and investing.
Kiyosaki was taught how to work for money and also how to have money work for him. This book tackles how the poor treat money like relying on other people, sucking up to bosses, and hoping to get a tax break.
Then it shows you how the rich look at money. Keep expenses lower than income, invest the profit, wait until the profit makes profit and then invest that profit.
When I read this it made me realize I have some poor people mentalities and had to change it and it might happen to you too.
Either way, Rich Dad Poor Dad will help you out.
2. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
I go from a book in my top three to my all time number one book 48 Laws of Power.
This book tells you what power looks like, how to get it, and what to do against other powerful people. We actually have a post here on ADP that breaks down every law in our 48 Laws of Power List Summary.
People hear the word power now and think negative thoughts. They think power means something evil and wanting to take over the world. I don’t believe that at all.
Power creates leverage. Leverage that can help you build businesses, help people who truly need it, and make your friends and family happy and healthy.
The author, “Robert Greene”, looked into over three thousand years of history and created the 48 laws that will help you gain power and keep it.
48 Laws of Power can help anyone with lots of social situations.
3. Crushing It! By Gary Vaynerchuk
We’ve all heard of Gary Vaynerchuk. He’s got a massive following on all social platforms and his speeches on entrepreneurship and motivation go viral almost daily.
We actually have him featured in one of our posts where we compare him to Tai Lopez and Grant Cardone as well so check that post out here.
Crushing It! is a book that will inspire you to grow your businesses and your influence at the same time.
Gary built his businesses by building his personal brand and he goes through how you can do that as well. He also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have used these principles to take them to new heights.
The number one thing Gary tries to get through to his readers in this book is that you have to start taking charge of your business and your life. If you don’t take action towards your dream then no one will.
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you can’t skip reading Crushing It!
4. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is the mastermind behind the book 4 Hour Work Week. This is his follow-up and some say even better. Tools of Titans is a collection of tips and strategies that can help anyone achieve success.
The author interviewed hundreds of highly successful people and lets us in on what they do first thing in the morning and when and what they do to workout.
He talks about the books that they read and the mistakes that they made and advice on how not to make them yourself.
Like Warren Buffet said, “it’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”
The tips in this book offer us a way to learn from other people’s mistakes instead of our own.
You’ll learn how to leave your comfort zone and how to deal with fear. Basically, reading Tools of Titans will allow you to learn a lot that is needed about life.
5. The Power of Broke by Daymond John
Daymond John, who is now one of the Sharks on Shark Tank, started selling home-sewn shirts on the streets. He had $40 to start a business called FUBU that is now worth billions.
Daymond says that if he didn’t start with no money, he wouldn’t have the hunger and drive to succeed in the way he did. In The Power of Broke, he talks about how that drive pushed him and it can push you.
Most of the excuses you get from people nowadays for not starting a business is a lack of money, but if you read this book you’ll understand that you can launch a successful business even if you’re broke.
Now you might think his case was special and you still need lots of capital for your business, but he wants to prove you wrong. In the book, he found lots of case studies of other entrepreneurs who took shoestring budgets and turned them into empires.
If you’re starting from nothing and want to make something of yourself, The Power of Broke can help you get there.
6. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone
If you need a massive spark to take action, then The 10x Rule is the book for you. If you don’t know Grant Cardone, he is an in your face and execute kind of guy. He has helped thousands of people change their lives.
The main point behind the 10x Rule is that you have to take massive action to achieve success. Especially entrepreneurs, you can’t tiptoe all your life and just let it pass you by. You have to be bold and brave.
You need to be able to say no when things get tough and make others say yes when you want them to.
The 10x Rule teaches you how to estimate the amount of effort you need to take to reach a certain goal. Then Grant pushes you to 10x the amount of effort you think you need to put in. This will enable you to shoot past the goal you set into your new 10x goal.
It’s kind of like that cliche phrase shoot for the moon and you’ll end up in the stars. This book makes you stop being mediocre in what you’re doing.
The 10x Rule shows you how to stop settling for average and starting to solve life’s problems on your own terms.
7. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco
If you pick up 99% of financial books they are all the same. That’s why in my Huge Book List I don’t have that many on there.
Almost all of them sound like this: Go to college, graduate, get a high paying job, save 10% of your income for life, cancel your Netflix and Spotify, buy a used car, stop drinking Starbucks, count your pennies everyday of your life and give them to Wall Street and hope by 65 you can retire.
Millionare Fastlane doesn’t advise any of this. Demarco calls this route the slowlane or a way to finally get wealthy once you’re in a wheelchair.
Step into the Fastlane with Demarco where he teaches you how the rich really get and stay rich along with the math on how much you actually need to become wealthy.
If you don’t want to be stuck in the slowlane for your whole life, The Millionaire Fastlane is for you.
8. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
If you can’t figure out why your business never has money in the bank, maybe you need to take a look at the way you look at money. Profit First will help you with that.
Ever since we were young, most of us were taught that Sales - Expenses = Profit. As long as sales was higher than expenses then your business was healthy. This is wrong.
The real formula should be Sales - Profit = Expenses. You need to determine what is healthy for you and your business to take as a profit and then determine what the expenses number will be from that.
Most entrepreneurs when starting out make no money because they use the first formula. They spend extra money on equipment or tools they don’t need instead of keeping that money for themselves because they are taught that’s what you do to make businesses grow.
Your business can’t grow if it’s not making money. It’s a fact that the earlier a business makes a profit the higher chance it has to have of achieving massive growth.
Profit First teaches you the steps needed to look into the numbers and turn a non-profitable business a profitable one.
9. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
One of the things that I probably try to learn too much about is how our brain works. I spend lots of time that I could be spending on more important things, trying to learn how to make our mind work in different ways that is unexpected.
That is why Flow is one of my favorite books. One of the most important things you can do as a lifelong learner is figure out how your brain works and how to make it tick.
I believe as human beings, we experience true happiness when we are progressing towards something. Think about the saddest people around us. Most of them are not progressing towards something. They are either in a dead-end job, or have really bad habits, or can’t figure out how to unlock their potential.
Flow teaches us that progression is a state of mind and it can be controlled instead of leaving it up to fate or chance. It teaches us how to unlock our potential and truly experience happiness.
10. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
You won’t find very many recommended book lists about business without seeing Influence on there.
Lots of people will argue persuasion could be the most important single skill you can learn as a businessman or woman. In this book, Cialdini teaches us why people say yes and how to start getting more of them when you want it.
You can finally persuade people to come work with you, or buy from you, or help you out when you need it.
He teaches you the six main principles to becoming a skilled persuader and actually how to get around them if someone is trying to get to you.
Start getting your way more with Influence.
To Wrap It Up
Business books have helped me grow my businesses and achieve the freedom I have of being my own boss. And now I want to hear from you.
Have you read any good business books that aren’t on this list? Or have you read any on this list and agree with me? Let me know by writing a comment down below.
And if you know someone that would enjoy this list, please share it with them because it will probably help them out. Thank you!