I’ve heard several times that many of the most successful people in the world are avid readers. I’ve also heard that many successful entrepreneurs start their day by doing a little reading every morning. While I can’t prove if either of these is true, I can say that I completely agree that reading is a part of the equation of success.
While many people dread reading, as it reminds them of boring required textbooks in high school, I actually look forward to reading a chapter or two each day. My favorite types of books are inspiring and motivational, and they are usually about business, creativity, or entrepreneurship.
We are all looking to better ourselves in some way or another, and reading can be the key to expand your thinking and push yourself to new limits. Plus, it’s always nice to hear a motivational story about how others achieved their success.
So whether you are a self-described entrepreneur, a creative soul, or a blogger looking for a little inspiration, these ten books are a great place to start.
Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin: While this is technically a financial book, it is an easy read and all of the financial terminology actually makes sense. I love how the author uses real-world examples of how you can apply these financial principles to your life. Oh, and she won’t tell you to give up your favorite $5 Starbucks latte.
EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey: Dave Ramsey is best known for his financial advice as well, but he is also an amazing business man. This book explains how he started his multi-million dollar business, and the challenges he faced along the way. He explains that a company is only as strong as its leaders, and the importance of unifying your team and letting others take ownership of their roles.
Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal: If you’re looking for the motivation to quit your day job and start your own business, this is a must read! The author takes you through her journey of starting a business and stepping out of your comfort zone to find success.
Choose Yourself by James Altucher: I love the author’s straight-talk, no nonsense, writing style. He has a unique perspective of the corporate world, and has a way of inspiring you to rely on yourself for your own success, personal happiness, and health.
The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes: The author anchors each chapter with a specific lesson he culled from his greatness “professors” and his own experiences to teach you how to create a vision, develop hustle, and use dedication, mindfulness, joy, and love to reach goals. His lessons and practical exercises prove that anyone is capable of achieving success and that we can all strive for greatness in our everyday lives.
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh: I must say that I am proud that Zappos is based only a few miles from my house. They are a remarkable company that has created an unparalleled culture. I personally know several people who have worked at Zappos, and they all rave about what an amazing company it is.
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor: I had the pleasure of attending an event where this author was the keynote speaker, and he captures your attention immediately. I think we can all agree that we want to be happy in life, and he teaches you the principles of positive psychology and how to dramatically improve the amount of happiness, and therefore the amount of success, in your life.
Drive by Daniel Pink: What motivates you? Most people think that the best way to motivate someone is with money, but this author digs deeper into what truly motivates people to succeed. It’s an eye opening book into the human desire to control our own lives and the secret to high-performance.
Good To Great by Jim Collins: This is one of the most recommended books about business and leadership, and I can see why! After years of research, he discussed how some companies sustain long-term high performance and continue to triumph over time.
Made To Stick by Chip Heath: Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? This book will transform the way you think and communicate about ideas and tells you how to make your message stick.
Have you already read any of these books? Tell me your thoughts, and I would love to hear what you’re currently reading.