10 of the Best Business Books for 2017

2017 is already underway, and I hope you’ve been reading regularly thus far. We all know the adage, “Readers are Leaders”. However, if you’re a little behind or stuck for ideas on what to read, here’s a list from one of our best podcast episodes on the top 10 business books to help your journey through 2017.

Remember, as business owners, we need as much raw material as possible to draw on as we go through client meetings, networking, marketing strategies, and more. This sort of well makes us far more valuable to investors, clients, and ultimately ourselves. Grant Cardone has even said that CEOs read an average of 60 books per year, and make 319 times as much as the average worker. Imagine what you could do with that sort of growth!

So without further ado, here is the list:

10. The Magic of Thinking Big

Put yourself in a different place by thinking BIG. This business classic teaches us that past doesn’t make us who we are, it makes us believe we are who we are. It’s your belief (thoughts) that have the most impact on who you become.

9. Think and Grow Rich

An extension of The Magic of Thinking Big, this other classic takes the concepts in that book and puts them into an actionable plan. Follow this plan and it never, ever fails to help you achieve bigger results and success.

8. Jesus, CEO

While the title many put off those who are not religious, this book explains that many of the characteristics Jesus showed in is ministry can help us become better business leaders. Characteristics like compassion, empathy, and an open mind.

7. Passages by Gail Sheehy

No matter where you want to go, if you know the outcome, you will enjoy the journey more. This “roadmap to adult life” helps us understand the path that lies ahead (or behind) us in our 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

6. Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus by John Gray

Usually marketed as a relationship book, Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus explains many of the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between how men and women think, act, and feel in different situations. This can prove invaluable as you deal with them in your professional life.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This classic is often required reading for many business courses and schools. Originally published in 1937, it has undergone many updates to keep the content current, and provides an excellent foundation for how to effectively interact with others for success.

4. Sweet Release by James Davison Jr.

While written primarily for African American readers, Sweet Release deals with some profound inner struggles that many of us face as we strive toward success: guilt for our success, shame for the actions of race peers, demands to give back to the community, and accusations of trying to be someone we are not. It is an excellent eye-opener not only for the history and growth of the black community, but also for overcoming our own inner demons.

3. Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracey

In Maximum Achievement, Brian Tracey provides a proven system that you can apply to begin seeing better results in every area of your life. It is based on his  25+ years of experience, all distilled into one powerful book that covers all of the proactive bases: smart thinking, system thinking, futuristic thinking, and positive thinking.

2. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone

While most people operate within three modes, no action, retreat, or normal action, those of us seeking massive results need to move into a fourth mode: massive action. Grant Cardone refers to this as the 10 X Rule. When applied correctly, this mode will help you make some quantum leaps in your path to success.

1. The Holy Bible

Again, don’t let the religious aspect of this nook fool you. Christian or not, The Holy Bible is a great book of instructions for life. It provides several pearl of wisdom – everything from how to deal with difficult people and hardships to how to stay humble and grateful through your success.

Again, the average CEO reads 60 books per year. This list is just a small (but powerful) step toward that goal. I’d also love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite business books and why?