What is your favorite business book?

It may not be a book directly related to business but whose underlying principles, themes or statements have proved invaluable to your career/business/personal development.

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I have many favorite books, but here are a few:

1. The Go-Giver - Bob Burg and John David Mann
2. Raving Fans - Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles
3. The Speed of Trust - Stephen Covey


Great question Gavin. It's hard to pick only one favorite, as also the many interesting previous answers show.

My top choices by main topic would be:

Personal development, as it is key to successful business (and life) development:
The 7 habits of highly effective people - by Steven R. Covey
The Leader Who Had No Title - by Robin Sharma
Start with Why - by Simon Sinek
Think and Grow Rich - by Napoleon Hill
Focus - and - Emotional Intelligence - both by Daniel Goleman

Inspiration and lifestyle business manifesto:
The 4 Hour Work Week - by Tim Ferriss

Blueprint/step-by-step guide on how to launch your startup:
The Startup Owners Manual - by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
Launch - by Jeff Walker
Tailored for service businesses: Book Yourself Solid - by Michael Port

Improving and speeding up product-market fit:
The Lean Startup - by Eric Ries

Finding the adequate business model:
Business Model Generation - by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

Building a great company that lasts:
From Good to Great - by Jim Collins
The 5th discipline - by Peter Senge

Inspiration&Mastering different crafts essential to successfully doing business:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - by Robert Kyosaki (also the Cashflow Quadrant and Before you Quit Your Job)
Influence - by Robert B. Cialdini
Never eat alone - by Keith Ferrazzi
The E-Myth revisited - by Michael E. Gerber
Rework - by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Founders at Work - by Jessica Livingston

Wish you a great time reading and getting inspired.


With all due respect, Oliver, if the question is "What is your favorite" please pick ONE. It's hard, but, that's the whole point of the exercise, to force you to think critically about the decision!

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Think and Grow Rich and Sell Your Brain are my best. Though I have hundreds of business book, but these two books. I can't just do without it


The book is ' REMINISCES OF A STOCK MARKET OPERATOR' by Edwin Lefebre. It's a classic on business and market psychology.


What the CEO Wants You to Know: How Your Company Really Works
Book by Ram Charan


My favorite currently should be Grant cardone's The Millionaire Booklet. Great book!


"Marketing for CEOs" by Ben Legg.


Ben Legg "Marketing for CEOs"

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