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.
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.
Good to Great by Jim Collins is an absolute must-read (or listen. I listened to it first, then bought hardcover copies of the book for all my team.) Get it and thank everyone that recommended it to you later. You'll see why when you get it - I guarantee. Contains many life and leadership lessons as well as business ones, and just utterly fascinating and rewarding to study. It's the book that keeps on giving!
For me, it has been several.
The first one for me has got to be Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Although it was extremely confusing at first, it really got me to start thinking that I could start a business of my own.
My second favorite has got to be The E Myth by Michael Gerber. That book has been a real eye-opener! It made me understand why so many small businesses fail and what I need to do to build my home cleaning business to run like a well-oiled machine.
I keep a copy near my bed and I also have it on audio to listen to it in my car from time to time.
The Way of the SEAL by Mark Divine
When it comes to business, one has to be willing to embrace a warrior mindset and Divine's book really hit home for me. The focus on leading from the front and a mindset on offense translates well to business and in life. The former Navy SEAL commander has given me some great ideas and tools for the toolbox.
One good takeaway is to think offense all the time. This goes to how changing the words you use can change your attitude and your confidence.
A great book for those who want to dig deep and learn some great tactics.
Two of my favorites
Sell with a Story: How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale: Book by Paul Smith
Blue Ocean Strategy - Book by Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim
I have two "who moved my cheese" and "the fifth discipline"
The book I wrote of course: President Reagan's Program to Secure U.S. Leadership Indefinitely: Project Socrates. It can be downloaded at: (well here we go again, getting in our own way. The system would not allow me to include the link for you.)
Since I am not in the book selling business but rather in the business of salvaging what is left of our country, the book is free. Let me know if you want the link.
Napoleon Hill's Think and grow Rich and Bob Proctor's "You were born Rich". The best books ever written on personal development. My success is because of their teachings.