Best Business Books 2017: Recommended by Millionaires

What if you could fill a bookshelf with best business books for 2017 that were handpicked for you by some of the most successful millionaires and billionaires in the world?

Impossible?

Not anymore!

I’ve interviewed over 350 millionaires and billionaires in business about how they achieved extraordinary levels of success. In those interviews, each of them shared stories, inspiration, tactics, and mindset secrets to help you follow in their footsteps. These are the best business books to read in the world.

Although each of their stories, tactics, and paths to success was unique, nearly all of them had one thing in common.

Nearly every millionaire and billionaire who shared their stories about building wealth, achieving personal freedom, and changing the world revealed at least one book that changed their life.

That means all you need to do to fill your bookshelf with books handpicked for you by some of the most successful people in the world is search through each of those 350+ interviews and listen for the book recommendations.

Or you can just scroll down. 😉

I’ve done the hard work for you and below you’ll find the 16 best books on business from my interviews.

These 16 books cover a broad range of topics to help you and your business succeed, including books about why most small businesses fail, how to focus your time and energy on what matters most, how to be more productive, how to be a better leader, how to build good habits and eliminate bad habits, how to develop a strong mindset, and more!

Go grab these books to start your momentum in 2017!

BEST BUSINESS BOOKS 2017 Edition:

 

e-mythE-Myth Revisited
by Michael E. Gerber
(8 Millionaire Recommendations)

** Listen to my interview with the author Michael Gerber Here

Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business.

“I’d say if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, that you should read Michael Gerber’s E-Myth Revisited. I would absolutely recommend that. Now I wish I had again implemented everything that he said.” – Brad Schy (Millionaire)

 


essentialismEssentialism
by Greg McKeown
(6 Millionaire Recommendations)

Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

“I read a great book called ‘Essentialism’, Greg McKeown wrote it. If you haven’t finished it, you need to finish it. I’m on my third time going through it. I’ve been coaching guys and it’s getting the non-essentials out of our lives and focusing on the vital few things that really matter, the things that are really important, and when you do that it gets the noise out and then we can focus on things that are important.” – Aaron Walker (Millionaire)

 


the-one-thingThe One Thing
by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
(5 Millionaire Recommendations)

People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives.

“I love the book ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. If you have time to read that, maybe not this week, but over the weekend, just read it real quick. Read the first couple parts, at least. That can get you to focus. You may have heard this so many times, but that’s my key trick. Get the noise out, and focus.” – Raj Bhaskar (Millionaire)

 


eat-that-frogEat That Frog!
by Brian Tracy
(4 Millionaire Recommendations)

The legendary Eat That Frog! will change your life. There just isn’t enough time for everything on our “To Do” list—and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done.

“This is something that I do a lot of times when I’m stuck. I feel like things are just kind of building up, and I’ve kind of lost my momentum. Also I got it from another book. They call it ‘Eat That Frog!’ The idea of ‘eating the frog’ is every day you pick one task that you’ve been putting off for a long time, and you just do it. It’s not easy advice because you’ve been putting it off for a reason. You don’t want to do it. What I’ve found, the idea is that you could eat a frog every morning. Maybe you going will take three hours or whatever it is, and get rid of something off your list. The emotional payoff is so huge. It is such a relief I found that it’s true. All of the sudden, I’m like, and I don’t even realize it, but these things build up. They build up mentally. You think, you’re not realizing, but subconsciously maybe you’re realizing that ‘I’ve got a bunch of stuff that I need to get done.’ You eliminate one, and it’s a very freeing feeling. All of the sudden, boom! Your motivation is back, and your momentum is back.” – Ian Ippolito (Millionaire)

 


influenceInfluence
by Dr. Robert Cialdini
(4 Millionaire Recommendations)

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings.

“If psychology is the bet that you want to take – dig deeper on – there’s also two books that I’d recommend. One is the legendary psychology book, ‘Influence’ by Robert Cialdini which you may have talked about here before but, if you want to understand how people can make ridiculous and irrational decisions, definitely read that book.” – Matt Bodnar (Millionaire)

 


mastering-the-rockefeller-habitsMastering the Rockefeller Habits
by Verne Harnish
(4 Millionaire Recommendations)

** Listen to my interview with the author Verne Harnish Here

From Harnish’s famous One-Page Strategic Plan to his concise outline of eight practical actions you can take to strengthen your culture, this book is a compilation of best practices adapted from some of the best-run firms on the planet.

“I just read ‘Mastering the Rockefeller Habits’ by Verne Harnish, it’s a great book. You get the big five and then the one in terms of priorities.” – Brian Kurtz (Millionaire)

 


the-dipThe Dip
by Seth Godin
(4 Millionaire Recommendations)

** Listen to my interview with the author Seth Godin Here

In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip

“One of my colleagues Seth Godin wrote a great book called The Dip. It basically makes one big point. He says there’s this American idea that you never should quit anything you do. The person who doesn’t give up always wins. He says actually that’s not necessarily the case. Sometimes quitters do win. That’s different. That’s not contradictory to the concept of the pursuit of mastery, what I’m suggesting earlier. It’s not about dabbling. It’s not about a little bit of this, little bit of that, little bit of this. It’s about having the fortitude to look at what you’re doing and identifying the dip, as he calls it.” – Michael Port (Millionaire)

 


the-lean-startupThe Lean Startup
by Eric Ries
(4 Millionaire Recommendations)

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

“The Lean Startup was one of them. Another one is The Dip by Seth Godin. Those are some books that I would check out if you want to be an entrepreneur and figure out how to create a business online.” – Neil Patel (Millionaire)


whoWho
by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
(4 Millionaire Recommendations)

Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical, and effective solution to what The Economist calls “the single biggest problem in business today”: unsuccessful hiring.

“And there’s an old cliché, hire slow, fire fast. I think that one hits the nail on the head there. And let me recommend a book here. The single best book I’ve read on hiring and hiring process and the HR process in a book called Who, W-H-O, by Geoff Smart.” – John Spence (Millionaire)


getting-things-doneGetting Things Done
by David Allen
(3 Millionaire Recommendations)

** Listen to my interview with the author David Allen Here

David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

“Well if you’ve heard of the ‘Getting Things Done’ methodology, that’s a very popular technique. What he teaches is a great methodology and one of the things that he talks about is every week go back and review your list. So, personally, I do try to do that and, in reality, I probably do that once or twice a month, I go to my list and I review them and I say ‘Is that really still necessary? Is that still necessary? Can I put that as a lower priority? Oh, I’ve already done that,’ sometimes I notice that I’ve already done things.” – Rob Rawson (Millionaire)

 


never-eat-aloneNever Eat Alone
by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz
(3 Millionaire Recommendations)

The bestselling business classic on the power of relationships, updated with in-depth advice for making connections in the digital world.

“I read a great book by Keith Ferrazzi called ‘Never Eat Alone’, and he talks about the power of the follow up. You know, when you meet someone, follow up quickly so you leave that impression.” – James Swanwick (Millionaire)


rich-dad-poor-dadRich Dad Poor Dad
by Robert T. Kiyosaki
(3 Millionaire Recommendations)

Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing.

“It all started when I read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad. I’m not a typically really super intelligent guy so I really appreciated the simplistic way that Rich Dad Poor Dad explained financial wealth. He talked about passive income and not exchanging time for money.” – Dane Maxwell (Millionaire)


the-4-hour-workweekThe 4-Hour Workweek
by Timothy Ferriss
(3 Millionaire Recommendations)

** Listen to my interview with the author Tim Ferriss here

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

“I love the book the 4-Hour Work Week and although not everything obviously relates, but I love the idea of building a business that can run without you there working. You need to work on your business, not in your business. It’s so true. If you build a business around everything being done without you there, A) you have more time to do other ideas and other ventures and B) you just can enjoy life. It’s a great book.” – Hanny Lerner (Millionaire)

 


the-go-giverThe Go-Giver
by Bob Burg and John David Mann
(3 Millionaire Recommendations)

** Listen to my interview with the author Bob Burg Here

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees sim­ply as the Chairman.

“There’s “The Go-Giver”, another great book. If you’re out there in this space, if you’re listening to Jaime, you’ve probably gotten around and you’re doing stuff, so it’s whatever resonates with you.” – Noah Rosenfarb (Millionaire)

 


the-miracle-morningThe Miracle Morning
by Hal Elrod
(3 Millionaire Recommendations)

**Listen to my interview with the author Hal Elrod Here

What’s being widely regarded as “one of the most life changing books ever written” may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you’ve ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible.

“Of course, Hal Elrod’s very well known for his miracle morning routine, which is great.” – Kevin Kruse (Millionaire)

 


think-and-grow-richThink and Grow Rich
by Napoleon Hill
(3 Millionaire Recommendations)

Think and Grow Rich is a 1937 personal development and self-help book by Napoleon Hill. The book was inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

“I would say Think and Grow Rich from a motivation inspiration standpoint really opened my eyes at a young age.” – Tony Hartl

 

 

What do you think are the best business books to read? Comment below!

 

 

 

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4 responses

  • I love so many of these books! I wish that even one of them (or even the quotes used to support them) were by a woman.

    • Hanny is a woman – a good friend of mine – she’s quoted. And I can’t help what books they recommend – we need more popular books by women in business I think! These are all pretty popular books on their own already 🙂

    • Two of the best books that I’ve read in the last couple of years were written by female actress/TV writers, are categorized as “Biographies & Memoirs”, and surprised me with their inspiring business advice:
      “Yes, Please” by Amy Poehler, and “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling. I’ve heard that Anna Kendrick’s new book “Scrappy Little Nobody” is similar. It’s on my reading list.

      It was this excerpt from Glamour magazine that made me buy Kaling’s book:
      http://www.glamour.com/story/mindy-kaling-guide-to-killer-confidence

      Another great female-penned book: “Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After” by Miki Agrawal.

  • A few of my favorites…

    For business improvement/optimization – “Breakthrough Business Results with MVT,” Charles Holland, PhD.
    > If you’re into the math, or just massive gains, Charles Holland’s experience in nuclear weapons manufacturing will help you find the best opportunities for your business to grow and improve. After refining his process and at W. Edwards Deming’s urging, he started QualPro in 1982 to work with companies like Ford and Proctor & Gamble using this methodology.

    For relationships – “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie.
    > A classic in dealing with ‘people’ and a book that I refer to year after year. Each reading reminds you of the deep truth that relationships are the foundation a truly rich and fulfilling life.

    For Sales & Marketing – “80/20 Sales and Marketing,” Perry Marshall.
    > Marshall takes 80/20 to another level with his exponential application of the Pareto Principle. His stories, tools and insights make this a new ‘read every year’ book. You’ll learn about ‘Racking the shotgun’ and how to apply that to every aspect of your business. Invaluable, actionable advice.

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