All Recommended Books by Millionaires

When I first launched Eventual Millionaire back in March 2010, I did so by announcing a goal of becoming a millionaire on my terms, which included to be debt free, live a lifestyle I wanted, and be able to pursue my passions while building a net worth with two commas in it. I didn’t really care when I’d get that second comma in my net worth, as long as I got there on my terms and lived a life I was excited about once I made it.

Because I knew one of the best ways to achieve any goal is to get advice from people who already achieved that goal, I began doing that right away. Since then, I’ve interviewed over 350 millionaires and billionaires in order to learn from their successes (and mistakes). You can read or listen to all of those millionaire and billionaire interviews right here.

In those interviews, each of millionaire and billionaire shared their best advice for building a successful business and living a life that matters. They also each recommended at least one book they described as life-changing. I’ve listed each of those life-changing books for you in this post and even organized them by topic!

In reviewing those 350+ interviews to put together this list for you, I noticed five things I hadn’t noticed before.

First, this is the ultimate reading list for anyone looking to follow in the footsteps of the 350+ millionaires and billionaires I’ve interviewed. Just reading through the titles of these books is inspiring. The fact that these were recommended by some of the most successful people in the world makes it that much more valuable to an aspiring Eventual Millionaire.

Second, millionaires and billionaires don’t just focus on business tactics. A large number of the books they recommended focus on personal development, goal setting, leadership, vision, mindset, productivity, and more. Very few of them focus solely on business tactics. That tells me your mindset and personal fulfillment are just as important to your success as the tactics you use in your business.

Third, the vast majority of books that millionaires and billionaires consider life-changing discuss just 12 topics. An overwhelming majority of the 170+ books on this list discuss customer service, finance, goal setting, hiring/human resources, leadership, marketing, personal development, productivity, sales, starting a business, systems/processes, or visioning. In other words, if you want to follow in the footsteps of some of the most successful people in the world, it’s probably a good idea to read up on these 12 topics (or at least have people around you to help you with these things).

Fourth, not very many millionaires and billionaires described finance books as life-changing. In fact, less than 10% of the books recommended are finance books. More millionaires and billionaires recommended books about leadership, marketing, personal development, productivity, sales, or starting a business. That’s good news for the math haters.

Finally, although several books were recommended by more than one millionaire or billionaire (Here’s a list of the 16 most frequently recommended books) over 170 books made the list. That reinforces two important points. First, there’s no “one right way” to build a business or life that matters. Second, there’s no “one book” that you must follow in order to succeed. If one book about a particular subject matter doesn’t resonate with you, keep scrolling and you’ll find more great book recommendations on that topic recommended by another one of the most successful people in the world.

Without a doubt, after listening to or reading the interviews, the best next step to continue to learn from the 350+ millionaires and billionaires I interviewed is to read the books they described as life-changing.

Whether it’s personal development, systems/processes, goal setting, leadership, sales, marketing, or another topic, these books can help change your business or life like they did for the millionaires and billionaires who recommended them.

Happy reading! Have you read any of them? If so, which is your favorite?

Have any already changed your life for the better?

Customer Service

Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless by Jeffery Gitomer
What Customers Crave by Nicholas J. Webb

Finance

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup
Poor Charlie’s Almanac
The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow
The Millionaire Maker by Loral Langemeier
The Millionaire Master Plan by Roger James Hamilton
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Claso
The Simplification of Becoming a Millionaire by Gary L. Clark
Wealth on Any Income by Rennie Gabriel
You’re Broke Because You Want to Be by Larry Winget

Goal Setting

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
Dreambook by Briana Borten and Peter Borten
The Freedom Journal by John Lee Dumas
Schooled for Success by Houston Gunn
Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden
The Conquer Kit by Natalie MacNeil
The Five Minute Journal

Hiring / Human Resources

Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
Built to Lead by David Long
The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Johnson Spencer
Will It Fly? by Pat Flynn
Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
Do Over by Jon Acuff

Leadership

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish
Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Double Double by Cameron Herold
EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
Flight of the Buffalo by James A. Belasco
Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
Growing Your Business by Mark LeBlanc
Northbound Train by Dr. Karl Albrecht
People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It! by Larry Winget
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson
The Conscious Millionaire by JV Crum III
The Laptop Millionaire by Mark Anastasi
The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard
The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz
True North by Bill George and Peter Sims

Marketing

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Networking is Not Working by Derek Coburn
All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin
Business Networking and Sex by Ivan Misner, Hazel M. Walker & Frank J. De Raffelle Jr.
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Eat, Drink and Succeed by Laura Schwartz
Email Marketing Demystified by Matthew Paulson
Endless Referrals by Bob Burg
Get-Published-Get-Noticed by Shawn Chhabra
Give and Take by Adam M. Grant
Million Dollar Referrals by Alan Weiss
Networking Like a Pro by Ivan Misner
Permission Marketing by Seth Godin
Podcast Launch by John Lee Dumas
Six Months to Six Figures by Peter Voogd
The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
The Art of SpeedReading People by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger
The Innovation Playbook by Nicholas J. Webb
The Persuasion by Robert Moore
The Secrets of Business Mastery Book by Mike Agugliaro
The Viral Video Manifesto by Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe
Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday
Youtility by Jay Baer

Personal Development

Influence by Dr. Robert Cialdini
The Dip by Seth Godin
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Hug your Haters by Jay Baer
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Wild Diet by Abel James
Emergence by Derek Rydall
Exit: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise by Noah Rosenfarb
The 4-Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss
Halftime by Bob P. Buford
Let Go by Pat Flynn
Making Room for Life by Randy Frazee
PACE by Al Sears M.D.
Power Sleep by James B. Maas, Megan L. Wherry & David J. Axelrod
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life by Larry Winget
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker
The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce H. Wilkinson
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and John David Mann
The Slow Down Diet by Marc David
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
The Urban Monk by Pedram Shojai
The Well Life by Briana Borten and Dr. Peter Borten
Unleash the Power Within by Tony Robbins
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
What Motivates Me by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Productivity

Essentialism by Greg McKeown
The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein
Tough Things First by Ray Zinn
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse
Go for No by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden
Tall Order! by Honoree Corder
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

Sales

Ask by Ryan Levesque
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
Hooked by Nir Eyal
Launch by Jeff Walker
Sell or Be Sold by Grant Cardone
Same Side Selling by Ian Altman and Jack Quarles
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
The Mentor teaches The GUT’s Sales Training Method by Claude Diamond
The One Minute Sales Person by Spencer Johnson and Larry Wilso
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink
Upside Down Selling by Ian Altman

Starting A Business

E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson
Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
The Extreme Cuts Experiment by James Stettler
Looptail by Bruce Poon Tip
Smartcuts by Shane Snow
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
The Art of Startup Fundraising by Alejandro Cremades
The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
The Unemployed Millionaire by Matt Morris
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares

Systems / Processes

De-Mythify by Korbett Miller

Visioning

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Bold by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb
Mastery by Robert Greene
Mindsight by Daniel J. Siegel
Poke the Box by Seth Godin
Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Others

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
Small Business Big Pressure by Darryl W. Lyons
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
40 Rules for Internet Business Success by Matthew Paulson
48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller
Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max
Connect by John Browne, Robin Nuttall & Tommy Stadlen
Creating Room To Read by John Wood
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max
If Divorce is a Game, These are The Rules by Honoree Corder
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Prosperity for Writers by Honoree Corder
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
The Successful Single Mom by Honoree Corder
The $10 Trillion Dollar Prize
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
The People’s Tycoon by Steven Watts
The Snowball by Alice Schroeder
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow

 

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