My Favourite Business Books
Anyone who knows me, knows I am an avid reader. I always have a book on the go, sometimes even 2-3 books! Fiction is always my first choice because I love a good story. But I’ve read my share of business books, some have been amazing, and other’s not so much.
Whenever I want to read a new book, I always check my local library to put it on hold, before I buy it. 9/10 times they have it and I just have to wait for it to become available. If I know I’m going to get a lot out of it, because it’s been highly recommended by someone else, I will purchase it right away so I can write all over it, and highlight important passages or pages.
The longer I’m in business, the more I realize how important mindset, mental health, and keeping your brain healthy are. That’s why this list has a good mix of strategy books and mindset!
Profit First by: Mike Michalowicz
This has been amazing for setting up financials within your business to ensure that YOU are making money (ahem, actually paying yourself). Mike gives a step-by-step guide on why you need to prioritize profit, and reduce expenses, and exactly what percentage should be set aside for things like taxes, expenses, and owners pay. Highly recommend for ANY business owner.
Any of Brene Brown’s
Learn how to lean into vulnerability to change how you show up in your life and business. Each time I read one of her books I get something new out of them. Most people would think you have to hide your vulnerability and shame to be successful, to be a leader, when in fact it’s the complete opposite. This is another must read for every business owner.
The Coaching Habit by: Michael Bungay Stanier
This one is great for any business that works clients or a team. This one is a SUPER quick read. I loved that it was short, and to the point. Sometimes I get frustrated with business books because they add in so much fluff, and you could really boil down all the highlights in half the amount of pages. This is exactly what they’ve done! I read this before I even knew I wanted to be a coach, and got so much out of it. I highly recommend to anyone who works with clients or on a team. It’s a really great book for communication essentials.
The Untethered Soul by: Michael A. Singer
This sat on my to-read list for far to long. I have highlighted nearly the entire book, it’s that good. This book does a great job teaching you how to separate yourself from you mind and the identity you think you have. As a chronic worrier, this book has helped release me from the constant stream of anxious thoughts. If you need help getting out of your mind, releasing yourself from your ego, and learning who you really are, this is the book for you.
You are a Badass at Making Money by: Jen Sincero
A great read to get past money blocks and start making money in your life! This was instrumental for me in re-wiring thoughts and moving past the scarcity mindset, and into the money making mindset. This should be on every business owners reading list.
Go Giver by: Bob Burg
This was recommended by a speaker at a conference I was at a few years ago. This is another really short, quick read. Instead of giving you a clear strategy or outline of what to do in your business, it uses a story to draw your attention instead. The overall theme is all about giving value in your business in order to succeed. When you change your focus from getting too giving, and putting other’s interests first, continuing to add value to their lives, ultimately it will all lead to unexpected returns.
The Pumpkin Patch by: Mike Michalowicz
Another great one my Mike Michalowicz! This one is all about how pumpkin farmers must cut away all the smaller pumpkins in order to grow the biggest, healthiest pumpkin that wins ribbons and awards. He transfers the principal to business, and talks about how you need to pair down to your best clients and customers, and then build products and services just for them. In a world where everyone is screaming at you to do a million things in order to be successful, this one is so refreshing. It reminds us to cut out what doesn’t matter and won’t make an impact, and instead focus on what will.