Top 5 favorite business books

We all know that reading is one of the great ways in which we can expand our minds.  If there is a person out there who has nothing left to learn, I would really like to meet him/her. We can however also learn by doing, failing and redoing.  The process of learning from experience will, and should always form part of our journeys. It just seems to me that by reading, we can attempt to avoid some of the tedious trial and error processes and save a little bit of time.

Here are 5 books I can definitely recommend, especially if you are someone starting, building or managing a business:

  • Mastery – Robert Greene
    • Robert Greene has made an extensive study of what it takes to master a certain skill or field of study.  An important lesson I’ve learnt from this book is that our brains are designed to master something it enjoys doing over a long period of time.  It is great to hear from an expert, that with a lot of patience and focus, anyone with a normal brain can attain the power of the genius mind.
  • Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
    • Napoleon Hill has written several great books. I must admit that this is the only one I’ve read so far, but his “Laws of Success” is on top of my reading list.  If you are looking for tools to help you develop a “wealth mindset” this is a must read.
  • The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • No, this is not the one about the woman who daydreams about being a pirouetting bird…It’s about how random, unpredictable events can shape the world and our lives. Mr. Taleb gives us some ideas on how we can try and get into the path of the ones that can benefit us and make ourselves more robust against the ones that can harm us.  This is an excellent read for those who want to have a better grip on reality.
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
    • We all know that the human brain is one of the most complex and mysterious products of the universe we live in.  Daniel Kahneman explores the relationship between the logical, conscious, decision-making part and the intuitive, sub-conscious parts of our brain.  Extremely interesting and informative and goes well with ideas from the other books on this list. If you are in the business of communicating to mass audiences (like marketing and advertising), this is one you can’t miss.
  • How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie
    • This book has been around for a long time, but is just as relevant today as it was 60 years ago.  We all know the importance of good relationships. Mr. Carnegie will give you some ideas on how to deal with and lead people in the most effective way. Some really handy advice, especially if you are building or running a business.

These are just some of the books that have had an impact on me personally.  Not just on how I approach building a business, but also on the way I experience the world and life.  We can never stop learning.

What are some of the books that had an impact on your life?

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