Growing up, I used to hate reading. And not in a typical all-kids-hate-books fashion. I would actually avoid reading at all costs.
For book report assignments, I would purposely choose books that had movie adaptions. Anyone ever read Hook… I mean, Peter Pan?
When I was 19 years old, I read a book that literally changed my life (listed below). It had such a profound effect on me that it forged a habit of reading that I’ve carried out to this day.
Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of must-read books that have had significant effect on my life, both professionally and personally.
I’m happy to be sharing them here with you.
1. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael E. Gerber
If I could go back in time and give my younger entrepreneur self any book, this would be it. The E-Myth is an absolute must for anyone who wants to truly understand how to scale and automate.
Excellent primer on how to configure your mindset for success. I read this book once per year.
This quick-read is a hidden gem. The lessons taught about marketing are timeless and will always apply, no matter what business you’re in.
This book was huge for me as it introduced a concept I apply on a daily basis: The Sales Cycle.
Recommended by my best friend, who is an absolute boss at team management.
Highly motivating book for anyone interested in branding oneself and taking advantage of the incredibly fast and agile marketing environment we currently live in.
7. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done – Peter F. Drucker
Key takeaway from this one: your most important asset is time. Track it, manage it, and don’t give it out without consideration.
If you’re into conversion rate optimization (CRO), then get this book right away. Breaks down split testing simply, yet effectively.
Every page on your site should have a purpose. This book, combined with Solution Selling (#4), will help you tell a story with your website that visitors will relate to.
10. Start Your Own Corporation: Why the Rich Own Their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them – Garrett Sutton
If you don’t have an LLC or have never considered incorporating, after you read this, you’ll be filing the next day.
11. Tax-Free Wealth: How to Build Massive Wealth by Permanently Lowering Your Taxes – Tom Wheelwright
I shit you not. This book saved me $50k last year.
This is the book that changed my life. My parents died when I was young. Needless to say, it affected me very harshly. This book opened me up to the possibility that I’m actually in control of how I feel.
Written by a profound psychologist whom was incarcerated in three Nazi internment camps during WWII. Frankl found happiness, despite his environment, through purpose.
Really interesting take on the functioning of the human mind. Once you understand the idea of a “flow state”, try to seek it everyday.
Probably the best modern spiritual book that I’ve ever read. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, this book will simply make you a better human.
Learn how to evolve from a “tourist” to a “traveler” by immersing and getting lost in the uncertainty and character of long term travel.