10 Business Books Everyone Should Read

Whether you like to read for leisure, for self-improvement, or for both, this list has got you covered.

What follows are 10 business books that everyone should read. Every book on this list is less than $20 on Amazon and will provide you with more knowledge than some of the classes you took in school.

How To Win Friends and Influence People

This timeless classic, first published in 1936, gives readers actionable ways to win friends and influence people. While some of the methods and examples may be dated, the majority of the book has immense value. Dale Carnegie’s tips will dramatically change how you think about and approach your personal and professional relationships.

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit is a New York Times bestseller that keeps you glued to the page. Charles Duhigg aims to understand how habits work in order to have more control over creating them or changing them. What differentiates people who succeed at quitting their bad habits from those who fail? How can we maintain good habits like exercise and healthy eating? How did Target know my wife was pregnant? The Power of Habit answers all these questions and more.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Steven R. Covey takes the essence of being highly effective and breaks it down into 7 key habits. Mastering the habits in this book will allow you to become more effective at whatever you do.

Smarter Faster Better

Originals takes its readers through the benefits of non-conformity. Throughout the book you read about how the secret to success can be as simple as believing that something can be done a different way. Learn about Warby Parker and other companies that built themselves on principals of non-conformity.


If you’ve ever heard someone talk about the ten-thousand hour rule then that person probably read Outliers. Malcolm Gladwell reveals the patterns behind people who are wildly successful in their fields. Readers of this book will learn about the success stories of Bill Gates and The Beatles and even why professional Canadian hockey players are so likely to be born in January or February.

Thank You For Arguing

Whether you like to argue or not Thank You For Arguing is a great read. This book gives you all the tools you need to “win” arguments and achieve your outcome goals. The book is split into an “offense” and a “defense” section and will help you spot the argument tricks that go unnoticed all the time.

The Big Short

The great recession may have happened almost a decade ago but many people are still feeling its effects. Michael Lewis’ #1 New York Times bestseller, The Big Short explains the recession and its causes in ways that we can all understand. Lewis artistically explains complex financial instruments without the jargon and also helps us to answer the question “how could this happen?”

Think and Grow Rich

With Over 100 million copies sold worldwide there is no doubt that Think and Grow Rich is a classic. Napolean Hill provides his readers with the 13 principles needed to achieve wealth and success. The book itself is said to be a work that was inspired by Andrew Carnegie, who at the time of the book’s writing was the richest man in the world.

The 4-Hour Work Week

Frustrated by his job that had him working as many as 14 hours a day, Timothy Ferris decided it was time for a change. This book reveals the tactics he used to escape the 9-5 grind and create more free time. A lot of the things Timothy does can be done by anyone.


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