5 Must-read Books for Successful Stock Traders

5 Must-read Books for Successful Stock Traders

Justine Pollard is a successful Australian stock market trader, author and sought after trading mentor. She enjoys sharing her trading insights on how she became successful. Her training programs help fellow traders improve their skills and knowledge to become peak performers in the market. She has been interviewed in several books, Peter Switzer and Janine Perrett on Sky Business News. You can learn more about her through her website www.smarttrading.com.au

Today Justine shares some thoughts on reading for trading success with WhyToRead.com

Like all the other successful traders I’ve met, I always emphasize how important planning and psychology is to trading. There’s coming to terms with the emotional swings and internal dialogue you will experience while in a trade. And there’s the challenge of continually working on improving your mindset – in the end, this is what makes or breaks you in the markets.

There are a lot of helpful books available on self development, self-healing and the psychology of trading. It is books like this that continue to inspire me and confirm that I am on the right track. I wanted to share these with you and why I enjoyed them so much and how much they can benefit you as a trader.

1. Smart Trading Plans – Justine Pollard

First on my list is my book, “Smart Trading Plans”. I wrote this book so that it would be a trading bible for traders.

Trading is a business and for a business to survive and prosper it must have a business plan. But how do you develop a plan for trading? Where do you start? And what do you put into a trading plan?

This book will steer you through the process of developing and implementing your own personal trading plan, increasing your chances of success in the market. Complete with Smart Action Steps, case studies of actual trades and bonus planning templates, “Smart Trading Plans” is essential reading for all savvy traders.

Listed as one of the top 10 best selling finance books by Australia’s leading Money Magazine.

 

2. Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning AttitudeMark Douglas

Trading in the Zone is another book that is invaluable to a trader. It’s about the psychology of trading, finding your edge and really getting into that state of mind you need to be in to be successful as a trader.
In this book Mark Douglas recommends that once you’ve got your trading plan written down, undertake 20 trades exactly as per your trading plan (with a very small account size), and do not deviate from that. See what your results are after those 20 trades and recognise if you’ve got an edge in the market.

The objective of trading is thinking like a casino. Casinos have an edge and they know their percentage hit rate. They know they’re going to be winning a percentage of the time and wins are going to be a lot larger than their losses. They know what their statistics are over a large sample size. So you need to have a good sample size of trades to be able to make it statistically significant. The book discusses finding your edge and simply trading it.

3. What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars – Jim Paul & Brendan Moynihan


This book is a great read and the ego of the author in his early days of trading is amazing. Of course the market always has a way of bringing that back down, and in Jim Paul’s case, beating it down. He personalised his trades and let losses get out of control and along the way lost a fortune to learn key trading lessons. He provides a wealth of wisdom and insights in his book and aims to help other traders benefit from his lessons.

I highly recommend reading the foreword from the book by Jack Schwager. He really hits home the reality about trading and losing. He writes:

“No sane person would walk into a bookstore, go to a medical section, find a book on brain surgery, read it over the weekend and then believe he could walk into an operating room on Monday morning and perform successful brain surgery. …

Yet how many people do you know who would think that it is perfectly reasonable to walk into a bookstore, go the investment section, find a book with a title like How I made a Million Dollars Trading Stocks Last Year, read it over the weekend, and then start trading Monday morning and expect to beat the professionals at their own game….

Trading…is the only endeavour in which the rank amateur has a 50/50 chance of being right. Why? Because there are only two things you could do in trading: you can buy or you can sell. And, as a consequence, some portion of clueless beginners will get it right simply by chance—for a while. This potential for temporary success by pure luck beguiles people into thinking that trading is a lot easier than it is. The potential for even temporary success doesn’t exist in any other profession.

…Trading has this quirk that allows some people to be successful temporarily without true skill or an edge—and that fools people into mistaking luck for skill….

The truth is that trading, both successful and unsuccessful, is more about psychology than tactics….What winning traders share, however, is that they all understand that losing is part of the game, and they all have learned how to lose.”

The book reconfirms that the most important part of trading is your psychology, having a strategy to minimize losses and the need to have them documented in a trading plan.

All professional traders have different entry criteria and often opposing views. But one thing they all have in common is strong money management rules. Losses are all a part of the game of trading. It is most important though that you have a strategy to handle them. And most importantly, you act on it too.

4. How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock MarketNicholas Darvas

This is another one of my favorite books and one of my Mastermind clients also recently read it and posted this on the Mastermind forum:

“I just finished “How I made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market” by Nicolas Darvas. He was an economist and then a dancer who fled the communists in Europe in the 1950’s for the US, and it’s the story of his trading and how he eventually achieved success in the markets. Love this paragraph towards the end when he’s finally made it (early 1960’s before the NASA space program etc)…  “It began to be a strange life. I sat in the Plaza every evening, reading my telegram and filing it. There was nothing further I could do. I felt elated and restless, but powerless. I was like a scientist who, after years of work and research, has successfully launched a rocket to the moon, and now as he tracks it climbing higher and higher he has a tremendous sense of achievement and also a strange let-down feeling of inactivity.”

I’ve read a lot of trading books and this was a really good one from a guy who describes what he actually did.

5. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level – Gay Hendricks

Do you have fears that hold you back in life? Or do you reach a certain point and then sabotage your success?

Take your trading as an example. It’s like you simply cannot make yourself consistently successful. Chances are you’ve reached your thermostat set point for success and believe that there’s nothing more you can reach. Thus, you begin to harbor some beliefs and fears that work against your success as a trader. This is what the author is trying to point out in his book.

The author discusses how we have a universal human tendency to sabotage ourselves when we have surpassed the artificial upper limit we have placed on ourselves. He calls it the “Upper Limit Problem” which is the effect of a very low thermostat setting we’ve set on our ability to achieve and enjoy our ultimate success.

We also create false fears and beliefs that hold us back from achieving real success. This may be fear around money and moving out of your comfort zone or staying in a dead end job. The earlier you can discover that you are encountering the “Upper Limit Problem” and find your zone of genius, the better chances you have of thriving.

This is a not a trading book per se but can be applied to trading and in many areas of your life. It is a must read for everyone.

Entrepreneurship | 8 Essential Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Entrepreneurship | 8 Essential Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

These are the top books for entrepreneurs, and an updated version of previously recommended entrepreneurship books from WhytoRead.com.

Whether you’re an established or new entrepreneur, these books will give you the tools and the mentor ship to begin, as well as the drive and motivation to take you to the next level. Entrepreneurship is not easy but these books will help you on your journey, as well as teaching you life changing skills will not only make you a successful in business, but in your life as a whole.

Entrepreneurship | 8 Essential Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

1. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind – Al Ries, Jack Trout

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursPositioning is a concept that has been coined by Ries and Trout in the late 1970s. Today, Positioning has become one of the most commonly used marketing terms.
Like all other books by Trout and Ries, Positioning is straight-forward, common-sensical and easy to read. The book is full of real market example of positioning attempts that succeeded and failed.

2. Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success – Ken Segall

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursInsanely Simple keeps you involved till the very end. It is not just a book about an idea gone successful but a tale full of emotions and drama. With a bit of wit in his tone, Segall has beautifully described the journey of success in the easiest of ways which can be understood by a layman. As described by the author, Jobs not only got what he wanted by establishing his own standards but he invented a model of simplicity inside the organization. He made these simple values the ultimate culture of the organization.

3. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Peter Thiel

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursZero to One is a refreshing intellectual deep dive into the motives behind entrepreneurship.
It’s full of unique, practical insights, and discusses success in terms of human nature and culture. Along with business strategy, Thiel outlines how successful innovation shapes society and shares an intriguing vision.

4. Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers – Geoffrey A. Moore

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursThis book was required reading for emerging technology companies in the early 1990’s. Amazing the relevance of Moore”s more than 20 years on. Refreshed examples provide helpful context to put the principles to work today and frame actionable insight.

5. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting AnythingGuy Kawasaki

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursNot only it is very comprehensive in telling you what is required to do a start up in terms of legals, marketing, funding, partnering, how to set up a vision, etc, etc. Everything in this book is from experience. You get to learn from a guy who has been in every position, from the employee perspective to the person in the garage trying to start a company. Then on how you do the marketing for your product and demo it to a potential investor. You get insight from end to end. More than that, there are also a lot of useful references.

6. Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less – Sam Carpenter

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursSam Carpenter has brought all the main principles that will lead to success in your work and life together in one book. Some books will change your mind but this book will change your life if you apply what it teaches.

7. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneurs(As featured in 5 Books That Will Help You Start a Business and Replace Your Day Job)

A very well-known book for budding entrepreneurs, The 4-Hour Workweek is an absolute must read if you want to learn how to have “full time” pay on a part time schedule. It has so many potential uses. The author used it to travel the world and streamline his businesses to require as little hands-on time as possible.

8. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursTotal Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger is a great source of inspiration. How an Austrian farmboy managed to get from nothing to becoming a millionaire before aged 30 (and before his movies, and bodybuilding didn’t pay much either). His a true success story and a great entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship: 10 Books Every Budding Entrepreneur Must Read

Entrepreneurship: 10 Books Every Budding Entrepreneur Must Read

If you dream of a life where you’re in control of your time and your life, entrepreneurship is a great way to achieve that. Building your own business, being in control of your life and investing in your future with every investment you make into your business is a great way to live. Being an entrepreneur is an incredibly difficult way to live, but like anything, if you enjoy it, it won’t seen as difficult as working for someone else’s future while sacrificing your own dreams and goals.

The entrepreneur books on this list are the best resources for anyone who wants to build a future where they are in control, and a future where they’re willing to put in the hard work to build the life that they want, not the life they are expected to have.

Entrepreneurship: 10 Books Every Budding Entrepreneur Must Read

Entrepreneurship #1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Entrepreneurship BooksThe book primarily deals with how to build good relationships between people, how to sell t0 people without selling to them, and how to get people to do what you would like them to do. The primary focus of this book is not necessarily business, but it would facilitate any business person to increase their performance.


Entrepreneurship #2. The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss

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This highly acclaimed book is less about starting a business than it is about not getting trapped inside of it.


Entrepreneurship #3. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

Entrepreneurship BooksMost startups fail. But many of those failures can be prevented.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. The Lean Startup is filled with good information, but also interesting stories that back up the author’s beliefs.


Entrepreneurship #4. The Art of the Start – Guy Kawasaki

Entrepreneurship BooksThe Art of the Start is a quick read, and gives a no-nonsense set of recommendations for how and why to start a company.


Entrepreneurship #5. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur – Mike Michalowicz

Entrepreneurship BooksThis entrepreneurship book is incredibly applicable to any small business. It’s very motivating and is very easy to read. The author does a great job of hammering out details that you can implement quickly. Business books are often too full of “strategies” and not enough practical advice on how to actually do things. This book breaks that down.


Entrepreneurship #6. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael Gerber

Entrepreneurship BooksThis is one of the few books you must read if you want to go into business. It’s called The E-Myth because it addresses the entrepreneurial myth. The book starts off by telling you what a business is not. Having done so, the book goes on to tell you what a successful business is all about.


Entrepreneurship #7. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell

Entrepreneurship BooksBlink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing” the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.


Entrepreneurship #8. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t – Jim Collins

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The author of this book studied the qualities that could turn a good company into a great company, and his book has become a manual in how to run a business in the right way. Even if you’re running a one person operation, there’s a lot you can learn from Jim Collin’s research and advice.


Entrepreneurship #9. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip and Dan Heath

Entrepreneurship BooksHow do you make an idea unforgettable? By becoming a storyteller with a creative narrative. The authors highlight six principles (simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions and stories) that will help you to create an idea with staying power, or to revolutionize your current idea into something unforgettable. This book is full of examples and quick lessons from teachers, scientists and more.  Made to Stick is still one of the most popular and widely recommended business and marketing books, four years after its original release.


Entrepreneurship #10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R Covey

As the title of the book implies, Covey describes the seven habits of highly effective people and techniques for adopting the seven habits. Covey makes clear that an individual must make a paradigm shift before incorporating these habits into his/her own personal life.

5 Books That Will Help You Start a Business and Replace Your Day Job

5 Books That Will Help You Start a Business and Replace Your Day Job

Many people dream of being able to quit their day job and gain some financial and personal freedom. The idea of leaving your day job, travelling the world, working from anywhere you please, and feeling great about the work you do every single day is, for many people, a great life. That’s why we’ve compiled 5 essential business books for anyone wanting to grow personally and professionally so they can live a life they only dream about.

These books aren’t a short cut or make your dream life easy to achieve. There is inevitably going to be a lot of hard work, many failures and plenty of struggles along the way, but these books give you the blueprint. You’ll have to provide the courage and the strength, but in return, you’ll get to enjoy the sweet prize at the end of this beautiful journey.

5 Books That Will Help You Start a Business and Replace Your Day Job

1. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime – MJ DeMarco

Books That Will Help You Start a Business

This is an honest to goodness “Get Rich Quick” book. But you must understand two things. First quick is 5 to 10 years. Second quick does not mean easy.

An excellent book with a cheesy title. A perfect first book for a budding entrepreneur, this will really help you to understand your own definition of “rich”, what your actual goals are, and whether or not you knew the steps involved in getting there.

2. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss

Books That Will Help You Start a Business

(As featured in 5 Best Business Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs)

A very well-known book for budding entrepreneurs, The 4-Hour Workweek is an absolute must read if you want to learn how to have “full time” pay on a part time schedule. It has so many potential uses. The author used it to travel the world and streamline his businesses to require as little hands-on time as possible.

3. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

Books That Will Help You Start a Business

This book is a bible for new business ventures. Regardless of the business you build, this will teach you the mindset of creating quick “minimum viable products” and using the feedback loop to quickly change your product based on user input. Many successful new businesses operate like this.

4. Rework – Jason Fried

Books That Will Help You Start a Business

A really interesting read into corporate counterculture. This company hates meetings and other time-wasters, and offers many new and unique work-changing practices that keep people productive. It makes fun of the typical hour-long meeting, and dives into the practices of a company that operates with primarily remote employees.

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey

Books That Will Help You Start a Business

As the title of the book implies, Covey describes the seven habits of highly effective people and techniques for adopting the seven habits. Covey makes clear that an individual must make a paradigm shift before incorporating these habits into his/her own personal life.

Entrepreneur Book List: 5 Best Business Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Book List: 5 Best Business Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs

If you were going to get a business book recommendation, you’d want to ask the top entrepreneurs what they read. If you’re a budding entrepreneur and you want to take your game to the next level, here are 5 books that will undoubtedly bring a bit more success into your life.

5 Best Business Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs

1. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

Entrepreneur Book List

Good read, with good experiential examples.

2. The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

Entrepreneur Book List

Amazing book with life changing insight.

3. Rework – Jason Fried

Entrepreneur Book List

This book is filled with some great advice for those who want to start their own business, have their own business, or are just interested in the subject.

4. Mastery – Robert Greene

Entrepreneur Book List

Great analysis of the path to perfection in your passions by analyzing the lives of the greatest masters in history.

5. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion – Gary Vaynerchuk

Entrepreneur Book List

Gary clearly lays out a plan to use the best tools available to succeed in your own space. There are no shortcuts, but Gary provides the map.

Blogging Books: 8 Essential Blogging Books Every Blogger Must Read

Blogging Books: 8 Essential Blogging Books Every Blogger Must Read

Blog Books

As a serious blogger embarking on a journey to make a successful and profitable blog, its important to learn from mentors who have achieved what you’re setting out to do. This book blog post is about the most popular books about blogging written by those who have high ranked and highly profitable websites that generate an income that sustains their lifestyle, which is every newbie bloggers dream.

Each blog book is ranked on popularity and reviews, so we’ve done the hard work so you can enjoy the book blog.

1. Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community

Blog Books

With roughly 95,000 blogs launched worldwide every 24 hours (BlogPulse), making a fledgling site stand out isn’t easy. This book will give any budding blogger a leg up. Joy Cho, of the award-winning Oh Joy!, offers expert advice on starting and growing a blog, from design and finance to overcoming blogger’s block, attracting readers, and more. It can be considered a one stop blog book.

2. How To Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day-Job With My Blog

Blog Books

The #1 Bestseller on Amazon in the Blogging category.

In 2 years Bob went from not knowing what a blog was to making more money blogging than from his corporate day-job. This book gives helpful tips, and after reading about bobs journey, it will come in handy when you’re struggling to motivate yourself to continue with your work. An inspiring blog book.

3. How to Start a Blog that People Will Read: How to create a website, write about a topic you love, develop a loyal readership, and make six figures doing it

Blog Books

Blogs have the potential to be unbelievably powerful. Never in the history of mankind has such a valuable, simple, and inexpensive tool existed for exploring topics, sharing ideas, connecting with others, and building businesses. This blog book is new on the market as is proving a hit.

4. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Blog Books

There’s a reason why the first two editions of this book have sold thousands of copies worldwide. Written by two of the world’s most successful bloggers, it’s one of the clearest books out there on how to earn an income from your blog. This new edition gets you up to date on the very latest changes that affect the blogging-for-business landscape.

5. Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success

Blog Books

As well as being essential for creative trades of all kinds–carpenters, photographers, caterers, gardeners and graphic designers to name but a few–blogs can be inspirational and beautiful; becoming hubs for people with similar tastes and interests. Blogging for Creatives is the first approachable, non-techie guide to the blogosphere, complete with hundreds of tips, tricks and motivational stories from artistic bloggers who have started from scratch.

6. How to Build a Blog (Create Awesome Content and Build Community)

Blog Books

According to this blog book, it might not be easy, but it is possible. And “How to Build a Blog,” shows you exactly how with proven, tangible examples that you can start following tomorrow.

7. Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars

Blog Books

Blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other platforms are giving everyone a “voice,” including organizations and their customers. So how do you create the stories, videos, and blog posts that cultivate fans, arouse passion for your products or services, and ignite your business? Content Rules equips you for online success as a one-stop source on the art and science of developing content that people care about.

8. Create Your Own Blog: 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro

Blog Books

Want a personal or business blog of your own? It’s easy! In this simple guide, one of the world’s most experienced bloggers walks you through every step, from getting started to building a worldwide audience. Tris Hussey covers it all, from low-cost blogging tools to high-powered writing tips! Get this book, and get started fast–with a professional-quality blog that meets your goals, whatever they are!

To improve your website or blog by optimizing for search and drive long term high quality traffic to your site, sign up for a free Website and Blog Optimization consultation. More info here.

 

How To Get A Job: 4 Books That Will Land You A Job

How To Get A Job: 4 Books That Will Land You A Job

How To Get A Job

Whether you’re working now or you’re looking for your dream job, there are certain actions you can take to land you your favorite job. From money management, and improving your skills, these books will help.

4 Books That Will Land You A Job

1. Sales for Non-Salespeople Paperback – Robert Ashton

4 Books That Will Land You A Job

If you know how to sell, you know how to succeed. Selling is the most important, and perhaps the most misunderstood, workplace skill. Once you understand how to sell, you will become more persuasive, naturally and confidently. This book clues you up on how to sell, in life and work.

2. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? – Seth Godin

4 Books That Will Land You A Job

There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Become indispensable and not only will you get the job, but you’ll keep it and rise to the top.

3. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell

4 Books That Will Land You A Job

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages. He usually changes peoples perceptions with his books, and this time, he challenges the perception of the underdog, and how some disadvantages can be advantages in the face of a greater power.

4. Confessions of an Entrepreneur: The Highs and Lows of Starting Up – Chris Robson

4 Books That Will Land You A Job

No-one ever tells you what it really feels like to be an entrepreneur. What you actually have to go through when you chase ambitions and fortunes. This book is very honest and frank about what its actually like to start a business from the ground up. It will show you the difficulties you will have to endure, and the sacrifices you’ll have to make, if you really want to chase your dreams.

Startup On A Budget: 3 Business Start Up Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Startup On A Budget: 3 Business Start Up Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

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Startup companies can come in all forms and sizes. If you are in the process of building your own business, our startup book list is for you. Even if you haven’t considered becoming an entrepreneur,these books will enable you to discover your ideal business idea, even if you don’t know what it is yet.

3 Business Start Up Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

1. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

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Most startups fail. But many of those failures can be prevented.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. The Lean Startup is filled with good information, but also interesting stories that back up the author’s beliefs.

2. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future – Chris Guillebeau

Startup

This is a great little book that will help you get over the hump and actually start a business. It focuses on the small business revolution, which the author defines as “a way of earning a good living while crafting a life of independence and purpose.

3. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company – Steve BlankBob Dorf

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The Startup Owner’s Manual” was written as a manual for small business entrepreneurship, scalable startups, buyable startups, large company entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurs focused on reducing market and customer risk. Steve Blank’s and Bob Dorf’s “The Startup Owner’s Manual” captures the lean start-up techniques.

4 Books to read to Upgrade Your Career and Your Life

4 Books to read to Upgrade Your Career and Your Life

If you are looking to move up to the next level in your career, or more of a challenge in your job, its time for you to upgrade it all and the books below will help you do just that.

4 Books to read to Upgrade Your Career and Your Life

1. 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World: The Management Gurus and Mavericks Who Changed the Way We Think about Business – Rhymer Rigby

28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World: The Management Gurus and Mavericks Who Changed the Way We Think about Business - Rhymer Rigby

If you just want to read 28 short, wonderfully written, succinct biographies of the most important business thinkers in the world today, such as Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Sam Walton, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, then this is the book for you.

2. 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans  Karl Pillemer Ph.D.

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans - Karl Pillemer Ph.D.

Steeped in the wisdom of America’s elders, 30 Lessons for Living has an undeniable power to influence the way we think and the choices we make. Karl Pillemer, the author and a professor of gerontology at Cornell, spent five years interviewing a diverse cross-section of over 1,000 senior members of our society to elicit their life advice.

3. 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job – Laura M. Labovich – Miriam Salpeter

100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job - Laura M. Labovich - Miriam Salpeter

This is one of those rare books where everything you could possibly need to know is crammed into just the right length so you can read it quickly but get the maximum amount of information. The authors have a life-time of content here in a format that’s clear, concise and visually appealing, covering both traditional and modern methods for getting yourself in front of the right employees.

4. Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change – Shawn Achor

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change - Shawn Achor

What Shawn Achor has done here is present a simple, practical, actionable plan for becoming happy. Why should you care? Happy people are more creative. More popular. More productive. Not only is it worthwhile for you to learn to be happy, but if you are a leader, you’ll want to be surrounded by happy people.

4 Best Audio Books for Entrepreneurs

4 Best Audio Books for Entrepreneurs

We spend countless hours in our cars or walking and we spend much of this time either listening to music or talking to a friend on the phone. Talking while driving is not recommended, and if you’ve caught up with everyone, a better use of your time is to listen to a top audio book in a topic that you’re interested in. If you’re thinking of starting your own business, or you’re interested in doing so, we’ve compiled the best audio books for entrepreneurs based on reviews and critical analysis.

4 Best Audio Books for Entrepreneurs

1. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

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The Lean Startup is filled with technical information, but also interesting stories that back up the author’s assertions.

2. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael E. Gerber

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This is one of the few books you must read if you want to go into business. It’s called The E-Myth because it addresses the entrepreneurial myth. The book starts off by telling you what a business is not. Having done so, the book goes on to tell you what a successful business is all about.

3. Choose Yourself!: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream – James Altucher

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This book is for those of us who have found ourselves lying on the floor, barely able to lift our heads, not sure where to turn, just as James did once (twice, three times?). It’s for those who are stuck. For those who are successful but want to take it to the next level.

4. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: The Tell-it-Like-it-is Guide to Cleaning Up in Business, Even if You Are at the End of Your Roll – Mike Michalowicz

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This book showed me that regular people with some skill and an idea can launch a successful business — without all the fancy schmancy MBA stuff and spending thousands on consultants and technology.