Leadership Books for 2017

Leadership Books for 2017

What Leadership Books are you expecting Santa to bring you this year?  What leadership skills would you like to nurture in 2017.  As the count down continues to not only Christmas, but the end of the year our thoughts turn to 2017.

Readers are leaders. Its an old saying but true. Reading books allows us to learn from others experiences, good and not-so-good.  We can fast track our skills by reading.  Fast track your leadership skills with these leadership books for 2017.

1. Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life – Susan David

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Life is full of unexpected situations, turns and events that sometime make us feel uncomfortable. Most of us struggle to deal with them and some will even do their best to try and avoid them. But to become a fulfilled person, you need all those challenges and a way to conquer them with success.

Susan David, a rewound psychologist with years of researching the field of behavioral science, proposes a new way to approach your leadership development: emotional agility. This new method will teach you to know and accept yourself, thus learning how to act in unexpected situations and how to deal with everyday stress. An excellent addition to your leadership books.

2. How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom – Jonathan Fields

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How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields is not a classical self-improvement book. Practical and well based with a touch of science, it starts from the idea that you might wander aimlessly through life. And sometimes running on autopilot doesn’t let you enjoy the experiences in your life.

For you to take over your path and destiny, Jonathan Fiends proposes a 30 Bucket System. You have to fill all your buckets throughout a 30 day session and while doing this you will discover the joys of life. He approaches a holistic self – improvement with spiritual, inspirational and also practical advice on how to reclaim your life.

3. Born For This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do – Chris Guillebeau

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Even if you have a well-paid job that comes with benefits and status you might feel unhappy doing it. That happens when you don’t do something you love, that you were made to do. But sometimes it looks that there is no alternative for the chore that is your job now.

Born For This teaches you how to transform your actual job into what you dream of, how to find the ideal work place and also how to take calculated risks career wise. Chris Guillebeau proposes a set of exercises and scenarios for you to figure out what you were meant to have as a job. Also, the inspirational stories will give you perspective of what to do when you feel stuck in an unhappy work environment. Inc.com says 2016’s Best Book for Entrepreneurs

4. First Impressions: What You Don’t Know About How Others See You – Ann Demarais & Valerie White

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First impressions matter say two PhD holders. But we knew that – especially for aspiring leaders. We live in the era of speed and you might not be given a chance to prove yourself a second time. This is why you always need to make good impression, not only at job interviews but also in day to day life.

Ann Demarais and Valerie White break down the first impression in seven fundamentals for you get a better idea how to perfect the first image that others see in you. First Impressions will help you develop fully your personal charm and avoid poor first impressions while giving you the opportunity to know yourself better and improve your brand.

5. Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction – Elizabeth Vargas

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This is perhaps an unusual choice for this list of leadership books. Elizabeth Vargas writes a powerful and brave memoir about her struggles with anxiety that begun at 6 years old, without finding a way out and how she turned to alcohol for a little pick me up. She talks about the shame of being an alcoholic and the guilt of never finding the right path in her life.

Between Breaths is an inspiring memoir for all people who struggle from anxiety or turn to alcohol or drugs for a momentary escape from the harsh reality. This book is also about getting to terms with not finding the magic “balance” everyone talks about, and just surviving. Leadership can bring enormous pressures, skills in this book may help you deal with your own challenges, or simply help you to help someone working for you.

Next we bring you a list of relaxing (or not so relaxing) of Christmas related mysteries to enjoy.

Biggest Tech Companies – 7 Must Read Books

Biggest Tech Companies – 7 Must Read Books

The biggest tech companies today define our world.  Tech companies with hardware or software, like Apple, Facebook and Google.   Shopping giants like Amazon, Groupon,  Gilt and Zappos where the technology has made them what they are and is just as important as their products. These books written from the inside will inspire, and educate on where we are going next.

7 Biggest Tech Companies

1. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh (Zappos)

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Shoes delivered, every girls dream! The book about the founding story of the world’s largest online shoe store is more of a biography of its founder. There is a candor in the way Hsieh writes about his life, his company’s core values and past mistakes that makes the book a delightful read. Particularly engaging is how Hsieh – who is the son of Taiwan immigrants – details how he tried to live according to the expectations of his Asian parents, before leaving a secure tech job to start his own business. While am inspirational success story nonetheless, Delivering Happiness is a book that would especially resonate with those who come from a more conservative upbringing, and grew up with Eastern values.

2. One Click – Richard Brandt (Amazon.com)

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If you are not familiar with how Amazon came to be as the largest online mall, this book will give you a thorough overview of its early days and its founder, Jeff Bezos. One Click looks critically at the strengths and weaknesses of both Bezos as a business leader, and Amazon as a business. This book is a recommended read if you want a better understanding of Amazon’s book selling business, specifically how authors and publishers fit into the picture. Other than that, most of the content is focused on the past, and not much is said about where the e-commerce giant is heading forward.

3. iWoz – Steve Wozniak (Apple)

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The full title is “iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I invested the personal computer, co-founded Apple, and had fun doing it.” Phew, almost gives it all away right there. The founding story of Apple is a familiar one, though most of them revolve around Steve Jobs. This book is about the other half of the biggest tech companies in the world’s co-founder.  From his childhood to starting the tech company and beyond. It is both a biography and a success story. Whether you are a devoted Apple user or not, it is rather refreshing to read about the lesser known Steve and his role in the tech revolution.

4. Groupon’s Biggest Deal Ever – Frank Sennett (Groupon)

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If you are among many who are addicted to the tempting daily deals on Groupon, you may be curious about the company’s radical business model and how it all came about. Sennett’s book is the perfect source that will satisfy those curiosities. By the time you finish reading, you will be an expert in all things Groupon, from its conception by a maverick founder to its rapid rise.

5. I’m Feeling Lucky – Douglas Edwards (Google)

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Obviously, Edwards, also known as Employee 59, is not the only one who has written a book on the workings of Google. The merit of his book lies in being a jargon-free, non-techie-friendly take on the search engine Goliath through the eyes of a marketing person who knows little about technology . If you find yourself struggling to keep up with and understand the influence Google is having on the world we live in, this is a good book to start.

6. By Invitation only – Alexis Maybank & Alexandra Wilkis (Gilt)

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The success story of Gilt is the classic one where hard work, smart risk-taking and determination pay off. Additionally, it also shows how a good work ethic, dedication and passion are all essential components in the journey. It is definitely an inspirational read for entrepreneurs, especially women.  And whats not to like about shopping, especially shopping online.

7. The Accidental Billionaires – Ben Mezrich (Facebook)

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This book is the source from which the movie The Social Network was adapted from.  Supposedly the ‘untold’ founding story of Facebook. If you are looking to read about the history of Facebook and its founders in the light of a serious business success story, this book may not be it. What you will get from Mezrich’s book is a more sensationalized and one-sided account (from Eduardo Saverin, the only co-founder cut from the company), with questionable credibility. The book may still provide for on entertaining read, but do take every ‘fact’ with a grain of salt.

For more on  entrepreneurship or startups read these reviews.

President Biographies and Election 2016 books

President Biographies and Election 2016 books

The 2016 US Presidential Election might still be a few months away, but the race to be the next President is hotting up.   Our list of US President biographies includes past, current and possible presidents.  Learn about the person who might be the next President.  How much do you know about past Presidents?

Reading about leaders is also highly recommended to develop leadership skills.  Leaders face challenges and set backs.  Reading about successful leaders can help us in similar situations.

Past President Biographies:

1. Washington: A life – Ron Chernow

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Think you know all there is to know about America’s first president? Chernow’s biography of Washington goes beyond the formal portrait of President Washington, and introduces us to George Washington, the man. From this book, you will read about accounts that demonstrated all the qualities that made Washington a great leader, plus the other facets of his personality that are rarely found in other biographies. The author also spared no words at pointing out the president’s faults. It is a refreshing biography that brings to light the more human sides of America’s founding father in great detail – flaws and all.

2. John Adams – David McCullough

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John Adams was the 1st Vice President, and 2nd US President, succeeding George Washington in 1797. Relying mostly on correspondences through letters written between Adams and his wife Abigail, McCullough pieced together a vivid and compelling picture of American’s second president. This Pulitzer-winning biography skips the line-by-line history of America’s founding and focuses on Adams’s role in the journey. You will be quite delighted to read about Adams’s relationship with his wife and how she impacted his success.

3. Truman – David McCullough

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Truman was the 33rd President in office from 1945 to 1953. At a length of approximately 1000 pages, this is a big book. Fortunately, McCullough is a skilled biographer capable of making the life story of Harry S. Truman read like a novel. Filled with fascinating insights, great details and factually accurate, you will breeze through the 1000 pages on the life and times of one of America’s greatest presidents.

4. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt – Edmund Morris

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26th President, 1901 – 1909 What makes a biography such an amazing read is when it zooms in on details of the subject’s life that are not already covered by history books. Roosevelt is considered one of the most venerated American presidents of the 20th century, but Morris choose to focus, not on his presidency, but the various aspects of his life – from childhood all the way to his presidential greatness. This is not your run-of-the-mill formal biography and all you can expect from a Pulitzer winning biographer.

5. Theodore Rex – Edmund Morris

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Unlike his previous book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt which offers a closer look at the president’s life, this follow-up volume covers his prolific presidency. Going beyond what history books already tell us, Morris also covers a great deal about Roosevelt’s relationship with family and contemporaries while in office. The author, while mostly on the president’s side, is also fairly critical of the Roosevelt’s unpopular choices. Both of Morris’s Roosevelt books are definitely recommended reads for anyone with a keen interest in 20th century American history.

Current President Biographies (2016)

6. Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama

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An autobiography written prior to his presidency, Dreams from My Father offers candid look into Obama’s backgrounds, personal life and his leadership aspirations. The book is simply filled with Obama’s intelligent, insightful and at times surprising observations of issues that are deeply personal to him. It is interesting to note that this book was written when the president was just out of law school, and was offered a publishing deal after being elected president of Harvard Law Review. Though not a new book, it is still an interesting read on America’s 44th president, in his own words.

7. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama – David Remnick

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Remnick’s book could not have been more perfectly times, especially as Obama reaches the end of his time as 44th President of the United States. It is arguably one of the few books written about Obama that goes beyond history and public portrait of the president, with inclusion of interviews with former acquaintances and colleagues of the president. The author also does a fantastic job of taking an unbiased stance. It is an excellent material to look back on the milestones in American civil rights history in past eight years of Obama being in office.

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8. HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton – Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes

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Hilary Clinton may or may not be the next and 45th US president, but she has definitely made her mark as a political figure. There are several books written about Clinton, including her own memoir. This book by Allen and Parnes examine her seven-year tenure as Secretary of State. HRC is more political than personal, and may not be for everyone. However, if you have an interest in taking a closer look at Clinton’s role in the Obama administration, the book would be an interesting read.

9. The Truth About Trump – Michael D’Antonio

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With Trump’s election campaign roaring along, D’Antonio has updated his bestselling hardcover book  Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (read our review of this book here) and released it in paperback with a new title.  This Pulitzer prize-winning reporter draws on extensive research and exclusive interviews.  Telling the whole story, from starting out in business, scandals, triumphs, successes and failures,  D’Anontio charts the path that made Trump. The Washington Post describes it as “a brisk and entertaining read”.  

10. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America – Jonathan Tasini

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This is an informative volume for supporters of Sanders who want a deeper understanding of his vision for the country. It compiles his speeches, public addresses and policy proposals – mostly in his own words – with commentary from the author. The chapters are short and easy to read, which makes it an ideal guide to Sanders as he makes his bid for the White House in 2016.

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

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Good read, with good experiential examples.

2. The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

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Amazing book with life changing insight.

3. Rework – Jason Fried

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

Five Business Biographies Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Five Business Biographies Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Starting a business from scratch can be daunting and filled with challenges. We have compiled a list of the top five business biographies that will help you on your entrepreneur journey, and give you advice from the most successful entrepreneurs of our time.

1. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist – Roger Lowenstein

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This book is a fantastic biography of Warren Buffett. I think anyone who wants to learn about Warren Buffett or his investment techniques etc should first read this book before anything else.

2. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson

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This is a gripping journey into the life of an amazing individual. Despite its girth of nearly 600 pages, the book zips along at a torrid pace.

The interviews with Jobs are fascinating and revealing. We get a real sense for what it must have been like to be Steve, or to work with him.

3. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way – Richard Branson

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Losing my virginity is an entertaining page-turner all the way from the beginning to the end. It is fascinating to read about what a mildly dyslexic man with no college education could create for himself.

4. Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire  James Wallace

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Bill Gates is by far the most successful man of our time and probably of all time. This book explains gates earlier life in depth. Who was Bill Gates before the billions? This is all explained in this book. Gates’ incredibly driven personality was always present even in his earlier years. Gates is today undoubtedly the most feared man in the industry and thought of by many as the most powerful man in the world.

5. Against the Odds: An Autobiography – James Dyson

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The story told here, an autobiography, is one of the most inspiring that I’ve read in a long time. Dyson is an inventor and industrial designer who has taken his bagless vacuum cleaner from the garage to a huge enterprise.