Books That Will Help You Read Your Way To The Top

Thinking of starting your own business? Just want to impress your boss? Give these books a read.

By Compiled by Salon staff
Published November 26, 2019 10:00PM (EST)

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Getting ahead in your career isn’t just about networking and getting everything done correctly. Sometimes it requires a little extra research and hard work out of the office as well. One way to learn more so that you can go further is to read books written by successful people who know what they’re talking about - you’ll probably learn something new.

This is even more helpful if you’re starting your own business and don’t really know what you’re doing, or if you just feel like you need some guidance. All of the books below are definitely worth your free time: 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

A best seller for over 25 years, this book is motivational and will push you to be the best person you can be, regardless of your career choice. It’s perfect for anyone who needs a push to work a little harder and be a bit more organized and on top of their game. 

Shut Up and Listen! Hard Business Truths That Will Help You Succeed by Tilman Fertitta

Sometimes you need a voice of reason to push you to begin the small business you’ve been thinking about. This book will do exactly - and read to you during your commute, it becomes even more powerful. 

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

This book is more about what not to do than what you should do. It focuses on the many myths out there about starting your own business and how certain ways of thinking can get in the way of starting your own business. There’s tons of advice, not just about working on your business and career, but also working on yourself. 

That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph

There are plenty of businesses out there that got started even though someone, somewhere, said something like, “That’s never going to work.” That’s what this book is about. Written by the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, it’s a motivational look at how to make all of your business dreams come true from someone who did exactly that. 

Training Camp: What The Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon

If you like a story to go with your business advice, then you’ll love this book. It’s about an undrafted rookie who wants to make it the NFL and ends up meeting a coach who teaches him 11 essential changes that keep his dream of being in the NFL alive and well. At the same time, you’ll be inspired to make these changes in your own life. 

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