My Five Favorite Business Books

My Five Favorite Business Books

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It wasn’t until after I got out of college that I ever opened a business-related book of my accord. I always preferred fiction, and reluctantly cracked open anything else when it was required. Reading, for me, has always been for entertainment. Business and self-improvement doesn’t sound very entertaining!


I recently realized, though, that if I wanted to improve my life, I needed to change some habits. As the sayings go, “Don’t knock it ’till you try it,” and “The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting a different result.” If I wanted to improve myself, my financial situation, and my own well-being, I should try some new things. One of those things was changing how I viewed business books. It’s actually been really useful in how I interact with others and work toward a fulfilled life. Here are some of my favorites so far:

Rich Dad, Poor Dad (Robert T. Kiyosaki)q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=1612680011&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=kcnagel 20 - My Five Favorite Business Books

Everything I’ve read by Kiyosaki has been great, really. He does a great job of taking big business concepts and simplifying them for any audience. Rich Dad, Poor Dad compares the mindsets of the wealthy class to those of the poor and middle classes. He breaks down assets and liabilities, and the importance of having multiple income streams in an ever-changing economy. I wish I had read this as a teenager. I would be much more financially sound today if I did.




Total Money Makeover (Dave Ramsey)q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=1595555277&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=kcnagel 20 - My Five Favorite Business Books

If this list was in order by favorites, Total Money Makeover would be #1. But that’s just not how my writing worked out. This book has literally changed how I look at my money and how to get out of debt. Ramsey fills this book with steps to getting out of debt and building wealth. The end of the book has a bunch of worksheets for budgeting, the debt snowball, and setting goals. My favorite part of Total Money Makeover is the suggested accounts that you should set up for your different savings goals. My experience has always been tips on saving and building wealth, I really appreciated learning which types of accounts are better for specific goals.

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=0671027034&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=kcnagel 20 - My Five Favorite Business Books

Ah, the classic guide that was written in the 1930s but still applies today. Carnegie studied, documented, and put into clear words the ideas that people always knew but didn’t know they knew. Too much? Basically HtWFaIP drives home the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you’d like to be treated. If you want something from someone, turn your attention from yourself and on to them. When you treat others well, good fortune will reward you in turn. Why is reading this book necessary for a simple idea we all know? It’s important to remind yourself just how useful the concepts are and integrate it into your daily habits. And if you’re like me, it’s fun to give to rude people as a subtle message to BE NICE TO ME.

Bonus: This has been modernized in a version called How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age. Read Both!

Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=1912032996&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=kcnagel 20 - My Five Favorite Business Books

Similarly to How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleThink and Grow Rich was written in the 1930s and seems almost common knowledge today if it wasn’t already. Hill expands on the power of envisioning and laying out your goals. If you just change the mindset of “I wish…” to “I
will…”, everything becomes a stepping stone toward reaching whatever it is you are working toward. Again, why read a whole book for a common idea? It’s helpful to say, write, and read things aloud for them to be ingrained in your mindset, just like the concept in the book. It might confirm something in your head and inspire you to get working!
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The Go-Giver (Bob Burg and John David)q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=1591848288&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=kcnagel 20 - My Five Favorite Business Books

This one is more fiction than motivational, but so good. The Go-Giver follows a man trying to make a sales quota and quickly learns that being successful is much more than meeting a number. This book is so important to read, regardless of profession. No matter what your goal is, none of it matters unless you connect with and create value for those around you. Definitely recommended for rethinking all of your interactions with others.

Bonus: The sequel to this is just as good! It’s called Go Givers Sell More. Check it Out!

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What Are Your Favorite Business Books?

There are obviously more besides these five, which books have inspired you? Comment below with your favorite business, financial, and improvement books.


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  • Biblio Phile

    Great suggestions! Recently I shared a few favorites for anyone looking to start a business of their own:

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  • Marissa Eileen

    Thanks for putting together these suggestions! I definitely need to read more business books so I’ll keep these in mind!

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    • Kelsey

      Thanks, Marissa! If you ever read any of them, come back and let me know your thoughts!

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  • April Kusewicz

    Just like you reading for me is more of entertainment and not business but as I was reading this selections of books , they are interesting. I’m thinking of getting one for myself. I heard a lot about the Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Think and Grow Rich, those are the ones I need to get my hands on.

    Thanks for sharing

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    • Kelsey

      Thank you for the reply, April! I definitely didn’t enjoy reading anything that wasn’t fiction or for entertainment when I was younger. But lately, especially after taking interest in entrepreneurship, I’ve gained a lot of insight from these types of books. Now, I try to read at least a chapter a day of a business book, and any extra free time to reading a book for entertainment, that way I get the best of both worlds! If you are just making the transition, I’d definitely recommend Rich Dad Poor Dad first. It’s an easy read and I found it inspiration from it to look for other ways to earn money besides typical employment.

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  • Nicole @OldSchoolReads

    I’ve read everything on the list except for the Go Giver. It sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the recommendation. You might also like The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.

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    • Kelsey

      Thanks for the rec, Nicole! I have heard of that one, I might even have it, but haven’t gotten to it yet! I’m sure once I do it’ll get added to this list.

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  • Susan @ Culinary Envy

    Have you played the Rich Dad Poor Dad board game yet? It is so much fun!

    Reply to Susan @ Culinary Envy
    • Kelsey

      I haven’t! I’ve been looking for it. I’m glad to hear it’s fun, though, I really want to play it!

      Reply to Kelsey
  • Michelle

    Great list I have to be honest I never read biz books but that was one of my New Year’s resolutions – gonna check these out thanks!

    Reply to Michelle
    • Kelsey

      Thanks, Michelle! Best of luck sticking to those resolutions. Let me know after you’ve read any of these, would love to hear your thoughts!

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  • Jen Monks

    I have to say that Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is my all-time favorite business book. These are all fantastic suggestions, though. Great list.

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    • Kelsey

      Thanks for the feedback, Jen! I agree, it’s definitely a classic!

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