Dedicated to managers, entrepreneurs, leaders or any other regular guy out there, certain volumes should not miss the reading “tracking record” of anyone. Below you have a list of 8 books that will change your life. It’s not a list of 20, 15, 10 or any other round number because this list is only about the best ones. They will change your perspective, your vision about the world. Make sure you add them to your read list.
The Shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brains –
This is a must if you spend most of your day in front of a computer. This is probably the most complex book about the effect that the internet has over the human brain. Each page contains unique information about the human brain, the history of thinking, the internet, reading, books, everything you can imagine. Once you’ve read it, you will see the world totally different.
How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie
Written by one of the best motivational authors of all times, this book will teach you all you need to know about people. Their needs, what motivates them, how to pursue them or how to improve your communication with them. It’s like a “human guide” for aliens. You will learn how to act in different social situations, when to draw back from a fight, how to make people cooperate, how to become a good leader and a loved co-worker. Of course, each of us wishes something for personal reasons and acts in its own interest, but the methods by which we can achieve these are generally valid. Carnegie’s advice is valid in most cases.
Convince yourself about this book’s value. 81 years after it was published for the first time (1936) it is still a best seller.
Rework – David Heinemeier Hansson & Jason Fried
This book is easy to read, very short, and it will shock you in a positive way. It shows you a different perspective on how a business should be managed day by day.
You will learn how and when to hire new people, how to plan your product’s entire lifecycle, how to organize your meetings and much more. The book emphasizes one of the key qualities an entrepreneur should have: the ability to work with what you have and get the best result. The examples and case studies will help you understand how exactly to do that.
Sales Bible – Jeffrey Gitomer
If you think you know how to sell stuff, read this book. It will make you reconsider. This is a gold mine for any salesman out there. It has everything you need to know to extend you client portfolio. In its pages, Jefferey reveals all the little mistakes you make without even knowing, how to correctly approach a potential customer, where to improve, what exactly to say in dozens of case scenarios and so on. The examples and real life case studies will take your selling abilities to a whole new level. And above all, you will do it while you have fun, enjoy yourself and the job you have. Sale more, now!
The art of happiness – Dalai Lama
You’ve probably heard so often quotes from this book that you know them by heart. You just didn’t know where they are coming from. Well, this happens for a reason. The art of happiness is one of the literature wonders. Oppose to some beliefs this book is not about religion. It’s about spirituality, about optimism, about self-esteem, and seeing the good in you and the ones around you.
This is one of the books that will change your life on so many levels you cannot imagine. You will see and think differently about the relationship with your family, with your friends, yourself, your business partners, and customers. Apply Dalai Lama’s pieces of advice and become the best version of you.
The richest man in Babylon –
This is one of the few books that will teach you economics in a fun, relaxing way. The book has a plot, dialogues and short stories that will walk you through the time and life of the old Babylon. All these while teaching valuable lessons about money. What they are, how to manage them, how to invest them or how to manage risks and minimize them.
Reading this book is easy, but you have to do it with an open mind. You have to read between the lines and extract any valuable information there is. And believe me, you will find plenty.
The 360 degree leader – John Maxwell
This is one of the books that will change your life if you are struggling to move on in your career. Are you stuck in the same position for years? You need to control better the people around you, to influence them in such a manner that will benefit both you and the company you work for? John Maxwell will show you how in this book: The 360 Degree Leader.
Learn how to manage different relationships (with your boss, your co-workers or your employees), learn that most of the prejudices you hear in the corporate world are just myths, and learn how to lead even if it doesn’t sais “General Manager” on your office door.
The art of war – Sun Tzu
I will start saying that this book was written in 5th century BC. Yes, thousands of years ago. Originally it was meant to serve as a guide for military strategies and wars. In the end, despite this fact, it turned out to be one of the greatest works about life and its meaning. Each of us has his own war, his own fight, his own struggle.
A lot of wisdom was put in this book and I will write just a quote to prove it: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
Whether you read them at home, while you relax in your favorite chair or you prefer to browse on the subway on the way to work, books should have an important role in your life. Let us know if one of your favorite books should be included in this top. Thanks!