Whether you started going to the gym or building a business, books are something you always need to consider while learning new things. We all know that books are an essential part of learning in almost any field. Every field demands a learning curve and sometimes we neglect that books were the first learning option for everyone. In the past books were the only option, now we have a lot of options like Amazon Kindle, Amazon audiobooks, e-books and also good old fashion way hardcover books. That’s why we researched and compiled the list of top 15 best business books to read in 2019!
In this article, we will show you what type of books are essential for your start in online and offline business. These books will help you and guide you towards your success in business. Whether that is building a funnel to get more sales, building an online store for your clients or paid traffic for your online business, these books will make sure you learn just that. Every book on this list has its own way of teaching you things. You want to make sure you pick the book that is suited for your particular business and that you use it the best way you can. That way you will get most out of this article and out of this list.
If you think some other books should make it on this list, be sure to comment on this article and we will be happy to add more business books that will guide you towards your success. Now let’s see what books are on this list.
Tools of Titans, By Tim Ferriss
This book is just gold. It’s a golden bible for entrepreneurs and people that are in the business world. Even if you just trying to self improve and build a small business, this one is for you! Think about it like this, if you could get any advice in the world from anyone that is a successful entrepreneur who would it be? This book will answer all of your questions. Think of this as an entrepreneur bible. This book contains all the tools, tactics and advice that you won’t find anywhere else.
We put this book to number one on our list because it deserves that position. Tim Ferriss, the author of this book put 2+ years into writing this amazing piece in order to help entrepreneurs. He compiled the knowledge from more than 200 world-class performers that he interviewed on his podcast. This is a must for any entrepreneur that wants to get success no matter in what field. This book is definitely going on our list of top 15 best business books to read in 2019!
Hooked, By Nir Eyal
If your business is revolving around products and improving products for your customers, this may be a good book for you. How do successful companies create products that people love? Well in this book you will find out how and why. Nir Eyal answered everything that you need to know. Why do people love some products and hate some products? Why do some products capture widespread attention while others just flop? These are the questions that are answered in this book.
In the book, Nir Eyal also presents the “Hook model” – a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies. He also explains the customer behavior and why customers buy certain products. The book is based on authors years of researching, consulting and practical experience in the business. He also said that he wished he had this book while he was starting his first business. This book is another really valuable book that anyone that has a product-based business should read. That’s why we listed this book on our list of top 15 best business books to read in 2019.
Deep Work, By Cal Newport
Getting distracted in this world is a common thing. Even if it’s just our phone. We live in a distracted world and that’s something we need to understand. Deep work is helpful for just that. Focus is something not a lot of entrepreneurs talk about. We all need to focus in order to finish the tasks and in order to build a great business. Deep work is all about focus and ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. This books will give you the tips you need in order to increase your focus.
In the book, Cal shares the stories from the business world and takes it on another level. From Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air. This book definitely shows you how to keep your focus on the top and why focus is so important in life and business and that’s why we wanted to list this book as one of the top 15 best business books to read in 2019!
Way of The Wolf, By Jordan Belfort
We all know who Jordan Belfort is and why he is so popular. Since Leonardo DiCaprio played a role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” we all get to know who Jordan Belfort really is. We can all agree that he is a great salesman. In this book, Jordan Belfort shows us the persuasion system proven to turn anyone into a sales-closing master. This book has it all. Jordan gave it all away. Jordan presented the step-by-step system that he used to create wealth for himself and the system that he is using currently.
In the book, Jordan also states that anyone can bounce back and create a life that he has. He provided every tip, technique, every strategy has proven to work. This is the book for anyone that wants to get into a real business and build wealth regardless of age, education, or skill level. Jordan Belfort showed it all from how to approach other businesses to how to actually close the sale and earn money. This one is definitely recommended by most entrepreneurs out there.
The Personal MBA, By Josh Kaufman
This book deserves to be on our list of top 15 best business books to read in 2019 because of the knowledge that’s in the book. Getting an MBA is an expensive choice, almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. By now we all know that education is far from just a piece of paper. Most of the elite schools like Harvard and Stanford offer outdated programs that teach you more about how to make a great presentation instead of what it really takes to run a business. This book shows you exactly why having an MBA is not worth it.
The personal MBA is something that Kaufman created as an alternative to the average business school degree. In this book, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, business, marketing, sales, operations, productivity, negotiation and much more. This book is definitely a good pick for anyone that want’s to create business first instead of going to college. If that’s you then this book is a good pick for you.
The Power of Broke, By John Daymond
Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. A born entrepreneur, Daymond wanted to make it as a businessman in the city of New York. He sold his t-shirts with a $40 budget back then. Daymond had to think of the most profitable way to promote his products and he did. Desperation breeds innovation. He built that same brand into a $6 billion dollar global brand.
He said that this wouldn’t happen if he hadn’t started broke. Broke is power, he said. When you have nothing, you only have hope and hope that something will work out for the better. Broke can actually be your greatest competitive advantage as an entrepreneur, says John. When you have nothing and you are putting everything on the line, you got to give it all. Once you know this is it, I have to give it all and be as creative as I can that’s what happens. When you are broke you will think more creatively and you will be more ambitious to make it. This book displays a great story of an entrepreneur, John Daymond who make it as a broke individual in a city of dreams.
The Millionaire Fastlane, By MJ DeMarco
This is by far one of the most eye-opening books for entrepreneurs. In the book author, MJ DeMarco shows you two paths: slow lane and fast lane path towards wealth. In the slow lane path, you are working a normal 9 to 5 job and you are constantly under pressure of keeping a job and finding new jobs. You hope that you can get a job and keep it. This is a scarcity mindset that almost everyone adapted from their parents. On the other side, there is a fast lane path. Fast lane path is a path where your aim is to change lanes from mediocrity to wealth.
Fast lane is where only 3% of people get to go, but in this book, MJ DeMarco shows you that it’s definitely possible to obtain wealth and to hit the fast lane and crack the code to wealth. This book is definitely a book for someone who wants to get into the business or entrepreneurship but it’s maybe scared to do so, this will open your eyes and you will see the possibilities of life and freedom.
The $100 Startup, By Chris Guillebeau
Imagine that you are sitting on the beach and working on your job while also traveling the world in your early thirties. Some of you wouldn’t probably believe it. Well, Chris an author of “The $100 Startup” did just that. In preparing to write this book, Chris identified over 1500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group, he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies.
If you ever thought about creating a business with or even without a budget, this one is for you. In the book, we get to see people who are chasing their passion in order to later start their business founded on their passions. Most of these people didn’t have any specialized skills but they had was a passion that could be monetized. This book shares some of the most valuable lessons in business. It’s simple, you don’t need an MBA or a business plan, all need is a product or a service that will help your customers.
Start With Why, By Simon Sinek
Why would you want to start a business? Ask yourself that question. You see we all have our why, says Simon Sinek, the author of this book. In this book, Sinek presents people like Martin Luther King Jr, Steve Jobs, and other popular entrepreneurs and innovators. He shows us that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act and communicate the same way. This book is all about physicology behind the success and behind the business and innovations. Everything that someone has built in the past started with their WHY. That’s the whole perspective and analogy of this book. Definitely recommended for anyone trying to start a business but they just need a WHY.
The Miracle Morning, By Hal Elrod
The miracle morning is a book of change. In the book Hal Elrod, the author shows us the ways of transforming our lives through “the miracle morning”. We all know that morning is the most important part of our day and in order to achieve more we have to first fix our routines and habits. Hal Elrod is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more energy, motivation and focus so they can take their life to the next level. If you are looking for a change in your life and you want to transform your life with your mornings this book is definitely for you. We all know why mornings are crucial while building a business.
The Power of Habit, By Charles Duhigg
Habits are one of the most important parts of our lives, no matter what. You wake up in the morning happy you go through the day happy. You either do it or not. It’s simple as that. The power of habit is a book from award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg. In this book, Duhigg presents a whole different perspective and understanding of human nature and potential. If you are currently not progressing in life and you think you need a little boost, this book will help.
Everything that Duhigg shows in this book can help both entrepreneurs and people who are struggling to find balance. He touches topics from being more productive, losing weight, exercising regularly and achieving success. You will see what it takes to build habits and to understand habits. With this book, you can transform your business and life for the better. Definitely a book for a recommendation if you want to step up your business and life game.
Crushing It, By Gary Vaynerchuk
This list wouldn’t be good without Gary Vaynerchuk. The full title of this book is called “Crushing it: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can Too”. Gary shows us a whole another world of passionate work. In the book, he covers topics on how to build your business online and how to create a passionate audience with your work. Even if you don’t have time or money, right now is the perfect time to start a business. You get to read about stories from people who already did it and how they applied their skills and passion in order to make it.
This book is definitely a book for entrepreneurs and for those who want to build an online business. Whether you are working from home or in the office, if you have a passion and if you want to build an online business, this one is for you.
Shoe Dog, By Phil Knight
If you ever wanted to know how one of the biggest brands in the world started, then this is for you. In this instant bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the Nike brand. This book shares business advice and outlook on how business actually looks like. Business is a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggle, and sacrifices, says Bill Gates. Gates recommended this book as one of his top 5 picks of 2016.
Phil started this company with borrowed $50 from his father. The story is incredible. In the book, you can see his early start when he started importing high-quality and low-cost running shoes from Japan all the way to selling shoes from the trunk of his car. Knight sacrificed his way to the top and now has one of the most successful brands that we know. This story is remarkable and one of a kind. If there is one book on business, mistakes, and life, this would be the one.
Tribe of Mentors, By Tim Ferriss
We already recommended “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss. This book is another life-changing book for everyone out there. Tim compiled tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world’s top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, this book has it all. If you ever wondered what a “Life Bible” looks like, this is it. To find answers about life, business, love, success and more, Tim Ferriss reached out to the most impressive world-class performers in the world, ranging from wunderkinds in their 20s to icons in their 70s and 80s. No stone was left unturned. This is a great book and of course one that you just don’t want to miss. This has to be one of the best business books to read in 2019 just because of the information in it.
Have you ever been to war? War is just like a business if you think about it. We all face struggles, sacrifices and most importantly we all face obstacles in the business every day. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin are taking you on a deadly path surrounded by guns, violence, and sacrifice. Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko and Leif’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL team three’s task unit bruiser, they learned that leadership is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. This book is raw and real, a guide towards leadership and why it matters in war and business. A great guide for business and life in general and an inspiring story of two soldiers in a war. If you want to take one business books to read it has to be this one, it’s one of the best business books to read in 2019 about leadership.
That was our list of top 15 best business books to read. Now some of the books didn’t make it on our list but don’t worry we still have a couple of books about business, life, success, and networking to show you. Here is the list of our honorable mentions and also some of the best business books to read in 2019:
- The One Thing, By Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan
- The Lean Startup, By Eric Ries
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, By Stephen Covey
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things, By Ben Horowitz
- Influence: Science and Practice, By Robert Cialdini
- Do the Work, By Steven Pressfield
- The Big Leap, By Gay Hendricks
- Launch, By Jeff Walker
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, By Dale Carnegie
- Sell or Be Sold, By Grant Cardone