206 Top Business Books Recommended by Business Professionals. I wanted to find the outstanding business books — books which truly helps to grow as a business orientated person. So, I have interviewed 97 top online entrepreneurs and marketers and asked to share their very best business books they have ever read and would feel totally confident recommending to others. In total, they’ve suggested me more than 200 various business related books (206 exactly), which I’m going to share with you here, on this article. If you want you can download a full list in PDF or for your Kindle readerI love reading business books (and you’re probably doing it as well, isn’t it?), because it’s one of the easiest ways to learn and grow for the lowest possible investment you can get today.

Besides this, it has also many other benefits.

But here’s one small issue:

It’s quite hard to find books that would be really worth of your time investment.


Of course, to look for other people’s recommendations.

But the question is…

Whose need to ask for those recommendations?

Friends? Colleagues?

Yes, this is one of the possible solutions.

But I have something better!

One day I thought that the best business books recommendations should be by those people who have already achieved something in business.

Wouldn’t it be great to know what Chris Guillebeau, Nir Eyeal or Leonard Kim are reading?

If the answer is yes – then keep reading.

I wanted to find the outstanding business books — books which truly helps to grow as a business orientated person.

So, I have interviewed 97 top online entrepreneurs and marketers and asked to share their very best business books they have ever read and would feel totally confident recommending to others.

And it was a huge success!

In total, they’ve suggested me more than 200 various business related books (206 exactly), which I’m going to share with you here, on this article.

But first, to help you narrow down your reading list, I’ve prepared a list of top 10 most recommended books:

Top 10 Most Recommended Business Books to Read

What a great list, isn’t it?

Actually there are more of them.

I’ve listed all those recommendations by each expert just below this article.

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Daniel Wesley

Daniel Wesley

Top Books:

  1. Austin Kleon – Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative – While it’s a fairly short read, Kleon provides amazing insights for anyone whose work or passions revolve around being creative. It’s so fascinatingly succinct, with applicable tips I find myself using all the time. An all-time favorite, and one I’ve gifted many times to friends and colleagues over the years.
  2. Eric Ries – The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Something I’d consider a “must-read” for any entrepreneur at any level. It’s got plenty of applicable knowledge for businesses of any size, but the core concept of building a feedback loop to make progress and grow is something I feel is truly fundamental to success.
  3. Jonah Berger – Contagious: Why Things Catch On – There’s a lot to be said for the framework and strategies this book has to offer, but what really makes it special are the case studies presented. How these are put together makes it wonderfully illuminating to anyone even remotely interested in marketing and business.


John Boitnott

John Boitnott

Top Books:

  1. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough by by Adam Smiley Poswolsky – This one can help you develop a good outlook as you look for jobs that are fulfilling.
  2. Top of Mind: Use Content to Unleash Your Influence and Engage Those Who Matter To You  by John Hall – This one can help you use content marketing to build engagement.
  3. The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs by Anne Ahola Ward – This one helps with good strategies for search marketing.


Twitter: @jboitnott

Leonard Kim

Leonard Kim

Top Books:

  1. Accelerate: 9 Capabilities to Achieve Success at Any Career Stage by by May Busch – Accelerate is written by May Busch, former Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Europe. She writes about her journey of how she rose up from her starting role as a junior analyst, learned the office politics game and overcame adversity from all angles to make it to the top.
  2. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills – The Four Agreements is a simple and easy read, yet it holds the formula for everything you need to win at life. Before I started practicing the four agreements, my life was a complete mess. Once I started to incorporate the message into my everyday life, I was able to start to get back on track. Now, whenever I do anything, I hold myself to the standards that this book laid out.
  3. Corporate Cliches: An Adult Coloring Book for Passive Aggressive Stress Relief Against Eye-Roll Inducing Office Sayings by John Lim, Jenn L and Brian B – This book is a coloring book. Let’s face it. Learning is great, but work is stressful. And sometimes you need to take your mind off of things. This book lets you color away so you don’t have to worry about the every day stresses of the office.


Twitter: @MrLeonardKim

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Evan Carmichael

Evan Carmichael

Top Books:

  1. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
    I learned a lot about time management and delegating from this book. I’m not a fan of a 4 hour workweek because if you love what you do and it’s important to you, you should want to spend more time making an impact… but the productivity and outsourcing strategies are still relevant and helpful to today’s entrepreneur.
  2. Radicals and Visionaries by Thaddeus Wawro
    This book covers successful entrepreneurs and their stories in 3-4 pages at a time. It’s a quick read to get ideas and motivation on a daily basis. I used to start my day reading one story from this book each day before I started my YouTube channel. Some of the stories are dated but it’s still a great book.
  3. Keep ANY Promise by Karim Ismail
    If you get this book make sure to get the workbook as well. This is where I found the most value in figuring out what my ideal life looked like and creating a plan to get there.


Twitter: @EvanCarmichael

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Your One Word: The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter by Evan Carmichael

Ian Brodie

Top Books:

  1. I’d recommend “Deep Work” and “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport. If you want to make a big difference, stand out from the crowd and create things of real value then these are essential.
  2. Great Leads by Michael Masterson & John Forde will teach you how to write in a way that sells.
  3. Finally I’d recommend reading a (quality) trashy novel. If you only read business books you become really dull. Read what your customers are reading – something by Lee Child or John Grisham for example. You’ll also learn how to write in ways that engage your audience.


Twitter: @ianbrodie

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Shane Barker

Shane Barker

Top Books:

  1. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works” by Dan Harris
    A blunt, no-nonsense self-help book that empowered me to effectively deal with my restrictive inner critic. Dan’s skeptical take on self-discovery hits close to home, and is a refreshing change from the usual books in this genre. The book guided me to break free from my self-limiting thoughts, and actually helped me handle stress better, which has always been a challenge for me.
  2. Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy” by Martin Lindstrom
    This is a great book for both consumers and marketers. Consumers can learn how brands persuade them to buy their products with tricks, seduction, fear, and even addictive chemicals. Marketers can learn a lot about brand positioning, and the importance of connecting with consumers on an emotional level.
  3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown
    A must-read for those who get overwhelmed too often and too easily. This book taught me the art of self-discipline for a more structured and well-balanced lifestyle. It has helped me utilize my time more efficiently by eliminating unnecessary thoughts and activities. It taught me how to discipline myself to focus on what’s truly important.


Twitter: @shane_barker

Ryan Biddulph

Ryan Biddulph - Blogging from Paradise

Top Books:

My fave 3 books for business are Think and Grow Rich, A Course in Miracles and The Science of Getting Rich.

Think and Grow Rich is a classic. I enjoyed reading it to set up the fundamentals for my online business. A Course in Miracles is a spiritual book but has done more for my business growth than anything I’ve read. The Science of Getting Rich has been a helpful money-making manual for manifesting cash without straining or striving or working myself to the bone.


Twitter: @RyanBiddulph

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Solopreneur Ronin: Break the Chains, Earn Your Freedom, and Engineer a Happy Life Blogging from Anywhere by Ryan Biddulph

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich SpinSucks.com

Top Books:

  1. Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow – This book is focused on those of us who run service businesses and need to get out from under being the name and face of the organization. If you want to build your business into something you can eventually sell, either because you’re retiring or it’s time to do something else, this is the book to help you strategically think through your 10-year business plan.
  2. The Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know by Bob Beaudine – We’ve all been taught to go mine our LinkedIn connections and see who we know in common that will be a good fit for our businesses. We go to trade shows and events. We attend cocktail receptions and coffees. We spend A LOT of time with people who will never buy from us, just in case. This book turns that traditional style of networking on its head and makes you think differently about how to reach the right people.
  3. Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris Ducker – We’re entering a time where artificial intelligence and machine learning are taking over the humans. This book helps you think through not only how to grow your business in today’s virtual, artificial intelligence world, but how to do it strategically and inexpensively.


Twitter: @ginidietrich

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Marketing in the Round How to Develop an Integrated Marketing Campaign in the Digital Era by Gini Dietrich

Ivana Taylor

Ivana Taylor

Top Books:

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan, Kim Renée and A. Mauborgne
    One of the first books to make a splash in the disruptive marketing space has to be “Blue Ocean Strategy,: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant “  @BlueOceanStrtgy.  This has been a bestseller since its initial publication more than 15 years ago and it continues to be the touchstone book when folks talk about the idea of turning industries and markets on their ear — and how to do it.The idea is straightforward.  As long as you’re comparing yourself to companies in your industry and against the same attributes that define success in a category, you are creating bloody red oceans.  The way to truly succeed is to transform your industry or category be transforming the attributes that define it.  In other words, create clean “blue oceans” where there is no competition.
  2. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen
    If you like “Blue Ocean Strategy”, you’ll want to meet Clay Christiansen (@claychristensen).  When you Google Disruptive Innovation, disruptive marketing, disruptive entrepreneurship, his books an his name will often come up first.  Check you his book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail “.Christiansen says that most companies will miss out on new innovation opportunities regardless of what industry they are in because they do NOT do the two most basic things that we are taught in business school; listen to the customer and place your time and money in those areas that have the highest return.
  3. Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work by Whitney L. Johnson
    Whether you are an employee or an entrepreneur, there’s no reason why you can’t put the principles of disruption to work in your own life and career. In “Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work” by Whitney Johnson @johnsonwhitney you’ll learn how to take the right risks, play to your strengths, embrace the constraints in your life, watch out for the entitlement mindset, learn how to go sideways and take on the stand of always being curious.


Twitter: @DIYMarketers

Benji Hyam

Benji Hyam - GrowandConvert.com

Top Books:

  1. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight – It’s the founding story of Nike. There was a ton about the backstory that I didn’t know and it drives home the point to focus on quality and creating the best product.
  2. Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat by Michael Masterson  – It shares how to grow a business from 0 to $100M and all of the stumbling blocks that hold you back at every stage of a growing business and how to solve for them. Tons of takeaways and actionable ideas that you can immediately apply to your business.
  3. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger  – Research and case studies about why things catch on. Gives you ideas for how to make things go viral and how to generate word of mouth for your business.


Twitter: @benjihyam

Nick Loper

Nick Loper - Side Hustle Nation

Top Books:

  1. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki – A solid foundational classic. Invest for cash flow. Buy or build assets.
  2. The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann – Be helpful first, and be open to receiving the good things that flow back to you.
  3. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson and John David Mann – Make consistent progress, even when it seems meaningless in the near-term.


Twitter: @nloper

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Steve Scott

Steve Scott - Develop Good Habits

Top Books:

  1. 4 Hour Workweek –Tim Ferriss. I first read Four Hour Workweek in 2007, not too long after I had already started my own online career. His ideas seemed to bring clarity to a lot of ideas that had been percolating in my brain. Using 80/20 for tasks; focusing on core genius; farming out simple tasks to virtual assistants and working to live and not living to work were all central to the core of what I wanted out of life and Ferriss shared great ideas about these topics. Some of his ideas may be outdated. .. and Few people can really get away with a true, “Four Hour Workweek”. But I still find this to be a wonderful book that has great ideas and a ton of inspiration for anyone looking to work outside of the mainstream.
  2. Deep Work – Cal Newport. This is one of the more recent books that I loved. Cal’s point in this book is that we need to proactively set aside time to focus on the one thing that really matters to your business. Which in my case means writing. No matter what else happens, or how many of the “trivial things that matter” pop up setting time for deep work as become a core of my work week. And has helped to steady my output and success.
  3. Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg. This book is not directly about business, entrepreneurs or productivity, leadership or anything like that. However it can do more for leaders, businessmen, entrepreneurs etc. than dozens of other great books. This book is still one of the single best books ever written on why our habits are integral in every single aspect of our lives and how to make changes in our habits for the better. Some small shadow of an idea from this book has been cast in every single book I have every written. Powerful and influential.


Twitter: @habitsguy

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Greg Satell

Greg Satell - Digital Tonto

Top Books:

  1. The Halo Effect: . . . and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers by Phil Rosenzweig – One of the best management books you can read.
  2. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal, David Silverman,  Tantum Collins and Chris Fussell – If you want to learn about artificial intelligence and machine learning, this is THE book.
  3. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos – If you want to learn about artificial intelligence and machine learning, this is THE book.


Twitter: @Digitaltonto

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Eli Seekins

Top Books:

I love to read. I read several books a week, and always have a stack near my bed. Some of my all time favorites are Tribes and Linchpin (both by Seth Godin), and Crush it! by Gary Vaynerchuk. I just clicked with all three – and they fired me up!


Twitter: @eliseekins

Henneke Duistermaat

Top Books:

  1. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath –  the best book about communication I’ve ever read.
  2. The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything by Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh – a great guide to finding your path in business and in life.
  3. Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book by Lynda Barry – for anyone who feels tired of reading business books, this book will encourage you to draw and be more creative even if you feel you can’t draw.


Twitter: @HennekeD

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Tim Felmingham

Tim Felminghem

Top Books:

  1. Number 1 would have to be The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. This is the book that led me to seek, and find a better way of living my life. It set me on my passive income journey back in 2008. The book changed my life so much, I’ve since given away about 40 copies of it. So far, none of the people I’ve give it to have done anything with it!
  2. Number 2 is Russell Brunson’s DotCom Secrets. This really encapsulates everything that I believe his work is essential in online marketing. It represents the state of the art in 2017.
  3. Number 3 is Anything You Want by Derek Sivers. Derek is an incredibly interesting guy — he founded CD Baby, built it from nothing and sold it for millions, and then gave all the money away. That counts as interesting in my book! In ‘Anything you want’ he shows how to build a business in a human way, and get extraordinary results simply by helping people.


Twitter: @timfel

Wilson Hung

Wilson Hung

Top Books:

  1. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg – great book that teaches the 19 marketing channels that can be leverage to grow a business. Includes a bunch of examples and the bullseye framework on how to prioritize these channels
  2. Total Recall (Enhanced Edition): My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger – not directly a business related book, but tons of great learnings from Arnold’s life story. Everything from how he sets goals, surrounds himself with experts, and how he gets creative with overcoming roadblocks
  3. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport – this book has structured how I do work everyday. Everything from creating a deep work environment, it’s not about how many hours you work but the amount of deep work you get in, and removing distractions.


Twitter: @WilsonGHung

Joshua Spodek

Joshua Spodek

Top Books:

  1. Getting to Yes, which is the book on negotiation. Through it I learned to see business as working with people, learning the importance of relationships and empathy.
  2. Next is Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. I write about it at length in my book, what to learn from it to improve your life.


Twitter: @spodek

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Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow by Joshua Spodek

Beth Buelow

Beth Buelow - theintrovertentrepreneur.com

Top Books:

  1. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks PhD – Learning about the Zones of Excellence and Genius has helped me to see where I and my clients might be missing opportunities to evolve, as well as how to identify obstacles.
  2. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull – Great insights on company culture and how to keep creativity flowing in the face of competing agendas, leadership changes, and external market forces.
  3. Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck by Chip Heath and  Dan Heath – Essential reading for every entrepreneur and leader. It provides valuable guidance on how to create clear, direct, story-focused messaging.


Twitter: @introvertcoach

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The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Beth Buelow

Rieva Lesonksy

Rieva Lesonsky - Small Biz Daily

Top Books:

  1. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf – Steve knows more about entrepreneurship than anyone I know.
  2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  3. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett – I just love reading quotes. I find the educational, interesting and inspirational.


Twitter: @Rieva

Janice Wald

Janice Wald - Mostly Blogging

Top Books:

  1. WordPress: 665 Free WordPress Plugins for Creating Amazing and Profitable Websites (SEO, Social Media, Content, eCommerce, Images, Videos, and Security) by Chad Tennant – There are so many plugins. How does one know which to choose to install? The book gave me enough information that I became knowledgeable about the plugins and could make informed decisions.
  2. How To Turn Your Blog Into A Six-Figure Money Making Machine by Sarah Titus – Sara’s book explained there are milestone you reach as a blogger. (I’m actually blogging about them tomorrow.) Her book gave me inspiration. I became driven to reach the milestones she discussed, and my blog has grown as a result.


Twitter: @MrsPaznanki

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An Insider's Guide to Building a Successful Blog: Tips and tricks from the creator of Mostly Blogging by Janice Wald

Suzi Whitford

Suzi Whitford - Start a Mom Blog

Top Books:

  1. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox –  a great real life book to help you understand Lean Manufacturing. And the principles of Lean can be applied to any online business too – eliminate waste and improve processes.
  2. The One Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results by Gary Keller – helps you focus on the most important things in your life so you can excel and grow quickly.


Twitter: @startamomblog

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Blog by Number by Suzi Whitford

Clement Lim

Clement Lim

Top Books:

  1. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini PhD – Anyone who works in marketing needs to understand how persuasion works. Dr. Robert Cialdinisets out the six key principles of persuasion.
  2. Content Inc.: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses by Joe Pulizzi – Content marketing, done correctly, can build you a huge audience for your brand. Joe Pulizzi is one of the gurus in this field, and he shares his blueprint for success in this book.
  3. The Adweek Copywriting Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Powerful Advertising and Marketing Copy from One of America’s Top Copywriters by Joseph Sugarman – Copywriting is salesmanship in print. If you want to learn to write words that attract, engage and convert, legendary copywriter Joseph Sugarman shows you how.


Twitter: @limwrites

Gail Gardner

Gail Gardner

Top Books:

  1. Recommended: How to sell through networking and referrals by Andy Lopata – how to get more referrals from clients and other people you know.
  2. Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed: Leverage Resources, Establish Online Credibility and Crush Your Competition by Patrick Schwerdtfeger – Excellent for entrepreneurs, small businesses and their employees and managers as well as the self-employed.
  3. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk – If you use Facebook – and we all have to because that is where the most users spend their time – you really need to have this book. For the examples. As soon as you see them you’ll realize – as I did – why FB just isn’t working as well for you
    as it could.


Twitter: @growmap

Mark Sieverkropp

Mark Sieverkropp

Top Books:

  1. The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton – this book is responsible for my taking the leap into blogging and online marketing.
  2. Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker – since I live in the world of affiliate marketing and product launches, this book is an absolute MUST READ from the king of product launches.
  3. How to Write Copy That Sells: The Step-By-Step System for More Sales, to More Customers, More Often by Ray Edwards – Ray is one of the best copywriters in the world and his book gives you a rock-solid framework for writing sales and business copy that will sell whatever you are trying to promote.


Twitter: @Skropp2

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Ryan Ruud

Ryan Ruud

Top Books:

  1. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries – Whether launching a business, a new product or trying to drive growth of a new idea inside an existing fortune brand, the Lean Startup is hands down the go-to book. I love the framework Reis provides. Easily replicable or you can take pieces of it you like and execute as it makes sense to your unique situation. The premise is to always be iterating through your idea and product. If you plan to spend a bunch of time building a product and then take it to market without any feedback, you stand a good chance of failure. As a marketer by trade, I like the idea of testing and insight driven iteration.
  2. American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman – Everyone loves a good come back story. American Icon takes a peak behind the curtain at the miracle Alan Mullally pulled off when he pulled Ford back from the brink of bankruptcy during the Great Recession, a time when other car manufacturers were also struggling and taking government bailouts. As a marketer I love it because it’s an iconic American brand. But as a business person, seeing the inner workings of a American legacy company on the brink is also interesting.
  3. Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown – This book just came out and I’m just finishing it up. Growth hacking is trendy right now but for those looking to understand what it is, it’s a must ready. Whether you’re a marketer or business owner if the notion of rapid growth is part of your goals, read this. Too often I come across clients that have unrealistic expectations. Their goals don’t align with what needs to happen to achieve them. Whether it’s the amount of work or the speed at which we need to move and iterate. Hacking Growth is the perfect complement to the Lean Startup.


Twitter: @ryanruud

Brian Lang

Top Books:

  1. Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal (Business Skills and Development) by Oren Klaff – A good book for learning about the selling process and also for anyone interested in learning about how to get funding for business.
  2. The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert and Bond Halbert – Study these to learn about copywriting from an expert copywriter.
  3. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith – A good book to learn about the psychology and mindsets necessary for success.


Twitter: @sbizideasblog

Gina Horkey

Gina Horkey - Gorkey Handbook

Top Books:

  1. I’m almost finished with The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and love the concept of not just waking up earlier, but waking up with a purpose. As a mom of young kids (three and five years old), it’s hard for me to find “me time,” especially since they’re early risers! But I’ve been starting my workdays at 4am for the last several weeks and haven’t been happier! I use the first three hours to plan exactly what I’m going to get done, do some self-development reading, go to the gym and work on my first MIT (most important task) of the day. It’s been great!
  2. Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra is a quick and easy read that teaches you how to focus on the outcome of your users using your products or services, not the products or services themselves. By doing so, you’ll make the user experience better, your users more successful and your business more successful as a result!
  3. The 12 Week Year is another of my fav reads of 2017 by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington. The book teaches you how to set goals and execute during just the next 12 weeks, rather than planning for the next 12 months. The idea is to stay hyper-focused and get more done in the next 12 weeks than you would in the next 12 months, because every week (and day!) counts.


Twitter: @horkeyhandbook

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Make Money As A Freelance Writer by Gina Horkey

Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood - Fundera

Top Books:

  1. Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street – An easy read with a ton of actionable, effective advice on one of the most difficult parts of running a business or leading a team: recruiting.
  2. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares – A very well-summarized attack plan for any company just starting to think about marketing or a good gut-check for companies with mature marketing plans. Tons of actionable advice that works from people who know what they’re talking about.
  3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg – Every woman in business needs to read this, but frankly, men, too. You don’t know what you don’t know and it will open up your eyes.


Twitter: @Mere_Wood

Francesca Nicasio

Francesca Nicasio Be a Freelance Writer

Top Books:

  1. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks PhD – This is a book that teaches you how to overcome the mental and emotional barriers keeping from taking your business, career, and life to the next level. A great read for anyone who feels stuck in their life or career.
  2. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy – Eat That Frog is one of the most practical productivity books I’ve read. The pointers that Brian shares are easy to follow, and will help you get more (important) stuff done.
  3. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss – I know this book has been mentioned tons of times in business circles, but it is one of the best books I’ve read on lifestyle design and entrepreneurship. Even if you’re not planning to build a 4-hour-a-week business or take frequent mini-retirements, the principles that Tim outlined in his book can be applied in many areas of your life.


Twitter: @francescaSN

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Tommy Landry

Tommy Landry - Return on Now

Top Books:

  1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins – Excellent book about business management that analyzes why some companies are merely “good” while others manage to make the leap to “great.” I consider this a must read for anyone with aspirations of starting or helping grow a business.
  2. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco – Presented in a no nonsense but irreverent fashion, this book goes through the though process it takes to accelerate earnings and generate quality, sound business ideas quickly. The title reads like a “get right quick” scheme textbook, but it’s much more than that.
  3. Wealth Can’t Wait: Avoid the 7 Wealth Traps, Implement the 7 Business Pillars, and Complete a Life Audit Today! by David Osborn and Paul Morris –  Recently published, this one is a huge synopsis on how to succeed now rather than later by focusing on improvements to mindset and habits, and the type of activities that more successful business people take on to help them make their dreams a reality.


Twitter: @tommy_landry

Brenda Stoltz

Brenda Stoltz

Top Books:

  1. Scaling Up : How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish –  If you’re trying to grow a company, this provides a roadmap of dos and don’ts.
  2. The Challenger Sale: How To Take Control of the Customer Conversation by Matthew Dixon and  Brent Adamson – Many sales reps and managers think it’s all about relationship selling. This book turns that on its head.
  3. Inbound Marketing, Revised and Updated: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah – Without a doubt a seminal book on the shifts in how buyers have changed their buying process and habits in the last 10 years and how to adjust to that.


Twitter: @BSStoltz

Bryan Collins

Top Books:

The best three business books I’ve read are All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin, Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull and The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker. Seth’s book teaches writers, artists, business people, marketers and so on how to tell authentic stories about their products, ideas and services (he’s having fun with the title). Ed’s book is a great insight into how a creative company like Pixar work through failure to get to success. Drucker’s book is a classic for anyone who wants to get contribute more to (and even lead) a company of any size.


Twitter: @BryanJCollins

Personal Book

The Power of Creativity (Book 1): Learning How to Build Lasting Habits, Face Your Fears and Change Your Life by Bryan Collins

Elizabeth K. Bradley

Elizabeth Bradley

Top Books:

I loved Essentialism, Tribes, and Unmarketing. Those books helped me stay focused on what’s essential and eliminate the activities and such that bring me down or take away from my focus, and they also helped me to put my attention on leadership and building a community.


Twitter: @ek_bradley

Katy Whitton

Katy Whitton - Flipping Heck

Top Books:

  1. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey
    Covey builds on a lot of the previous work of Dale Carnegie and the principles written in “How to win friends and influence people“. Covey compresses Carnegie’s principles into just 7 habits which deal with how we look at ourselves, how we perceive others and how to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Covey’s book is well written (I find Carnegie’s a bit old fashioned to be honest) and his examples and explanations are easy to understand and apply.
    This book really made be think about my dealings with co-workers and clients and taught me to understand that not every interaction is a battle of wills but can be a meaningful interaction if you go about it the right way.
  2. Getting Things Done – David Allen
    This book seriously changed my life – and I’m not exaggerating! Before reading Allen’s book I thought I was relatively efficient and organised but when I started to go through his exercises I was shocked at how many items I was storing in my “psychic RAM”. Weekly reviews really help me stay on top of my game and the “2 Minute Rule” was a game changer for me – I hardly ever have any small, annoying tasks left on my to-do list at the end of the day.
  3. The Myth Of Multitasking: How doing it all gets nothing done – Dave Crenshaw
    I was given this book a few years ago as a review copy and I still refer back to it now. The idea of Background Tasking (filling in those annoying gaps while we’re waiting for something to finish) was a real light-bulb moment for me and has enabled me to up my productivity to a new level.


Twitter: @FlipHeck

Personal Book

Managing Web Projects

Louie Luc

 Louie Luc

Top Books:

  1. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (by Walter Isaacson): This biography of Steve Jobs is unquestionably a real finding. It tells the story of one of most brilliant minds of our times. Even if you’re not an Apple fan like me (I do like Apple’s products; but I can’t say I’m a die-hard fan), you’ll be amazed by Jobs’ inventiveness and genius. You’ll better understand why Steve Jobs acted the way he did (or, at least, learn how it all started) and you’ll be motivated to further explore and expand on your ideas, write better stuff, produce better products or build better services and always aim higher to provide quality and awesomeness to your readers or customers. I’m not saying you’ll be pushed to go out and change the world but you’ll definitely be influenced by Jobs’ philosophy, way of thinking and doing business.
  2. The 4-Hour Workweek (by Timothy Ferriss): Pick your choice: a) work to live; b) live to work. If you’ve chosen the former, you’re going to love Tim Ferriss’ bestseller classic. It’s all about the lifestyle design: living your life to its fullest right now while still in your prime or working years. In this book, the author teaches you how you can enjoy life, spend more time with your family and friends, travel the world and simply have fun. By showing how to manage time more efficiently, focusing on the really important stuff and outsourcing repetitive and time-consuming tasks you will understand how you can live the life of the rich working less hours but being incomparably more productive.
  3. Will It Fly? (by Pat Flynn): If you’re thinking about starting an online business you should consider reading Pat Flynn’s book first. In his book the beloved online entrepreneur, blogger and podcaster walks you through a series of steps and exercises to help you brainstorm ideas, pick the very best, test and validate the winning one so that you can be confident you’re not wasting time, resources and money with a failure. If your idea passes all the tests, you’ll be good to go and are authorized for takeoff. “Will It Fly?” is especially helpful for newbies and it mostly encompasses all of Pat’s blog and podcasts business tips in one book.


Twitter: @BuzzNitrous

Gonzalo Gil

Top Books:

  1. Great By Choice by Jim Collins – this book has some real strong lessons that can be applied to both business and personal life.
  2. Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown – if you’re in the tech space, this book is bound to help you come up with a new idea for growth.
  3. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – this book has an interesting take on what makes humans happy and talks about how to achieve the flow state with your work. It can go a long way to helping you hone in on your craft and appreciate your daily challenges.


Twitter: @Gonzalogil

Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory - dagmarmarketing.com

Top Books:

  1. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy –  If you want to understand how Google thinks this is a must read.
  2. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell – Digital Marketing moves so fast that many times you have to trust your first impression and go for it.
  3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins – The enemy of Great is Good. I have found this to be true. When things are going well we have no need to iterate and that will keep us from reaching our greatest potential.


Twitter: @ChrisGregoryJax

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Lisa Sicard

Marius, thanks for having me in this round-up post. There are so many great recommendations here, it would take quite some time to read all these books. I can’t wait to check some of them out soon. Thank you!

Michael Pozdnev

Thanks a ton for doing this, Marius! Now I need to find a couple of hundred hours to read all these awesome books. 🙂

Donna Merrill

Hi Marius, I see some of my buddies on this list and there are so many more I don’t know. You sure have done a wonderful roundup post. I did notice that many of your guests listed “Think and Grow Rich” – an oldie but a goodie. What a wonderful resource of information.

Ryan Biddulph

Thanks for including me Marius!


P V Ariel

Hi Marius,
What an amazing Roundup! 🙂
I could see some so familiar faces. But a majority in the list are not known to me.
Good to know what they like in relations to reading. A good number of new books mentioned in this “top 10 most recommended books” Thanks for sharing.
Keep sharing.
~ Philip Ariel

Lauren Gilmore

Marius! Thanks for including me in the list. Wonderful collection. Can’t wait to get started on some of these I haven’t read yet.

Evan Carmichael

Thanks for the love 🙂

Clement Lim

Great job Marius. Lots of interesting suggestions from people I highly respect.

I’ve added a few titles to my “Books to read” list.

Thanks for including me.

Will be sharing!

Andrew M. Warner
Andrew M. Warner

Hey Marius,

Wow. This is a collection of individuals — and a great collection of books. My goodness, there’s some that are listed here that I’d love to read.

Thanks for allowing me to share my 2 cents on this post. Really appreciate it buddy.

Have a great day.


Thanks for this Marius, great resource. Would love to know how you went about it & got all these amazing people to share with you!

Rahul kandal

reading your blog first time and m amaze to see such high quality post keep sharing ..

Muthoni Wambugu

This is such a formidable list. I have read a couple of them more than thrice. And everytime, I grasp something that I had not before. One book recently published and will be mentioned on this list over and over again (in the near future) is the Mass Persuasion Method by Bushra Azhar.

Suren Sarukhanyan

Hi Marius, thanks for this awesome post and thanks to all contributors for amazing book tips to read. Now I need to have few sleepless nights reading all the recommended books. I couldn’t find one book that always helped me in life and business. It can be irrelevant as it is not particularly a business book but “The Art of War” is the one book standing out with its influence in my personal and professional life.


WOW! Most of them I even didn’t know that exist. What A great resource for me, since I am in the similar sphere as you probably. 😉 I like to read personal development and sometimes business based books to keep myself sharp, my favorite now is Principles by Ray Dalio. Thanks for sharing 😉

Abigail Alexandra

Great job Marius. Lots of interesting suggestions from people I highly respect.
Well Done And Thanks Alot

Harshwardhan Singh

Got to love business books, 4-hour work week is of my favorites, a must read!

cetak yasin

What an amazing Roundup!
I could see some so familiar faces. But a majority in the list are not known to me.
Good to know what they like in relations to reading. A good number of new books mentioned in this “top 10 most recommended books” Thanks


hey Marius, this is amazing, thanks for sharing this awesome list of the world’s best books for business professional to read in 2018, this is quite interesting. Keep up the great job!


Which is the best book among all for knowing about how to gain profit in the startups? Can anyone suggest me with this?

ayush singh

I loved to read books in my free time but I don’t know which types of books I should read. After reading your article I get my answer.
Thanks for sharing.

Rajan Arora

The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful People Is My Favorite! Great Post! And you can also include ‘How to be a Bawse’ by Lily Singh.


Thanks for listing such awesome books and saving my time going through the internet to look for the best books.


Best business books recommendations I have ever seen on the Internet.

Great job!