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Old 05-18-2008, 02:14 PM
Sean Adams Sean Adams is offline
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Top Business & Success Books of All Time

Feel free to add to this list, but here is my list based on the books I have read and the ones that have influenced me the no particular order...

Seizing Your Success by Wes Hopper

You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor

As You Wish by Carol Gates

The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be by Jack Canfield

Secrets of The Millionaire Mind: Mastering The Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

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

101 Ways To Promote Yourself by Raleigh Pinskey

Big Ideas For Small Service Businesses by Marilyn Ross

Words That Sell by Richard Bayan

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Caldwell

The Buffet Way by Robert G. Hagstrom

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard

The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer

Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
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Old 05-18-2008, 02:53 PM
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I will look in to these
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:19 AM
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Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
I thought this to be one of the most over rated pos books ever. It's horrible, I'm glad I got it from the library.

Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
Anthony Robbins is a Con Man ie. Tapping

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
I really like this book, but ONLY this book by this author. His others, such as E-Myth Contractor, are terrible. He basically is selling further services.

I would like to ADD.... Getting Things Done by David Allen. Check out the reviews of this book at if interested.
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:23 PM
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Well this book is from the mid 80s, But the guy I worked for at the time swears by it.

"The One Minute Manager"

He was a very sucessful business man after reading it.

I teach Small Engine Repair at Community Colleges and it Makes Me Kinda Silly Sometimes Dont me, its just my Opinion
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:49 PM
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The best guide to buisness is the Bible.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:33 PM
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"Mastering the Rockefeller Habits" by Verne Harnish is a great read.
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:29 AM
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"Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes, And Stay Out of Trouble!" By Bernard B. Kamoroff, CPA

Another guy on this site recommended it to me, the opening quote is "An entrepreneur is someone who takes a prospective employee out into the country, to a hillside overlooking a great estate, points to the mansion, the swimming pool, the stables, the tennis courts and says, "If you come with me and work your butt off, someday this will all be mine.""

I think about this quote every day and just go through the days until I can finally start my own landscape maintenance company.
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:32 PM
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I am currently reading The Sales Bible good read so far

Another one you nobody mentioned is Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I read this book my freshman year of high school and it really motivated me to get out and grow my biz.

He seems to have an ever increasing number of critics though.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:33 AM
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I think that most critics are critics because they did not get out of the book what they where expecting. Rich Dad Poor Dad is a good but vague book. Most professional development books do seem to be a bit on the leaving details out.

Secondly if the people teaching you how to get rich and build a business are employees of the noted author then how much credibility does that add.

Just a thought or two.

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