Top Business & Success Books of All Time

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Sean Adams, May 18, 2008.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
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    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 most....in 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
     
  2. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I will look in to these
     
  3. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.

    Anthony Robbins is a Con Man ie. Tapping

    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 Amazon.com if interested.
     
  4. Partsangel

    Partsangel LawnSite Member
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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.

    Mike
     
  5. Green Earth Inc.

    Green Earth Inc. LawnSite Member
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    The best guide to buisness is the Bible.
     
  6. snomaha

    snomaha LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 907

    "Mastering the Rockefeller Habits" by Verne Harnish is a great read.
     
  7. WGLandscapeMaintenance

    WGLandscapeMaintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,549

    "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.
     
  8. STL Cuts

    STL Cuts LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
     
  9. cod8825

    cod8825 LawnSite Senior Member
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    STL:

    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.

    Matt
     
  10. A_Patriot_Lawn_Care

    A_Patriot_Lawn_Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    The Worlds Greatest Salesman
    by Og Mandino
     

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