One of my most popular posts from a few years back was this one, where I listed the 17 most useful books I have ever read. Many of you have asked for a follow-up to this, and I’m here to please.
The below ten books are the best ten non-fiction books I have read outside of the 17 I already listed in the prior article. They are listed in no particular order; I strongly recommend all of them.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
This is the best book on overcoming fear and taking action that I have ever read. The science and psychology is sound. Like all the other books on this list, I highly recommended it.
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
One of the best core business skill books that has ever been written, written by a business genius. Lots of good time management techniques as well.
The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
The single best book on sales I have ever read, and I’ve read many. This is a hardcore, nuts and bolts, how-to guide on how to be the best salesperson in your industry.
How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People by Les Giblin
I consider this required reading along with How To Win Friends and Influence People. That book plus this book is pretty much all the basics on social behavior with other humans that you’ll ever need.
Rich Dad’s Prophecy by Robert Kiyosaki
This was the first book that really woke me up to the fact that economically speaking, the USA is totally screwed financially in the long-term… and how to profit from this instead of complaining about it. If you can’t save it, you might as well make money on its insanity. (Kiyosaki’s book Second Chance is essentially an updated sequel to this book and is just as good.)
Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
I include this book more for the sake of completeness rather than anything else, since I know most of you have already read it. If you haven’t read it, you need to, even though some of his specific examples are a little dated now. It’s a core Alpha Male 2.0 book.
Flash Foresight by Daniel Burrus
Fantastic book on how to predict future trends and profit from them. A must read for any business owner or investor in my opinion. Dan is fucking amazing; I’ve always admired him and consider him a genius. (I’ve spoken with him several times at business conventions.)
Transcend by Ray Kurzweil
Another futurist, though one more controversial. This book is about aging and longevity; the best book I have ever read on the subject.
Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
While the USA and the West are screwed, this book will demonstrate why the human race as a whole has a very, very bright future. Seriously; this book will change how you view the world. Great for developing a positive attitude, abundance mentality, and outcome independence.
Bag the Elephant by Steve Kaplan
Another core business book that I consider required reading for at least most business owners. It shows you exactly how to snag gigantic customers or clients. 100 new small customers is fun, but one new giant customer can literally change your entire financial life.
I’ll post more recommended book articles in the future. Feel free to give your own recommendations in the comments.