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My Top Ten Business and Motivational Books of all Time

My Top Ten Business and Motivational Books



Josh put together a great list here.  Enjoy!

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Recently Rick Rogala, the Real Estate Marketing Coach from Chicago, put up his list of top ten business/motivaitional/inspirational books, and being the book worm that I am, I thought I'd put up my own top ten. Susan Emo and I came up with an idea to do our own. Susan's is great and has some books not found on the top shelf. Check her's out!

1. The E-Myth, by Michael Gerber. If you want to run a business, instead of having just a sales job, this is an absolute MUST READ. This was life changing for me. Turning the Entrepreneur into a business owner.

2.  Book of Proverbs, The Bible. Check out the ramblings of the richest man that ever lived. Chuck full of easy to understand stories, parables and quotes on how to gain wisdom, success and wealth.

3. Emotional Intellegience, Daniel Goleman. This is perhaps the book that has had the biggest influence on my business career. Speaks of recognizing your emotions and those emotions of the people around you, and how that influences your behavior.

4. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie. An absolute must read. Enough said. Ok, well, one more thing. Did you know Warren Buffett credits a lot of his success to a Dale Carnegie course?

5. The Success Principles, Jack Canfield. Confession here- I am not all the way through this. So far, this is TREMENDOUSLY strong at helping me determine what is important.

6. Good to Great, Jim Collins. Good is the enemy of Great. Don't settle.

7. Richest Man in Babylon, George Clason. A quick must read for everyone who has finances ( I believe that would be all of us!

8. Art of the Deal, Donald Trump with Tony Schwartz. This is Trump before the TV show and a lot of the fame. Back when he was a hungry, smart and aggresive deal maker. Great insight that hasn't been watered down just to pump out a book.

9. Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki. Basic but fundamental book about employees, self employed, business owners and investors. Success doesn't have to be complicated.

10. The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren. Faith is a big part of this book, but even if you are not religious, this book is very insightful and will probably help you get through some sticking points in your business and life.

Honorable Mention:

Snowball, Alice Schroeder

You Can Negotiate Anything, Herb Cohen

The Puple Cow, Seth Godin

Often Wrong Never in Doubt, Donny Deutsch

let my people go surfing, the education of a reluctant businessman, Yvon Chouinard

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey


You'll notice I didn't put a link to Amazon or Barnes and Noble for any of these books. Either go to your library or support your local book reseller. I've never had a Barnes, Noble, or an Amazon list or sell their home with me, or donate to our local causes. BUT I have had employees of our local bookstore , River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, look at my homes, and donate to our charities!  

Joshua Holt                                                                                                                                            

RE/MAX Coast To Coast

Portsmouth, NH

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Comment balloon 8 commentsMirela Monte • January 12 2010 11:39AM


These are all great suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Sandy Wagner, Short Sale Specialist Tacoma, WA, and Gig Harbor, (RE/MAX Professionals 253.225.8322) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the book list Mirela.  The only one I've read is "Art of the Deal."  I'll have to add a few of these to my reading list for this year.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) almost 11 years ago

I like this list, Proverbs is one that gets looked over, I tried emyth revisited, maybe it was different but I did not finish it, I didn't care for it, Richest man in Babylon was very good and useful, how to win friends and influence people is great for communication skills, Rich dad poor day , couldn't put it down, Kepp wanting to get good to great, Purple cow was so good if you want to understand how to stand out, 7 habits is a staple and timeless. Thanks for the list.

Posted by Ross Quintana, Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966 (Real E Smarter) almost 11 years ago

I have not read any of these. Need to look over the list and pick a few. Thanks

Posted by Sharon Harris, Realtor (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) almost 11 years ago

Some great books! Proverbs, my favorite. Cool picture, That road has to lead to a big pot of Gold!

Posted by Matt McLaughlin (The Pest Force) almost 11 years ago

Mirela - Very good list!  Good to Great is by far my favorite as it has helped me business to include various facets in life.  All the best.

Posted by Kenneth Bargers (Prudential Woodmont Realty) almost 11 years ago

A good list Mirela.  I've actually read some of those.  Outside of the Bible, Dale Carnegie at #4 has be my all time favorite.  I read it in my early 20's and it has affected my whole life.  So much that when I gave a copy to my daughter a few years ago, then asked her a few weeks later if she had read any of it, she replied that she read about half and then quit.  When I inquired as to why, her response..."I already knew all of that Dad, you raised me on those principles.  I didn't need to read anymore than I did."  It was then that I realized just how much that one book affected my life.  Thank God for kids!

And Proverbs...great book indeed.  I remember hearing that Psalms is about man's relationship to God, but Proverbs was about man's relationship to man.  A great book of wisdom from a very wise man.  His other book, Ecc is also a very profound read.  I love it!

As for the E-Myth...oh great, now I have to go buy another book.  I'm already trying to read 3, and go through a couple of courses on top of what am I going to do...and I want to read Rich Dad, poor Dad, but I have few of Jeffrey Gittomer's books that I haven't had a chance to pick up and read since I bought them.  I need to be cloned.  Helllllppppppppppp.

There is one book that I somehow expected to see on your list, you know, that book about moving the cheese...LoL!  I just picture that as a book that you would love.  Read that yet?

So...anyway...just keep on smiling dear lady!


Posted by Gregory Lohr almost 11 years ago

great lsit and thanks for posting them on your blog - hope all is well in Myrtle Beach - cold here in charleston

Posted by Randall Sandin, 843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate (Carolina One Real Estate) almost 11 years ago