Personal development is an essential component of your success. After all, what better way to improve your skills than to learn from the experts? While there are many books about business that clutter the shelves of your local library or bookstore—all peddling advice on how to succeed in business— the books below advocate time-tested strategies that have proven to be successful.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Learn the habits of success from people who achieved great wealth in their lifetimes. Hill studied the wealthiest individuals of his time and narrowed their success to thirteen principles of personal achievement. Hill encourages people to rise above negativity and use desire, faith and persistence to achieve their goals.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie’s book will make you a better salesperson, businessperson and all around human being. Printed more than seven decades ago, Carnegie outlines the timeless techniques essential to relating to and communicating with everyone you meet, from remembering people’s names to taking a genuine interest in the person with whom you’re speaking.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Clason helps businesspeople organize their business and home finances through a collection of parables intended to distill financial wisdom and habits in an easy-to-understand way. The book reminds readers that it takes hard work and sacrifice to become rich and good habits and wise investments will help them maintain their fortune.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
The Alchemist is not a business book per se; however, the lessons learned in this short novel can be used in business, and many business leaders cite its influence on their lives. Humble shepherd, Santiago, follows a prophetic dream to discover and live his personal legend. Along the way, his experiences help him to realize his destiny, and to understand that the universe helped him achieve his “personal legend” when he decided to follow it.
Have you read a book that has influenced you in business? Share your recommendations in the comments section.
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