Here are Best books for Business in the last 20 years. If you have business or you want to start, go and read these books! Practice what you learn and apply what you see will achieve your result. Never every give up.
1-How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People is a self-help book written by Dale Carnegie, published in 1936. Over 30 million copies have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. In 2011, it was number 19 on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books.
I read this book before 8 years, it has many small things that will lead you to great benefits in your life. You might think, oh man … what I need from winning people and getting friends ! I am telling you ( It is not who you are, it is who you know).
2-Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in Virginia and died in 1970 after a long and successful career as a lecturer, an author, and as a consultant to business leaders.
Originally published: 1937
It is old book, but it keeps your dream on your mind to be achieved. Many criticism to this book which I agree with some of them – like it gives illogical ways! Not all…but it works for many people. What is the alternative !! okay many other books!! then, go read them and discover by yourself.
3-Good to Great by Jim Collins
Jim Collins presents many interesting business concepts throughout Good to Great. The research conducted for this book is complicated however Collins simplifies the process to more clearly explain why some things were included or omitted. Through the research, many concepts are presented and then emphasized using comparisons between two similar companies. Originally published: October 16, 2001
Already I wrote one post earlier GOOD to Great. The best sentence I love most ( Good is the enemy of Great!). Many criticism as I mentioned in the summary post, but it is the best management book I ever read and many people said this! Google is my witness.
4-‘Zero to One’ by Peter Thiel
If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.
The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
One written post is already here ( Zero To One ).
5-‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen
In today’s world, yesterday’s methods just don’t work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:
* Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
* Feel fine about what you’re not doing
From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.
It is one of best books for personal help. Time management and tricks with many methodology. You can read this book to be successful in term of your personal live then in your other plans in life.
6- SUN TZU Arts of War
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Late Spring and Autumn Period. The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, is composed of 13 chapters.
Written on 600 B.C in China, but the books has been translated to many languages. I read it from different translators! It shows you how every nation think in this philosophy. Its small book and teach you good morals.. the best version of this book is ( Joey Yap) because he wrote it from the perspective of chines culture toward business.
7- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
Named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century.
“Every so often a book comes along that not only alters the lives of readers but leaves an imprint on the culture itself. The 7 Habits is one of those books.” —Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations across the world. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Stephen Covey’s cherished classic commemorates his timeless wisdom, and encourages us to live a life of great and enduring purpose.
This book is essential morals and habits for INDIVIDUALS. Thus, it will get right person with good habit! How is this? because if you say the truth, it will be easy for the company to hire the right person to do the job. This book not talking about hiring…. am just connecting the result if you practice what is written… You have comfortable feeling with yourself first and with people around you. For better life and to be successful – read this book!
8-The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses is a book by Eric Ries describing his proposed lean startup strategy for startup companies. Ries developed the idea for the lean startup from his experiences as a startup advisor, employee, and founder.
Read the books who are written from experience! Even if these books are not famous… Especially, it they are in your country because each country has different things can be faced!
9-Model Business Letters, Emails By – Shirley Taylor
For anyone who wants to communicate effectively in business,this is your complete reference guide for any form of written communication.
Packed with over 500 sample documents, over 100 tips for better business writing and useful templates you can apply to your writing immediately, Model Business Letters will help you put the key rules of good business writing into action.
Is has many versions, take the latest one available. The latest version is the seventh edition. Most important thing in business is the communication! Read it and practice it, it is not story or philosophy book. This book needs action and practice to write the best business letter.
10-Ogilvy on Advertising, by David Ogilvy / Ogilvy confessions of anadvertising man
“We admire people who work hard, who are objective and thorough. We detest office politicians, toadies, bullies, and pompous asses. We abhor ruthlessness. The way up our ladder is open to everybody. In promoting people to top jobs, we are influenced as much by their character as anything else.” —David Ogilvy
David Ogilvy was considered the “father of advertising” and a creative genius by many of the biggest global brands. First published in 1963, this seminal book revolutionized the world of advertising and became a bible for the 1960s ad generation. It also became an international bestseller, translated into 14 languages. Fizzing with Ogilvy’s pioneering ideas and inspirational philosophy, it covers not only advertising, but also people management, corporate ethics, and office politics, and forms an essential blueprint for good practice in business.
It more philosophy about advertising than learning how to do it. Also, you will learn how the simplicity is greater than complex in Advertising. You might said, oh it is old book about marketing and now the world is different! You are right, but the human brain is the same!
11-The Art Of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
A new product, a new service, a new company, a new division, a new organization, a new anything—where there’s a will, here’s the way.
It begins with a dream that just won’t quit, the once-in-a-lifetime thunderbolt of pure inspiration, the obsession, the world-beater, the killer app, the next big thing. Everyone who wants to make the world a better place becomes possessed by a grand idea.
12-Start Your Own Business by Rieva Lesonsky
Tapping into more than 33 years of small business expertise, the staff at Entrepreneur Media takes today’s entrepreneurs beyond opening their doors and through the first three years of ownership
YOUR ROAD MAP to BUSINESS SUCCESS
From the editors of Entrepreneur magazine, this bestselling business startup book has helped hundreds of thousands of readers start their own businesses. Revised, expanded and updated, the 4th edition will help you save time and money, minimize mistakes and maximize profits.
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13-The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
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As they said, read the book from the experiences. This book is very good for the process of the business from small to larger company. It has the steps that you need to learn and how to make your business grow and how to make it run without you. My criticism about this book, it did not mention how to create the operation system and its structure.
14-Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansso
From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few bucks or even free
Buy this book and read it twice! It is brief and has many things you need to know for your business. You are saving money and time and getting closer to your business goals from this book.
15-The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.
While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.
Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.
Read this book 2, 3 and more times. Download the audio of this book. It will give you the ugly and hard reality about business. It is not negative or decreasing your motivation, it is telling you what the hell will happen to you and your business and how normal it is!! So, clam down and be a man and face the business world. Already we have earlier post, Best business book you ever read since it published 2014 till now 2021
I hope this post will help you to arrange your reading list of the best business books in general.