The business path to wealth is considered risky by many, but that's only because they don't understand the role of business in a properly designed wealth plan.
The surprising truth is you only need one win to create enough wealth to last you a lifetime.
If you look at the Forbes 400, you'll notice that nearly every single person on that list made their money through business, in some form or another.
Building a business might seem daunting, but it can be both extremely rewarding and lucrative when you know how the game is played.
These business and entrepreneur books will get you on the shortest path to wealth by providing you with the tools and mindset needed to succeed.
This is an older book, but the lessons are timeless. Collins and his team set out to find what made some companies succeed, while others fail. He distills his findings into a handful of principles that any business owner should know to keep their company afloat during the worst and best times.
This book is responsible for changing the way many people think about business – specifically, the amount of time they devote to it. It will teach you how to leverage others to get more of your time back, while still earning enough to live the life you want. It’s a great read for anyone, particularly for those who want to have a lifestyle business.
Hailed as one of the best books on launching a startup, Ries describes the lean startup method he developed while working with companies in Silicon Valley, and shares his successes and failures along the way. He takes a very scientific approach to the startup formula, including the basics, so that it’s a great book for beginners.
Most people know Pat from the Smart Passive Income blog or podcast, and if you’ve enjoyed any of his teachings then you'll love his book. Pat calls himself the crash test dummy of online business because he’s tried it all, and his goal is to share strategies that lead to success. In this book, he takes you through a step-by-step process to test if your business or product will “fly.” It’s great for beginners, especially those with a lot of apprehension about the viability of their online business idea.
This book will leave you absolutely clear on the difference between a real business and owning your own job. It will teach you the core principles that differentiate working ON your business vs. working IN your business. It will assure that when you climb the ladder to success it is actually leaning against the right wall. A simple story with a powerful message.
This is an amazing book seeking to explain the “overnight success” phenomenon so many of us wonder about. Gladwell analyzes the social forces behind why some ideas spread like a virus. It’s an interesting and insightful read for anyone, especially marketers and entrepreneurs.
Gary is known for his no-nonsense approach to business, so there’s no fluff in this book. He believes that as long as you have passion, work really hard, and put your family first, you can succeed. The principles that Gary teaches are applicable to any online business owner looking to increase their sales, and there’s no one better to learn from than Gary because he took his family business from $4 million to $50 million in 8 years. If you enjoy this book, look into his others: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook and #AskGaryVee.
Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos, a company known for its excellent customer service. This book primarily focuses on how to cultivate a company culture based on happiness. It’s a different look at how to run a business, and it provides great insights and lessons for those looking to scale and hire employees who want to do their best and grow with the company.
Do you have a tendency to play it safe or work within the boundaries? Then you’re not a linchpin – someone who is indispensable in the workplace. You’re acting, as Godin puts it, as a cog in someone else’s wheel. To become a linchpin, you must start thinking and working outside of your comfort zone. Godin believes that every individual has a gift to give to the world, but only a few are acting on it. He offers real stories from people who have succeeded at living their calling. It’s a good read for employees that feel stuck, or service-based entrepreneurs looking to offer more.
I had Jaime on the podcast to discuss the business path to wealth because she's interviewed more than 120 millionaires to learn the “secrets” for how to become a millionaire. This book explains the most important insights she found from those interviews – lessons learned first-hand from those who have reached millionaire status. Learn from them to shortcut your way to wealth. And if you want a teaser, Jaime shares 5 key insights in this post on the site.
This is an absolute classic. Chances are you’ve read this book, and if you haven’t, you should. It will give you the strategies and knowledge you need to positively interact with and impact people. It’s a must for leaders in business and those wanting to inspire others with an idea or message.
Do you know the “why” behind your business? Are you simply trying to compete and do things better, or are you creating something else entirely? Thiel explores both of these topics in this book, and it will leave you thinking about how you can forge new paths in what seems to be a crowded world with no room for originality.
Holiday is a big proponent of stoicism, and he blends the teachings of famous philosopher’s with stories of successful people who have followed the principles of stoicism. This book is ultimately about turning challenges upside down to figure out where the opportunity is – because there is always a way. I’ve found this to be true in my own life and the life of my clients: your greatest weaknesses are home to your biggest opportunities for growth.
If your goal is to build a lifestyle business that will support the adventures you want to have in life, this book is for you. Guillebeau is the founder of the World Domination Summit and is fully committed to living an unconventional life. This book is essentially a guide on how to pair your passion together with a product or service that people will gladly pay for. It also features in-depth case studies of entrepreneurs that will show you how much they spent and why they were successful.
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