The Power of Positive Thinking
by the Reverend Norman Vincent
One of the finest books I've ever read. It has changed my life...perhaps even helped save mine. I bought a dozen copies and sent them to all my loved ones. Timeless wisdom...a User's Guide to the Bible, really. I read and re-read a passage from it every single night.
What They Don ’t Teach You at the Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack
Classic book, timeless advice! This was like getting reacquainted with an old friend; I had read this book 30 years ago when it was first published. Mark McCormack is gone now, but he lives on in this great testimony to successful business thinking.
How to Start, Run, and Stay in Business by Gregory F. Kishel and Patricia Gunter Kishel
I just finished writing and publishing When Friday Isn't Payday when I was checking out the competition. This is worthy competition for sure. We each cover the territory from slightly different perspectives. I'd say that someone who is considering small business or already running one would do well to own both books. Between the two there is 1000 pages of solid, practical advice.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
I purchased this book right before going through the hardest month in my life. I felt like this book was brought to me in preparation for what was about to happen.
Let me tell you that if you are going through hard times, and you need help prioritizing what's important and what's not in your life, then this book will open your eyes and make you laugh at some of the things you've been so worried about.
Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar
I love this book! It is so encouraging. I cannot say enough good things about it. If you are discouraged and need a "Zig-style" boost, get this book! If you apply the principles outlined here, you cannot help but improve in many areas of your life.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, 2000)
I think one of the hardest things that people can do - at any time in their lives- but especially when they are younger is to remember that we are all in this together. It is uncomfortable to think about the fact that you may have had unintended or unplanned help along the path to your current state, but it is not something we should ignore. Malcolm Gladwell puts this into perspective in a well-written, well-anecdote book. He talks about times in history where - both for the "privileged" and "under-privileged" among us- there were helpful status classes, and advantages of all kinds, right down to your month of birth! I recommend this book because it is all up to you how much you get out of it. It is a lovely light read if you want it to be one, or it can be a deep, introspective dive into your life.
Wealth Without Risk by Charles J. Givens
Old and dated but still fits today's financial questions. This is a must-have gift for your kids. The section on annuities is beneficial and Auto Insurance clears up a million misconceptions.
How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger
If you are looking for the best sales book, you found it. After reading many sales book from Gitomer, Ziglar, Cardone and others, I can say that Frank Bettger is the best book I read. It encompasses every aspect of Sales (self-management, psychology, appearance), and he gives many useful tips.
The Greatest Salesman in the World by OgMandino
In my opinion this is one of the "Greatest books in the world". It succinctly organizes some of the most potent life-changing principles into a small, compact package that is also fun to read. with the gloat of self-help and Success books out there, this one still stands on it's own. If I were to have to pick one book to recommend for someone looking to change their life, I would recommend this one, and simply tell them to replace "Salesman" with "life".
Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Great overview for those new to marketing, but fair warning, it was published in 1978, so a lot of the references feel dated (especially related to technology).
In Search of Excellence by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman
Wish I'd read this in high school. A book of mentoring for those who don't have the types of mentors to help them achieve their greatest potential. If one happens to have Jack Welch or Warren Buffet, Zig Ziglar, Oz Guiness or Bill Gates as a mentor, then you probably don't need this book. If not, you probably should get it. I mean, seriously, a $10 investment for hundreds of years of billion-dollar life coaching!
Megatrends 2000 by John Naisbitt
Admittedly, there are some areas where the authors got it somewhat wrong. For example, the renaissence in the arts has not occurred at the expense of sports to the degree that the authors had thought it would. And the age of Nanotechnology has not been as progressive as they predicted. However, these are trivial points in an otherwise fine collection.
How to Sell Anything to Anybody by Joe Girard
While this book was written decades ago, it is based on human psychology which does not change. As a result, while the techniques may be worth updating for social media, it is still relevant and will help the person who wants to get ahead in sales of any kind.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie's advice has remained constant and applicable across the years for a reason. It's simple and his techniques make perfect sense. If you're anything like me, you'll be kicking yourself when you see how you could have handled situations differently. I'm being transformed from a socially awkward, timid and defensive person, to someone that seems collected and confident.