National Authors Day: Check Out These 10 Authors of Business Books
In honor of National Authors Day, we’ve compiled a list of ten authors that have been credited with inspiring some of the most successful business leaders throughout the world.
10 Authors of Business Books That You Should Read:
1. Michael E. Gerber, The E-Myth Revisited
Dubbed “the World’s #1 Small Business Guru” by Inc. Magazine, Michael E. Gerber has shaped the way entrepreneurs and businesses operate for over four decades. In his widely-read book, The E-Myth Revisited, Gerber walks through the steps in the life of a small business from infancy to maturity and draws the important distinction between working in your business and working on your business.
2. Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been called one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written and is required reading for anyone seeking better outcomes in their life or career. Covey explains timeless principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity so you can be more effective in attaining your goals.
3. Jim Collins, Built to Last, Good to Great
For decades, Jim Collins has studied what makes great companies tick while also serving as a trusted advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. With the help of his team of researchers, Collins has written several highly-regarded books that reveal the universal distinguishing characteristics and habits that cause companies to succeed and last.
4. Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
Written in 1937, this well-known personal development and self-improvement book was inspired by an interview the author conducted with business magnate Andrew Carnegie for a nationally-known business magazine. Think and Grow Rich illuminates 13 principles for personal achievement that, if followed persistently, should lead to significant wealth accumulation.
5. Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie’s classic self-help book will teach you how to take any situation and make it work for you by making people like you and winning them over to your way of thinking. His advice has been credited with helping countless people achieve success in their business and personal lives.
6. Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek, Tools of Titans, Tribe of Mentors
Investor, entrepreneur, and self-described human guinea pig Tim Ferriss has achieved widespread recognition for his books and podcast, which seek to uncover the habits of high performers. In The 4-Hour Workweek, Ferriss shows you how to achieve more by working less, while Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors identify various strategies and behaviors to improve your performance.
7. Tony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
World-renowned self-help guru Tony Robbins has written numerous books that teach readers how to master your emotions, relationships, finances, and life. In Awaken the Giant Within, Robbins offers a step-by-step plan to help you discover your purpose and take control of your life so that you may achieve your true calling.
8. Chip Heath & Dan Heath, Made to Stick
If you’ve ever wondered why some ideas flourish while others quickly fail, keep reading. Made to Stick explains what makes an idea succeed while offering solutions to make your ideas stickier. Through real-life stories of success and failure, Chip and Dean Heath expose the universal principles of winning ideas.
9. Gary Vaynerchuk, Crushing It
In Crushing It, the follow-up to his original bestseller Crush It, Gary Vaynerchuk explains why having a vibrant personal brand is critical for entrepreneurial success. This book is full of practical advice for using social media to amplify your brand, regardless of your line of work.
10. Eric Ries, The Lean Startup
If you’re considering starting your own business — or have already taken the plunge — this book is essential reading. The Lean Startup will teach you how to leverage capital and human creativity more effectively and remain flexible in your decision-making so that your business survives the highly critical startup phase.
With winter approaching, there’s no better time to catch up on your reading, so head to your local library, bookstore, or website to pick up a book that inspires you. It may be the push you need to finally pursue your passion or take your business to the next level.
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