So if you’ve found your way here to Solopreneur Startup, odds are good you’re either considering starting a blog or starting a business, if you haven’t already. No doubt this list of business and blogging books will help throughout your endeavors so I’d definitely encourage you to bookmark it for future reference. You can just pin the image below to save it for when you need it! And as always, feel free to share with someone you know who is who is in the blogging or business trenches as well.
Today I’m sharing 20 of my favorite business and blogging books to help you gain trust, connect with your target market, and grow your brand. Be sure to share any faves you might have with us too!
Start Something That Matters – This is the incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good.
Strengths Based Leadership – This books is written by the author of the epic strengths finder 2.0
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – In this brilliant book, Dweck shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we approach our goals. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are far less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and mentorship. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.
Contagious: Why Things Catch On – What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? Find out this and much more in this awesome book!
The Fred Factor – In this inspiring book, Mark Sanborn illuminates the simple steps each of us can take to transform our own lives from the ordinary – into the extraordinary. Sanborn, through stories about Fred and others like him, reveals the four basic principles that will help us bring fresh energy and creativity to our life and work: how to make a real difference everyday, how to become more successful by building strong relationships, how to create real value for others without spending a penny, and how to constantly reinvent yourself.
The Go Giver – Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a classic bestseller that brings to life the old proverb “Give and you shall receive.” Nearly a decade since its original publication, the term “go-giver” has become shorthand for a defining set of values embraced by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Today this timeless story continues to help its readers find fulfillment and greater success in business, in their personal lives and in their communities. This expanded edition includes the text of the original business parable, together with a foreword by Arianna Huffington, a new introduction, a discussion guide, and a Q&A with the authors.
The Go Giver Leader – With their acclaimed bestseller The Go-Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann proved that a heartfelt parable could also express a powerful idea. In The Go-Giver Leader (originally published as It’s Not About You), they offer an equally compelling tale about a struggling small business and the ambitious young executive trying to lead them to a crucial decision.
Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Sync? – This is the definitive guide to the fourteen trends no marketer can afford to ignore. It explains what to do about the increasing power of stories, not facts; about shorter and shorter attention spans; and about the new math that says five thousand people who want to hear your message are more valuable than five million who don’t.
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable – Through stories about companies like Starbucks, JetBlue, Krispy Kreme, and Apple, coupled with his signature provocative style, Seth Godin inspires readers to rethink what their marketing is really saying about their product.
Mastermind Dinners – This is a playbook designed for those who want to create and cultivate meaningful relationships. The key is the way in which you create and cultivate your relationships and the concept of Mastermind Dinners is your vehicle.
Launch – Whether you have an existing business, or you have a service-based business and want to develop your own products so you can leverage your time and your impact, or you’re still in the planning phase—this is how you start fast. This formula is how you engineer massive success.
Rework – With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, victims of “downsizing,” and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.
The $100 Startup – In preparing to write this book, Chris Guillebeau identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies. In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.
Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose – This is the story of how Lara Casey surrendered her fear, took the leap, and ‘got a life’. In her case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make a greater purpose than her own happen, and how you can too.
Entrepreneurial Strengths Finder – This practical guide delves into the psychology of the entrepreneur. Gallup research shows that decisions and actions, influenced by the personality of the entrepreneur, affect the survival and growth of the venture.
Stand for the Best – This book chronicles the journey of H&R Block CEO as he left his cushy job to become founder of an inner city charter school, and the lessons her learned along the way.
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas – Get ready for vivid profiles of social entrepreneurs! The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world.
People Over Profit: Break the System, Live with Purpose, Be More Successful – Sevenly founder Dale Partridge uncovers the seven core beliefs shared by consumers, starters, and leaders behind this transformation. These beliefs have enabled Dale to build a multimillion-dollar company that is revolutionizing the marketplace. He believes they are the secret to creating a sustainable world that values honesty over deception, transparency over secrecy, authenticity over hype, and ultimately, people over profit.
Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters – There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives readers practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.
Time Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue Your Passions – This book is for those of us who are mixing motherhood with other passions. We are raising babies while working tirelessly at an enormous goal. We are playing with preschoolers while pursuing our passions. It is difficult enough to manage a home and love on our children without adding impossible dreams to the mix. But we know you can do it, and this book can help!
So which of these books are calling your name? If you liked this post, you may also want to check out this list of inspiring podcasts next!
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