10 Business Books You Should Read to Start the Year Off Right

Date: January 29, 2018

The holidays are over, and New Year’s resolutions are in full force. But only 8 percent of people will actually keep their resolutions, and a whopping 80 percent of these goals end in failure by the second week of February.

Rather than setting a goal you can’t accomplish, commit to something achievable that will also have a positive impact on your business. Set yourself up for success by setting aside time each day or week—even just 45 minutes—to hit the business books this year. And if you really need the accountability, join a business book club for motivation.

Here are 10 great reads that provide practical tips from the best leaders in business to guide you in the new year.

Superconsumers: A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior Growth by Eddie Yoon

A guidebook for achieving growth, Superconsumers demonstrates how to identify, appeal to, and engage with your most passionate (and profitable) customers to help give them what they want. Selected by Strategy and Business as the best marketing book for the annual best business books of the year list.

If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat by Leonard Sherman

This is the go-to book on how to stand out from your competition and achieve long-term business growth. As a veteran in business strategy, Sherman shows you how to compete on your own terms.

How to Be a Great Boss by Gino Wickman and René Boer

A good read for the small business owner that is looking for inspiration on how to create a healthy workplace, motivate employees, and employ good management techniques.

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

People who have fun are 43 percent more successful, and Acuff shows how this is true in business too. Take the pressure off with this read, and you’ll achieve results.

Payoff by Dan Ariely

Payoff is your guide to motivation—from personal inspiration to leading your employees, learn what really pushes people to go a step further.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

For the small business owner who feels they aren’t getting enough done—or the right things done. Tips to help you be productive in the midst of the busy day.

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Smarter Faster Better looks at the most productive people, companies, and organizations. Duhigg—a New York Times bestselling author—sheds light on eight key productivity concepts and the importance of focusing on how you think rather than what you think.

All In: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Emerging Entrepreneurs by Bill Green

A guide to launching a new business or improving a current one, All In shares Green’s 40-year business expertise to show what it takes to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss

Compiled from over 200 interviews with top performers, this read takes a look at how they’ve achieved success—from financial to personal. Meant to be read in pieces, this book is a great resource for whatever goal you’re focused on in the moment.

New York Times bestselling author Tony Robbins pulls from interviews with the top financial gurus in the country to share practical financial advice that is applicable to both individuals and businesses alike.

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