The first book is “The richest man in Babylon”, written by George S. Clason and published in 1926. The book is written in parable form, that is in short stories that give you morals or guidelines to follow. I’ve written another article covering the most important aspects of the book Here.
2. Think and grow rich
This book by Napoleon Hill is regarded as one of the most influential business books because of the books basic premise: Think and grow rich. What this basically means is that your financial situation is determined mostly by what you think of and how you think. For example, if you’re always fearful of what is going to happen to you if you start a business, it will act as a mental block and will keep you from realizing your dream of starting a business. This book explains the power of thought. From your initial desire to build something, or to become someone, to the mishaps that you will find along the way; this book covers most facets of your thoughts that may be keeping you from achieving your goals in life.
3. Rich dad Poor dad
Robert Kiyosaki’s book “Rich dad Poor dad” became a best seller because he explains complicated business idea’s in ordinary language by telling us the story of how his rich dad taught him everything he knew about business. The book covers a wide variety of subjects: financial literacy, the rich don’t work for money (they make their money work for them), how to pay less taxes or avoid paying them (legally), etc. It’s a must read for anyone that was raised thinking that making money was bad, because it changes your perspective on money. His other books are also insightful, like “Rich dad’s guide to investing” and “The Cash flow Quadrant”.
4. How to win friends and influence people
The basis of this book by Dale Carnegie is that there are ways to convince people to do what you ask without using force, or insults, or anything of that nature. People, according to Carnegie, like to feel important and have an ego. If you insult them, they wont to what you ask of them and they will end up despising you. It is better to avoid those things and appeal to their interests instead. What’s in it for them? This is a great tool for managing people, because if you take things from their perspective, you will be more effective in convincing them to do what you ask.
5. The 48 Laws of power
Robert Greene’s book is a modern day version of “the prince” by Machiavelli. In his book you will find a law that you must follow and multiple examples in history of that law in action. For example, the first law is “never outshine the master”. An explanation of the law follows:
Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.
Finally, he gives us historical examples of the law in action. For example, one of Louis XIV’s ministers had a bigger palace, and had bigger parties than the king. The king was jealous, so he sent his guards to send his minister away.
Robert Greene has written other books on power, that are just as good as this one. “The 33 strategies of war” and “The Art of seduction” are must read’s for anyone who wants to dominate the business world. The book “mastery” is also a good one, the premise being that you have to put in ten thousand hours into developing a skill to rise to the top of your field.
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