Recommended Reading

As busy business professionals most people don’t have the time needed to read “every good book recommendation.” Thus, we do the reading for you. At Make Your Life Epic, we read the business books and we provide you with detailed book summaries and detailed book reviews so that you can mine many of the practical action steps out of leading business books without having to dedicate entire days to reading. We spend some of our time reading, so that you can spend more of your time doing.

The Five Books Every Successful Business Person & Entrepreneur Has To Read:

**The question is often asked, “What are the business books I have to read right away if I want to become more successful?” While every book on the recommended reading list is important (or it would not have made the cut), the 5 books listed below absolutely must be read if you truly wishing to dramatically change the trajectory of your life and your path to success.

1. Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill – This book is the best-selling self help book of all time. The author of “Think & Grow Rich” was personally charged by Andrew Carnegie with the task of compiling the world’s most comprehensive research into science of success. With the help of personal introductions by Andrew Carnegie, diligence and an absolute BURNING DESIRE teach the world how to become truly successful Napoleon Hill devoted nearly his entire adult lifetime to the creation of this self-help book. If you read this book and apply the principles found within it, you will become wealthier guaranteed.

2. How To Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie – In order to secure financing, to close a deal, to get married, to build a team, to motivate your staff and to do anything in life you must be able to positively influence people in a sustainable way. The  debate goes on so often that it has become mindless, “Is it what you know or who you know?” This debate doesn’t even make sense. In order to achieve success, “It’s what you know and who you know.” If you have a great product but you are unable to convince a publisher to print it and buyer’s to buy it, you just have a stack of well written words. All of us must constantly work tirelessly to improve our ability to communicate effectively in a manner that wins friends and influences people. For any aspiring entrepreneur, business person or upwardly aspiring human, this book is an absolute must read.

3. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki – In a society where more and more people are becoming “educated idiot,” reading this book is absolutely essential. College teaches many general concepts, many specific skills and virtually nothing along the lines of “How To Manage Your Personal Finances To Build Peak Levels of Wealth.” From our perspective the only purpose of education is help students learn what they need to know to get them where the want to go. Because of the facts that all of us have dreams for our lives and all of our dreams cost money, reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” is an absolute must for anybody looking to achieve financial independence and peace. During this book Robert Kiyosaki takes readers on a journey from poverty to riches, and from mediocrity to mansions. While following Robert along his path to success readers will encounter the principles that we all must learn to get ourselves “out of the financial rat race.”

4. The E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber – As the MYLE Institute consults more and more business clients we have found that nearly every “quasi-successful business owner” has the same problem. They essentially work all the time. Thus, they never have time to work on the strategy, planning and growth phases of their business because they are too busy handling the daily tasks involved in running their business. Basically they are to busy working in their business to work on their business. The more their business grows the less time they have. The less time they have to plan, the more their free time evaporates. Pretty soon, the “Entrepreneur” becomes frustrated and begins to ask themselves why they even started to begin with. This is where the “E-Myth” comes into play. Michael Gerber points out that just because most entrepreneurs have a unique skill or product it does not make them great business owners. During this book Gerber methodically teaches how over-worked and underpaid entrepreneurs modify their businesses to be scalable and duplicatable.

5. Soft Selling In A Hard World – Jerry Vass – In America today we are all surrounded by terrible sales people. Just like any profession, their are really good sales people and really bad sales people. Usually the top 5% make 90% of the money which leaves the remaining 95% to fight over the scraps left over by the top 5%. During the course of this comprehensive training guide the reader will be taught how not to sell. The reader will be taught why most sales presentations come across as tacky, high-pressure and cheap. The reader will then learn how to change their entire mentality about the sales process to one focused on helping the buyer to solve their problems through the purchasing of the seller’s goods or services.

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