A little less than a year ago, I quit college to pursue entrepreneurship full time.
Some say I was foolish for turning down a fully-funded education. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Like most entrepreneurs, you and I want to be successful. We want to be the greatest people we can possibly be. If that weren’t true, you wouldn’t be here reading this right now.
Those who truly become great are those who keep growing. The people that keep learning and improving. And for those people, their education never really ends.
As I write this, I sit next to over 200 books that I have purchased over the years regarding topics such as building wealth, investing, entrepreneurship, self-improvement, and building a successful mindset. At a minimum, I read at least one of these books a month, though I’m often able to get through 2-3 a week.
I firmly believe that I owe a lot of who I am today due to the insights and advice these books have given me. While not all of them are directly related to blogging, I would like to share of these books with you that I believe every blogger should read.
1. How To Win Friends And Influence People
First and foremost, let me start off with what I believe to be single most important book I have ever read. No saving the best for last here, because I can’t risk you missing this one.
I have always believed that your ability to sell people on your ideas is one of the most important skills you can develop. When you are able to be a leader and influence the people around you, you have the capability to accomplish incredible things.
The concepts taught in this book are universal and can be applied to practically anyone. That is exactly why I’ve gifted more than 50 copies of this book in total to aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s that good.
This book has not only directly led to more sales for me, but it’s helped me network in ways I have never imagined possible. And let me tell you, one of the quickest ways to skyrocket your growth is to leverage the hard work of other people and network with them.
Surround yourself with successful people, and you are practically guaranteed to become successful yourself.
Pick up a copy now. You will see immediate results from applying the concepts taught in this book, I guarantee it.
2. Think And Grow Rich
Still, it’s a classic, considered by many to be one of the greatest books of all time.
The author of this masterpiece, Napoleon Hill, spent years studying and interviewing successful people from his era, and used the information he collected to make up much of this book. Think And Grow Rich will not only motivate you to achieve your maximum potential, it will teach you about the power of desire, having a positive attitude, and harnessing the power of the subconscious mind.
The great thing about this book is that the philosophy can be applied to anything in life, not just accumulating wealth.
To be honest with you, this book covers so much that I do not think my words can do it any justice. Pick up a copy of the book here!
3. Your Money Or Your Life
While Your Money Or Your Life has nothing to do with blogging, it may help you take a look at why you began blogging in the first place.
You may have thought you were after money, but remember that money is just a bunch of funny looking pieces of paper.
What you are really after is what money represents: time. Freedom.
One of the fantastic things about owning a business is that grants you so much more freedom than working a traditional job. You don’t have a boss hovering over your shoulder. You aren’t forced to wake up and leave at a certain time each day. You are freeing yourself, rather than freeing your employer.
While Your Money On Your Life is more about your mindset towards money rather than a straightforward approach to financial independence, it is still worth picking up a copy on Amazon and reading through it.
4. Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion
Every great businessman is a great salesperson. I’m going to assume you do not have a dedicated sales team, so that great salesperson needs to be you.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, is exactly what it sounds like – a fantastic book teaching you what influences people and how you can use these things to your advantage. What I really love about this book is that it looks at things from a scientific standpoint, while still being incredibly enjoyable to read.
5. The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide To Business, Finance, and Life
This list wouldn’t be complete without a shameless self-plug for my own book, The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide To Business, Finance, and Life.
Despite having ‘young’ in the title, the truth is the vast majority of this book will be applicable to you if you are a blogger, regardless of your age.
If you’re looking to actually make a business out of your blog, than you’ll want to pick up a copy and read through it as soon as you can. Going from blog to business is what’s going to make you some serious cash, so you’ll want to get on this path as soon as possible.
What Books Would You Suggest?
There are certainly more books I’d love to share with you, and perhaps sometime down the road I’ll publish another post like this one.
For now, I’d love you to share what books you’ve read that have helped bring you to where you are today. We will all benefit from your suggestions, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment!
Since publishing this article, I released my VIP Club – which contains notes and important points from all of the books I’m reading. If you don’t have time to read hundreds of books, this can make a great alternative!