Brain Fuel: 10 New Business Books to Jumpstart Your Year

Business.com / Strategy / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

It's easy to forget that one of the best ways to learn any new skill, technique, strategy or trend is to simply read a book.

In a year when everyone seems to be gravitating to online business courses, it's easy to forget that one of the best ways to learn any new skill, technique, strategy or trend is to simply read a book.

Here's a list of the top business books you should read this year.

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1. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

by Adam Grant 

“After launching hundreds of businesses—from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline—my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. Originals reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change.” - Sir Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group

How Non-conformists Move the World - Book Cover

By sharing studies and stories, author, Adam Grant teaches how to conduct business a little different from the rest of the pack. It's an ode on how to recognize a good idea and fight group thinking. It's the perfect book for anyone who strives to be a successful non-conformist. 

2. Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money

by Pat Flynn

“People love to dream, imagine and hope. But even great ideas without action and execution never get off the ground - they don’t change the world or your bank account. This book will help identify your ONE sentence, your ‘unfair advantage,’ and a plan of action to make your idea fly. Spectator or pilot - you get to choose.” - Dan Miller, New York Times bestselling author, 48 Days to the Work You Love.

Book Cover: Will it Fly?

Business failure is always an option. However, author, Pat Flynn guides you through the validation of your next business idea. Great for any startup or small business hoping to branch out in new directions.  

3. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

by Amy Cuddy

"With advice that is both practical and profound, Amy Cuddy shows how to summon your true and best self when doing so matters most. Emotions are contagious. If you personify poise and optimism yourself, you enhance the odds that they will respond in kind." - Michael Wheeler, Harvard Business School, author of The Art of Negotiation.

Book Cover: Presence: Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges

Author, Amy Cuddy is a Harvard psychologist and TED star, teaches simple techniques to overcome our fears and perform at our best. Great for any business professional. 

4. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage

by Daymond John

"Daymond knows how to make things happen. He knows the difference between a want-repreneur and an entrepreneur, and he lays it out for us in these pages. What a kick it is to read over his shoulder as he shares his hard-won wisdom. This guy built an empire from the streets of Hollis, Queens, and here he compares notes with other visionaries who've also found ways to beat the odds and make it to the top. His new book is so inspiring, so insightful, so invigorating... I'm glad that he took the time to share this mindset with the world" - Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur and Owner of Dallas Mavericks.

Book Cover: The Power of Broke

Author and Shark Tank star, Daymond John takes a unique look at how being broke can actually be an advantage. An essential read for any bootstrapping entrepreneur who is struggling to find success.

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5. The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack

“All parents should buy The Index Card for their children. If they refuse to read it, consider disinheriting them.” - Robert. F. Frank, professor of economics, Cornell University.

Book Cover: The Index Card: why personal finance doesn't have to be complicated

While not written for business professionals, this books takes a complicated subject (or what some perceive to be complicated) and offers simple, practical advice. Perfect for anyone struggling with personal finance and retirement issues.  

6. The Industries of the Future

by Alec Ross

"How can we prepare our children—and ourselves—to succeed in a world of robotics, globalization, and digitally driven markets? In this valuable book, Alec Ross analyzes what it will take to survive and even thrive. The future is already hitting us, and Ross shows how it can be exciting rather than frightening." - Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators.

Book Cover: The Industries of our Future

It can be easy to feel that a book like this doesn't apply to you if you're not directly involved in the tech industry. However, author Alex Ross shows us how we all should be informed about what's coming in our future. Great book for any business owner, regardless of size or industry. 

7. Booked: The digital marketing and social media appointment setting system for anyone looking for a steady stream of leads, appointments, and new clients

by Josh Turner

"LinkedIn is a mystery to most people - but Josh Turner has it figured out. Whenever I have a question about anything regarding LinkedIn I turn to Josh." - Russ Henneberry, Director at DigitalMarketer.com.

Book Cover: Booked

Although not written specifically for any platform, author Josh Turner shows how to leverage LinkedIn, Facebook, and email to improve networking and sales. Perfect book for freelancers, online professionals and anyone in sales.

8. How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life

by Caroline Webb

"Imagine what your life would be like if you could simply 'choose' to have a good day. Webb makes a powerful case that we can. Best of all, she shows us how. Webb gets her arms around the vast body of information coming at us from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience, and distils the best of it into the kind of practical advice a wise friend might offer. It's the book Daniel Kahneman might write if he'd been working in the business world for twenty years. Masterful." - Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, co-authors of the bestselling Difficult Conversations and Thanks for the Feedback.

Book Cover: How to Have a Good Day

Author Caroline Webb is an economist and former McKinsey partner, who gives us step-by-step guidance to boost our job satisfaction and improve our productivity. A great book for any business professional. 

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9. Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms

by Jessica Herrin, release date May 3, 2016

"You don't have to be perfect to start. You have to start to perfect." - Jessica Herrin

Book Cover: Find your Extraordinary

Author Jessica Herrin is the founder and CEO of the Stella & Dot Family Brands, and believes it's possible to have both a successful work life and thriving family life. Perfect for working moms, female entrepreneurs or those who know they have what it takes to create the life they want. 

10. Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

"In this one-of-a-kind book, Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy explain exactly how to create a Life Plan. It will equip you to live your life on purpose, achieving what matters most in every aspect of your life." - John C. Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author; founder, The John Maxwell Company.

Book Cover: Living Forward

In this step-by-step guide, Hyatt and Harkavy share simple strategies to help you create a path that will help you stop drifting and find the life you want to lead.  

 

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