Watch, Read, Succeed: 5 Influential Business Books You Need to Read [VIDEO]

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

In order to get up and seize the day, sometimes we need a little inspiration. These books are essentials to have on your nightstand.

We live in a successful country. According to a recent study, there are "10.1 million households in the U.S. with $1 million or more in investable assets, excluding the value of their primary residence."

But just because there are more than more than 10 million millionaires in the U.S., that doesn't mean getting there is easy. It takes determination, grit, failure, hard work, inspiration and passion. 

In order to get up and seize the day, sometimes we need a little inspiration. These five business books are absolute essentials to have on your nightstand. Get ready to succeed!

1. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Avoid the all-too-common fate of startups by approaching success with these tips from Eric Ries. He shares how to measure real progress without vanity metrics.

2. Rework by Jason Fried

Need some help becoming more productive? Look no further, because Jason Fried is about to change the way you work.

3. Influence: The Pyschology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Who doesn't like the sound of the word "yes"? Dr. Cialdini gets into the pyschology of why people say yes, and how to convince them to do so more often.

4. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is an uber skilled marketing expert that's happy to share his secrets with you in Crush It! His words of wisdom for turning a mediocre business into a flourishing one? Have passion and determination above all else!

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book is a long beloved go-to business read. It was first published in 1937, but it's reach is still widely felt as one of the best self-help books of all time. 

Which will you read first? 

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