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For every output there must be an input. What we consume daily has a direct effect on what we produce. For this reason I set a goal for myself to consume one book per week. The new content and different perspectives keeps my mind in active learning mode. We are after all – eternal students. While one book per week may seem like a challenge, it is doable by setting an hour aside to read a number of pages per day that will guarantee completion by the end of the week. For example, if a book is 350 pages, read 50 pages a day and then it is only a matter of time and discipline before the task is done.

An affordable and free way to borrow e-books, audio-books and physical copies of books is through your local public library depending on availability.

Most books I consume by listening to the audio-book version while exercising, cooking, driving, doing household chores, and any chance I get during repetitive tasks. If you are like me and want to take advantage of listening to books on the go, consider signing up for an Audible membership (Amazon affiliate link) to start building your very own library of audio-books.

For books that are only available in text format,  I try to read the digital ebook version if available because of the handy built-in dictionary and the weight and space savings. I own the Kindle touch but if I were to get one now I would choose the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader  (Amazon affiliate link) because of the built-in light.

If you find yourself getting a lot of e-books from Amazon, consider signing up for an Amazon Prime membership (Amazon affiliate link) to get unlimited reading on a Kindle device or smartphone app.Below are some great books to learn real-life skills and gain exposure to topics beyond those commonly delved into in the academic world.

1. Biographies
2. Business
3. Consulting
4. Farming
5. Finance
6. Health
7. Leadership
8. Marketing
9. Negotiation
10 Public Speaking
11. Self Improvement
12. Social Media
13. Society
14. Spiritual
15. Sales
16. Stories
17. Storytelling
18. Teaching



Book Cover Title and Author (Amazon affiliate links)

Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
by W. Chan Kim and Renée A. Mauborgne

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder

Entrepreneurial DNA: The Breakthrough Discovery that Aligns Your Business to Your Unique Strengths by Joe Abraham

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition by Jay Abraham

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change) by Clayton M. Christensen

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean

The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank

Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer) by Walter Isaacson

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters


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CASE IN POINT: 9th Edition: Complete Case Interview Preparation by Marc Cosentino



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A Guide to the Good Life : The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William Braxton Irvine

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing by Burton G. Malkiel

Beyond Wealth: The Road Map to a Rich Life by Alexander Green

Borrow: The American Way of Debt by Louis Hyman

Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence by Jacob Lund Fisker and Ann Beaver

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby

Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan and Burton G. Malkiel

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth by Juliet B. Schor and Karen White

Smartest 401(k) Book You’ll Ever Read: Maximize Your Retirement Savings…the Smart Way! by Daniel R. Solin

Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner

Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013 by Carol J. Loomis

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Economics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) by DK Publishing

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Books. Big Profits) by John C. Bogle

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Rich by Cotter Smith and Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D.

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life by J L Collins and Mr. Money Mustache

The Smartest Money Book You’ll Ever Read: Everything You Need to Know About Growing, Spending, and Enjoying Your Money by Daniel R. Solin

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

The Stock Market Cash Flow: Four Pillars of Investing for Thriving in Today’s Markets (Rich Dad Advisors) by Andy Tanner

You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Joel Greenblatt

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez

The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators: Making Sense of Economics by The Economist

The Intelligent Asset Allocator: How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk by William J. Bernstein

The Little Book That Beats the Market (Little Books. Big Profits) byJoel Greenblatt (Author), Andrew Tobias (Foreword)

The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read: The Proven Way to Beat the “Pros” and Take Control of Your Financial Future by Daniel R. Solin





Public Speaking

Self Improvement

Book Cover Title and Author (Amazon affiliate links)

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker

Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes–But Some Do by Matthew Syed

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Emotional Intelligence 2.0
by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Quitter by Jon Acuff

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S. Grover and Shari Wenk

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters by Jon Acuff

The Magic of Thinking Big: The true secret of success to sell more, manage better, lead fearlessly, earn more, enjoy a happier, more fulfilling life by David J. Schwartz

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and Arthur Pell

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen and James Fallows

Social Media






Book Cover Title and Author (Amazon affiliate links)

All Marketers are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works–and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All by Seth Godin

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire by Paul Smith

Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story by Jerry Weissman

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

The Elements of Persuasion: Use storytelling to pitch better, sell faster, and win more business by Richard Maxwell

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell and Arthur Morey

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall

Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron


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