There’s few things I enjoy more than reading. Over the years, I’ve read a variety of great books and am often asked which were the most impactful. It was about time I got them down on paper, so here they are;
1) The Ride of A Lifetime by Bob Iger
Bob Iger took over Disney over 15 years ago during a difficult time in the companies history, and transformed it into the conglomerate it is today. Inside this book, he shares his experiences working his way up through the company & his time as CEO. He walks through some of the biggest acquisitions in the history of the company, the opening of new theme parks, and shifting the entire business model. The book is packed with nuggets and is hard to put down.
2) It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried & DHH
Jason Fried & DHH (founders of Basecamp, a product of which I’m using to write this right now) share their experiences of building a remote-first company, which put their employees first. They share productivity tips and how to turn your company into a calm one. It’s a fast read and is essential for anyone who leads a team or just want’s to make better use of their time.
3) That Will Never Work by Marc Randolph
Marc Randolph, co-founder & original CEO of Netflix shares his experience building the company. It’s an entertaining & captivating read with lots of takeaways, especially for startup founders.
4) Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson
This is the book that started it all – of all the books on this list, it’s defiantly the most practical, giving you immediate advice you can act on. Russell showcases his top-performing funnels and gives you the strategies to succeed with direct response advertising.
5) Built to Sell by John Warrillow
As cliche as it sounds, Built to Sell walks you through how to work on your business, rather than in it. The focus is on building your company to sell, but even if you don’t want to be acquired, this is still a great guide – the core principles are building out systems for repetitive tasks and client fulfillment, building a rockstar team, and most importantly getting clear on what you are offering and turning your service into a product. It’s written from a unique perspective, wherein it’s actually a fictional story (similar to The Goal) with practical advice worked in.
I hope at least one of these books stand out to you and sparks your interest. I’ve read so many good books that this list could probably have 25-50 favorites, but these are great books that I think the majority of people can benefit from. If you do pickup a few of these books, shoot me an email with your key takeaways!
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