10 Best Of All Time Books on Success

Books on success are special because they have the power to help us change so many aspects of our lives, their pages full of inspiration. Thanks to the stories we read, we know we aren’t alone in our doubts, fears and limitations. That provides us with a level of comfort and peace of mind—and lots of motivation.

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We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council which books they’ve read and reread, because that’s just how much staying power the words have. Here are those 13 books, the ones that can help you find success in your life, too.

1. The 46 Rules of Genius  (An Innovator’s Guide to Creativity) (Voices That Matter)

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By Marty Neumeier

The 46 Rules of Genius inspires me to set a very high bar—above the status quo—for the function and purpose of our business.

2. The Traveler’s Gift   (Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success)

By Andy Andrews

My favorite book is The Traveler’s Gift. It helped me establish the right attitude when facing stress and coping with negativity.

3. Give and Take  (Why Helping Others Drives Our Success)


By Adam M. Grant

Give and Take by Wharton professor Adam Grant is a must-read for everyone. The way Grant identifies the three types of people in life—givers, takers and matchers—helps provide an introspective look at one’s own life. It also helps reprioritize the type of people we want to spend time with in work, life or play.

4. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind  (10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms)

By Vishen Lakhiani

This book by Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley was one of the best books I’ve read on personal development. I’m a total geek for this stuff and was super-impressed by the way he systematically breaks down the actions someone can take to live a life of fulfillment and success.

5. How to Have a Good Day (Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life)


By Caroline Webb

How to Have a Good Day is an excellent read. The author is the CEO of a consulting firm and a former partner at McKinsey. This book covers her career best practices that she’s learned throughout a 16-year consulting career. It’s full of productive advice on everything from how to have fruitful meetings to how to deal with an annoying co-worker.

6. Double Double

How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less

By Cameron Herold

Cameron Herold, coach to the world’s top CEOs, wrote Double Double, which is filled with practical tips and wake-up calls galore. I have all my senior managers reading this book, and we are seeing instant results in productivity, as well as an overall shift in how we make key decisions.

7. The Ultimate Sales Machine

Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies

By Chet Holmes

If you never read another business book, read this one. From advice on being more productive to scaling your sales and hiring great staff, this book is filled with killer strategies for all parts of your business and life. This one is definitely in my top five best books of all time.

8. Habit Stacking

127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Most are Five Minutes or Less)

By S.J. Scott

This book helped me understand how certain habits can transform your personal and professional life. I’ve already used many of the ideas and believe they’ve contributed to my success this year.

9. The 4-Hour Workweek

Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

By Timothy Ferriss

This is an oldie but goodie. The 4-Hour Workweek is inspirational and its core principles are still applicable. Whether you’re building a “lifestyle business” or a more traditional business, there are valuable takeaways.



The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire

By Michael T. Kaufman

Michael T. Kaufman’s biography of Soros is endlessly fascinating beyond his success as a speculator. From a youth in Nazi-occupied Hungary to U.S. political activism in the 21st century, Kaufman explains the worldview and life experiences that led Soros to where he is today.


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 The E-Myth Revisited

Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

By Michael E. Gerber

This book is probably one of the best books of all time about setting up a business for success. Its takeaway is about not working in the business but on the business. It’s pretty simple: Set your business up for success from the beginning. People do what you inspect, not what you expect. This book will give you the inside advantage about what it takes to obtain that goal.

How to Be a Power Connector

The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits

By Judy Robinett

How to Be a Power Connector taught me how to always aim to add value and about what real networking is. Networking isn’t just about asking for help or favors; it’s about building relationships and really trying to add value to your network. Your network is only as good as the value that exists within it.