My Top Ten Business and Motivational Books of all Time

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Recently Rick Rogala, the Real Estate Marketing Coach from Chicago, put up his list of top ten business/motivaitional/inspirational books, and being the book worm that I am, I thought I'd put up my own top ten. Susan Emo and I came up with an idea to do our own. Susan's is great and has some books not found on the top shelf. Check her's out!

1. The E-Myth, by Michael Gerber. If you want to run a business, instead of having just a sales job, this is an absolute MUST READ. This was life changing for me. Turning the Entrepreneur into a business owner.

2.  Book of Proverbs, The Bible. Check out the ramblings of the richest man that ever lived. Chuck full of easy to understand stories, parables and quotes on how to gain wisdom, success and wealth.

3. Emotional Intellegience, Daniel Goleman. This is perhaps the book that has had the biggest influence on my business career. Speaks of recognizing your emotions and those emotions of the people around you, and how that influences your behavior.

4. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie. An absolute must read. Enough said. Ok, well, one more thing. Did you know Warren Buffett credits a lot of his success to a Dale Carnegie course?

5. The Success Principles, Jack Canfield. Confession here- I am not all the way through this. So far, this is TREMENDOUSLY strong at helping me determine what is important.

6. Good to Great, Jim Collins. Good is the enemy of Great. Don't settle.

7. Richest Man in Babylon, George Clason. A quick must read for everyone who has finances ( I believe that would be all of us!

8. Art of the Deal, Donald Trump with Tony Schwartz. This is Trump before the TV show and a lot of the fame. Back when he was a hungry, smart and aggresive deal maker. Great insight that hasn't been watered down just to pump out a book.

9. Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki. Basic but fundamental book about employees, self employed, business owners and investors. Success doesn't have to be complicated.

10. The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren. Faith is a big part of this book, but even if you are not religious, this book is very insightful and will probably help you get through some sticking points in your business and life.

Honorable Mention:

Snowball, Alice Schroeder

You Can Negotiate Anything, Herb Cohen

The Puple Cow, Seth Godin

Often Wrong Never in Doubt, Donny Deutsch

let my people go surfing, the education of a reluctant businessman, Yvon Chouinard

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey

 

You'll notice I didn't put a link to Amazon or Barnes and Noble for any of these books. Either go to your library or support your local book reseller. I've never had a Barnes, Noble, or an Amazon list or sell their home with me, or donate to our local causes. BUT I have had employees of our local bookstore , River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, look at my homes, and donate to our charities!  

Joshua Holt                                                                                                                                            

RE/MAX Coast To Coast

Portsmouth, NH

joshholt@calljoshholt.com

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Rainer
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Bill Somerset
Avalar Advantage Real estate - Dover, NH
ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent

Currently I've gone back to some personal reading and have picked up "The catcher in the Rye".  I think we all had to read it when we were in school.  I did not remember too much of it so I figured I'd pick it up again.

Recently I've read Depak Chopra, Rich dad, poor dad, the Twilight series, and Automatic millionaire. 

Jan 22, 2009 04:30 PM #14
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Josh Holt
RE/MAX Coast To Coast~ Dedicated to You! - Berwick, ME
Southern Maine and NH Real Estate - Your Source of Info on the Berwicks

Ann- Purple Cow made my honorable mention. I've heard who moved my cheese is great!

Bill- Another one you might like is The Millionaire Next Door...

Jan 22, 2009 05:12 PM #15
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Bill Somerset
Avalar Advantage Real estate - Dover, NH
ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent

Thanks Josh.  Is that David Bach also?

Jan 22, 2009 06:07 PM #16
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Josh Holt
RE/MAX Coast To Coast~ Dedicated to You! - Berwick, ME
Southern Maine and NH Real Estate - Your Source of Info on the Berwicks

Thomas Stanley I believe. Let me dig around and see if I still have my copy. If I can find it I'll let ya borrow it.

Jan 22, 2009 06:09 PM #17
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Sandy Shores Broker, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
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Hi Josh, Great list that you have compiled there.  I have to say that I've read about half of those.   Thanks for sharing!

Jan 27, 2009 09:47 AM #18
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Darrell Walters
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Great to see Proverbs on the list. There is so much to learn from it about many different aspects of life.

Jan 27, 2009 10:12 AM #19
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Josh, Oh no...no more books.  LOL- kidding.  I just ordered 7 new books from Amazon.  Then I read about Shift and decided it was time to pull the trigger and buy this book too.  So I will bookmark your post for future reading sources.

Thank you for putting it together.

Jan 27, 2009 02:36 PM #20
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President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Hi Ya Jost...Yang here :)

Just popping by to say howdy and make sure Dale Carnegie made the list. If he hadn't you would have been a copy :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jan 30, 2009 04:46 PM #21
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Oh Man...

The Purpose Driven Life and Emotional Intelligence. Both are a must read for anyone in the people business.

TLW...ROAR...Again.

Jan 30, 2009 04:47 PM #22
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Judi K Barrett
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Have read most of these.  Great list.  Also read a lot of Max Lucado

Apr 19, 2009 08:07 PM #23
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Bradley Boisvert
Bean Group - Portsmouth, NH

Great List!  My fav is: How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Jun 09, 2009 08:31 PM #24
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Josh Holt
RE/MAX Coast To Coast~ Dedicated to You! - Berwick, ME
Southern Maine and NH Real Estate - Your Source of Info on the Berwicks

Well lookie here, Bradley Boisvert Stopped by. As if I wasn't lucky enough to have TLW stop by;)

Jun 11, 2009 07:00 PM #25
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Josh...

Lucky indeed :)

Looks to me like I was laid up with my broken leg when I commented on this. Wanna know how I know that? The typos Man :)

On a different note are you ever going to put up a new post? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jun 12, 2009 06:48 AM #26
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Josh Holt
RE/MAX Coast To Coast~ Dedicated to You! - Berwick, ME
Southern Maine and NH Real Estate - Your Source of Info on the Berwicks

Easy there TLW. I'm working on one. I get intimidated by all you Rock Stars:)

Jun 13, 2009 02:56 PM #27
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LOL...

Rock Stars? Indeed :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jun 14, 2009 06:26 AM #28
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Hey Josh - I came back here to look at your list again - shopping online and I remembered there were a couple here that I wanted to read....

 

;-)

Aug 17, 2009 01:23 PM #29
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Josh Holt
RE/MAX Coast To Coast~ Dedicated to You! - Berwick, ME
Southern Maine and NH Real Estate - Your Source of Info on the Berwicks

Ann- Cool. Currently I'm reading "The Four Hour Workweek". I'm finding though that I'm not as good a reader as I once was:(

Aug 19, 2009 07:15 AM #30
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Michael J. Perry
RE/MAX Associates of Lancaster, PA. - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Relo Specialist

Josh, this is a great list !!! I've read 7 of these !

But I think Zig Ziglar's TIMELESS classic "See You at the TOP" could give numbers 4 thru 6 a good run for their $$$$ !

Jan 08, 2010 06:42 PM #31
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Josh Holt
RE/MAX Coast To Coast~ Dedicated to You! - Berwick, ME
Southern Maine and NH Real Estate - Your Source of Info on the Berwicks

Thanks for stopping by Michael. I'll have to check that out. I am a HUGE fan of the success principles though. Not sure it could knock that one off;)

Jan 09, 2010 07:31 AM #32
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
Personal Service, always.

That is one great list.I have read several and plan to check out a few of these as well. Thanks.

Feb 10, 2010 07:52 PM #33
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