For decades and in some cases generations, there have been outstanding writers, authors, and books who’s message transcend time. I first learned about “My Personal MBA” in 2005, when browsing the internet looking for great reads about business, marketing, sales, psychology, start-ups, finance, and productivity.

I copied down the list in one of my notes, signed up for Audible.com in 2005 and quickly became immersed in the wonderful world of knowledge…and audible books for that matter. Most books were amazing reads of life experiences for the super famous and successful entrepreneurs. Soaking up more knowledge than ever imagined, in most circumstances i came away from each book with 5 key points which today i continue to use in business, technology and every day life.

It’s been almost 10 years, and today, i’m going to start re-reading some of the greatest books and introducing new ones along the way. I searched online again for “Personal MBA” and came across the Author than introduced me to it all. Josh Kaufman The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, second edition. Luckily, this newest edition is a perfect refresher he calls his getting started book. Thank you, Mr Kaufman, for introducing me to some of the best business books available today.

As i dive into my reads again, i’ll start to pull out my key takeaways, quotes, and learned lessons to share with you. Lessons that have helped shape my philosophy and viewpoint in conducting smart efficient business.

Best Business Books

  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, by Josh Kaufman
  • The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything, by Guy Kawasaki
  • Fit to Lead, by Christopher P. Neck, Tedd L. Mitchell, Charles C. Manz
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
  • Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert
  • Integrity, by Henry Cloud
  • The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer
  • The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki
  • Becoming a Person of Influence, by John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan
  • 25 Ways to Win with People, by John C. Maxwell and Les Parrott
  • The E-Myth Revisited, By Michael E. Gerber
  • The First 90 Days, by Michael Watkins
  • Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
  • How to Make People Like You, by Nicholas Boothman
  • All Marketers Are Liars, by Seth Godin
  • The Big Moo, by Seth Godin and The Group of 33
  • The World is Flat, by Thomas L. Friedman
  • The Ten Faces of Innovation, by Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman
  • On Writing Well, by William Zinsser

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
  • 10 Quick Steps to Blogging, by Bryan Hoff

Productivity & Efficiency

  • Remote – Office Not Required, by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
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