The Top 100+ of Our Favorite Self Improvement and Business Books 




We went through 1000+ books while creating The Success Manual guides. Here is a list of some of our favorite books arranged topically.
 
Writing Skills
Writing to Deadline - The Journalist at Work by Donald Murray
On Writing Well by William Zinsser 
Writing to Deadline: The Journalist at Work by Donald Murray
Writing For Business by Marcia Yudkin
On Writing by Stephen king

Blogging
31 Days to Build a Better Blog by Darren Rowse
Naked Conversations by Robert Scoble & Shel Israel

Studies
What Smart Students Know by Adam Robinson

Self Improvement - Success, Productivity...
The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David Schwartz
Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment by George Leonard
What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith 
The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Balthasar Gracian 
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living By Dale Carnegie
Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill,
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Randy Pausch's Last Lecture 
Tuesdays with Morrie Schwartz by Mitch Albom
The 80/20 Principle - The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch
The 80 - 20 Individual by Richard Koch
The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
The 12 bad habits by by James Waldroop and Tomothy Butler 
Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
'Whatever You Think Think the Opposite' by Paul Arden 
Outliers - The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Pomodoro Technique by Staffan Nöteberg
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
The Power of Less by Leo Babuata
A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
Eat that Frog: 21 Ways to stop Procrastination and get More Done in Less Time 
Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk 
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma 
Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink 
A Gift to My Children by Jim Rogers
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success : A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams byDeepak Chopra
You Can Win by Shiv Khera
Flight Plan for Living: The Art of Self Encouragement by Patrick O Dooley
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle 
Don't Sweat the small stuff: the secret of simplifying made very simple by Richard Carlson, PhD
The Teenager's Guide to the Real World by Marshall Brain
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton
'Flow' by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 
The Achievement Zone – An Eight Step Guide to Peak by Shane Murphy
Coping with Difficult People by Robert M. Bramson
Why We Do What We Do, By Edward Deci
Getting Things Done By David Allen.
The Now Habit by Neil A. Fiore, Ph.D.
The Art of Controversy by Arthur Schopenhauer
Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth By Steve Pavlina
God Never Blinks by Regina Brett 
My Start-up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley by Ben Casanocha 
How Life Imitates Chess by Garry Kasparov

Happiness
The Happiness Project by Gretxhen Rubin
The Pursuit of Happiness By David G. Myers
Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman

Money
Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan by Suze Orman
12-Step Debt -Relief Program by Suze Orman
9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman
Women & Money by Suze Orman
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi 
The Investor's Manifesto by William J. Bernstein
The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read by Daniel R. Solin
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William Danko
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Golden Rules for Making Money by P.T. Barnum 

Health & Nutrition
Weight-Loss Wisdom from Geneen Roth 
Jamie's Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver

Communication Skills
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
Secrets Of The World’s Greatest Business Communicators by Carmine Gallo
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
The Fine Art of Small Talk by Debra Fine
How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends by Don Gabor
How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne
Made To Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath 
The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint by Edward Tufte

Startups
The Art of The Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
Secrets from the Inventor’s Notebook by Maurice Kanbar
Startup Nation by Jeff Sloan and Rich Sloan
The Entrepreneur's Manual by Richard White
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days, by Jessica Livingston
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
The Bootstrapper's Bible by Seth Godin
Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin

Negotiation Skills
Getting Past No by William Ury
Getting to Yes: Negotiating agreement without giving in by Roger Fisher and William Ury
The Art of Negotiation by Gerard I. Nierenberg

Sales Skills
The Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer
Ice to the Eskimos - How to Sell a Product Nobody Wants by Jon Spolestra
Why We Buy - The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill
Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar
Secrets of Great Rainmakers by Jeffrey J. Fox
How I raised myself from failure to success in selling by Frank Bettger
How to Sell a Lobster by Bill Bishop
Selling 101 by Zig Zagler
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

Marketing Skills
Selling the Invisible - A Field Guide to Modern Marketing by Harry Beckwith
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Laura and Al Ries
All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin 
Naked Marketing - The Bare Essentials by Robert Grede
The End of Marketing As We Know It by Sergio Zyman
Permission Marketing Turning Strangers into Friends, and Friends into Customers by Seth Godin 
The Marketing Playbook Richard Tong & John Zagula
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Lewinson,
Positioning: The Battle for your mind by Al Ries and Jack Trout

Pricing
Priceless by William Poundstone
The Profit Zone by Adrian Slywotzky 
The Art of Profitability by Adrian Slywotzky's
The Art of Pricing: How to Find the Hidden Profits to grow your business by Rafi Mohammed

Web Development & Marketing
Getting Real by 37 Signals
Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug 
Prioritizing Web Usability by Jacob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger
Web Analytics: An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik
Tribes by Seth Godin 
Trust Agents by Chris brogan

Web 2.0/Social Media
Citizen Marketers - When People Are the Message by Chris O’Connel and Jackie Huba
You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
Is Google Making Us Stupid? By Nicholas Carr
The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt
Groundswell by Charlene Li and Josh 
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Suroweiki
CrowdSourcing by Jeff Howe
Wikinomics by Dan Tapscott
The Cluetrain Manifesto by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger 
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
Futuretainment by Mike Walsh 

Power
The 48 laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers
The Prince By Niccolò Machiavelli

Career
Linchpin by Seth Godin 
Career Warfare by David F. D’Alessandro
What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan
How to be a star at work by Robert E. Kelley
Dream Careers: How to quickly break into a fab job! By Tag and Catherine Goulet
Who moved my cheese? An amazing way to deal with change in your work and life by Dr. Spencer Johnson
Know How: The 8 Skills that separate people who perform from who don’t by Ram Charan
Parting Company: How to Survive the Loss of a Job and Find Another Successfully by William J. Morin and James C.Cabrera
Reclaiming the Fire: How Successful People Overcome Burnout by Steven Berglas
Recession-Proof Graduate by Charlie Hoehn

Creativity
The Substance Of Style: How The Rise Of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, And Consciousness by Virginia postrel
Ignore Everybody by Hugh Macleod 
Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Defeating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity by Tom Kelly
Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams
Lateral Thinking. by Edward De Bono
How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb
The Five faces of Genius and Creative Thinking styles to succeed at work by Annette Moser-Wellman
How to Solve It by George Pólya 
Being Logical: A guide to good Thinking by D.Q. Mcinerny QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller

Persuasion
Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Persuasive by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, and Robert B. Cialdini
Instant Persuasion By Laurie Puhn
How to get anyone to do anything by David Lieberman
Influence: Science & Practice by Robert B. Cialdini 
Predictable Irrational: The Hidden Forces that shape our decisions by Dan Ariely

Freelancing/Consulting
Flawless Consulting by Peter Block

Project Management
The Art of Project Management by Scott Berkun

Business & Management
Drucker by John J. Tarrant
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
Management by Peter Drucker
My Years with General Motors byu Alfred Sloan
What They Don’t Teach You In Harvard Business School by 
Mark H. Mc Cormark
The Unwritten Rules of Engineering by Professor W.J. King 
How to Delegate Work and Ensure It's Done Right by Dick Lohr
The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets for Remarkable Results by Michael Bergdahl
Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap...and others don't by Jim Collins
In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr,
The Tom Peters Seminar by Tom Peters
Where have all the leaders gone? by Lee Iacocca
20 ways to Manage Better by Andrew Leigh
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow By John C. Maxwell
The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership By John C. Maxwell
How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn 
Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation by James Womack and Daniel T. Jones
Brand New : How Entrepreneurs Earned Consumers' Trust by Nancy F. Koehn
The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
Co-Opetition by Adam J. Brandenburger and Barry J. Nalebuff
Crisis Marketing - When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies 
Focus The Future of Your Company Depends On It 
The Nature of Managerial work by Henry Mintzberg 
First Break all the rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Parkinson's Law by C. Northcote Parkinson
The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams 
Small is the New Big by Seth Godin 
Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin 
Free Prize Inside by Seth Godin 
The Big Questions by Steven E. Landsburg
Switch” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath 
Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson 
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
What Would Google Do? By Jeff Jarvis
Nudge by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein
The Long tail by Chris Anderson 
Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki
The Peter Principle by Lawrence J. Peter
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliahu Goldratt
Rework by 37 Signals
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
The McKinsey Way by Ethan Rasiel,
The Google Story by David Vise and Mark Malseed
Winning Through Intimidation by Robert J. Ringer
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
Rules of Thumb 
The Toyota Way by Dr. Jeffrey Liker

Choice/Consumer Behavior
Predictably Irrational - The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions 
The Art of Choosing by Sheena Aiyengar
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry S. Schwartz
The Laws of Choice - Predicting Customer Behavior 
'How We Decide' by Jonah Lehrer 
Simplicity by Edward De Bono 

Economics
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Identity Economics by George A. Akerlof and Rachel E. Kranton
Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski
Freefall by Joseph Stiglitz

Future/Trends
Clicking - 16 Trends to Future Fit Your Life, Your Work and Your Business by Faith Popcorn
The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World by Peter Schwartz
The Black Swan - The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Naseem Taleb
Fooled by Randomness by Naseem taleb

Men & Women
Why Men Marry Some Women And Not Others by John T. Molloy 
What Women Want Men To Know by Barbara Deangelis


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