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The Ultimate List of the Best Network Marketing Books

“I’ve been waiting too long/

To be where I’m going/

In the sunshine of your love...”

While these iconic lyrics were penned in 1967 by the renowned band ‘Cream’ in an entirely different context, if you have been waiting for your life to move on from second gear, they probably apply to you too. As teenagers, all of us had grand plans about making it big in life. Alas, once you step into the real world, sometimes those dreams start looking distant. So when life throws up dead ends, all of us need some kind of encouragement or inspiration to keep going.

The following article is a ready reckoner for the ultimate list of the best network marketing books. Take a look!

Business

While Network Marketing has it's quirks, it's still like any other business. Which in turn means that business knowledge is useful for network marketers. These might not be "pure" mlm books, what they are though, are great business books.


ZERO TO ONE: NOTES ON STARTUPS, OR HOW TO BUILD THE FUTURE – PETER THIEL

This book by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is a repository of information for anyone looking to start their own venture. Incidentally, Thiel was also an early investor in Facebook, so we know he puts his money where his mouth is!


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The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

A ‘startup’, according to author Eric Ries, is a project dedicated to building something innovative under highly uncertain conditions. So how does one minimize the chances of failure? The Lean Startup looks at the approach being adopted around the world which is changing the business game.

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferris

​Wouldn’t it be nice if you could spend only four days of the week working, choose the hours you work and still rake in the money? Author Timothy Ferris unravels the secrets of the ‘New Rich’ in this enthralling best seller.

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All In: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Emerging Entrepreneurs – Bill Green

If you have dreams of building a formidable business but don’t feel confident of your qualifications or resources, this book is for you. ‘All In’ captures the ultimate lessons American businessman and serial entrepreneur Bill Green has learned in his illustrious career spanning over 40 years.

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers – Ben Horowitz

Being an entrepreneur when you know your dream is not an easy one to achieve is not always an encouraging position to be in. Author Ben Horowitz’s blow-by-blow account of his initials struggles while trying to make it in Silicon Valley makes the book a compelling read, according to a review of the book by The Economist.

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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't – Jim Collins

The five-year-project that comprised 384 megabytes of computer data, full of articles, interviews and research, metamorphosed into ‘Good to Great’, an analysis of why some companies make it while others don’t. The book looks at what individual organizations are doing right or wrong and what’s luck got to do with it.


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Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All – Jim Collins

 After ‘Good to Great’, Jim Collins returns with some more questions. How much of success is made of choice and how much by uncertainty, chaos and luck? The book encapsulates lessons in succeeding despite the odds, through tumultuous, unpredictable and ever-changing times.

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The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It – Michael E Gerber

 Michael E Gerber’s theory of the ‘E-Myth’ or the ‘Entrepreneur Myth’ will instantly resonate with many trying to start out on their own with small capital. An updated and revised edition of the original ‘E-Myth’, Gerber explores the misdirected assumptions that lead to the death of most small businesses.


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The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America – Warren Buffet

 In Warren Buffet’s letters to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, written over several decades, there are many valuable lessons for those just starting out in the business world. A must read for many timeless lessons.


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books about network marketing

These books were written by network marketers, for network marketers which makes them great for learning about the quirks of your business and how to deal with them.


You Can Have It All: Lifetime Wisdom from America's Foremost Woman Entrepreneur – Mary Kay Ash

​Mary Kay Ash’s priorities while building her business empire were in the following order: God first, family second and career third. Yet, through years of determination, Ash is proof that one can ‘have it all’ – something women are often advised against.

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Big Al Tells All: The Recruiting System – Tom "Big Al" Schreiter

Lessons in recruitment and network marketing delivered in a funny, casual way by the man who has famously seen great success in the field. In a humorous and light tone, Tom “Big Al” Schreiter throws light on the challenges in recruiting and leadership and the tactics that have helped him overcome them.

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The Unemployed Millionaire: Escape the Rat Race, Fire Your Boss and Live Life on YOUR Terms – Matt Morris:

Self-made millionaire Matt Morris has had several milestones in his life. At 18 he had started his own business, by 21 he was homeless, a college dropout and deep in debt. But in the decade following that, Morris went on to become a millionaire. How did that happen? The ‘Unemployed Millionaire’ tells you himself.

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Be a Recruiting Superstar: The Fast Track to Network Marketing Millions – Mary Christensen

​A book by Mary Christensen, a network marketing superstar in her own right, ‘Be a Recruiting Superstar’ sheds light on how to find the right people and ensure they are willing to come on board. There can be a lot of success in multi-level marketing but only if you recruit the right people who are willing to do their bit.

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Fearless Networking: Create Better Connections, Invite with Ease, Obliterate Objections, Follow Up and Close Like a Pro! – Todd Falcone

​A straightforward and to-the-point guide to approaching prospects with confidence, respond effectively to objections and following up and closing with the maximum success rate. The book identifies the biggest challenges in the way and offers methods to overcome them.

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The One-Minute Presentation: Explain Your Network Marketing Business Like A Pro – Keith Schreiter

​A straightforward and to-the-point guide to approaching prospects with confidence, respond effectively to objections and following up and closing with the maximum success rate. The book identifies the biggest challenges in the way and offers methods to overcome them.

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Network Marketing For Facebook: Proven Social Media Techniques For Direct Sales And MLM Success – Jim Lupkin

​Facebook is a goldmine for prospects. With its wide user base, there are people from all walks of life on the social media platform who have the potential to become recruits and clients. Author Jim Lupkin’s book delves into all the ways to unlock that potential.

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Public Speaking Magic: Success and Confidence in the First 20 Seconds – Mark Davis and Tom "Big Al" Schreiter

It’s often said one would rather be the body in the coffin than be the one reading the eulogy at a funeral. Public speaking is one of the most common phobias in the world today and this book may just be what someone needs to overcome underconfidence in front of a large audience.


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Ice Breakers! How To Get Any Prospect To Beg You for a Presentation – Tom “Big Al” Schreiter

Turn any warm prospect into a hot one by using the right icebreakers to get conversations started. Introduce your business pitches into conversation with an easy, charming sequence of words – so smooth, it doesn’t even feel like a pitch!


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Freakishly Effective Social Media for Network Marketing: How to Stop Wasting Your Time on Things That Don't Work and Start Doing What Does! – Ray Higdon

​What is any business without social media today? Author Ray Higdon’s valuable lessons on how to capitalize time on social media by devoting your energies to the right thing is a guide to success. This short and powerful book, as the authors call it, packs a punch with all the valuable lessons it has to offer.

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Raising a Giant: A Book About Becoming a Leader in Network Marketing – Robert E Crisp

​A story about dedication, grit and hard work, Robert E Crisp’s ‘Raising a Giant’ tackles current issues of networking in the age of the internet and how to soar and become a leader. If network marketing is a giant, Crisp sure knows how to raise it.

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Go for No! for Network Marketing – Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz & Ray Higdon

​In the world of network marketing, the word ‘No’ is a commonly heard one. This book is a lesson in taking that ‘No’ and turning it into a potential for ‘Yes’. There will be many rejections on the way but the key is to not let the ‘No’s get you down.

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How to Follow Up With Your Network Marketing Prospects: Turn Not Now Into Right Now! – Keith Schreiter

​Keith Schreiter offers valuable lessons in becoming a pro at following-up and turning hesitant prospects into confident recruits. Don’t waste all that energy into pursuing a marketing prospect only to give up when they seem reluctant, learn the art of effective persuasion.

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Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business – Romi Neustadt

​Declutter your mind, uncomplicate and focus on the positives. Romi Neustadt tells it like it is in this no-holds-barred self-help book that could take your business to a whole new level.

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Duplication: The Key to Creating Freedom in Your Network Marketing Business – Eric Lofholm

The secret to a successful network marketing business is mastering the art of duplication. Duplicate the success of recruiting one prospect and have them duplicate it too. The wisdom of Eric Lofholm offers insights on how to create a networking model that will work for you.


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Retire Your Husband: A Mom's Guide To Making Millions With Network Marketing – Denise Walsh with Kami Dempsey

Self-made millionaire moms Denise Walsh and Kami Dempsey offer a guide to making a residual income that could carry you through the long haul. The guide is meant for anyone, whether they’re first-time business owners or want to dip their feet in again after tasting failure once.


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The Four Color Personalities For MLM: The Secret Language For Network Marketing – Tom "Big Al" Schreiter

Understand how a prospect’s psyche works by identifying their color personality and instantly interacting with them at a whole new level. Author Tom Schreiter, by now a veteran, calls it a fun, colorful way to do network marketing. He must be right!


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Go Pro: 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional – Eric Worre

Network Marketing expert Eric Worre compiles all of his wisdom and knowledge of a career spanning 20 years into this definitive guide. His decision to go ‘pro’ as a network marketing professional changed his fortunes and these seven steps are what he took to get there.


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Duplication: The Key to Creating Freedom in Your Network Marketing Business – Eric Lofholm

The secret to a successful network marketing business is mastering the art of duplication. Duplicate the success of recruiting one prospect and have them duplicate it too. The wisdom of Eric Lofholm offers insights on how to create a networking model that will work for you.


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Duplication: The Key to Creating Freedom in Your Network Marketing Business – Eric Lofholm

The secret to a successful network marketing business is mastering the art of duplication. Duplicate the success of recruiting one prospect and have them duplicate it too. The wisdom of Eric Lofholm offers insights on how to create a networking model that will work for you.


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The Miracle Morning for Network Marketers: Grow Yourself FIRST to Grow Your Business FAST – Hal Elrod, Pat Petrini with Honoree Corder

 Habits make a person who they are and this book stresses a lot on habits – especially the good ones you should imbibe from successful business owners. Once you have got a hang of your ‘Miracle Morning’, authors Hal Elrod and Pat Petrini take you through how to conquer the rest of your day.


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How to Be Like Rich DeVos: Succeeding with Integrity in Business and Life – Pat Williams

 In today’s market of cut-throat competition, how does one live an honest life? Amway founder Rich DeVos’ biography by Pat Williams claims to encapsulate the earnestness and integrity with which DeVos led his life. Perhaps, a lesson or two learn there.

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The Yarnell 7: The Seven Core Decisions for Extraordinary Living – Amy Yarnell Carter

Who doesn’t want to live an extraordinary life? Seldom does everyone get the opportunity to live that way but author Amy Yarnell Carter argues the contrary. According to her, an extraordinary life is a matter of choice. Make the right decisions and that life could be yours.

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The 45 Second Presentation that Will Change Your Life – Don Failla

 Originally published in 1984, much of what author Don Failla has to say still remains useful. Create simple and effective images that will stay with people long after you make your presentation. Failla sheds light on how to spend those 45 seconds well.

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Leadership

This might the most talked about subject in the network marketing industry since the whole model relies on people being leaders for their teams. Use these books to become a leader worth following. Remember, people don't do what you tell them, they do as you do.


Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 – John C Maxwell

 Twenty-five years after it was first published, author John Maxwell presents an updated version of his now classic ‘Developing the Leader Within You’. In the book, Maxwell, a writer, pastor and motivational speaker compiles the wisdom of all he has learned since the first edition was published in 1993.


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First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham

 If you want to be an effective leader, every now and then you have to be willing to break all the rules. Author and motivational speaker Marcus Buckingham captures what the world’s greatest managers did to become dynamic leaders in this must-read book.


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The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life – Robin Sharma

 One of the most respected leadership advisers in the world, Robin Sharma encapsulates all that he has learned and observed in his 15-year-old career. The book reveals secrets, success mantras and tactics that will be useful to anyone looking to be a leader.

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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box – The Arbinger Institute:

 A great leader is someone who can look at the bigger picture. The authors at ‘The Arbinger Institute’ put together methods for leaders to break out of self-destructive patterns and step out of the box, where all the magic is happening.

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Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek

This New York Times bestseller by Simon Sinek compels organizations and leaders to trace their journey back to one fundamental question: Why? Why does the organization exist? Why does it function the way it does? The answer to good leadership is hidden behind all of these questions.

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The Coaching Habit: Say Less Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever – Michael Bungay Stanier

Coaching expert Michael Bungay Stanier condenses all his wisdom from coaching more than 10,000 busy managers into this book. The core advice is to work on being a coach everyday to unlock the potential of your employees.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni

 This New York Times bestseller from the author of the national bestseller ‘The Advantage’ gets to the core of why some of the best performing teams may be dysfunctional. These five dysfunctions are the root of why even the best teams suffer and how to overcome them.


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How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

 This timeless bestseller that was first published in 1936 stays relevant even today. Author Dale Carnegie’s lessons in going after the things you want and having a positive impact come in handy even after nearly a century. A must read!


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Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

 The co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Ed Catmull takes us to the heart of the Pixar brainstorming sessions, out of which some of the most well-loved films in history have been born. A book about building a “creative culture” even through mundane managerial duties.


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The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals – Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling

 Through their interactions with thousands of employees and managers, authors Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling bring forth four key acts of discipline that lead to smooth execution. The book is a guide to navigate through tumultuous days and business deadlines to focus on the ‘wildly important’.


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In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies – Thomas J Peters, Robert H Waterman Jr

 Based on case studies of 43 different companies from varied business sectors in the United States, ‘In Search of Excellence’ condenses its wisdom about success into eight key principles of management that have worked to make these companies successful and run effectively.


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The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done – Peter F Drucker

 Get the right things done and avoid the unnecessary by being ‘The Effective Executive’. Through five definitive principles of being productive and encouraging productivity, author Peter F Drucker puts the right cards on the table. It’s up to you to pick them up.


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The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life – Robin Sharma

 One of the most respected leadership advisers in the world, Robin Sharma encapsulates all that he has learned and observed in his 15-year-old career. The book reveals secrets, success mantras and tactics that will be useful to anyone looking to be a leader.

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The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life – Robin Sharma

 One of the most respected leadership advisers in the world, Robin Sharma encapsulates all that he has learned and observed in his 15-year-old career. The book reveals secrets, success mantras and tactics that will be useful to anyone looking to be a leader.

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INSPIRING SUCCESS STORIES

Motivation & Inspiration are like fuel, it needs to be refilled on a regular basis. These books will definitely do that for you. Read them and use the motivation gained to do well in your business.

If you are looking for network marketing success stories, you can find some through this link.


Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

 Author Ashlee Vance encapsulates the roller-coaster journey that entrepreneur and innovator Elon Musk’s career has been. While it’s a story of the magic of his endeavors and experiences, there is a whole lot to be inspired by.

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Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination – Adam Lashinsky

 Author Adam Lashinsky takes the reader on the ‘Wild Ride’ that is the journey of the Silicon Valley giant, Uber. The larger-than-life dreams of Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick and his quest to take that little app in your pocket to the world.

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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon – Brad Stone

‘The Everything Store’ tells you all that is amazing and inspiring about the age of Amazon and the man who started it all, Jeff Bezos. Experts are still trying to gauge how Amazon cracked the market. Perhaps, this book holds the answer.

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Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography – Richard Branson:

In the 25 years since his last autobiography ‘Losing My Virginity’, several significant chapters have been added in Richard Branson’s life. The new autobiography talks about all of that and more, in an interesting compilation of anecdotes, though Branson is not “a stickler for accuracy on facts like dates”, according to The Space Review.

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My Life and Work – Henry Ford

 One of the biggest stalwarts of 20th-century industrialism in America, Henry Ford’s invention of the assembly line and use of the factory changed the face of manufacturing in the world. In his autobiography, detailing his experiences, thoughts and ideas, there are many a lesson to be imbibed.


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SHOE DOG: A MEMOIR BY THE CREATOR OF NIKE – PHIL KNIGHT

The autobiography of the man who has been ruling the roost in the sports world has a few new things to offer, though is best read with other books written about Nike, says a Wall Street Journal review. Nevertheless, there are some interesting revelations that are bound to come as a surprise.

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The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage – Daymond John

When Daymond John had started out, he had empty pockets and a heart full of dreams. Today, he runs the FUBU brand, an enterprise worth $6-billion. John attributes all his success to his hunger and being broke during his period of struggle.


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Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street – John Brooks

 Every successful business has its own set of adventures without which it would not be where it is today. It could be a moment of unimaginable fame or scandal but a business is defined by its adventures. John Brooks’ ‘Business Adventures’ compiles many of these accounts to provide perspective on the drama and unpredictable nature of the world of finance.


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Sales

Sales might be THE most important skill in network marketing. If you break it down to the very basics, it's very similar to that of a commission sales person. Sales are what makes or breaks businesses, a company has to have money coming in to actually be considered a business.


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition – Kerry Patterson

Some conversations have more stakes riding on them than others and the key to marketing is to get those crucial conversations right. Author Kerry Patterson’s work is an important guide to saying the right thing when it matters the most.

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Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It – Chris Voss

Who would know the art of negotiating your way through a high-pressure situation better than someone who did it as if their life depended on it? Author Chris Voss puts all the lessons he learned as an international hostage negotiator for the FBI into nine practical principles so you can negotiate your way out at home or in the boardroom.


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From HELLO to YES in 3 Minutes or Less – Paul G Walmsley

Picking up the phone even to talk to friends can be daunting, forget talking to complete strangers. What if the person is not interested? What if the customer is rude? How do I deal with the rejection? Author Paul G Walmsley talks of ways to get a resounding ‘yes’ three minutes from saying ‘hello’.

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The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone – Fredrik Eklund

One of the leading real estate brokers in the United States of America, Fredrik Eklund presents tactics, tricks and charms that have helped him make hundreds of sales over the years. Anything can be sold to anyone, you just have to have the right words.

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition – Robert B Cialdini

Author Robert B Cialdini explores the psychology of why someone says ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The book is a lesson in how to apply this knowledge in day-to-day negotiations and in closing deals. Armed with this knowledge, approaching prospects should become a whole lot easier.


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Marketing

Marketing and sales might be lifelong rivals but in a business they help each other immensely. After all, they are there to support each other. The marketing brings in leads for sales and sales brings in money and knowledge that the marketing team uses to get more leads.


Sticky Branding: 12.5 Principles to Stand Out, Attract Customers, and Grow an Incredible Brand – Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller’s 12.5 guiding principles are drawn from interviews with hundreds of CEOs and business-owners. Miller argues that even the big companies that have created brands that stick today were once small companies. If they could do it, anyone can. The secret to how they did it is in the book.

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The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly – David Meerman Scott

The digital revolution has changed the way companies do PR and publicity. So how does one position themselves in this dynamic space? David Meerman Scott’s new rules and step-by-step action plans capture the imagination of the digital world and all its patrons.


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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell

Reviewed as “a lively, timely and engaging study of fads” by The New York Times, ‘The Tipping Point’ by Malcolm Gladwell is a study of that strategic moment in time when little things come together to make something go viral or make it a trend. This widely well-received bestseller changed the way businesses sell their products.

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Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip Heath

A look at why some ideas click with audiences and why others fizzle out, ‘Made to Stick’ packs valuable lessons in how to increase the chances of making your ideas stick in the public imagination. The book changes the way you may think of approaching audiences.


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Productivity

The difference between being productive and being effective;

Being productive is about get as much done of the right things as possible, while being effective is about doing something as fast as possible.

Therefore it's important to up your productivity so that you are working on the right things


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen

Management consultant David Allen lays all the advice about productivity and getting work down without the overwhelming mountain of stress, on the table. Hailed as the “productivity bible” by The Washington Post, ‘Getting Things Done’ focuses on increasing productivity by improving our ability to relax.

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Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – Larry Bossidy

Another in the category of ‘Getting Things Done’, Larry Bossidy’s work contains several sound pieces of advice for bosses and leaders who want their teams to do their best work. ‘Execution’ is all about discipline and providing the right kind of environment for productivity.

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ZERO TO ONE: NOTES ON STARTUPS, OR HOW TO BUILD THE FUTURE – PETER THIEL

This book by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is a repository of information for anyone looking to start their own venture. Incidentally, Thiel was also an early investor in Facebook, so we know he puts his money where his mouth is!


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Self-improvement

Becoming successful is a journey of self-improvement where you have to become a person that can succeed. If you aren't successful, you aren't that person yet, if you are, you already know that self-improvement never stops, you're always a student of life.


13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do – Amy Morin

 What started as a viral social media post is now a book documenting key things that are the makings of a mentally strong person. With ideas like, ‘don’t feel bad for yourself’ and ‘don’t dwell on the past’, psychotherapist Amy Morin’s inspirational wisdom is being shared widely by millennial audiences across the world.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R Covey

Originally published in 1981, Stephen R Covey’s classic self-help book has many relevant lessons to offer still. Most readers realized they were steering their lives in a different direction from where they wanted to be. Covey’s book offers the realization as well as the corrective measures.

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The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

 This provocative book by Robert Greene tells it like it is. Combining all the ruthless, cunning and even amoral lessons from powerful people in history, Greene presents ‘The 48 Laws of Power’. Asked if he was taking it too far, Greene quipped that he isn’t evil, “only a realist”, in an interview with The Guardian.


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Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone

In the business world, there are only two ways of surviving. Either you must be obsessed and compel success to come after you. Or you can be average and stay in the middle rungs of the ladder. In this rat race, the sooner you realize it, the better, argues author Grant Cardone.


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The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller

Overcome the obstacles standing between you and your success by focusing on the simple truth of ‘One Thing’. Devote your energies to the one most important thing while working on a project and make it a success habit. It’s the way real estate entrepreneurs and millionaires Gary Keller and Jay Papasan do it!

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S Dweck

Through decades of research emerged the life-changing book by Stanford University psychologist Carol S Dweck. Dweck found that in any endeavor we make in life, it all comes down to ‘mindset’ and how we perceive our own talents and abilities.

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree – Eric Barker:

In ‘Barking Up the Wrong Tree’, Eric Barker explores how everything we have been told about what it means to be an achiever, has been grossly incorrect. Drawing on statistics and real-life experiences, Barker tries to understand what has worked for successful people and whether they followed the traditional advice they received.


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All You Can Do is All You Can Do – Art Williams

On the way to success, there will be many points where you may chide yourself for not doing enough. Art Williams’ ‘All You Can Do is All You Can Do’ is a welcome reminder that some things are just not in our control. So know that when you have done all that you can, it’s usually enough.


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A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future – Daniel H. Pink

From his travels and research around the world, Daniel H Pink present six human abilities that are essential to unlocking the potential for a successful future. The key is in a different kind of mind which has a whole new way of looking at the world.


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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph – Ryan Holiday

Most of us spend our careers trying to avoid obstacles but according to Ryan Holiday, the obstacles are what make your business, provided you know how to turn them to your advantage. In his book, Holiday sheds light on how.


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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – Marie Kondo

Japanese cleaning expert Marie Kondo’s advice to decluttering your home extends even to life and business. The principles applied to clean out your home can also be employed to organize and prioritize the way you do business. The KonMari method is not only for spring cleaning but can become a way of life.


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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

With ‘The Power of Habit’, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg explores scientific discoveries and what prompts us to pick up the habits that we do. The power of habits and the ability to overcome them is what could make or break a company when it comes to having to change with the tide.

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How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any – Erik Wecks

A no-nonsense approach to the importance of money and the hardships of not having any, Eric Weck’s work is a straightforward and honest firsthand account of surviving financial strain. Instead of focusing on making more money, ‘How to Manage Your Money...’ is a lesson in doing the best you can with what you have.


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Final Thoughts

In life, there are a hundred different hurdles and several factors that may make you feel demoralized – a hostile work environment, having to do a job you hate so you can pay the bills or skyrocketing real estate rates!

In the list above, we have attempted to cover a whole range of themes that you may find useful when you’re starting out, especially as an entrepreneur. Whether it’s tips to follow to build your own startup, ways to become an effective leader or the inspiring rags-to-riches stories of many who have made it to the Forbes 500 list. Absorb the wisdom of these books to help you along the way!

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