Top 10 Business Books for 2020 to Get you Motivated

January 6, 2020

Are you looking for a little business inspiration in 2020?  Now is the best time to put together a library of books to inspire you and help grow your business in the new year.  We put together a list of Top 10 Business Books for 2020 to get you Motivated.

Must have business books for 2020!

1-Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth 

by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

If you are looking for a book to motivate and inspire, this is at the top of our list.  Some call this the best business book you will ever read. The authors teach you to look at the business landscape as a world of opportunities rather than a world of competition.  It shows you how to see your business as an ocean of potential rather than following everyone else.

2- The E-Myth Revisited 

by Michael E. Gerber

This book is a revised edition of the author’s first book “The E-Myth” that was an Amazon bestseller.  The “E-Myth” is short for “entrepreneurial myth,” which basically dispels the myth that all you need to succeed is some skill and hard work.  But the author says not so and he outlines three roles each new business owner should take to be successful. This is a step-by-step guide for any business owner.

3- Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action 

by Simon Sinek

Sinek’s best-seller focuses on the “why” as being the most important tool to inspire and motivate any business to succeed.  The author says that you can do one of two things to get others to get on board with you and help your business thrive. He says you can either manipulate them or inspire them. 

4- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

by Stephen R. Covey

This book is one you should definitely have on your bookshelf.  This classic has been around since 1990 and it continues to inspire anyone who reads it.   Many business owners grapple with the demands of a work-life balance, especially when their business is in the start-up phase.  Covey tells readers how to achieve balance so they can thrive in both areas.  

5- Women Who Launch 

by Marlene Wagman-Geller

If you are a woman in business, you know there can be unique challenges and obstacles in getting started, especially when it comes to getting funding.  This book offers motivation and inspiration to continue chasing your dream despite any obstacles. The author profiles a number of successful women who started their own business and the challenges they faced.  Some of those women include Spanx founder Sara Blakely and the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low. This book is a celebration of women who took charge of their careers.

6- Atomic Habits 

by James Clear

If you are looking for a book on productivity and time management, this is it.  Time is definitely one of our biggest and most valuable resources when you are starting a business.  But if you are struggling to get things done, it’s hard to move your business forward. Author James Clear offers insight into how to form good habits to be productive and see big results over time.

7- Crushing It!

By Gary Vaynerchuk

If you have a business or considering starting one, the idea of creating a recognizable brand can be the difference between a good business and a great one.  This book is a great guide to building your brand before you even launch. In “Crushing It!” the author walks you through why having a clear, defined brand matters and gives you the principles of good branding.  This is a great how-to for all businesses. 

8- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

by Greg McKeown

This best-seller is not just about business but about simplifying your life.  The author has developed a system that teaches you to see what is vital to your life and business and to eliminate the rest.  This is much more than a time management book, it offers a strategy for making life more productive and enjoyable.

9- The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less

by Richard Koch

The idea behind this book is that 80 percent of your output depends on 20 perfect of the effort you put in.  The author first runs through how to make the 80/20 Principle work for you by determining where you spend your time and energy for maximum results.  It can also help you identify the 20 percent of customers that contribute to 80 perfect of your profits.

10- Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content

By Ann Handley

In this world of texting and emojis, we sometimes forget that good writing is the key to any success.  In “Everybody Writes”, the author reminds us that writing matters more now than ever before. This go-to guide will help you attract and retain customers through smart and trustworthy online communication.

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