Whether you’re new to running a business or you’ve been doing it for years but enjoy looking for new ways to inspire yourself, then this top 20 list is definitely for you. The list is in no particular order.

Reading is an amazing way for you to be able to take in new information or, and sometimes more importantly, to see a current way of thinking from a new perspective.

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Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

if you’ve never heard of Tim Ferriss then you should definitely check out his work, he is the mastermind behind the 4 Hour Work Week (which is also on this list) and he really likes to automate everything that he can in life so that he can spend his time on what he really wants to do.

In this book, he divulges all the information that he has garnered from various business titans over the past 20 years, putting them all into small simple tactics that you can try in your life to see if there is an improvement in results.

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That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea

This was one of my favourite all time reads I just couldn’t put it down. This book was written by Marc Randolph who co-founded Netflix with Reed Hastings, the story is all about how the company struggled to get going and there is also some interesting stories about their encounters with Amazon who, in hindsight, failed in their choice not to buy them.

A great read for anyone wanting to try build “The Next Big Thing”

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Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual

This book contains some incredible military leadership tactics that work surprisingly well in the modern business and startup world. I found some inspiring detail in it, if you haven’t seen Jocko Willink before, maybe watch this podcast with Joe Rogan first, the man is a beast.

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Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook

Now I’ll preface this by saying I’m not a huge Tony Robbins fan but he does have his moments of inspiration. This book I really enjoyed because of its practicality. It allowed me to starting investing in stocks and gave me the confidence to understand the long terms needed to utilise indexes and so on.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

While the movie is absolutely epic, I remember reading this years before the movie came out and the beauty of this book is that if you read it again after watching the movie, you realise about 80% of the movie is realistic. Which is nuts.

Jordan Belfort gives some great insights into his sales strategy in the book, which would later go on to become his super famous “Straight Line” method of sales.

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Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald’s

Much like the last book, you could just watch the movie, but given this was written by Ray Kroc himself and get the insight into what he was up to as he took the now global McDonalds from the hands of the founding brothers using the clever tactic of owning the land, instead of just selling burgers.

The movie is amazing too though…”The Founder”, it’s still on Netflix I believe.

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The Operator: The Seal Team Operative And The Mission That Changed The World

Another Military book, but I find that these guys are working within the highest stress environment possible, so their way of looking at challenges are generally applicable to the high stress business world.

This book in particular is the story (written by him also) of Robert O’Neill, the Navy Seal that shot Osama Bin Laden.

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Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World

Another book that became the basis of a Movie, this one covers Molly Bloom who set up high stakes poker games for the super rich before the Russian Mafia became involved and ended up with her facing prison.

If you don’t read the book, at least watch the movie. You won’t regret it.

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Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

If you don’t believe you have what it takes to become a Billionaire, then stop what you’re doing and read this book first. The now billionaire Sir Richard Branson, was broke, dyslexic and had skills to brag about, but starting with a small magazine he’s worked his way up to own everything from trains to planes and the music industry for a long time.

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4 Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Another of Tim Ferriss’ books and this one put him on the map, it shows how he turned the business he had from a successful business that was taking every single second of his time, into an automated business that allowed him to travel the world and still earn well over $50,000 a month. If you haven’t seen Tim before, check out this YouTube video, especially if you’re stressed.

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