Becoming a successful entrepreneur means continually broadening the mind and taking in new information. Books are essential on the road to success and many of the world’s most successful people credit continual reading with their ability to stay ahead of the pack.

Where to start? There are a lot of books out there, all claiming to change your life or make you successful quickly. The books you should be reading cover a broad range of subjects such as developing the right mindset, being positive, leadership, managing finances, devising strategies and then books relating to your own sector.

The following list includes 40 vital books to read on success and is an essential reading list for anyone who wants a keen overview of what it takes to make it in business. Some of these were written over a 100 years ago, but their advice is as good as ever. Others are newer, taking into account modern day strategy and the essential traits you need in order to make it as a success today.

40 Vital Books to Read on Success

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – by Dale Carnegie

The Power of Positive Thinking – by Norman Vincent Peale

The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho

59 Seconds: Change your life in under a minute – by Richard Wiseman

How To Win Friends and Influence People – by Dale Carnegie

Brain Rules – 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School – by John Medina

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want – by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – by Richard Carlson

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives – by Dan Millman

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – by Joseph Murphy

Man’s Search for Meaning – by Viktor E. Frankl

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions – by Guy Kawasaki

The Last Lecture – by Randy Pausch

Achieve Anything In Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals – by Jason Harvey

Rich Dad Poor Dad – by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill

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

The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life (Richard Templar’s Rules) – by Richard Templar

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life – by Martin E. Seligman

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – by Donald  Miller

Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits – by Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success – by Andy Andrews

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! – by Anthony Robbins

Bushido: The Way of the Samurai – by Tsunetomo Yamamoto

The Magic of Thinking Big – by David J. Schwartz

The Seasons of Life – by Jim Rohn

See You at the Top – by Zig Ziglar

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life – by Spencer Johnson

Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed – by Brian Tracy

The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons – by Napoleon Hill

Acres of Diamonds: All Good Things Are Possible, Right Where You Are, and Now! – by Russell H. Conwell

As a Man Thinketh – by James Allen

Developing the Leader Within You – by John C. Maxwell

The Greatest Salesman in the World – by Og Mandino

DriveThe Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – by Daniel H. Pink

Crush It! – by Gary Vaynerchuk

The Seven-Day Weekend – by Ricardo Semler

Thinking, Fast and Slow – by Daniel Kahneman

Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands – by Marty Neumeier

The Strategy Paradox – by Michael Raynor

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