25 Books for Success – Read these, achieve more.

25 Books for Success – Read these, achieve more.

Written by:
Erin Casey | www.Success.com

Out of hundreds, the editors of SUCCESS have narrowed our list to 25 must-read books for achievers. The task wasn’t easy, although our criteria were simple. These are books we’ve read, liked and that made a difference in our lives. We chose books that take a comprehensive approach to money, life and personal development because we know that one-dimensional success really isn’t success at all.

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You might wonder why your favorite book didn’t make the list. Well, we could’ve filled the magazine with dozens more books. Our top 25 are by no stretch of the imagination the only books you should read. To the contrary, we know reading about and applying techniques and success strategies are the best ways to discover and stay focused on your life’s journey.

We hope our list opens your eyes to something new, inspires you to pick up that volume you’ve always meant to read or to re-read a favorite classic. If you have suggestions on what we didn’t include, we want to hear from you.

We encourage you to find a book that interests you and carve out a few minutes every day to read at least a few pages. You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make in your journey toward success!

1. How To Win Friends and Influence People
First published in 1937, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was an overnight success with staying power. Today, this book is regarded as one of the all-time best for its lessons on dealing with people.

The chapter titles seem, at first, a little manipulative: “Six ways to make people like you,” “12 ways to win people to your way of thinking.” But the reality of Carnegie’s teachings is that none will work if the intent is manipulation. The word “genuine” appears repeatedly throughout the book. Only with authenticity and honesty will Carnegie’s methods work consistently.

How to Win Friends and Influence People is packed with anecdotes from historical leaders and lessons learned or taught by some of history’s greatest businessmen, making the read as interesting as it is enlightening. And the methods–calling a person by his or her name or looking at the situation from the other’s point of view–work in business and in personal life with family and friends.

Carnegie’s book is a classic. Though he credits many people for inspiring his ideas, his methods are the foundation for many of today’s personal-development and business-management books.

2. The Richest Man in Babylon
Too often, life doesn’t turn out as expected. And money, or the lack of money, plays a large role in people’s ability to handle life’s ups and downs. Perhaps that’s why, in the 1920s, banks and insurance companies decided to distribute short parables written to educate people on important financial principles. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason began in 1926 as a series of pamphlets, the most famous ones later compiled into one of the best-loved money guides of all time.

The book begins with two men realizing that, while they lived a meager existence, one of their childhood friends had become known as the wealthiest man in Babylon. Despite growing up in similar circumstances, their friend seemed to have created a life of gold while they barely scratched out a living.

The situation is all too familiar even today. And like the men who’d come to the realization that they’d failed to think beyond the day at hand, readers have the opportunity to sit at the feet of the richest man in Babylon and learn how to build wealth. They learn how to plan for the future, make wise investments and how to view money as a tool rather than a measure of success.

With time-tested principles and an engaging format, The Richest Man in Babylon is an excellent introduction to finance, and a classic.

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3. Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill, inspired by business legend Andrew Carnegie, spent 20 years of his life studying the lives of some of history’s most successful people. The culmination of his research was the in-depth series, The Laws of Success. In 1937, Hill published another book, Think and Grow Rich, founded on the same philosophies of success. This book condensed the wealth of knowledge he’s accumulated into 13 principles for successful living.

Shorter and perhaps easier to get through than its multivolume predecessor, Think and Grow Rich is as applicable today as it was when it was first released. The title’s principles are founded on Hill’s belief in the power of the mind, and his famous quotes, such as, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” have changed the way millions of people view their lives. When read in its entirety and its principles put into action, Think and Grow Rich not only helps people change their views on life, but also the way they behave and, ultimately, their reality.

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More than 30 million copies of Think and Grow Rich have been bought by business students, entrepreneurs and goal-setters around the world. When it was re-released in 2004, it rocketed once again to the top, holding a place on BusinessWeek’s Best Seller list for paperback business books for more than 20 months.

Think and Grow Rich is a timeless classic that should be read by everyone interested in improving their lives and reaching their goals.

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4. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying
Suze Orman (Crown, 1997) As a financial expert, Suze Orman offers advice on the nuts and bolts of managing money. But whether you’re watching her on television or reading her advice in O, The Oprah Magazine, or in one of her best-selling books, such as 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, her message is clear: Wealth is an attitude and money isn’t the key to acquiring true financial freedom.

In this acclaimed book, Orman challenges readers to face their financial fears and acknowledge the importance of planning for the future. With a three-pronged approach, Orman tackles the mental, physical and spiritual issues that keep people from reaching financial freedom. Also available in audio format, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom encourages personal growth while offering the education necessary to begin the process of building a rich life.

Again, it’s the total approach to financial success that sets this and the other financial books on this list apart. Acquiring wealth isn’t as simple as piling up the green stuff. Your beliefs about money, yourself and the world around you have as much to do with wealth as do the riches you acquire.

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
While Stephen Covey wasn’t the first to write a book on becoming a better, more effective person, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People marked the beginning of a revitalized interest in personal development. With a 15th anniversary edition released in 2004 and more than 15 million copies sold, this book has helped millions change their perspective and their lives.

Unlike many authors of books in this genre, Covey doesn’t promise a simple, quick fix for creating a better life. In fact, mastering the seven habits he outlines could take a lifetime. But as with many personal-development efforts, it’s what you learn as you work toward becoming a truly effective person that matters.

The habits are divided into three sections: Private Victory, Public Victory and Renewal. Private Victory focuses on the individual’s view of himself. The first three habits are: becoming proactive, beginning with the end in mind, and putting first things first. These habits will challenge you to take responsibility for your thoughts, beliefs and actions. The Public Victory section focuses on creating meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships. And because being effective requires energy and focus, the seventh habit, “Sharpening the Saw,” encourages you to engage in activities that promote mental and physical renewal.

Covey says that when our behavior contradicts our beliefs or when our relationships consistently fail, any successes we achieve feel hollow. This book takes a total approach to success and encourages growth and maturity beginning with self, which leads to stronger relationships and greater success at home and at work.

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6. Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
Dan Millman (HJ Kramer, 2006) The first of Dan Millman’s writings, this book is an inspirational story based largely on his college years. The book delves into the notion that a person can be accomplished and successful without feeling alive or genuinely happy.

Millman learns “the way of the peaceful warrior” from a mysterious old man he names Socrates. His mentor leads him through a journey of self-discovery. The lessons the young man endures and later accepts are applicable for anyone searching for greater meaning in life.

7. The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill (Combined Registry Co., 1966) Twenty-six years of research, including interviews with more than 500 self-made millionaires, laid the foundation for this massive collection. After studying the methods and accomplishments of masterminds such as Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt and Alexander Graham Bell, Napoleon Hill compiled what he learned, offering it to the world as the Laws of Success.
More than theories for a book, Hill applied the precepts to his life and discovered immeasurable success. The book’s size might seem intimidating, but Hill wrote so it could be taught to high school students, keeping the text rich but easy to understand. This personal-development guru paves the road to success with timeless wisdom.

8. Acres of Diamonds: All Good Things Are Possible, Right Where You Are, and Now!
Russell H. Conwell (Filiquarian, 2007) Opportunities for success, wealth and happiness often lie under foot and yet go unnoticed. This little book, originally a speech by Russell Conwell, serves as a reminder not to overlook the abundance right on our doorstep.

This timeless work is freely available online, in both written and audio formats, and addresses the myth that fame and fortune are waiting somewhere “out there.” He also dispels the notion that men and women of integrity shouldn’t desire money or wealth. “Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it. You ought because you can do more good with it than you could without it,” Conwell said. And to that end, he advises readers to begin searching for the diamonds in their lives… at home.

9. As a Man Thinketh
James Allen (Filiquarian, 2007) Published in 1902, “This little volume” as James Allen refers to it, has been a source of inspiration for millions and has influenced the work of many respected personal-development leaders. And with statements such as, “The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which it fears,” Allen paved the way for many contemporary philosophers.

At its core is the belief that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Allen uses eloquent period language to bring readers to the realization that thoughts and character are inseparably intertwined. Equally as important is the lesson of personal responsibility taking precedence over thoughts and actions. He prescribes focused time to reflect and discover yourself and your dreams, and to put forth energy and time to make those dreams reality. This book, now in the public domain and freely accessible on the Internet, should be in every achiever’s library.

10. Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed
Brian Tracy (Simon & Schuster, 1995) As suggested by this book’s subtitle, “Strategies and skills that will unlock your hidden powers to succeed,” it’s likely you already possess what’s required to create success in your life. Those who apply these strategies provided by Brian Tracy can make changes that quickly produce results.

Learn how to create success that encompasses every area of life-health, personal and professional happiness, relationships and wealth. Whether you’re already on the road to success or just getting started on your success journey, the principles outlined in the book will help you realize your true potential. Build the life you want and attain the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that you control your destiny.

11. The Seasons of Life by Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn & Ronald Reynolds (Jim Rohn International, 1981) In The Seasons of Life, Jim Rohn and Ronald Reynolds draw parallels between life and the changing seasons. When you learn that change is the only guarantee, you can make the most of each season as it comes into your life.

It’s possible to learn and grow from every experience. The authors help readers understand that every season is necessary and valuable-even winter, when life seems harsh and your actions unfruitful.

12. See You at the Top
Zig Ziglar (Pelican Publishing Company, 2000) There’s room for you at the top! Zig Ziglar’s message has inspired millions to change their lives by helping them do, be and have more than they dared dream possible.

Ziglar offers a nuts-and-bolts approach to developing the self-image, attitudes and habits that make people successful. Learn how to set and achieve goals, how to create momentum that propels you forward in life and why being focused on others is a critical aspect of success. This step-by-step guide will help you excel in every area of life.

13. The Magic of Thinking Big
David J. Schwartz (Pocket Books, 1995) Thinking big separates the achievers from the average. In this best-selling classic, David Schwartz suggests that it’s not necessarily intelligence or work ethic that move people up the ladder of success, but the personal choice people make to believe that something bigger and better is possible.

Make time to reflect on your life’s goals and expand them. Once you have a clear picture of what you want, focus your energy on achieving that goal. Keep your eyes fixed on your goal and do not allow the small thinking of the world around you to cloud your vision. Schwartz offers practical advice for putting the magic of thinking big to work in your life.

14. The Power of Positive Thinking
Norman Vincent Peale (Fireside, 2007) The belief that positive thoughts lead to a positive reality isn’t a new phenomenon. Decades before The Secret, Norman Vincent Peale wrote The Power of Positive Thinking. The book teaches readers that focused, intentional and unyielding belief is required before they can achieve the lives they desire.

The philosophies from this best-selling book have helped millions reach their personal, financial, spiritual and relationship goals. Learn to replace negative thoughts with positive beliefs and to break the worry habit by cultivating a character that isn’t swayed by circumstances.

15. Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
Anthony Robbins (Free Press, 1992) Within each person is a sleeping giant of greatness. With this book, motivational coach Anthony Robbins seeks to help you “take immediate control of mental, emotional, physical and financial destiny.”

Not one to do things in a small way, Robbins found huge success, lost it all and then, using the techniques outlined in this book, took control of his life and his success. This personal-development classic delves into the specifics of goal-setting, achieving success in relationships, talking to yourself and discovering your true potential.

16. Developing the Leader Within You

John C. Maxwell (Thomas Nelson, 2005) Developing the Leader Within You makes the theories of leadership personal. For those struggling to take the next step in their careers or who doubt their leadership abilities, the book offers practical methods for developing leadership skills.

Recognizing that some people have innate leadership-personality traits, the book provides direction for becoming more effective. But John Maxwell’s book debunks the myth that only an exclusive few are born to be leaders. Instead, he suggests that everyone benefits from learning self-discipline, seeking mentors and adding to their skills through training.

Maxwell defines leadership as influence and points out that a management title isn’t a prerequisite. Regardless of your career, position or personality, learn how to become an effective leader.

17. The One Minute Manager
Kenneth Blanchard (HarperCollins Business, 2000) Apply the principals taught in The One Minute Manager and watch your team’s productivity and job satisfaction grow. This allegorical tale pulls together the wisdom gained through experience, allowing readers to prosper without making their predecessors’ mistakes.

The One Minute management style allows leaders to be efficient and effective with their time. The short chapters in this easy read focus on interaction between managers and their teams. By setting goals that encourage, redirecting, reprimanding and praising appropriately, leaders can get more from their teams while earning their respect.

18. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t
Jim Collins (Collins, 2001) If good is the enemy of great, can good companies become great? And if so, how is that transition made with lasting effect? These are some of the questions central to the research that led to the publication of Good to Great.

Five years of investigation uncovered the characteristics that made uncommonly great companies outshine their competition and earn significantly higher profits. Comparing the differentiating traits of good companies and their great counterparts, Jim Collins and his research team learned that, among other things, leaders who willingly work with their heads and hearts, rather than their egos, are required to take a company from good to great. Such leaders create the foundation for the culture and sustainable results that propel an organization to excellence.

19. The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich
David Bach (Broadway, 2003) Who wouldn’t want to become a millionaire automatically? The truths related in this book, as in Bach’s Finish Rich series, are that nothing great is accomplished without forethought. But with a little planning and by putting many aspects of your finances on autopilot, you can be on the road to wealth.

The automatic aspect plan allows readers to save time while saving money. And though many of the principles aren’t new, Bach’s easy-to-understand approach helps the reader understand them in a new way. Some of the highlights include principles such as paying yourself first, and advice about why and how to save for retirement-even if you’re hard-pressed to make ends meet now. Bach also provides advice for accomplishing short-term savings goals and explains that giving is an important part of wealth.

20. Rich Dad Poor Dad
Robert T. Kiyosaki (Time Warner Paperbacks, 2002) The paradigm shift related to work, employment and entrepreneurship has been a long time coming. In one of his most-read books, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki reveals the value of taking control of your financial destiny through entrepreneurship and investing.

In Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyosaki contrasts the differences between what the rich and the poor or middle classes teach their children. As a young man, Kiyosaki was taught by his “poor dad” to follow the path of least resistance: Get an education, get a job and work hard. His “rich dad,” his friend’s dad, mentored him to do the opposite. The book acknowledges education is important but it isn’t always best received in a formal learning environment. Lessons include the value of self-employment, how to be self-employed without limiting yourself to the constraints of an employee, and how to create and take advantage of residual-income opportunities. Instead of working hard for money, use the principles in this book to make money work for you.

21. The Greatest Salesman in the World
Og Mandino (Frederick Fell Publishers, 2001) Ten ancient scrolls hold the key to wealth and happiness in this classic parable. A young camel boy wishing to improve his station in life takes his master’s words to heart: “No other trade or profession has more opportunity for one to rise from poverty to great wealth than that of a salesman.” Desiring success and wealth, the young man sets out to become the greatest salesman in the world.
This pocket-sized book can be read easily in an hour, but it’s packed with wisdom for those pursuing a career in sales. Far more than a how-to book on closing the sale, the story encourages the reader to contribute to society and to grow in peace of mind and in heart. Those who apply the principles in the scrolls will learn how to overcome the challenges of sales, how to persist through trials and, ultimately, how to succeed.

22. The Sales Bible: The Ultimate Sales Resource: Including The 10.5 Commandments of Sales Success
Jeffrey Gitomer (Wiley, 2003) Jeffrey Gitomer has an extremely low tolerance for lamenting salespeople and that comes through in the bold and fast-paced tone of his books. The Sales Bible puts more than 100 sales facts, tips and solutions at your disposal to help you “make sales while others are whining!”

This book magnifies the details of every aspect of sales. Learn the basics and understand how recent changes in selling affect you and your pitch. Discover the keys to setting yourself apart from the competition and finding your prospect’s button. The table of contents is designed to help you quickly identify specific topics. Or just start reading from cover to cover for an excellent education from someone who knows the profession from the inside out.

23. Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Dr. Spencer Johnson (Vermilion, 2002) For many people, change can be challenging. It can cause fear, anger and the feeling of being out of control. This popular parable examines change and what happens to those who choose not to embrace it.

“If you do not change, you can become extinct,” is one of the many truisms the characters learn in Who Moved My Cheese? What’s holding you back? Are you taking note of small changes that could lead to more significant changes in the future? In the maze of life, it’s possible to successfully deal with change if and when you clear your mind of expectations and understand that while your comfort zone may be cozy, it’s not necessarily the safest place to live.

24. Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, with other contributors (Health Communications Inc., 1993-2008) Need inspiration? The phenomenal success of Chicken Soup for the Soul offers inspiration on many levels. From the tenacity it took to get the first Chicken Soup for the Soul published (Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen were rejected by 140 publishers and their book agent before finding a publisher willing to take a chance on their idea) to the thousands of touching and thought-provoking stories, these books will warm your heart and may help you view life from a new perspective.

The original Chicken Soup for the Soul went to the top of the best-seller list in less than a year. Today, one or more of the Chicken Soup books is consistently listed on the New York Times and other major best-sellers lists.

As an entrepreneur, parent or business leader, staying at the top or your game requires regular jolts of passion and healthy doses of laughter. Find both by picking up a copy on a topic that interests you. With more than 170 titles in the series, you’re sure to find one that inspires you.

25. Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude
Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone (Pocket Books, 1991) Success through a Positive Mental Attitude was first published in 1960, written by two of history’s greatest personal-development leaders, Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. For almost half a century, this book has been the launching point for those who want to change the direction of their lives.

Hill and Stone recognize that each person has their own definition of success. But whether your desire is to build great wealth, own profitable organizations or be a world-renowned artist, the authors point out, “You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by trying. Success is achieved and maintained by those who keep trying with a [positive mental attitude].”

This book addresses all areas of life. From getting the job you want to building better relationships with those around you to living healthier longer (Stone lived to be 100 years old!), this book takes an inclusive approach to success, beginning with your state of mind.

Why a must-read? When you’re looking for advice on how to create a successful and rewarding life, why not get the answers from those who have “been there, done that?” These thought leaders and business experts used the principles of positive mental attitude and experienced a lifetime of rewards.

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Erik Swanson Hits Five-Time #1 Amazon Best-Seller List

Erik Swanson Hits Five-Time #1 Amazon Best-Seller List

Erik Swanson Hits Five-Time #1 Amazon Best-Seller List with his book “Sales Habitude Warriors – Sales Strategies that Lead to YES!”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
International Keynote Speaker, Author & Social Media Expert, Erik Swanson, recently hit the best-seller list on Amazon.com for the FIFTH time this year with his book “Sales Habitude Warriors – Sales Strategies that Lead to YES!”

Dallas, Texas – Monday, September 25, 2017 – Best-Selling Author and Speaker Erik Swanson hit #1 in three separate Amazon Categories with his book, “Sales Habitude Warriors – Sales Strategies that Lead to YES!” which was released September 19, 2017, by Amazon.com – the nation’s #1 place to buy books.

On the day of release, “Sales Habitude Warriors – Sales Strategies that Lead to YES!” hit best-seller status in the following three Amazon categories: Mentoring & Coaching, Small Business, and Online Advertising.
Learn the habits known to successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, and how to use them. Sales Habitude Warrior techniques help you breakthrough the sales ceiling and understand how sales are really made. Create money-making habits and learn how to keep them. Create a new awareness for Salespeople looking to have a roadmap and a system. Get a sales breakthrough and become a selling machine with the sales habits in this book.
About the Author:
Erik Swanson has delivered over 6000 motivational presentations at conferences and meetings worldwide. As an award winning International Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author & Attitude Coach, Erik Swanson is in great demand! Speaking on average to more than one million people per year, he is both versatile in his approach and effective in a wide array of training topics.


Nicknamed “MR. AWESOME,” you can easily find Erik sharing stages with some of the most talented and famous speakers of the world, such as Brian Tracy, Nasa’s Performance Coach Dr. Denis Waitley, from the book/movie ‘The Secret,’ Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, & Millionaire Maker Loral Langemeier, Co-Author of ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ Sharon Lechter, among many others! Mr. Swanson has created and developed the super popular Habitude Warrior Conference which has a 2-year waiting list and includes over 33 top named speakers, all in a ‘ted talk’ style event which has quickly climbed as one of the top 10 events not to miss in the United States!
After his first successful release, Erik Swanson was recognized by The Elite Institute of Best-Selling Authors, an organization that honors authors from many of the leading independent best-seller lists.

To order a copy of the book, please go to:
www.SalesHabitudeWarriors.com
To learn more about Erik Swanson, please visit:
www.SpeakerErik.com or Facebook.com/SpeakerErik/

About Elite Online Publishing:
Elite Online Publishing is the brand building publisher – write, sell, and market your book online. Elite Online Publishing helps busy entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals create, publish, and market their book, to build their business and brand. They are passionate about future authors sharing their stories, knowledge, and expertise to help others. Educate, inspire and motivate others by telling your story.
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Angie Fenimore – Writing Coach and New York Times Best Seller

Angie Fenimore – Writing Coach and New York Times Best Seller

Elite Expert Insider Podcast Interview with New York Times Best-Seller Angie Fenimore. Angie is the author of Beyond the Darkness a #1 New York Times Best-seller. Angie Fenimore survived childhood abuse that became the impetus for her involvement in legal change that stiffened penalties for violent sex offenders in Washington State in 1990. She served as the president and co-vice chair of two coalitions. The laws she participated in passing became the model for the rest of the country and changed the legal landscape on a national level.

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For more information about Angie Fenimore visit her website: http://www.calliopewritingcoach.com

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I’ve signed with many prestigious literary agencies and top deal making agents.  Within days of conceiving the idea to write my first book I signed with my first agent who then sold my story to Bantam Books for six figures within the week.  My first book went from a 5-page synopsis to plastering windows and lining shelves in bookstores around the world in four months.

Navigating past the slush-pile and through the door to publication is my super-power.  If you live by the notion that securing an agent and a publishing contract is a mystery, subject to dumb luck, then that will be your likely result.

Landing an agent and seeing your work published is a predictable, do-able feat.  What writers experience as the critical nature of the publishing industry, laced with rejection letters, with impossible odds of being published lies not so much in level of writing talent, but in the quality of coaching they’ve received.  Learning to get your work published is very much like learning to swing a bat so that you make contact with the ball.  With Calliope Writing Courses you elevate your performance such that you make PREDICTABLE, EFFECTIVE contact with the ball.  Success in writing becomes probable with effective coaching.

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Erik Swanson Achieves Two-Time #1 Best-Selling Author This Year

Erik Swanson Achieves Two-Time #1 Best-Selling Author This Year

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Erik Swanson Hits #1 Amazon Best-Seller List with his book “Crush and Dominate.”
International Keynote Speaker, Author & Social Media Expert, Erik Swanson, recently hit 3 separate Amazon.com best-seller lists with the book “Crush and Dominate.”
Dallas, Texas – Friday April 21, 2017 – Best-Selling Author and Speaker Erik Swanson hit #1 in 3 separate Amazon Categories with his book, “Crush and Dominate,” which was released April 21, 2017, by Amazon.com – the nation’s #1 place to buy books.
On the day of release, “Crush and Dominate” hit best-seller status in three Amazon.com Categories. The book reached #1 best-seller status in the following three Amazon categories: Marketing for Small Business, Small Business Advertising and Education Workbooks. This marks his second best-seller in just two short months!

Erik Swanson has delivered over 6000 motivational presentations at conferences and meetings worldwide. As an award winning International Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author & Attitude Coach, Erik Swanson is in great demand! Speaking on average to more than one million people per year, he is both versatile in his approach and effective in a wide array of training topics.
Nicknamed “MR. AWESOME,” you can easily find Erik sharing stages with some of the most talented and famous speakers of the world, such as Brian Tracy, Nasa’s Performance Coach Dr. Denis Waitley, from the book/movie ‘The Secret,’ Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, & Millionaire Maker Loral Langemeier, Co-Author of ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ Sharon Lechter, among many others! Mr. Swanson has created and developed the super popular Habitude Warrior Conference which has a 2-year waiting list and includes over 33 top named speakers, all in a ‘ted talk’ style event which has quickly climbed as one of the top 10 events not to miss in the United States!
Due to his success, Erik Swanson has been recognized by The Elite Institute of Best-Selling Authors, an organization that honors authors from many of the leading independent best-seller lists.
To order a copy of the book, please go to https://www.habitudewarrior.com/crush-and-dominate
To learn more about Erik Swanson, please visit www.SpeakerErik.com
About Elite Online Publishing:
Elite Online Publishing is the brand building publisher – write, sell, and market your book online. Elite Online Publishing helps busy entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals create, publish, and market their book, to build their business and brand. They are passionate about future authors sharing their stories, knowledge, and expertise to help others. Educate, inspire and motivate others by telling your story.
If you’d like to learn more about Elite Online Publishing or to see if we’re a good fit for your book project, please visit http://www.EliteOnlinePublishing.com/contact

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8 Books Warren Buffett Tells Millionaires to Read

8 Books Warren Buffett Tells Millionaires to Read
The billionaire icon’s must-reads will make you deeply skeptical about Wall Street, and more confident of your own investment abilities.

 BY GEOFFREY JAMES Contributing editor, Inc.com

I’ve previously posted reading recommendations from Steve JobsBill Gates and Elon Musk, all of whom are legendary high tech entrepreneurs. Warren Buffett is a different sort of icon: a true pioneer of investment philosophy.
Not surprisingly, Buffett’s recommendations are almost entirely about investing. Read between the lines, though, and you can sense the avuncular, knowing smile hiding behind his wry choices.
Unlike the “how to get rich” tomes typical of the investment genre, Buffett’s must-reads are subversively critical of Wall Street and its culture. He advises the would-be millionaire to become, when investing, an entrepreneur rather than a mere customer.

1. BUSINESS ADVENTURES

Subtitle: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street
Summary: The New Yorker‘s coverage of business has always gone far beyond reportage and raised business writing to the level of fine art. Of the many talented authors who’ve written for the magazine over the decades, John Brooks stands out asa master of the well-told tale that both informs and entertains. These are some of his best stories, told with insight and a sharp understanding of human foibles.
Best Quote: “The stock market — the daytime adventure serial of the well-to-do –would not be the stock market if it did not have its ups and downs. Any boardroom sitter with a taste for Wall Street lore has heard the retort that J.P. Morgan the Elder is supposed to have made to a naive acquaintance who had ventured to ask the great man what the market was going to do. ‘It will fluctuate,’ replied Morgan dryly. And it has many other distinctive characteristics. Apart from the economic advantages and disadvantages of stock exchanges — the advantage that they provide a free flow of capital to finance industrial expansion, for instance, and the disadvantage that they provide an all too convenient way for the unlucky, the imprudent, and the gullible to lose their money — their development has created a whole pattern of social behavior, complete with customs, language, and predictable responses to given events.”

2. COMMON STOCKS AND UNCOMMON PROFITS

Author: Philip A. Fisher
Summary: The classic guide to picking stocks based upon informed research. More than any other, this book seems to encapsulate Buffett’s overall investment philosophy. It’s also one of the few books written before the invention of the internet that actually has become more relevant since.
Best Quote: “Most people, particularly if they feel sure there is no danger of their being quoted, like to talk about the field of work in which they are engaged and will talk rather freely about their competitors. Go to five companies in an industry, ask each of them intelligent questions about the points of strength and weakness of the other four, and nine times out of ten a surprisingly detailed and accurate picture of all five will emerge. However, competitors are only one and not necessarily the best source of informed opinion. It is equally astounding how much can be learned from both vendors and customers about the real nature of the people with whom they deal.”

3. DREAM BIG

Author: Cristiane Correa
Summary: In the United States there are about dozen business icons — Jobs, Welch, Gates, and so forth — whose personal stories continue to inspire entrepreneurs. The rest of the world, however, looks to other mythmakers and inspirations. In South America there are no entrepreneurs more iconic than Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles, and Beto Sicupira. Together they built the biggest business empire in Brazilian history, making themselves into billionaires while making at least a thousand of their employees into millionaires.
Best Quote: “In less than two decades, they had transformed a regional brewer with a strong name and feeble results, Brahma, into the biggest company in the sector at a global level. All this had been achieved by repeating ad nausea the mantras of the corporate culture Lemann had adopted at the beginning and then spread to all the company in which they invested: meritocracy, relentless cost control, hard work, and a lot of pressure that not everyone could endure. There were no perks or status symbols. However, for the best — people like Brito, Thompson, and Dutra — the opportunities gave them the chance to become business partners.”

4. THE LITTLE BOOK OF COMMON SENSE INVESTING

Subtitle: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Return
Author: Jack Bogle
Summary: Essentially a detailed argument for diversification, especially in the form of index funds, hopefully with low management fees.
Best Quote: “[There is] a profound conflict of interest between those who work in the investment business and those who invest in stocks and bonds. The way to wealth for those in the business is to persuade their clients, ‘Don’t just stand there. Do something.’ But the way to wealth for their clients in the aggregate is to follow the opposite maxim: ‘Don’t do something. Just stand there.’ For that is the only way to avoid playing the loser’s game of trying to beat the market.”

5. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

Subtitle: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor
Author: Howard Marks
Summary: This book is the counterargument to the “common sense” theory of investing. Rather than trying to simplify investing, the author successfully does the opposite, showing how high-level investing requires the balancing of many complex factors. Fortunately, the author lays out these complexities in a methodical manner, thereby making them as easy to understand as possible.
Best Quote: “What, exactly, is ‘the most important thing’? In July 2003, I wrote a memo with that title that pulled together the elements I felt were essential for investment success. Here’s how it began: ‘The most important thing is X.’ And then ten minutes later it’s ‘The most important thing is Y.’ And then Z, and so on. All told, the memo ended up discussing eighteen ‘most important things.’ Since that original memo, I’ve made a few adjustments in the things I consider ‘the most important,’ but the fundamental notion is unchanged: they’re all important. Successful investing requires thoughtful attention to many separate aspects, all at the same time. Omit any one and the result is likely to be less than satisfactory.”

6. THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Author: Benjamin Graham
Summary: Attentive readers have no doubt noticed that The Little Book of Common Sense Investing and The Most Important Thing espouse diametrically opposed investment philosophies. If you imagine those two books as the two sides of an archway, The Intelligent Investor is the keystone that holds them both aloft. This book explains that while effort is necessary to get better results than one could from an index fund, the subject is not so arcane that only experts need attempt it.
Best Quote: “The art of investment has one characteristic that is not generally appreciated. A creditable, if unspectacular, result can be achieved by the lay investor with a minimum of effort and capability; but to improve this easily attainable standard requires much application and more than a trace of wisdom. If you merely try to bring just a little extra knowledge and cleverness to bear upon your investment program, instead of realizing a little better than normal results, you may well find that you have done worse.”

7. THE OUTSIDERS

Author: William Thorndike Jr.
Summary: In this coming-of-age classic, the teenaged Ponyboy learns the true meaning of friendship when… Whoops! Wrong “Outsiders.” Rewind. In this getting-of-wealth classic, the middle-aged William learns the true meaning of leadership by studying eight CEOs who succeeded despite flouting conventional wisdom.
Best Quote: “CEOs, like professional athletes, compete in a highly quantitative field, and yet there is no single, accepted metric for measuring their performance, no equivalent or ERA for baseball pitchers, or complication rate for surgeons, or goals against average for hockey goalies. The business press doesn’t attempt to identify the top performers in any rigorous way. Instead, they generally focus on the largest, best-known companies, the Fortune 100, which is why the executives of those companies are so often found on the covers of the top business magazines. The metric that the press usually focuses on is growth in revenues and profits. It’s the increase in a company’s per share value, however, not growth in sales or earning or employees, that offers the ultimate barometer of a CEO’s greatness. It’s as if Sports Illustratedonly put the tallest pitchers and widest goalies on its cover.”

8. WHERE ARE THE CUSTOMERS’ YACHTS?

Author: Fred Schwed
Summary: The title of this vastly entertaining exposé refers to a visitor to a Wall Street firm who, after seeing photos of the brokers’ various yachts, asked “Where are the customer’s yachts?” The point being, of course, that stock brokerages are set up to make brokers rich, often at the expense of their customers. What’s fascinating, and also unsettling, is that this book was originally published six decades ago, thereby making it a perfect illustration of the adage “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
Best Quote: “Customers have an unfortunate habit of asking about the financial future. Now, if you do someone the single honor of asking him a difficult question, you may be assured that you will get a detailed answer. Rarely will it be the most difficult of all answers — ‘I don’t know.'”

12 Must-Read Book Recommendations From Millionaire Entrepreneurs

12 Must-Read Book Recommendations From Millionaire Entrepreneurs

A good book is every successful entrepreneur’s constant companion. Here are top recommendations and reviews from millionaire entrepreneurs.

BY MARLA TABAKA

Most successful people have mentors and coaches. Every successful person has a favorite books list. These millionaire entrepreneurs say their favorite books have had a significant impact on their success, and they have shared their must-read lists with me. Enjoy!

Karen Hough, founder and CEO, ImprovEdge, LLC

1. Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

Everyone on the planet should read this book. Although it focuses on gender discrepancies, I give it to my male colleagues and they all are bowled over by it. The book explores the mistakes and social pressure on women in negotiation situations and the ways we ruin deals for ourselves throughout life. It was incredibly eye-opening.

2. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath

This book is a knock-down, storytelling marvel. It explains why simplicity, analogy, and storytelling are so powerful. It helped me focus on how I talk about my company, engage my employees, and take our message of improv and learning to the world. Read it.

3. Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over by Karen Hough

Busted! This is my book. It’s authenticity and passion that win people over, not polish. This book lets presenters off the hook, and allows them to be their living, breathing, occasionally clumsy selves.

The book debunks over a dozen myths about presenting, to make it more fun and natural for everyone. I explain why you should never practice in front of a mirror, end on questions, and much more. You’ll be able to tear up the old rules, and embrace and develop your own style.

Candice Galek, founder and CEO, Bikini Luxe

4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

“Always avoid strength and attack weakness.”

In business, especially when starting out, it is vital that you know not only your own strengths and weaknesses, but your competition’s as well. This means looking for niches that your competition is either overlooking or lacking in.

5. Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

This book was really inspirational to me in the creation of Bikini Luxe. Sophia Amoruso details how she went from a dumpster diving hobo to the head of a $100 million e-commerce website. She outlines some of the key points to her success, as well as pitfalls to avoid when starting an online business.

I found it not only a fantastic read but a great step-by-step guide to succeeding in selling online.

6. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

My favorite quote from this book is “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” I have taken this to heart by always working to make negative situations positive ones.

When interacting with negative influences or obstacles, I look to find the good in both to not only view the world differently, but also to create a positive outcome from the situation. Just by changing my view of the situation, often the situation itself changes.

Leon Rbibo, president, The Pearl Source

7. The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

Yeah, I already know what you’re thinking. A writing book? Are you kidding me? I already know how to write. Here’s the problem: You probably think you already know how to write, but it’s likely you don’t–or at the very least you could use some improvement.

I’m absolutely astonished on a daily basis when I read poorly written sales pitches, partnership plans, marketing proposals, etc. You’d be amazed. If you can’t write–if you can’t clearly and concisely express yourself, your goals, your objectives, and your strategy–you’re not going to make it very far as an entrepreneur.

Rewrite your elevator pitch after reading this book. I guarantee you’ll impress yourself

8. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

If you don’t know how this country came to be–and the stories of the people who got us here–you’re doing yourself a major disservice. You cannot propel yourself forward until you discover, not only the mistakes, but also the brilliant minds and innovations of the past.

This book takes a look at business, politics, and culture through the eyes of everyday people: immigrants, factory workers, businessmen and the founders of this country. This is no U.S. history textbook. It goes beyond what you might learn in today’s classrooms.

Marsha Lindsay, founder and chair, Lindsay, Stone & Briggs

9. Ten Types of  Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs by Larry Keeley, Brian Quinn, and others at Doblin

It turns out that for years, many of us have erroneously assumed that the fastest way to grow a business is with an innovative new product or service. Fifteen years of research, detailed in this book, reveals that product innovation is just one type, and in fact it is the one that generates the least return. It turns out launching a concept built with three or more of the 10 types dramatically increases one’s odds of success.

10. Drinking From the Fire Hose: Making Smarter Decisions Without Drowning in Information by Christopher Frank and Paul Magnone

Today, we can measure thousands of things in finance and marketing. And all the data that’s produced can be overwhelming. This book has given me a method for sorting out what data to gather that is most critical to my business and the clients I serve. So now, not only is my “data anxiety” quite low; I’m also better at separating noise from insight, and faster at making better decisions.

Karen Kane, designer, founder, and CEO, Karen Kane and Fifteen Twenty

11. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Anyone who works in a creative industry should read this book. As a designer, I’m fascinated by trends and changes in shopping habits. This book dives deep into this subject, and provides great insight into the lifecycle of trends. The anecdotes included are very relatable, and it gives you a key takeaways that you can apply to your business strategy.

12. Yves Saint Laurent by Florence Chenoune and Farid Muller

Whatever industry you’re in, it’s important to understand its history. I love reading about icons in fashion who have made lasting contributions to our industry and changed the way our business is run. I find it inspiring and exciting to learn about how much has changed in such a short time.

How many of these books have you read? Share your must-reads with us here.