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21 Books To Read To Get Ahead In Life

So you want to start getting ahead in life? Here are 21 books that should be on your book shelf.

#1 Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life by Justin Loeber

Do you want to learn how to get out of your own way and build your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses? Do it now with Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life. Author Justin Loeber has put together an in-your-face, funny, no-nonsense, socio-business, coming-of-ageless handbook for anyone who is yearning for true, inner-personal success. This shebang of a book is based on Loeber's quirky personal life experiences that all started in the NYC 70s disco era. 

Justin worked as a waiter, a Wang Word Processing Operator (remember Wang?), a substitute go-go dancer, was discovered by pop icon Gary Numan in London and was one step from stardom in his own right as a solo pop-recording artist―only to lose it all. Then, in a 180-degree turn―and without a college degree―he went from a temp at Random House to an EVP at HarperCollins in a little more than a decade. In 2006, Loeber created mouth: digital + public relations, a boutique agency in NYC―repping over 550 clients to date. And he uses his roller coaster of life experience to show you how to get out of your own way―just like he had to.

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Contributor: Christina McCall from Mango Media

#2 The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Learning how to do more with less time, this book's invaluable insight on how to outsource your busy work will make you free. And owning your own business is all bout the freedom. One of the mistakes for business owners is doing too much unnecessary work resulting in burn out. You can indeed work only 4 hours a week and become a millionaire! And that is why learning ow to have the freedom from your business is a must.

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Contributor: Greg Shepard from Emily's Maids 

#3 Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

You can now how to start and own your own corporation, you can know how to free up your time, BUT if you haven't reprogrammed your mind you will fail. How your subconscious views the world has a huge impact on what you do unconsciously. For most people, they subconsciously believe they can't do this or that, they may even think money is evil. not good because your subconscious will not allow you to do what it believes, and if it believes money is evil, it will sabotage all your efforts. And that is why reprogramming your psychology for success is a must.

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Contributor: Greg Shepard from Emily's Maids 

#4 The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

In this one book there are so many amazing lessons - 64 to be precise! - each one potentially life, business, or career-changing. I love how Jack carefully and thoroughly explains each principle, along with real life examples, without wasting time on any unnecessary fluff.

Much like a fairy tale, each time I read the book I take away a new level of learning and fresh inspiration. These principles have not just helped me to become not just a better business woman and leader, but a stronger and happier person too. I highly recommend it to everyone!

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Contributor: Melitta Campbell

#5 Prince or Pauper by Peter Yachimski

The American Dream with hopes of a predictable and assured life path including: college, career, pension, and retirement are in peril. With daunting challenges facing national and local governments as well as home budgets, I offer a resounding voice of hope: You don't have to be born into wealth to become a prince-and you can free yourself from misinformation and avoid the ever-present traps that lead down the road of the pauper. In Prince or Pauper, Yachimski blends a sweeping historical perspective with incisive economic commentary to debunk myths and open a door to personal success.

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Contributor: Peter Yachimski from Prince or Pauper Financial Education

#6 Prince or Pauper: Prepare for the Road Ahead by Peter Yachimski

In Prince or Pauper: Prepare for the Road Ahead, I outline specific tools that can make a huge difference in financial strategies. Topics include:

  • How to make gains in your retirement portfolio after you start making withdrawals by using the principles of reverse dollar-cost averaging.
  • Why our national debt demands that you take control of your own future-and how to protect yourself when the house of cards collapses.
  • Why Medicare and Medicaid are in crisis-and a unique strategy to hedge against rising taxes or falling benefits that could threaten your savings.
  • How to safeguard yourself against government legislation that could jeopardize your nest egg.
  • How to use the banking industry's own laws to your advantage in negotiating with creditors.

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Contributor: Peter Yachimski from Prince or Pauper Financial Education

#7 Influence by Robert B. Cialdini

Influence by Rob Cialdini is a book everybody should read. Selling is all around us, and despite what many people think, it's more a science than an art. We are being sold to constantly, and almost all selling follows various time tested principles. Influence explains these principles, so that as you go through your day to day life you can recognize when you are being sold to and how to avoid being a victim of such techniques. It has an almost immediate effect on your life, wallet, and will change the way you see your interactions with people, advertisements, and even just basic walks down the street. 

If you're one of those people who is constantly buying things and wonders why afterward (most likely all of us, at some stage), this is definitely the book for you.

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Contributor: Brendan Lee from Bren on the Road 

#8 The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone has figured out the reason people fail at things they try. The answer, he suggests, is that people tend to think things are miles easier than they actually are. When people try things and are surprised by how hard they are, they give up. Given this tendency of human nature, Cardone has come up with an elegant solution, treat everything you decide to do like they’re 10 times harder than you think it is. The book is obviously more intricate than that, but the basic idea is that when you realize the gravity of a task you’re more likely to take it seriously and not give up so easily.

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Contributor: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

#9 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Life is complicated, no one today expresses that sentiment as clearly as Jordan Peterson. Peterson suggests a striking idea, life is so complex and there are so many factors out of your control that it would help if there were some ground rules to follow that would make life just a bit easier. 12 Rules For Life is a crash course in graduate-level psychology and will guide you towards having a more fulfilled life.

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Contributor: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

#10 How to Win Friends and Influence People by Books Wagon

The book has timeless insights into the best way to connect in our world. In an age in which weak ties are increasingly becoming the networking foundation we use and need to grow and progress, this book offers clarity and wisdom on how to navigate life and succeed by valuing relationships and working to foster and build the right connections, at the right time.

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Contributor: Bethany Merillat from RunRepeat

#11 Life on Purpose by Victor J. Strecher

You cant get ahead in life if you don't have a reason to do so - and so many people theses days struggle to find meaning and purpose in their lives. This powerful book will motivate and inspire you to change, and give you fire to fuel your passions and drive you to succeed because you are living a life that aligns with your core values and has a clear direction and vision. This book will show you how to make your life matter.

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Contributor: Bethany Merillat from RunRepeat

#12 Not Taught by Keenan

There is a lot of hype around influencer marketing, content creation, the world is changing, the world is this and that, etc. This book does exactly what its title suggests. It is relevant, straightforward, and simply to the point on how to be the best version of yourself in today’s noisy world. Yes, there is a smudge of self-help related concepts, but the main focus is exactly what you need to do to get ahead in life. The direct approach of this book has won my attention and has immediately launched me forward on a path toward great things.

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Contributor: Tara Meier from North&Co.

#13 Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman & Mark C. Winters

The book explains how there are not one, but two very necessary people required if you want build a truly successful company. Most people know that every company needs a visionary, but Rocket Fuel goes over how the visionary really can't get anything done without an amazing integrator. The integrator is the person who takes the visionary's ideas and makes them happen and the authors share examples of amazing companies who have done this really well. This book really challenged me to start delegating tasks that have been hard to let go of, and it's made all the difference as we are having a record year.

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Contributor: Danielle Kunkle from Boomer Benefits 

#14 Self Coaching 101 by Brooke Castillo

This book is an easy read and it teaches you to become a watcher of your own mind so that you can identify thoughts and beliefs that you hold that are blocking your ability to feel better and achieve success. It explains how you can't change circumstances but you can change your thoughts about those circumstances so that you can face them head-on without fear. It really raises your own awareness and it will blow your mind when you take a peek at your own psyche and see how many thoughts run through your head every day that are self-defeating and often untrue.

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Contributor: Danielle Kunkle from Boomer Benefits 

#15 Capital by Karl Marx

Okay, you're probably raising your eyebrows at me but hear me out. Capital, Volume 1 is probably one of the most thought-provoking books you're likely to read, and one that can, ironically, put you on the right track in your own business life.

If you want to succeed in business, you need to know how the system works. For all his faults and controversies, Marx analyses the dynamics of capitalism with a clarity that few other economists come close to. Tracing the development of capitalism from the barter system through to industrial capitalism, Marx examines the idiosyncrasies that make the system work – and also the idiosyncrasies that also threaten its long-term existence.

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Contributor: Will Craig from LeaseFetcher 

#16 Enough by John C. Bogle

The title and general message of this book, written by the founder of the fund giant Vanguard, John Bogle, is taken from a poem that was written by the author Kurt Vonnegut about an experience he and author Joseph Heller had when visiting the home of a billionaire. Heller commented as a response to Vonnegut’s statement about the wealth disparity between the two that Heller had something the billionaire would never have – enough.

Written ten years ago, this small book makes the case that many people lose their way with respect to what is truly important in life. Bogle addresses how excessive fees and costs for investment funds provide little value for investors. He demonstrates that, in an effort to achieve wealth, many individuals speculate instead of invest. He addresses the issues of the lack of trust, ignorance of professional standards, and a general lack of leadership in both business and finance today. The general populace, he contends, is too interested in things, not enough on commitment, too much on so called 21st century values and not enough on 18th century values - too much on success and not enough on character.

I believe the book is appropriate for people of all ages, but should be required reading for university graduates embarking on a career in business. It helps redefine success.

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Contributor: Robert R. Johnson

#17 Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss

By interviewing thought leaders across a wide range of industries and fields, Tim Ferriss has put together a collection of habits, routines, and mindsets that contribute to top performance and success. The book is a collection of interviews, not a collection of specific tools. Within each interview, you feel like you get to eavesdrop on private conversations you would otherwise never hear. These leaders let you inside their thought process so that you can learn what they look at, pay attention to, and cobble together in order to get the results they want. There are hundreds of tactics and recommendations that a reader can choose from based on what appeals to them. Tim Ferris even instructs the reader to use the book more like an encyclopedia than an instruction manual.

I am also incredibly impressed that Mr. Ferriss includes a very detailed description of his battle with mental illness and tools he has used and continues to use to maintain his mental and physical health. When talking about top performers, society as a whole tends to gloss over the price many pay in exchange for their status, success, and results. Including mental illness in this kind of book is so important in spreading awareness in general, but especially among people who are overachievers and may think that anxiety, depression, and needing professional help are all signs of weakness. It's probably one of the most candid discussions of anxiety, depression, and suicide I have ever read by a person in the business world.

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Contributor: Ronit Levy from Bucks County Anxiety Center

#18 The Mind of the Leader by Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter

The book compares in true and honest how there’s a massive margin between how people see their leaders and how leaders see themselves. As opposed to the popular and traditional wisdom of having subject area knowledge and technical expertise to be great leaders, the book mentions 3 soft skills of- Mindfulness, Selflessness, and Compassion- as crucial characteristics traits for leaders to drive engagement, give real meaning, and motivate them to perform at their optimum level. 

The book serves as an amalgamation of the best of both the strategies- working with self and others to improve your leadership skills and push organizations to excel continuously.

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Contributor: Ketan Kapoor from Mettl

#19 Mentor: The Kid & The CEO by Walter Jenkins

Mentor: The Kid & The CEO contains numerous valuables and principles that can transform all areas of people's lives. It hits on physical, mental, and even spiritual growth. This book contains lessons such as the importance and benefits of a consistent exercise routine, how to budget and save money, and how to more positively connect with people. There are lessons to be learned for all readers.

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Contributor: Marc Gooch from Mentor Hope Publishing 

#20 Deep Work by Cal Newport

I can't stress this enough. In a world of superficialness, depth has become a rarity. Where so many are concerned with social media, email, phones, streaming services, and more, all day long, they are not able to work in-depth on anything. Whether it be solving a problem, developing a skill, learning something new, or overcoming a challenging obstacle.

Depth is scary. Being able to learn the value of deep work, how to utilize it, and make it work for you, was game-changing. This book alone is enough to take you from just another person in the career of your choice to someone who is an expert that people look to for help and guidance. Standing out in the sea of mediocrity is the number one way to have a flourishing career and get ahead.

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Contributor: Nicholas Rizzo from RunRepeat

#21 Atomic Habits by James Clear

Do you want to get ahead? You need to get better. Getting better is a vague term or objective to throw around yet, it is the underlying basis of most advice thrown around. Doctor's telling patients to exercise more and improve their diet, marketing gurus telling people to build engagement on social media, or teachers telling students to apply themselves - Useless

How does one get better then? By understanding the basis of what drives habits you are literally hacking into the circuitry of your brain and the systemizing of how it all works. No one does a better job of pulling back the curtains on this topic chalk full of complexities than James Clear. Not only that, everything he preaches is backed by science, extraordinary examples, and simple ways to make it all actionable.

Using this book, you can begin making small improvements. Imagine if you were able to make small incremental improvements every day/week. Where would you be in a year? 3 years? 5 years? Yeah. Small, constant improvements through hacking your habits is the key to getting ahead and no one does it better than James Clear.

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Contributor: Nicholas Rizzo from RunRepeat

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