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The art of being a successful business owner is constantly evolving, and reading is a great way to keep up with past solutions, current trends and business strategies. Specifically, books by and about small business owners can provide direction for you in the challenges you face every day. Entrepreneurs often face similar challenges throughout their careers, so reading about others’ experiences can help you reflect on your own business and look at situations in new ways.

There’s no shortage of books focused on entrepreneurship, so where do you begin? We’ve developed a list of the top books that we think small business owners should read.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

First written in 1937, Think and Grow Rick is one of the best-selling self-help books of all time. Napoleon Hill continuously challenges readers to improve their lives -- and their businesses -- through positive thinking. It's a "success" classic, and a must-read for all entrepreneurs.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

If you are exploring personal change and are interested in a holistic approach to solving personal and professional problems, this book should make it on your list. Stephen Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell explores tipping points –the exact moment an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire -- and how they can change the way business owners think about selling products.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm and running a pizza business to LinkExchange, Zappos and more. It's an interesting, relevant and inspiring book for all entrepreneurs

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Small business owners know better than anyone how hard it can be to be efficient with limited time and resources. In this book, David Allen shares the secret to increasing productivity: being able to relax. And he outlines a system that will help you achieve it.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Author Daniel Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction rests with the human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. It's a great book for realigning your priorities in business and in life.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap, & Others Don't by Jim Collins

Can good companies, mediocre companies, or even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? That is the question Jim Collins answers in this book. He shares his extensive research that reveals what it is that makes top companies tick.

Even the most unique small businesses can learn from others’ success and solutions. You can take comfort in the fact that others have faced the same challenges and succeeded. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these books for your next work trip—or, better yet, your next vacation.

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