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10 Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read

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There are thousands of great business books out there that can help you start a business, set and achieve goals, promote your business, manage your finances and so much more. In fact, there are so many business books on the shelves that it can be overwhelming to determine which are worth reading.

Here is a list of 10 inspiring and actionable business books that provide you, or the small business owner on your gift list, with advice, insight, tips and resources for a boost to business success.

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

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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.

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

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In this book, author Daniel Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction -- at work, at school, and at home -- 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 getting realigned with your priorities in business and in life.

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3. 'Think And Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill

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As one of the best-selling self-help books of all time, first written in 1937, Napoleon Hill continues challenge readers to improve their lives -- and their businesses -- through positive thinking. It's a "success" classic, and a must-read for all entrepreneurs.

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4. 'The E-Myth Revisited' by Michael Gerber

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In this book, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business by walking you through the steps in the life of a business. This book will help you grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

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5. 'The Tipping Point' by Malcolm Gladwell

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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 should think about selling products.

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

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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. In the book, Stephen Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.

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7. 'How to Win Friends & Influence People' by Dale Carnegie

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Good relationships are the foundation of a successful business, and that's what makes this book a great read for small business owners. You'll learn techniques for enhancing both professional and personal relationships while increasing your self-esteem.

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

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

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9. 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson

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This book is based on more than forty interviews conducted with legendary entrepreneur Steve Jobs over two years -- as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues. There are lessons to be learned on every page.

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

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Small business owners know better than anyone how hard it can be to find and maintain high levels of productivity. 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.

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