We had a lot of fun creating this reading list of the best books on becoming a millionaire for our amazing readers at Everyday Power Blog.
I am a firm believer in learning from those that have managed to accomplish something themselves. That’s why you will find my top 10 books on becoming rich are dominated by autobiographies, padded with a couple books to lay out a proper foundation and framework.
Awesome Books On Becoming A Millionaire in Business
This is the ultimate tribute to entrepreneurship being a game for the bold. Listening to Richard’s rise from a dyslexic schoolboy to an internationally known billionaire shows that business ultimately boils down to the basics, and you have to bet big to win big.
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” ― Richard Branson
“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.” ― Richard Branson
“The brave may not live forever – But the cautious do not live at all” ― Richard Branson
Store by store, state by state, Walton shows that hard work, determination, and low prices were enough to change the world of retailing forever. Humility and honesty are foundations of Walton’s business mind, and it’s incredible to see how far that can go. And if you manage to become rich, this book is a must-read on how to not blow it all.
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it s amazing what they can accomplish.” ― Sam Walton
“I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been.” ― Sam Walton
“High expectations are the key to everything.” ― Sam Walton
A prime example of how building something truly valuable and innovative will lead to success. It’s also a great look into the power of collaboration, and a rare peek into a less-known side of Steve Jobs.
“If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better.” ― Ed Catmull
“You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when they are challenged.” ― Ed Catmull
“Failure isn’t a necessary evil. In fact, it isn’t evil at all. It is a necessary consequence of doing something new.” ― Ed Catmull
“Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.” ― Clayton M. Christensen
“It’s easier to hold your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold them 98 percent of the time.” ― Clayton M. Christensen
“Justification for infidelity and dishonesty in all their manifestations lies in the marginal cost economics of “just this once.” ― Clayton M. Christensen
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This will be the densest book you ever read. Every chapter is brief, yet vital to a certain step in the life of a business. This can cover every question you ever have, from a guy that has seen it all.
“Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.” ― Guy Kawasaki
“The next time you think that there’s something that you “can’t live without”, wait for a week and then see if you’re still alive or not” ― Guy Kawasaki
“Steve Jobs has a saying that A players hire A players; B players hire C
players; and C players hire D players. It doesn’t take long to get to Z
players. This trickle-down effect causes bozo explosions in companies.” ― Guy Kawasaki
“When you are eighty years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. —Jeff Bezos, commencement speech at Princeton University, May 30, 2010”
― Brad Stone
“It’s easier to invent the future than to predict it.” ― Brad Stone
“Most companies are not those things. They are focused on the competitor, rather than the customer.” ― Brad Stone
“The number-one corporate objective, when crossing the chasm, is to secure a distribution channel into the mainstream market, one with which the pragmatist customer will be comfortable. This objective comes before revenues, before profits, before press, even before customer satisfaction. All these other factors can be fixed later – but only if the channel is established.” ― Geoffrey A. Moore
“Entering the mainstream market is an act of burglary, of breaking and entering, of deception, often even of stealth.” ― Geoffrey A. Moore
“the key to getting beyond the enthusiasts and winning over a visionary is to show that the new technology enables some strategic leap forward, something never before possible, which has an intrinsic value and appeal to the nontechnologist.” ― Geoffrey A. Moore
If you are a firm believer in the grind, there’s no better story than that of Ray Kroc and McDonalds. This paper cup salesman didn’t step foot in a McDonalds until he was 52 years old, but managed to create arguably the most recognized brand ever.
“The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” ― Ray Kroc
“Luck is the dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” ― Ray Kroc
“Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?” ― Ray Kroc
This is the epitome of what happens when working hard and working smart are in perfect harmony. Elon is an absolute machine, and shares the Richard Branson attitude of putting it all on the line. When he prefaces the book with his disappointment in how the greatest minds in the world are focusing on how to get somebody to click an advertisement, you know he has big plans in store.
“He points out that one of the really tough things is figuring out what questions to ask,” Musk said. “Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy. I came to the conclusion that really we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask.” The teenage Musk then arrived at his ultralogical mission statement. “The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment,” ― Ashlee Vance,
“There needs to be a reason for a grade. I’d rather play video games, write software, and read books than try and get an A if there’s no point in getting an A.” ― Ashlee Vance,
“It bothers Musk a bit that his kids won’t suffer like he did. He feels that the suffering helped to make him who he is and gave him extra reserves of strength and will. “They might have a little adversity at school, but these days schools are so protective,” he said. “If you call someone a name, you get sent home. When I was going to school, if they punched you and there was no blood, it was like, ‘Whatever. Shake it off.’ Even if there was a little blood, but not a lot, it was fine. What do I do? Create artificial adversity?
How do you do that? The biggest battle I have is restricting their video game time because they want to play all the time. The rule is they have to read more than they play video games. They also can’t play completely stupid video games. There’s one game they downloaded recently called Cookies or something. You literally tap a fucking cookie. It’s like a Psych 101 experiment. I made them delete the cookie game. They had to play Flappy Golf instead, which is like Flappy Bird, but at least there is some physics involved.” ― Ashlee Vance,
A true rags to riches story from one of the best branding experts to ever live. From humble beginnings as a stranger in America who didn’t speak a word of English to one of the most recognized faces in the world, this is a great quick read.
“Walk amongst the natives by day, but in your heart be Superman.” ― Gene Simmons
“I promised myself that I would educate myself, and that I would never stop educating myself. It was my responsibility to keep learning. I would spend hours at the library on the weekends and read everything I could get my hands on. Books on dinosaurs. Books on history. I almost read the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica. And all for free. The reason I’m telling all of you this is that I want you to take this point to heart and make you understand that it’s your responsibility to educate yourself.” ― Gene Simmons
“This brings us back to what I’ve been telling you about the importance of finding the right partners. You can’t do it all yourself, and neither could any of us. Each of us on our own could only go so far. Together, we would go all the way.” ― Gene Simmons
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