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The Best Business Life Books for Business & Personal Development

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Business life books are a great resource for teaching people how to be successful in business more effectively. Many of us don’t just want our life to be about work; we also want to make room for other important aspects of life. Luckily there are many great business life books that can teach us how to more effectively manage our time so that we gain success while still finding plenty of rest and relaxation. There has been an increase in the number of books available on this topic in recent years due to the demand and current possibilities. Here are just some of the best business life books.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath, and Charles Kahlenberg (2010)

This book is all about change and how making alterations to business can have spectacular results. The authors are aware though that there is often a lot of resistance to change and this can have a negative impact on a business. This book provides information about how leaders can more successfully introduce change into the work place to make things more effective. The information is presented in an easy to read style and provides plenty of useful tips and ideas. Although Switch is only a relatively new book it is already managing to influence a lot of bosses by encouraging them to manage change more effectively.

The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris (2009)

The 4 Hour Workweek is a hugely successful book that has prompted many people to believe that they can become successful at business with minimal effort. Timothy Ferris claims to only spend 4 hours a week on his online business and spends the rest of the time travelling the world and being adventurous. This type of lifestyle appeals to many of us and this book give advice about how it can be done. Ferris explains clearly how a good product and outsourcing can make this dream a reality. The 4 Hour Workweek is a bestseller and is highly recommended.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (1990)

This is another groundbreaking book that has had a huge influence on how business people manage their life. The information contained is not just how to be more effective in the business world but more effective in life generally. Many people have already implemented these habits and have ended up with more time to do the things they really want to do. Many of the ideas in this book are still quite revolutionary even though they were first presented over two decades ago.

Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson, and Mike Chamberlain(2010)

This is another book that claims to teach us how to be more effective so that we waste less time and effort. This book tackles many of the ideas that people have about work and manages to turn these on their heads – if you believe the authors then many of us have faulty notions. This book is light on theory but full of practical ways that we can work in a different way and get better results. If you are concerned that you might be chasing your tail then this book is highly recommended.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

If you want an example of the life of a successful business person then this book on Warren Buffet might just be the thing. This biography provides a deep look at one of the world’s most successful business people and you will likely feel a bit differently about him by the end of the book. It shows that Buffett did have a life outside of business; it is also interesting to see how his personal life influenced his business life.

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Anthony Carter currently resides in Fife, Scotland with his wife Lisa, and their three wonderful children. As a senior editor for various publications, if he's not reading and writing, you would find him photographing and traveling to some of the most far-flung locations around the world.


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