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These 10 Books Should Be In Your Success Library

I am a big believer in self-education. Let me ask you this: Do you make time to regularly learn from the experiences and knowledge of successful experts in the field of finance, professional and personal development and business? Do you have your own personal and professional success library?

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With all that said, here are 10 books I believe should be in every businesswoman’s success library. And if you haven’t yet started your own collection of favorite “self-education” books, the ten listed here will be a good place to begin.


1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
I recently purchased Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Revised and Updated for the 21st Century. It was revised and expanded by Dr. Arthur R. Pell. This edition by Dr. Pell was published in 2005 and is updated with modern language.

2. Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny
Barbara Stanny takes us though a five-step plan for creating a richer and fuller financial life. She starts with an interesting and thought provoking “Underearning” quiz that will have you answering some thought provoking questions about money. This quiz is designed to help us begin thinking about and understanding the relationship we currently have with money and prosperity.

3. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
Do you find yourself procrastinating? You know what I mean; when you begin finding excuses for not getting things done. Brian Tracy has written a quick and easy to read book called Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.

4. Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
I realize that developing a moneymaking marketing strategy can be a difficult task. I am extremely impressed with just how step-by-step and detailed Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port is at helping us define the mission of our business, finding the ideal customer/client and then helping us determine the most profitable strategies for marketing to our clients.

5. Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran
The subtitle caught my attention – How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business. If you are looking for a good believable success story filled with business-building tips, then you’ll want to make time to read Shark Tales. I thoroughly enjoyed every page! Barbara’s book is a story of growing up in a big family and how she learned to stand out from the crowd – lessons that she readily applied to the business world.

6. The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit by Peri Pakroo, J.D.
The Women’s Small Business Kit takes a potential entrepreneur through the entire process of starting and growing a business. It’s filled with resources, definitions and how-to’s. It pretty much covers everything a new business owner might want to know about what is involved in starting a new business. Since the subtitle is: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide, you’ll find some valuable legal information of which business owners should be aware. Of course, it doesn’t take the place of consulting an attorney.

7. I’d Rather Be In Charge by Charlotte Beers
Are women allowing the internal image we have of ourselves to hinder our business successes? In her book I’d Rather Be in Charge, Charlotte Beers addresses both the public (external) and private (internal) aspects of women succeeding and thriving in business. This is a good how-to book written by a woman who has succeeded in many high-powered careers.

8. How To Keep Yourself and Your Business on Track by Sharon Michaels (Available on Amazon.com Kindle only)
It’s not easy staying on track. If you’re not seeing immediate results, it’s normal to begin feeling discouraged and disillusioned. How To Keep Yourself and Your Business On Track teaches some time-proven and practical success strategies that will have you heading positively toward your goals.

Here’s what you’ll discover in this book:
1. How to set powerful money making goals.
2. How to make a simple and doable weekly and monthly success plan.
3. How to manage your time so your time won’t be managing you.
4. How to understand and manage stress and disappointment.
5. How to be accountable for your time and energy so you’ll stay on track toward moneymaking success.

9. Smart Women Finish Rich by Richard Bach
Smart Women Finish Rich is a bit different from other financial books I’ve read. I have to admit I was surprised with how well David Bach addressed both the emotional and intellectual relationship women have with money. I am going to say that Smart Women Finish Rich is more for a financial beginner than a woman with financial savvy. It’s a well thought out system of gaining and keeping control of your financial self-sufficiency. Bach has filled this book with definitions, resources, quizzes, systems, exercises and tables. I was impressed and give it a must read if you’re serious about becoming more financially organized.

10. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
Basically, Og Mandino has given his readers ten powerful “affirmations” for success. Research has found that it takes approximately 30 days to change a habit. Repeating an affirmation to yourself once in the morning, once in the afternoon and out loud just before bed helps to reinforce the affirmation and plant the new habit firmly in the conscious and unconscious mind.

Please leave a comment and let us know which books you’d add to this list. What do you think about the books on this list?

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  • Deborah July 16, 2012, 3:07 am

    Thanks for sharing your top ten books Sharon. All are definitely worth reading. I have five out of the ten and will be looking to get the others. It’s great to see your blog up! I’m looking forward to your upcoming posts.

  • Anita Auguste August 30, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing-you have added to my reading list.
    Keep up the good work.
    Anita A.

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