Andrew Connell

Full stack web dev, micropreneur, founder & 11-time recipient of Microsoft’s MVP award for SharePoint. @mscloudshow co-host podcast & @kerrbapp co-founder. @andrewconnell

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

The fundamental way how you get stuff done… do the minimum to get something in your customer’s hands, get feedback, address it, get it back to your customer’s hands.

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Essentialism

Essentialism

Stop trying to do everything… do more by doing less and don’t spread yourself thin. Once I wasn’t working so hard all the time, I started getting more done.

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Take Your Eye of the Ball

Take Your Eye off the Ball

As strange as it may sound for a life / business book, it’s fantastic. I’m a huge football fan… a fan of the game. But what I loved about these are that they really show that there are patterns in even the most seemingly random things like sports. If you can spot them, you can exploit them to your advantages.

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Andy Barr

Head up 10Yetis. Global conf speaker on #socialmedia, public relations, #video and #digital #pr campaigns. Loves a pun and the term #darksocial. @10yetis

Carra

Carra

A story of leadership, focus, dedication and putting your body on the line for the cause. Very similar to my own career in public relations. In all seriousness, this is one of the best football books ever written and many of the stories translate into handy nuggets of management advice, for example, no business should ever hire El Hadji Diouf. In another rare moment of honesty, this is my fave book for a quick pick me up. If I have had a tough day or feeling a bit “meh” Jamie always comes to the rescue.

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E

e by Matt Beaumont

My goal in life is to get everyone who works in the creative sector, especially agency side, to read this book. It is fairly old now but is still a fairly good reflection of what the creative industry is really like. I don’t think there is a week goes by where an industry story does not remind me of this book. Even better, people in our office now shout “but is it a gold” during creative meetings, in honour of this book.

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Good to Great

Good to Great

Simply put, if you own a business and don’t have this book, then you have an actually medical problem. Having read this book several times it has now achieved cult status and sits as a permanent reference book on my bedside table. It is GOOD as a general business guide but GREAT as an inspirational business tool.

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Brian Casel

I write and teach at http://casjam.com  // I run http://audienceops.com  // I co-host the http://bootstrappedweb.com podcast. @casjam

The E-Myth Revisited

The E-Myth Revisited

Might be a bit basic for business owner’s who’ve been at it a while, but when I read it as a freelancer it was a game changer for me. It opened my mind to the idea that I can build my own business without me doing all of the work.

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Essentialism

Essentialism

I read this recently and it gave me a deeper understanding of what I already knew to be true: Focus is key and you have to step back and remove (most!) things to allow space to focus on only the most important things.

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The Bulletproof Diet

The Bulletproof Diet

Not a business book, but this definitely made an impact on my health, and especially my brainpower and focus, which enabled a noticeable difference in my ability to get stuff done and focus on the right things.

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Pat Flynn

Lead by example. Be honest. Hold nothing back. @PatFlynn

The Miracle Morning

The Miracle Morning

This book changed my life, and turned me from a night owl that got a lot done, into a morning person with rituals that allow me to get even more done, have better focus and be more happy in life.

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The One Thing

The One Thing

I usually listen to my books, but I bought a physical copy of this one because I place it right next to my computer so I can see it every time I sit down to work. Why? It’s a great reminder for me to always focus and work on that next one thing on my list, and not get distracted by everything else I know I have to do later. This book definitely helps me focus, but also tells me what the consequences are if you lose that focus.

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Virtual Freedom

Virtual Freedom

It took me a while, but I finally learned how valuable it is to have others do work for you – whether it’s work you can’t do, hate to do, or even work that you love and can do very well but you shouldn’t do as the owner of your business. Building a virtual, remote team has been one of the number one ways my business has scaled and grown over the past two years, and I owe a lot of it to this book.

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Justin Jackson

Let’s make some stuff. @mijustin

Getting Real

Getting Real

This is the book that made me want to create software products. It’s the original manifesto written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, and describes the philosophy they used to build Basecamp.

Anything You Want

Anything You Want

Sivers is a master communicator. In this short book he distills the lessons he learned building CD Baby. I found his stories and anecdotes inspiring. It’s even better as an audio book.

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

A fascinating look into how habits are built, and how they can be changed. I find myself returning to my notes from this book quite often. There’s lots of insights into human psychology, and how we can improve ourselves and our teams.

Brecht Palombo

Father, Husband, Entrepreneur, Mountain Biker | Product: http://distressedpro.com  Podcast: http://bootstrappedwithkids.com  Traveling: http://nomadicbrood.com @brechtify

The Four Hour Workweek

Four Hour Work Week

Cliché as it is The 4 Hour Work Week had a huge impact on me as I found it at exactly the right time and followed it.

The One Thing

The One Thing

Recently “The One Thing” has had a large impact on how I look at what I’m doing.

The Ultimate Sales Letter

The Ultimate Sales Letter

In terms of having a marketing foundation I think anyone who’s selling anything with words and has not read “The Ultimate Sales Letter” by Dan kennedy is shooting themselves in the foot.

Justin McGill

Started from -$6 and built a 7 figure agency. Now growing @LeadFuze & Co-Host of @ZeroToScale. I talk #entrepreneurship at http://justinmcgill.net

The Ultimate Sales Machine

The Ultimate Sales Machine

This book had a profound impact on me as a founder, without previous sales experience. It taught me how to not only think like a sales person, but implement plans and procedures like a sales manager. It covers it all and Chet gives great examples throughout the book.

Launch

Launch

A B2B book with amazing story telling. Gives several examples of how to launch a product using his “Product Launch Formula”. How to setup your drip campaigns, when to provide the offer, etc.

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

So many times I see startup founders trying to “go big or go home” without ever knowing if their business idea is even legitimate. Some of the principles taught in this book and completely changed how businesses are built and even how businesses are invested in.

Patrick Campbell

#SaaS steamroller @priceintel. Cloud Rules Everything Around Me (C. R. E. A. M.) @Patticus

The Servant as Leader

The Servant as Leader

Greenleaf’s work really changed my mindset from the concept of a leader being an hierarchical head to a leader being a steward to the company/entity. In turn, this mindset helped me delegate immensely more and trust the “general’s” I’ve put in place to do what’s best for the company.

Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy

In SaaS, although prospects will compare you against different solutions on the market or things they’ve built internally, you’re typically defining a market. Blue Ocean walks through how to think about your growth strategy more in the context of your customer, industry, etc. and less in the context of competitors.

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

While it’s not the most obvious message from Hess’s work, Siddhartha really hammered into me the power of focus, commitment, and mindfulness.

Claus Geissendoerfer

Bootstrapper, Blogging @ Amstadd.com, UK focused WordPress and Joomla website support @ CMS Assist @claus1860

The Four Hour Workweek

Four Hour Work Week
This book laid the foundation to my entrepreneurial career and got me infected with the startup bug. I was reading it on a cold winter day in New York while I was employed as an IT and Management consultant. It caused me to rethink employment and attempt my first business venture.

Think And Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

I listened to the audio book version of it which triggered a mindset shift and made me realise how important it is to have multiple passive income streams in order to secure my future.

Work The System

Work the System

Helped me to transition from fire fighting to standardising my business operations. It guided me to set up processes and SOPs to remove me from day to day activities and focus more on growing my business in the long term (and spending more time with my wife & daughter).

Ryan Battles

Co-founder of @HarpoonApp. Author of SaaS Marketing Essentials (http://ryanbattles.com/saas ) and Using Periscope for Business (http://amz.pub/periscope)

Rework

Rework

It’s a quick read, which is refreshing, chock-full of the business philosophy that drives the company behind Basecamp. Much of these thoughts run counter-intuitive to how business is usually run, whether from tradition or laziness. Definitely one to re-read every couple years.

The Magic of Thinking Big

The Magic of Thinking Big

I tend to have small visions and small dreams, holding fast to what is practical instead of stretching for what’s possible. This book is a motivational kick in the pants to build confidence and destroy fear, cheering me on to go bigger.

The Dip

The Dip

Another quick read, this book describes the inevitable lows you will experience when pursuing a goal, and why success means pushing through that dip. It is within the dip that most give up and why so many fail. It is also practical in that it describes when giving up during the dip is the better choice.