Reading books is pretty much a requirement for the long-term growth of your online business.
Pat Flynn, who runs the Smart Passive Income blog and podcast, has built one of the most successful online businesses on the planet. His podcast gets thousands of downloads every day from people all over the world and I give credit it for motivating me to start my online business a few years back.
During many episodes of his podcast, you will hear Pat Flynn drop the name of a book as a recommendation. Over time, I picked out a few of those books that I like and have compiled them in the list below. Each of these books that were recommended by Pat, I feel, are absolute must-reads for anyone looking to start or grow their online business.
1. Will it Fly?
Fueled by the thrill of potential and thoughts of success, enthusiastic entrepreneurs sometimes devote long hours and large amounts of money to impossible ambitions. Will It Fly? teaches entrepreneurs how to critically evaluate ideas to determine their feasibility before failure is realized. It teaches how to visualize the concept’s journey from birth to fruition, helping entrepreneurs identify and overcome obstacles before they even present themselves.
2. Deep Work
Newport offers useful tips and defined steps to removing superficial tasks from your To-Do list, allowing you to put success to the forefront of your schedule. Building a successful online business is definitely going to require some deep work, don’t you think?
Can’t you already begin to see why Hooked is a must-read?
The subtitle of the book says it all because it provides the surprisingly simple truth behind getting extraordinary results in your online business.
In Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday teaches that humility, accountability, and self-awareness are powerful tools to further goals while checking our human need for greatness, which often impedes our journeys to success.
The Miracle Morning is a great book that teaches how to transform your mornings into blocks of productivity, setting a positive trajectory for the course of each day. Anyone looking to grow and develop their life and business should first start out by optimizing their individual morning routine.
Pivot teaches ambitious minds how to seek out and evaluate opportunities around them, helping people retain power over change instead of being disappointed or surprised by it. Sooner or later, you will be required to pivot or make a major change in your online business, and this book will help you embrace that moment.
It’s been proven time and time again that the quality of success stems from the quality of our sleep. After reading this book, readers will understand how to use sleep to improve nutrition and maintain their mental stamina.
10. How We Learn
Continuous learning is key in every online business. That’s the whole point of this article, really. You read books to learn, and growth stems from the new knowledge that you gain.
Part of his technique involves treating the world like a video game, where you play the central hero who earns rewards and unlocks greater levels of greatness along the way. Level Up Your Life will definitely provide a new and improved outlook on your life.
Greg McKeown forces readers to rethink this popular manner of thinking, suggesting that much of the work we view as necessary is anything but. McKeown teaches people how to increase their productivity by stripping away the optional and optimizing the essential.
In The School of Greatness, readers learn how they too can rise above life’s valleys to develop grit and dedication.
Smartcuts teaches innovators in all industries how to think outside the box and maximize their brain’s creative thinking to achieve unlikely accomplishments. That’s what it’s all about in the online business world. We have to come up with our own creative ideas in order to build something truly great.
15. Never Eat Alone
The book Never Eat Alone impresses upon readers the importance of social building and teaches them to increase their social capital by foraging valuable relationships. If you can build meaningful relationships, you can build a meaningful business.
We spend most of our lives compensating for our weaknesses as we try to advance our hectic careers rather than building upon and utilizing our inherent talents. We must learn how to identify our natural gifts and apply them in our everyday lives. That’s what StrengthFinder 2.0 aims to teach you how to do.
17. Creativity, Inc.
Through personal anecdotes and struggles specific to Pixar and Disney Animations, Ed teaches the art of creativity in business with comedic zest.
Through imagery and drawing, this book will revitalize your approach to daily life and help you find purpose with daily, simply activities and a pinch of art.
19. The Urban Monk
Pedram Shojai teaches how to combine traditional eastern philosophies and western tradition to breathe slower and smile in a hectic world.
Get started reading today and reap the benefits for years to come. If you want more helpful books for entrepreneurs, you can check out my very own reading list by clicking here.