35 Game Changing Books That Will Help You Become A Boss At Life

I read a lot.

I believe that as human beings, we should be constantly learning and striving to better ourselves.

And as a ‘game changer’, you have so much unknown territory ahead — You must be a master of all trades, with the ability to adapt to unknown and changing circumstances.

‘Constant learning’ is actually the number 1 predictor of startup success, and reading regularly is one of the best ways to make sure you’re doing it.

Reading has been so valuable for my personal and professional growth over the last few hectic years, building and scaling Buzinga from the ground up.

That’s why I’ve put together a list of the books I found most valuable beginning my startup journey.

Some are classics that have been around for decades, while others are little-known gems that I try and get everyone to read!

I’ve ordered them under the categories that will be most important for you on your startup journey:

  1. Books to get you fired up and inspired
  2. Books for personal mastery (improving your personal skill set)
  3. Books for effective time management
  4. Books to master sales and communication

See also: How To Google Better And Become A Learning Machine

Let’s get into it, you’ve got a lot of reading to do!


This is where every entrepreneur should start, especially if you need that extra push to take the plunge of leaving your desk job!

You won’t be able to walk away from these books without a sense of purpose and HUGE drive to succeed.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Founders At Work by Jessica Livingston

The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman

Escape From Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim

The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

Made To Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Bold by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Living an Exceptional Life by Jim Rohn

You, Inc. by John McGrath

2. Personal mastery

These books are incredibly valuable for improving your general skill sets, enabling you to make smarter, more strategic business decisions.

They’re full of actionable takeaways on everything from marketing, sales, data analysis, growth tactics, and personal branding.

The lean Startup by Eric Ries

Revenue Disruption by Phil Fernandez

Lean Analytics by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz

The Art Of The Start by Guy Kawasaki

The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Become a Key Person of Influence By Daniel Priestly

What Rich People Know And Desperately Want To Keep A Secret by Brian Sher

Mindset by Carol S. Dweck

Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

3. Time Management

The one thing I consistently hear the most from startup founders is ‘I don’t have enough time’.

These books will show you how to manage your time most effectively — how to prioritise the things that are most beneficial to your business and boost your productivity.

The One Thing by Gary Keller

No BS Time Management For Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Yes by Greg McKeown

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Getting Your Shit Together by John Carlton

4. Mastering sales and networking

So much of running a successful business is in effective communication.

These books give you invaluable best practices for making important connections, selling anything, and how to present your ideas to get what you want, more often.

The Art Of The Pitch by Peter Coughter

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

To Sell Is Human by Dan Pinkman

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

The Little Red Book of Sales by Jeffrey Gitomer

Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff

The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes

How to Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham

Got any other books you think should be on the list?

Drop me a comment below! I might have read it…

This was originally posted on www.buzinga.com.au