There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of new business books released every year.  Only a few become classics, and even then, it is hard to find time to read and remember all of the amazing advice they offer.  Here are some takeaways from arguably the most famous two dozen business books.


The 4-Hour Workweek :

  • Life is too short to live on anyone’s terms except your own.
  • That “someday” you are waiting for possibly might never come.
  • Do Focus your energy on the thing that drives the most results.

Rich Dad Poor Dad:

  • One should acquire or create income-producing assets.
  • It’s important to focus on cash flow.
  • The only true way to escape the daily “rat race” is to secure a monthly cash flow from assets that exceed your monthly expenses.

The Top 10 Distinction Between Millionaires and the Middle Class:

  • Focus on calculated risks.
  • Earn profits, not wages.
  • Create multiple income streams.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

  • Think proactively.
  • Start with the end in mind.
  • Makefirst things first.
  • Think aout the win-win.
  • Seek first to understand others , then try to be understood.
  • Synergize.
  •  Take time of physical and mental renewal.

The Other 8 Hours:

  • Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.

The $100 Startup:

  • Your business doesn’t have to require a great deal of risk or startup capital.

Turning Pro:

  • The major difference between an amateur and a professional is how they establish their habits.

The Go Giver:

  • Be helpful, the money will always follow.
  • Scale to help to reach as many people as possible.

The Art of Non-Conformity:

  • The easy thing and the best thing are usually not the same thing.
  • “Your competence is your security”

Crush It:

  • Pour your heart and soul into your business.  People will notice.
  • (if it sounds like real work, that’s because it is)

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing:

  • Always be  first to market.  But if you can;t be first, just claim a new marketing you can be first in.
  • You can’t be everything to everyone, so stop trying.

Purple Cow:

  • The best way to get noticed is to be remarkable.  That is, markedly different from every other options.

Attention! This book will make you money:

  • Do what you competition isn’t doing.


  • Use reciprocity:  When you give someone something, they feel compelled to repay you.  What can you give?
  • Gain small commitments in advance of asking for a larger commitment.
  • Use social proof like testimonials, press mentions, and trust signals.
  • Be likable.
  • Be an authority.
  • Use scarcity:  Sometimes fear of missing out and playing hard to get can work to your advantage.

The Power of Habit:

  • Cultivate positive habits.

The Millionaire Fastlane:

  • The stock market is a poor wealth accelerator.
  • The best way to make millions is to solve a problem that MANY people of businesses face.

The Thank You Economy:

  • Customer service isn’t a department within a company. It IS the company.
  • Out-care the competition, online and in-person, and people will begin to take notice.

The Ultimate Question:

  • The ultimate customer service questions is: “How likely would you be to recommend Company XYZ to a friend of colleague.”
  • Happy customers do your marketing for you.

The Lean Startup:

  • Launch, get feedback, and then make quick incremental improvements.


  • Less is more.  Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

Getting Things Done:

  • Develop a 1-touch system for income items: Do it, Delegate it, Defer it, or Drop it.

Start With Why:

  • Customers don’t buy WHAT you do; they buy WHY you do it.

Good to Great:

  • Find the sweet spot at the intersection of: What light you up, what you’re best at, what makes you money.

The One Minute Entrepreneur:

  • You are the CEO if your own life.  Act like it.

The E-Myth:

  • Work ON your business, no IN it.

Great By Choice:

  • Make progress everyday.