I read somewhere that the average billionaire reads 1 book per week- 56 per year and the average person reads 2 books per year.  What this tells me is that no matter how successful you are or even if you consider yourself an expert in your industry there’s always more to learn and ways to get better.

So forget the Summer romance novels and let’s get down to business, here are 6 books that I have found extremely valuable and that have either shifted my mind set, or given me advice that I still subscribe to today.

  1. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

In Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth, Eker outlines how wealth is truly created, and that is by changing your thinking, offering real value to the market, and commanding an in-demand skillset, among other ideas.

If you grew up with a poverty mindset or one that says it’s okay to simply “be comfortable” but you desire to truly create wealth, this should be your bible.

  1. Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus

If you’re a no-BS kind of guy or gal, this could be the book that turns your business and your life around. This book is about preparing and owning one full day in your life like a total boss. If you can do that, you can do anything. Aubrey shares powerful strategies for each element of your day.

  1.  You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

If you’re looking for comprehensive financial advice and have a good sense of humor, get this book immediately. Sincero is one of those authors who has “been there and done that.” By sharing her own story of economic transformation, Sincero teaches what’s really underneath financial troubles, namely fear, doubts and a whole lot of excuses. You’ll not only uncover your greatest financial desires, you’ll learn exactly how to take action to make those desires a reality.

  1. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Unless you’ve been living under a proverbial rock, you’ve heard the name Tim Ferris mentioned often over the past five or so years. The guy has seemingly mastered how to live and work fully already at a ripe, young age.

In his latest book, Tools of Titans, #1 NY Times bestselling author Ferris deconstructs the habits, routines and daily rituals of the world’s top performers. If you’ve ever listened to one of his podcasts, you know that he has access to some of the greatest minds living today. Well, this book is essentially a combination of all the tools and tricks he has learned from interviewing over 200 of the most successful people today.

  1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg has some wise advice for women facing inequality in the workplace as well as trying to balance career and family. She ought to know. As the COO of Facebook, Sandberg has spent years “leaning in” and pushing past her own fears and misgivings to demand equal opportunity and treatment. And in this book, she shows other women exactly how they can empower themselves to live their best lives AND navigate a successful career.

  1. Traction, Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

Let’s finish up with one of the most comprehensive books that gives you clear plans, tools and strategies to get your business going. The problem with many, if not the majority of entrepreneurs, is that they fail to recognize there is an Entrepreneurial Operating System. Wickman helps you see it and navigate it to get your business off the ground.

Inside Traction, you’ll learn the secrets of strengthening the Six Key Components™ of your business. Want to discover simple yet powerful ways to run your company? Do you and your leadership team need more focus, more growth, and more enjoyment? Get. This. Book.

After reading these books myself, I truly believe you will find more helpful, actionable insights in them than you would in most MBA classes. If you are just starting your business, I would definitely suggest beginning your reading tour de force with Gino Wickman’s book. Then work backwards.

Wishing you much success