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Back in the early 1990’s I went to one of those Motivational Business Events where they bring in twenty or speakers for the day and they all give a short presentation and then sell the their books. On this particular tour Brain Tracy was one of the speakers, and yes he had a book or two that he was promoting, but his advice was to read for 15 minutes a day. More specifically read a business book 15 minutes a day. He figured that if you did that everyday for a year, you would have completed 3 to 4 books. Now that may not sound like a lot to the avid readers out there, but for non-readers this is significant. Furthermore, the point of them being business books is the key. You see with each book you will pick up some little tidbit or gem that you can incorporate in your daily business. Say you only get one thing out of each book that would still be three new key things that could help your business grow.  So as the holidays approach and you head to the shopping center stop in the bookstore and pick up a business book. It just might the answer you are looking for.


Here are a few of my favorites:

The Pursuit of Wow! By Tom Peters


Brand You 50 by Tom Peters

The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy

Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki

The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith


Please post comments on some of your favorite business books.


Comments (10)

Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

Great idea and advice for the coming New Years resolution list!  Thank you for taking the time to share this gold nugget.

Dec 19, 2008 01:24 AM
Kathy Kooyman
Home Realty - Pella, IA

Doug, Fabulous idea.  Thanks for sharing.  I will have to bookmark this post so I can see what others are reading.  I just purchase Raving fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles. It should be a good winter read.

Dec 19, 2008 01:29 AM
Dean Moss
Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL - Chicago, IL
Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team

Doug -

Every year, I have reading as my goal.  I'm one of those guys who start a book, get about half way through, and don't touch it anymore.

I've got to complete these circles - and finish my books - in the New Year.

Currently reading, "The Audacity of Hope" - 25 pages or so left to go.  Seems to reflect our next President's thought processes, and how he might react in tricky situations.

Happy Holidays!


Dec 19, 2008 01:34 AM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

Doug thanks for the blog and the list of wonderful books to share. I have bookmarked this blog to come back when I have a chance and look up those books.

Dec 19, 2008 01:37 AM
Joel McDonald
Joel McDonald -- - Castle Pines North, CO

I got your alert on Twitter & had to click through to read your post.  Thanks for sharing Doug.

90% of the books I read are business books.  My wife thinks I'm crazy, but that's the way I'm wired.  A couple others I really believe are great for any entrepreneur are "E-myth Revisited", as well as anything by Dale Carnegie...

I'm also awaiting "Tribes" and "Reality Check" in the mail right now...

I second your nomination for "Tipping Point".

Dec 19, 2008 01:38 AM
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

Thanks for the info - I have a couple of new books to pick up. I love Guy Kawasaki and what he is doing yet I have not read this book of his yet. Can't wait. Thanks again ~Rita

Dec 19, 2008 01:44 AM
John Mulkey - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

As someone said, "Reading is fundamental." Consistent reading can make you an expert on almost anything, and it's necessary to keep abreast of the latest innovations. I recently read "Tipping Point," and have always liked Brian Tracy and Ken Blanchard. Twenty years ago I read an interesting book, "The Abilene Paradox." I still pick it up from time to time to remind myself of its message.

Dec 19, 2008 02:08 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Great post!  I am going to pick up some of these.  I have read all of Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy and the Millionaire Real Estate Agent, now Shift by Gary Keller, Also Read the Champion Real Estate Agent by Dirk zeller and I loaned out another book a year ago and can't remember the name.  You are right, you will pick up something from each and every book you read.  I love reading!

Dec 22, 2008 12:08 AM
Doug Stucky
Stucky Design, Inc. - Wichita, KS

Just completed Outliers by Malcom Gladwell and Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. Both are good reads. Outliers is easier with more stories while Wikinomics may open your mind to a new way of thinking.

Dec 24, 2008 12:39 AM
Nathan Gaier
Hallmark Home Mortgage - Fort Wayne, IN
Northeast Indiananulls Mortgage Team

If you want any information on my experience with Brian Tracy & his organization, please see my recent blog post BEFORE you give Brian Tracy any money!!!  ***BUYER BEWARE***  Sincerely, Nathan Gaier

Oct 16, 2009 12:47 PM