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the pep talk: 5 essential reads for business book haters


Let’s be honest: business books are not always the most enjoyable reads. They can be too long, poorly written, self-aggrandizing, and just flat-out boring. If we have to choose, we probably are going to reach for a novel or magazine in the evening and rely on podcasts for our business education fix.

If this is you, I’m here to help. Here are my top five essential business reads that are well-written, compelling, and highly practical and relevant even to the small business or solopreneur. 

Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman

This is like a business encyclopedia that provides a high-level description of a huge variety of topics and concepts. If you feel intimidated by business lingo and want a go-to resource, this is for you. You can use it as a reference or even just skim it.

Getting Things Done, by David Allen

In this classic, David Allen provides a proven and effective process for managing #allthethings. I honestly don’t know where I would be without these ideas. This is also a highly skimmable read. 

The Dip, Seth Godin

Godin perfectly articulates what entrepreneurs experience on a daily basis: doing great things takes a REALLY long time. He gives guidance on when to stick it out and when it’s smarter to quit. Short enough to read over a weekend.

Start with Why, Simon Sinek

Sinek explains that great leaders always let the “why” drive the “what” in business and not the other way around. Even for small businesses and solopreneurs, this concept is critical. Worth a full read. (If you’re interested, Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk is one of the three most watched ever.)

The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni

A wonderfully concise primer on strategic planning and how to lead an organization effectively. If you want to lead a healthy team, you need this book. It’s worth a full read.

Happy reading,

the pep talkKatie Wussow