Category: Business & Self-Development Books

Business books, self-development books, book reviews and food for thought!

Whether you are looking for help to build a business, to improve your creativity skills or to work on your leadership, business books and self-development books are a cheap and easy way to challenge yourself! They will give you a boost, and that’s very important because YOU matter. But where should you start?! Well, do authors such as Gerber, Ferriss, Grant, Thiel or Rath ring a bell? They Should!

This page regroups my latest business and self-development book reviews and food for thought articles.  From leadership to creativity, startups and business development, you will find something interesting to read! Give them a look, read smart, think smart!


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Simon Sinek on why you should Start With Why.

This month, I've decided to make you think smart with a book on entrepreneurship and, more generally, innovation. This book is Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. A bestselling piece which you probably heard about many times. But have you read it? The book elaborates on what should be the core of a strategy. Whether you try to sell a book, a product, a service, or a dream, the WHY is the basis, the roots, the engine. Sinek explains this theory and provides some interesting and easily actionable takes. Does that pick your curiosity? Well, that page was written for you. Just keep reading!

Denise Brosseau asks: are you Ready to Be a Thought Leader? – Book Review

Ready to be a Thought Leader? How to Increase Your Influence, Impact and Success, by Denise Brosseau is one of those books I've put to the top of my must-read list, without the slightest doubt. The book isn't on Amazon's hot list, and I haven't heard many people talk about it, yet I think that it is a powerful tool if you are interested in building up your own leadership. Denise Brosseau provides various concepts and very actionable tools here, which will help you get somewhere. At the end of the day, whilst leadership is a big topic, only a few people have a genuine opportunity …

Charisma books: Dale Carnegie on Self-Confidence and Public Speaking

Today, I am writing about Dale Carnegie's book How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking! Public speaking is an interesting topic, especially when it comes to building up your charisma, your professional profile, or if you are considering promoting something that matters to you. But here is the thing: public speaking is difficult. How do you that? Where do you start? What are the expectations? What are the common mistakes you should be avoiding? In this book, Carnegie provides tons of actionable topics on the issue of public speaking. He takes us by the hand and shares his experience. Great read!

My Zero to One summary: Smart takes on building Startups by Peter Thiel

The bottom line of my Zero to One Summary? Easy. This book is one of the reference books out there for those interested in business development. Or perhaps should I say startup development, as a matter of fact. Peter Thiel (who is one of the Paypal founders) elaborates on how startups work and on the kind of mindset you need to become a successful startup founder. Thiel has a tone and goes straight to the point, which makes him challenge some of the ideas you tend to see all the time in the mainstream way of thinking. In short? A challenging book, totally worth your time …

Keller & Papasan say success depends on your ONE THING

What if thinking about (and finding out) what really drives you made a big difference in your life? Productivity and success are big things these days. People want to do better and more because success and productivity are often associated with quantity. In The One Thing, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan say that success depends on the one thing that drives you, and they help you put your finger on it. This book has helped me more than I thought it would. The argumentation is fairly repetitive (as this is often the case with self-development books) but it has given me great food for thought. …

Leadership & Human Skills: Dale Carnegie’s tips on How to Win Friends and Influence People

Leadership is a big thing we all want to explore, both for self-development or business reasons. But where should we start? Here is a book suggestion: in How to Win Friends and Influence People, leadership guru Dale Carnegie explains the basics of human intelligence and human skills. It's very simple! These are the skills you need to master if you plan on moving forward and doing better with what you have! In short? A must-read business and self-development book, packed with value. What are you waiting for? Read my book review of Dale Carnegie's book How to Win Friends and Influence People ...

Creativity lessons from Pixar: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Looking for insights and tips on business and creativity development? Here is a book suggestion: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (with Amy Wallace). Creativity, Inc. uses the story of Pixar as a practical case study. The book is very practical, in other words, and it explains to what extent creativity can become part of a company's DNA. Creativity, Inc. is a little technical at times, but it is nonetheless an interesting and challenging read totally worth your time if the topic is of interest to you for one reason or another. Want to find out more? Read my book review of Creativity, Inc. now!

How to innovate: Guy Kawasaki’s Rules for Revolutionaries

Here is another interesting book on creativity and business leadership. If you are in business, chances are that you keep asking yourself how to beat the competition, right? Well, as usual, here is a book suggestion: Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki. So what's special about that book? In Rules for Revolutionaries, Kawasaki gives you the basics of product-building. Because there are basic rules! Where do you get your ideas? when do you launch a product? How do you test your ideas? How do you keep improving?Kawasaki's Rules for Revolutionaries are precisely about that. Read my book review and see for yourself! Think SMART!

Leadership & Creativity: Here’s how Adam Grant’s Originals Move the World

There are tons of books out there on leadership and creativity, but Originals by Adam Grant is definitely in top position on my book suggestions list. In 'Originals, How Non-Conformists Move the World', Grant provides tons of food for thought on how to be better at creativity and leadership... differently. Are you interested in finding ways to think smart and outside the box? Are you thinking about changing the rules? Trying to write your own rules, maybe? Well, This book is a book you must read, it's as simple as that. Read smart, check my book review of Originals to find out more!

Building a business? Read Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle advice!

Many people dream of building their own business or side hustle, but where to start? Chris Guillebeau's Side Hustle advice can help! 'Side Hustle, From Idea to income in 27 Days' is a book about starting a business of your own, from a passion, simply. The book draws on the success of Guillebeau's book The $100 Startup, really. But this one is more like an action plan. Very relevant (and fun to read) if you are into project-building, business books, and self-development books! Don't miss my book review!

Business creation: Why raise millions? Chris Guillebeau’s $100 Startup works!

Here's the thing. Despite what everybody says, building a startup isn't just about raising funds. Building a startup is about asking the right questions and getting stuff done. And 'The $100 Startup' by Chris Guillebeau can help you do that. The $100 Startup is an interesting and easy-to-read book for those interested in building a business with very little. What you read in there not only makes sense, it is inspiring, and it will give you food for thought on how you could build-up something differently. Want to find out more? Read my book review of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau!

Entrepreneurship is tough, Michael E. Gerber’s E-Myth Revisited explains why.

Are you having difficulty running your business? Are you trying to build a startup in a smart way? The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber explains why many business owners struggle to keep their head above the water and what they do wrong. For this, the book is an excellent reading suggestion. Let's face it, entrepreneurship is tough, so why take chances? The E-Myth Revisited is packed with easily actionable advice, and the way the story is written makes it fun to read. In short, this is a must-read business & startups book. Read my book review of The E-myth Revisited to find out why!