Steve Siebold’s Top Three

Atlas Shrugged
By Ayn Rand
Why: This book persuaded me to embrace my ambition, ignore the underachieving nay-sayers trying to make me feel guilty for it, and use the wealth I created to help others live their dreams. Atlas Shrugged is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit the networking profession personifies.

Chasing Daylight
By Eugene O’Kelly
Why: The author finds out he has three months to live and decides to die as successfully as he has lived. This true story inspired me to make a difference now, while I still have time, instead of putting it off for the future.

Man’s Search for Meaning
By Viktor Frankl

Why: This book convinced me that we all have the freedom to choose our attitudes and beliefs, no matter how tough our circumstances may be. The author’s story of survival and subsequent world-class success inspired me to forge ahead and help other people discover their true potential.

Brian Klemmer’s Top Three

The Soul of Money
By Lynne Twist

Why: No one escapes the powerful push and pull of money. This book offers you the opportunity to explore your core relationship with money. Among many things it explores three primary myths embedded in our culture that are the foundation of scarcity. The Soul of Money will show you how to use money, no matter what your current financial level, as a conduit for change, both in yourself and in the world around you.

Leadership and Self-Deception
By Arbinger Institute

Why: This is another one of those books that uses a fictional allegory to communicate principles in leadership. What makes it innovative and thought-provoking is the idea of self-deception and self-betrayal as predicaments we all find ourselves in at times, whether we are in leadership positions or not. For those interested in truly being a servant leader, this is a must read.

Doing Business God’s Way
By Dennis Peacocke

Why: Dennis Peacocke offers an insightful look into business through scriptural eyes. This book pictures God as a businessman, going out building his family business, and shows how we can do the same. It looks at economics as the study of how spiritual choices play themselves out in the material world and why networking is the perfect business. This is one of those books you will not read quickly, but will chew on, apply, and re-read several times over.

 

Wendy Weiss’s Top Three

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
By Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.

Why: This book is a gold mine of information on the process of persuasion. If you are ready to take control of your own power and build a successful business, Influence is a must read.

Unlimited Selling Power: How to Master Hypnotic Selling Skills
By Donald Moine and Kenneth Lloyd

Why: Donald Moine and Kenneth Lloyd are both sales psychologists. Their book details the sophisticated yet easy-to-use communication techniques that all “born salespeople” use. No matter who you are or at what stage your business is, applying these skills will help you and your business grow.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
By David D. Burns, M.D.

Why: While this is a book about depression and a type of treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy, it is also a common sense look at changing the way people think and thus changing their behavior. The exercises work just as well for changing the way you think about your business.