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Top 5 Business Books to Read Before You’re 30

Before you turn 30, you need a sound foundation to build on. That's why we've picked out five classics that will support your personal growth.

Did you think this list would just be about famous strategy books, case studies and biographies? Nope. Before you turn 30, you need a sound foundation to build on. That’s why we’ve picked out five classics that will support your personal growth. Keep reading!

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1. How to Win Friends and Influence People

Authors: Dale Carnegie
Who is he? Dale Carnegie was a well-known inspirational teacher and author who wrote a series of popular self-help books that sold millions of copies in the 1930s and 1940s. His books became the basis for a series of seminars and training programs and addressed the topics of self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills.
Here’s why it was chosen: In the book that gave birth to the self-help genre, writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie spells out his plan for getting what you want from other people by changing your behavior. And up to this date, no one has said it better than Carnegie.
Quotes:
“One can win the attention and time and cooperation of even the most sought-after people by becoming genuinely interested in them.”
“Make the other person feel important, and do it sincerely.”
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

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2. Think and Grow Rich

Authors: Napoleon Hill
Who is he? Napoleon Hill was born in 1883. A former newspaper reporter, he studied law and worked for Andrew Carnegie, whose ideas are reflected in Think and Grow Rich. Hill advised numerous prominent people, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi and Thomas Edison.
Here’s why it was chosen: Hill will remind you of an older, wiser, slightly wacky uncle who advises you about careers, life and love. His book is a wonderful collection of tips that range from the practical to surprisingly New Age-like mystical talk about the infinite powers of the universe.
Quotes:
“It takes more than a college degree to make one a person of education.”
“Money without brains is always dangerous.”
“Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness or lack of ambition.”

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3. What Color Is Your Parachute

Authors: Richard Nelson Bolles
Who is he? Richard Nelson Bolles is an author, speaker and former Episcopal clergyman. This bestseller has sold nine million copies since it was first published in the early’70s and has been translated into 14 different languages.
Here’s why it was chosen: Bolles’ guide is for anyone who needs to find a good job, or who wants – or needs – to make a career change.
Quotes:
“Job hunting is an activity that repeats itself over and over again in most people’s lives.”
“Most job-hunters who fail to find their dream job fail not because they lack information about the job market, but because they lack information about themselves.”

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4. 21 Dirty Tricks at Work

Authors: Mike Phipps and Colin Gautrey
Who is he? Mike Phipps and Colin Gautrey co-founded a company that helps individuals and organizations develop necessary political skills. Phipps has consulted with some of the world’s largest corporations. Gautrey is a business professional, trainer and coach.
Here’s why it was chosen: Thinking that the only thing you have to do at the office is good work is naïve. Every company has people who will stop at nothing to further their own agendas. Thus, learn about the common dirty tricks played in offices and protect yourself from becoming a victim.
Quotes:
“By their very nature…all organizations are political.”
“Once a dirty trick is exposed then its power is dramatically reduced.”
“The best advice…is to choose your battles strategically.”

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5. Influence

Author: Robert B. Cialdini
Who is he? Robert B. Cialdini, PhD, is regents’ professor emeritus of psychology and marketing at Arizona State University and is president of Influence at Work.
Here’s why it was chosen: The impetus of the book was his desire to figure out why others always influenced him so easily.
Quotes:
“Job hunting is an activity that repeats itself over and over again in most people’s lives.”
“Most job-hunters who fail to find their dream job fail not because they lack information about the job market, but because they lack information about themselves.”

 

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