12 Books Highly Recommended by Successful People

It’s been a while since we published our last book roundup – 22 Books You Should Read if You Want to Be Successful in 2018. The year is now more than halfway over (we know, we know.) How’s your reading list looking these days?


In case you’ve already whizzed through that list, we have a fresh new one for you today. Get into the swing of being back to school and work this fall season with one of these inspiring reads recommended by a few of our Productivity Giants. Best enjoyed on the couch with a blanket and a pumpkin spice latte (JK, but really.)



Jordan Taylor Wright, Filmmaker & Author


Honestly, the book that I wrote. I know that may sound like a plug, but it’s not. I don’t do much reading. I watch movies and documentaries, and listen to podcasts. The book I wrote, Forever In The Infinite Now, honestly didn’t feel like it came from me – it came from a journaling process of me writing out my thoughts in order to remove myself from stress and anxiety.


Megan Lyons, Founder of the Lyons’ Share Wellness


The Miracle Morning (my morning routine stemmed from it, and I gained a great community and coaches from it), The ONE Thing (although I struggle to implement it, it’s something I strive for!), You Are a Badass (a book I think anyone who has ever dealt with self-doubt should read!)


Peter Shankman, Founder of HARO


They Can Kill You But They Can’t Eat You by Dawn Steele.


Vanessa Van Edwards, Behavioral Investigator & Author


How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie started my career. I never knew that soft skills could be learned. Now I know they can be boiled into a learnable science.


John Lee Dumas, Founder & Host of Entrepreneurs On Fire


The ONE Thing by Gary Keller – I strongly recommend it to every entrepreneur because of the principles it discusses – productivity, focus, and managing overwhelm. It helped me realize how important that ONE thing is.


Celeste Headlee, Author & Journalist


Amy Poehler’s memoir was an empowering read for me. I think I dog-eared and highlighted every page. She has a strong mind and a kind heart. I loved that book, and I don’t usually enjoy memoirs.


Tucker Max, Co-Founder of Book in A Box


So many books have so greatly impacted my life. If I have to name one, I’ll say The Neon Bible.


Richard Tubb, IT Business Growth Expert


The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann. It’s a short read. A parable about how helping others can help you achieve your own goals and be happier too. Before I read that book, I was a Go-Giver to the point of detriment to myself. Now, I realize you can be helpful to others within healthy boundaries.


Jon Levy,Behavioral Scientist


The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. Every book about business tells you how they overcame a challenge and became a huge success, but in The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben shares the continued struggles and minute success – and when you put them all together, he was barely able to squeeze by as a success. Certain parts are heartbreaking – others are heartwarming. Anything worth doing, there’s a struggle involved. It was the first book I have ever seen that took this head-on in an honest and unadulterated way. When I go through something tough in business, I remember the stories in that book and that we all go through difficult times.


Lauren Zander, Co-Founder & Chairwoman of Handel Group®


Almost anything written by Tom Robbins. But, my particular favorite of his, particularly when it comes to LOVE has got to be, Still Life with Woodpecker. If you don’t know it, devour it.


Patrick McGinnis, Venture Capitalist


The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.


Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Author, Speaker, & Technology Innovator


Slowing Down to the Speed of Life by Richard Carlson.