My Top 50 Must Reads for The Heart-Centered Entrepreneur

I don’t know about you but I’m an avid reader. I can literally go through a book a week … Even done a book in a day! So I guess you can conclude that I’ve read LOTS of books in my lifetime.

And although they’ve all served a purpose – whether it be entertainment, education, or inspiration – there are some that have stood out as books that have transformed my life in one shape or form. So be sure to print this one out, and get to reading!

  1. Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
  2. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
  3. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
  4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  5. The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton
  6. The Law of Success by Napolean Hill
  7. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
  8. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  9. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  10. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
  11. 5 Steps to a Quantum Life by Natalie Reid
  12. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  13. Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide by John Jantsch
  14. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
  15. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  16. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  17. The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
  18. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
  19. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  20. The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard
  21. Put Your Heart on Paper by Henriette Anne Klauser
  22. EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey
  23. 10.10.10 by Suzy Welch
  24. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  25. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
  26. Rework by Jason Fried & David Hansson
  27. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  28. The Millionaire’s Secrets by Mark Fisher
  29. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  30. Excuses Begone! by Wayne Dyer
  31. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  32. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  33. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
  34. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  35. Get Clients Now! by C. J. Hayden
  36. Strengthsfinder by Tom Rath
  37. Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
  38. Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
  39. Content Rules by Ann Handley
  40. Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Anthony Robbins
  41. Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  42. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  43. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  44. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
  45. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
  46. The Power of Why: Breaking Out in a Competitive Marketplace by C. Richard Weylman
  47. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  48. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
  49. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  50. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (Just kidding. Making sure you’re paying attention 😉 )

I think if you begin here with these books, you’ll begin to see your life transform in ways you may have not expected. You’ll start looking at the world in a new light, realizing that you are happening to life and life is not happening to you. The end result? A life and business by design.

What book(s) have you read that has changed your life in some form or another?

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  1. I must confess I really don’t get the whole “heart-centered” thing. What exactly does heart-centered mean anyway? Is the implication that all the other entrepreneurs have no heart? I mean there’s nothing wrong with the term I guess, it just seems like such an odd thing to base a business on. You have definitely provided a great list of books to read, but I have a feeling Dale Carnegie would laugh himself silly if he saw his work associated with such a corny phrase. But please don’t misunderstand me, I may prefer to do business with people who prefer to focus on ethics and good business practices rather than touchy feeling catch phrases – all the same if they started referring to themselves as ‘ethics centered’ I’d be quizzling over their motives as well. Thanks for the inspiring list of reads!

    1. I have a confession of my own Marquita. I considered deleting your comment. But I’m using this experience as an opportunity for me to grow and be ok with some people not getting me (see ).

      But I would like to share with you, if you’re open to it, and no judgement (Really!!), what you get from using a condescending tone to state your opinion… How that is showing up in other areas of your life and the impact that it’s having. Have a wonderful day!

      P.S. When I say heart-centered entrepreneur, for me, I mean someone in the service-based industry – consultants, coaches, marketers, etc. Although it’s been used in many other ways and is know to have other meanings.

  2. Hi Michele,

    What a great list of books. I have read most of them and constantly use them as a reference when I’m struggling with something or when I need a boost of inspiration. Reading them have changed my life.

    Stacie Walker
    Woman in Leadership Founder

    1. Yes! They all changed my life as well. Amazing how being open to to the knowledge and wisdom others have to share can shift your life. I just love reading! 😉

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