July 15, 2009

Non business books for Entrepreneurs

In the past, there have lot of articles mentioning useful books on Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management etc. Today we have a look at some of the non-business books that would be useful for Entrepreneurs [or we can say for any working professional], let's have a look at them.

[Hat tip : Amber Johnson of Online Universities]


  1. The Elements of Style: Write and communicate clearly with the help of this book.

  2. The Definitive Book of Body Language: Read this book to learn the essentials of reading and communicating with body language.

  3. Crucial Conversations: This book offers skills that can improve your communication and relationships, as well as prevent arguments and misunderstandings.

  4. You Can Read Anyone: Read this book to find out how to pick up underlying clues from others.

  5. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Learn the essentials of punctuation in this humorous book.

  6. Messages: Messages offers a book of communication skills.

  7. Line by Line: This book offers an effective guide to editing your own writing.

  8. Difficult Conversations: Thrive in difficult conversations with the help of this book.

  9. The Lost Art of the Great Speech: Read this book to learn how to write and deliver excellent speeches.

  10. The Art of Talking So That People Will Listen: This book will teach you how to get through to anyone you’re speaking with.

  11. Presentation Zen: In this book, you’ll learn how to make your presentations simple and perfect.

  12. On Speaking Well: Peggy Noonan shares advice and ideas for writing and giving effective speeches.

  13. 101 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills Instantly: Use this book to find methods for communicating more effectively.

  14. Lincoln At Gettysburg: Take a lesson from Lincoln and learn how to improve your communication skills to demand attention.

  15. Grammatically Correct: In this book, you’ll find the definitive guide to correct grammar.

  16. It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It: Follow this book’s advice for communication, presentations, speeches, and more.

  17. Getting to Yes: Read this book to improve your negotiation skills.

  18. Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: Learn the secrets of effective speakers in history from this book.

  19. The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking: Dale Carnegie shares his knowledge and advice for effective speaking in this book.

  20. Choosing Powerful Words: Develop your eloquence and public speaking with the help of this book.

  21. 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Use this reference to learn how to become a better writer and communicator.

  22. Great Speeches for Better Speaking: In this book and CD, you’ll be able to listen to and learn from important speeches throughout history.

  23. Guerilla Negotiating: Learn unconventional strategies for getting what you want from this book.

  24. The World’s Great Speeches: Learn communication skills from some of the greatest speeches in the world, found in this book.

  25. Emotional Intelligence: Learn about emotional intelligence from this book and find out why it’s so important.


  1. Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World: Get a unique view of leadership, groups, and change in this book.

  2. Developing the Leader Within You: This book offers a useful look at becoming a great leader.

  3. If It Is To Be It’s Up To Me: This book will help you develop the attitude of a true leader.

  4. Primal Leadership: Read this book to learn how you can use emotional intelligence to be a better leader.

  5. The Servant: The Servant offers a look into what’s most important in leadership.


  1. Yes Man: This book will show you how just saying yes more can change your life.

  2. The Fountainhead: Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead offers themes including individual strength and the tug between good and evil.

  3. The Tipping Point: This book explains how ideas, messages, and behaviors can spread like viruses. The Greatest Secret in the World: Og Mandino shares an explanation of his Ten Greatest Scrolls of Success in this book.

  4. The Go Getter: Read this book to learn how to be a go-getter.

  5. Talent is Overrated: Read this book to find out why talent isn’t the most important factor to success.

  6. Our Iceberg is Melting: Read this book to learn how to change and succeed no matter what conditions you’re in.

  7. Think and Grow Rich: Apply the techniques revealed in this book to find lasting success.

  8. The Magic of Thinking Big: Use the methods in this book to think big and conquer your achievements.

  9. The Greatest Miracle in the World: Read Og Mandino’s story to learn secrets of happiness and success.

  10. The 80/20 Principle: The 80/20 Principle shares the secret to being successful with less.

  11. Outliers: Malcolm Gladwell explains why some people succeed, and some fall short.

  12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: In this classic, you’ll learn how to improve your personal effectiveness.

  13. The Lorax: This book by Dr. Seuss shares the dangers of exploiting the Earth.

  14. The Power of Positive Thinking: Use this book to put the power of faith in action.

  15. The Art of Looking Sideways: Learn to deconstruct your preconceived notions with the help of this book.

  16. The Magic of Thinking Big: Use this book’s methods to get the most out of your life and your new venture.

  17. The Secret: Although criticized as unrealistic and irresponsible, this book’s message is a useful one — think positively to improve your life and work.

  18. Atlas Shrugged: Understand the philosophy of objective reasoning through this book.

  19. Influencer: This book will teach you how to change just about anything through influence.


  1. The Art of Possibility: This self improvement book will help you change your outlook on life and open yourself up to possibilities.

  2. The Da Vinci Method: Use The Da Vinci Method’s advice to learn how to break out of what hinders your greatness.

  3. Living an Extraordinary Life: Read this book to find out how you can live an extraordinary life.

  4. The Art of Happiness: Dalai Lama offers his handbook for living happily.

  5. The Four Agreements: In this book, you will learn about personal freedom.

  6. Nudge: Nudge will help you make better decisions throughout your life.

  7. Transitions: Endure and make the most of changes in life by reading this book.

  8. Awake in the Wild: Use nature as a path to self discovery with the help of this book.

  9. The Alchemist: The Alchemist tells an everyman story of the struggle to pursue your life’s dreams.

Relationships & Personality

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People: Improve your influential skills using the lessons in this classic book.

  2. Personality Plus: With this book, you’ll gain a better understanding of yourself, and other people as well.

  3. People Skills: Find out how to assert yourself and deal well with others in this book.

  4. Goodbye to Shy: Become more outgoing with the help of these "shybusters."

  5. Groundswell: This book explains how to be successful among social technologies.

  6. The Power of Charm: Read this book, and you’ll learn how to use charm to win people over.

  7. Extraordinary Relationships: This book offers a new way of thinking about human interactions.

  8. How to Talk to Anyone: Learn these tricks to find success in your relationships.

  9. Social Media is a Cocktail Party: This book will help you learn how to make the most of social media.

  10. Crucial Confrontations: With the help of this book, you’ll learn how to make it through difficult conversations and confrontations.

  11. The Developing Mind: This book explains how relationships work to shape who we are.

  12. How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less: Read this book to learn how to instantly win people over.

  13. What to Say When You Talk to Yourself: Check out this book, and you’ll see how you can become what you tell yourself.


  1. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion: This book explains the psychological foundations of influencing people.

  2. The Psychology of Winning: In The Psychology of Winning, you’ll get a look at the qualities of winners.

  3. Predictibly Irrational: Read this book, and you’ll get a better understanding of what is perceived to be irrational behavior.

  4. How We Decide: This book will help you understand how you and other people make decisions.

  5. The Paradox of Choice: Read this book to find out why fewer choices are better.

  6. The Drunkard’s Walk: In this book, you will learn how randomness influences our lives more than you think.

  7. On Being Certain: This book will help you learn to effectively question yourself.

  8. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Psychology: This book offers an essential look at psychology.

  9. Psychology of Achievement: In this book, you’ll learn how to develop the mindset of a top achiever.

  10. Covert Persuasion: This book shares psychological tactics and tricks for winning at persuasion.

  11. Psychology of Success: Read this book to learn about the psychology behind succeeding.

  12. The Psychology of Judgment and Decisions Making: Learn more about the thought behind judgment and decision making from this book.

  13. Animal Spirits: Animal Spirits explains how human psychology drives the economy.

  14. The Psychology of Persuasion: This book will help you learn how to use psychology in order to persuade others to your way of thinking.


  1. The Millionaire Next Door: This book will teach you the rules to becoming a millionaire while living a simple life.

  2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: In Rich Dad, Poor Dad, you’ll learn what the rich teach their children about money.

  3. Total Money Makeover: Read this book, and you’ll find out why it’s so important to pay cash and stay out of debt.

  4. The Millionaire Mind: Read this book to make your mindset more like a millionaire’s.

  5. Freakonomics: Find out how to illuminate financial mysteries and more just by asking the right questions.

  6. Small is Beautiful: This economics book keeps people in mind.

  7. The Richest Man in Babylon: This classic book has a lot to teach about investment and finances.

  8. Think and Grow Rich: By reading this book, you’ll learn how to thrive even in economic downturns.

Strategy & Innovation

  1. The Now Habit: Read The Now Habit to create a program that will help you overcome procrastination.

  2. Eat That Frog!: In this book, you’ll find 21 effective methods for conquering procrastination.

  3. Blink: Malcolm Gladwell’s book will teach you to rely on your adaptive unconscious.

  4. I Dare You!: Read I Dare You! to become one of the daring few on the way to somewhere.

  5. The Art of War: Read this book, and you’ll learn how to gain advantage of your opponents in any situation.

  6. The Prince: Study this book to broaden your political and strategic philosophies.

  7. The Medici Effect: Read this book, and you’ll find out how innovate by approaching situations differently.

[Reproduced from Online Universities Blog]. I guess it is time for me to pick up some of these books from the nearby bookstore smile

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At Jul 22, 2009, 5:36:00 PM , Blogger Rajasekar said...

Really awesome collections...

At Jul 23, 2009, 3:52:00 PM , OpenID hjsblogger said...

Glad you liked it :)

-Himanshu Sheth

At Jul 30, 2009, 12:48:00 AM , Anonymous Barca Paul said...

Wow :)
What a list. I recognise several of the titles which I have read. Some others you listed I will check out on amazion and might buy 1 or 2. Good stuff!

--Barcelona Paul

At Aug 3, 2009, 1:04:00 AM , OpenID hjsblogger said...

Thanks for visiting ThoughtsPrevail. Yes,some of the titles are also there on my list as well :)

-Himanshu Sheth.


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