These are not technically business books. However, they are two of the most important books I’ve ever read and form the basis for so, so much of the principles for growth and prosperity.
They are, to my mind, in the must read category and should be compulsory reading for young people as soon as they’re ready to understand the principles. My only regret is that I didn’t read them earlier.
1) The Richest Man in Babylon by George. S. Clason.
The take away:- Take 10% of EVERYTHING you earn (everything, no matter what your financial predicament at the time) and make it work for you. If you read this book and don’t take away that single, powerful message – ask for a refund for the book shop, because they gave you the wrong book!
2) The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham.
The book that the world’s most successful investor cites as his favourite book on investing shouldn’t be ignored. So I didn’t. Once read, I completely changed my strategy from trading to value investing. Is it paying off? I don’t know, I’ve not even looked at my portfolio for a while! Which is, kind of, the point. I’m in for the long term rather than the zero sum game of wins v losses. In 10 years, I think I’ll be up :)