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Top 10 Business Books You Should Read in College

Updated By Staff Writer on June 4, 2020

If you want to bolster your business studies with some supplemental reading of today’s top business books, you are definitely headed in the right direction when it comes to being successful. Here’s a list of 10 of the best business books, some new and some timeless, that will help you better understand important business milestones as well as the practices and theories that will get you where you want to be. While these top business books are in no particular order, they are all written by some of the most influential people in the world.

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The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This bestseller teaches how unforeseen events impact structured systems that are based on the illusion of certainty. The systems that are put together and run solely or closely on mere predictions are the most likely to collapse during improbable times.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

If you are looking for a life filled with health and happiness, Duhigg’s book about the science of habit change is a great place to start. It’s all about starting small and implementing simple behavior tweaks that will, in turn, lead you down the path of success.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

One of the top-selling business books of all time, “Think and Grow Rich” was published in 1937 but provides a plethora of ageless advice. Hill went from extremely poor to one of the world’s richest men, all of which came to be through forming meaningful relationships and demonstrating leadership.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Another timeless classic, “How to Win Friends” came to us during the Great Depression and focuses more on using the psychology of understanding how people work and their daily interactions, and then using what has been observed to become an influential leader.

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The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Investing is an important part of successful business practices, and though this book was written in 1949, it’s in-depth look into value investing still holds true today. Graham discusses how to take control when it comes to impulsive trades and teaches about maximum gains with a long view in investing.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Considered a self-help/business classic, this book discusses the most effective ways to become an influential, compassionate, and effective leader. Every chapter focuses on a singular habit and teaches powerful lessons about personal change, all while inspiring you to reach your business goals.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

While this is first and foremost a biography about Jobs, it gives insight into his visionary ways and extreme work ethic. Jobs made many mistakes, but his determination enabled him to rebound and create one of the most successful companies in the world.

The New Rules of Work by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew

Filled with actionable advice and important lessons about finding the right career path, “New Rules” empowers you to take control and figure out the skills you need to master in order to advance in the workplace.

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Zero to One by Peter Thiel

If starting your own business is what you’ve always dreamed about, this New York Times bestseller is a must. Thiel, an entrepreneur and billionaire, discusses how successful startups are built and managed.

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Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Networking and building strong relationships is key when it comes to success. Ferrazzi shares the strategies he used to meet with the people he admired most, as well as how he maintained those relationships. His professional success is inspiring, and his easy-to-use steps to becoming an effective networker are sound.

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