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Popular Business Books Young Adults Should Read In 2020

Brightening the future of business are authors that recognize the power of the youth.

A new wave of young adults are entering business and carving their own way through a wide range of sectors. As with every career, age is relevant, and a lack of experience is often put against younger business people.

These books prove that being young is an asset in business. The inspiring words of these prophetic authors are comforting and should encourage the younger generation to do great things and not live under the shadow of their elders.

That’s why we made this list. That’s why if you’re a young person, you should read as many of these books as possible.

This contribution was made by Rhea Freeman from Rhea Freeman PR

She Means Business by Carrie Green

This book tracks the ups and downs of Carrie Green’s journey and is just the right mixture of inspiring, realistic and educational. Carrie is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association and now has an incredible reach and a superb business, but it wasn’t always this way and she had to really go through some very challenging times on her business journey to get to where she is now. I feel that this book is so useful as it shares the highs and the lows. Books that make super success seem easy, in my opinion, are not actually very helpful to young business people as the journey is, usually, pretty damn challenging. I really like this book and feel it has the balance just right.

This contribution was made by Alisha Billmen from Austin Macauley Publishers

My Value or My Values – Redeeming Customers’ Trust by Heather E. Robertson

If you want to read business books that tell you what to do-how to create a better business; how to avoid the pitfalls-don’t read any of the Strategies to Go… Strategies to Go, like coffee to go, are designed as stories you can take away, read on the go and draw your own conclusions based on what will work best for you and your business. They tell it like it is-what really happens in business-allowing you to learn the lessons that fit your needs and the strategic needs of your business. Based on the lives and businesses of real people, the characters are based on a composite of heroes and villains I have worked with. You will share their frustrations and anger, the exuberance of their success and their pain of losing, and most of all, you will learn from their experiences.

This contribution was made by Matt Glodz from Resume Pilots

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

The E-Myth Revisited is a must-read for anyone thinking of going into business for themselves. As a business grows and the excitement of a new venture begins to fade, many entrepreneurs become overwhelmed by the volume of work they have to deal with and simply end up tired, bitter, and burned out. Gerber addresses this all-too-common trap of working IN the business instead of working ON the business, which has helped me build my organization in a more sustainable way.

This contribution was made by Nikunj Madhogaria from DealTohPagalHai

DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson

Russell has shared some deep insights and hacks for establishing a successful online business.

This contribution was made by Morgan Swank from Moonscar Productions

The Content Trap by Bharat Anand

The best books in business, for me, use research and economic forecasts without being boring to the reader. This book tackles two important subjects for growing up and working in the digital age: being noticed and getting paid. Anand uses science of economics and personal stories to weave a really great business book for all upcoming adults in the business world that should be a staple on the young entrepreneur’s bookshelf.

This contribution was made by Suja Johnkutty from BetterRelaxation

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The best book I wish I had when I started was The Lean Startup. It describes what makes business success in a shorter period of time. It describes how to get your product or your idea out there to your audience faster and when to pivot without wasted time or resources.

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The Teen Money Manual by Kara McGuire

This book is brilliant for helping young teens understand money, how it works, how to earn and manage it, and how to make it work for them.

This contribution was made by Joe Bailey from My Trading Skills

My First Small Business Plan for Teens by Adam Lean

This is the ideal book for teens looking to start their first businesses. It is a step by step plan, written in plain everyday language.

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Money Matters by Karen Ford

This book will guide you to getting free from debt and taking practical steps to build wealth with a solid financial future. The teaching is sound and biblically based. You will find her tips easy to follow, the principles she shares easy to apply and immediately experience positive results. Approachable and pragmatic, this message will expand your faith as it increases your ability to walk in generosity

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You can do it by Karen Ford

Do you desire a greater income stream? Have you wondered how you can create a larger income so you have a lifestyle that allows for freedom?Whether you’re a real estate investor or delving into buying your first property, this book will provide the keys to real estate investing and it will be your go to book again and again.

This contribution was made by Brit Kolo from MarketingPersonalities

The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition by Bob Burg

The Go-Giver is written as a piece of fiction, teaching the reader foundational business concepts and ideals, while keeping the topics entertaining and relatable. It can be daunting for a young adult to pick up a business book and actually want to read it. The Go-Giver is a business book, but it won’t feel like one – it’ll be fun and engaging to the final page.

This contribution was made by Anh Trinh from GeekwithLaptop

Don’t Work Stupid, Coach Yourself by Mark Baggesen

Our actions are limited which is why it’s important to focus on the right things when starting a business. This book will train you to become a better manager of yourself and focus on the things that really matter.

This contribution was made by Anh Trinh from GeekwithLaptop

Drive by Daniel H. Pink

Running a business isn’t easy. And if you do start one without any fuel that drives you, then you’ll easily get burnt out. This book will help you figure out what drives us and hopefully, you can use it to become a successful businessman.

This contribution was made by Ethan Taub from Goalry

Managing Up, by Rossane Badowski

This is a book every young adult should read, especially ones just starting on their employment journey. It talks about how to influence and lead others, including your boss when you’re not the boss. It’s a great book that shows how to build healthy relationships, trust and value. Everyone has to earn their stripes in business, so this book is a great aid in helping them climb that career ladder successfully.

This contribution was made by Jack Choros from Iron Monk Solutions

Just Don’t Fall by Josh Sundquist

Josh tells an incredible story of how he overcame his cancer diagnosis and the amputation of his leg to become a Paralympic champion. This book will make you laugh, think and maybe even shed a tear. It will inspire you to be a better business person. The book was originally written for teenagers, but adults will get a lot out of it too.

This contribution was made by Rahil Chaudhary from Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre

Eat that Frog, by Brian Tracy

Such is the every increasing choice in life, young adults are faced with numerous options when breaking into the adult world. This book is concise but very clear on how to deal with procrastination in a very productive way. Their choices can be overwhelming, but with the aid of this books helpful tips and prioritising methods, it can wash the worries away. Helping to segregate and action next steps, the books is a great stepping stone into helping young adults become more independent and handle responsibility stress-free

This contribution was made by Kenny Trinh from Netbooknews

Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder

Business Model Generation is a practical, inspiring handbook for anyone striving to improve a business model or craft a new one. This book will help you to change the way you think about business models, it was co-created by 470 strategy practitioner. Business Model Generation is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new, innovative models of value creation: executives, consultants, entrepreneurs and leaders of all organizations.

This contribution was made by Elias Manolopoulos from AeonAds

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

This is already a timeless classic. A motivational book about change and the ability to adapt to new business environments with cheese being a metaphor for success. It couldn’t be more relevant today than the day it was written.

This contribution was made by Joe Karasin from POSH Digital Media

Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

First off, this is an easy read, in terms of concepts and length, but it isn’t a shallow book. This is a great book because it gives real world examples of marketing that has built huge companies (Amazon, Google, etc.) and also gives some historical context to the way businesses used to market, and how they need to be thinking about marketing in the future.

This contribution was made by Benjamin Sweeney from ClydeBank Media

Starting a Business QuickStart Guide by Ken Colwell

Colwell’s clear voice and simplified approach to core business fundamentals are ideal for young adults planning out their first entrepreneurial steps. Included in Colwell’s comprehensive guide is a step by step guide to building your business plan meaning that first time entrepreneurs have every tool they need to understand what it takes to be successful.

This contribution was made by Shiyang Gong from AILaw.Inc

Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss

The mystery behind a successful businessman lies behind their tactics, routines, and habits. The book tools of Titans accounts to succor the young adults to develop a dexterous mindset by setting high aims in life. There are 111 famous personalities in the book sharing their experience with health, wealth and wisdom in the form of interviews. That lets you learn how to be healthy from people like Paul Levesque (Triple H), you learn about being wealthy from Chris Sacca, James Altucher, Kevin Rose, and you learn to be wise with Paulo Coelho, Naval Ravikant, and similar.

This contribution was made by Nikola Baldikov from Brosix

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers is the book that seeks to answer a simple question – What makes high-achievers different?’. Gladwell believes that we pay too little attention to successful people’s culture, family, generation and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. He argues that success is closely connected to opportunity and the amount of time people spend practicing their craft. He presents a compelling case that the reason more people aren’t experts is that since it takes so many hours to master something, most people simply don’t have the patience to devote that kind of time to perfecting a skill.

This contribution was made by Jessie Coello from JessieCoello

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Although I initially read this book to combat my writer’s block, the lessons emphasized in this book can be applied to all creatives – including business owners and entrepreneurs. Young adults, especially those who rely on themselves as a source of motivation, can learn to take control over their creative life again with this book.

This contribution was made by Justin Smith from Hollis Hill Properties, LLC

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg

Many business books try to cram in a lot of information and multiple action steps that include a myriad of sub-steps. As a reader I end up forgetting half of what the book has tried to teach by the time I’ve finished it. It’s been said that we learn and remember best through stories. The Go-Giver is an easy to read parable that will shift your outlook on what business and life could be like if we approach it with the heart of a servant.

This contribution was made by Art Rainer from ArtRainer

Find More Money by Art Rainer

Many people have cut and cut, but still find themselves struggling to pay the bills. Their full-time job is giving them barely enough to get by; how could they even begin to think about eliminating debt, saving and living generously Financial expert and author Art Rainer (“The Money Challenge;” “The Marriage Challenge”) helps answer these questions in “Find More Money” by pointing readers to the reality of the gig economy. When a full-time job doesn’t provide what you need, finding a “gig” may be the answer to your problems. “Find More Money” is not just about financial stewardship, but about stewarding your talents, time and abilities—not so you can get rich, but so you can live generously.

This contribution was made by Justin Ehrhardt from The Bearded Financial Pro

Go F Yourself by Justin Ehrhardt

This book is designed to help people build a better and stronger version of themselves. If they are not personally solid with their mindset and their life, a business will never get off the ground.

This contribution was made by Jack E. Appleman from Successful Business Writing

10 Steps to Successful Business Writing by Jack E. Appleman

Writing is one of the most critical yet overlooked skills to success for young professionals. This book is perfectly aligned with today’s business practices and needs. It can help young and would-be professionals to write with clarity and confidence and help them succeed in their careers.

This contribution was made by Robby Slaughter from AccelaWork

Failure by Robby Slaughter

Young people need to learn that making mistakes (and learning from them) is an essential part of success in business. This book is filled with stories of failure that inspire and educate future business leaders.

This contribution was made by Melanie Musson from QuickQuote

3 Billion Under 30 By Jared Kleinert

This book makes the possibility of success become a concrete goal. It shares the stories of 75 young entrepreneurs along with their secrets to success. When you understand how others have reached success, you can make the right choices in your own path of ambition.

This contribution was made by Aaron Shields from The Cult Branding Company

Atomic Habits by James Clear

I wish I had this book when I was starting out in business. Building good habits has always been important. But, with many companies exploring 4-day workweeks and many people working from home, the ability to build good habits is the most important asset you can have when it comes to productivity. I’ve read a lot of material on building habits and Atomic Habits is the best resource I’ve found. Clear’s premise is that making big, lasting changes doesn’t start with making a huge change; instead, it starts with several small changes: just trying to get 1% better every day. Atomic Habits shows you how to create and implement habits for better productivity and to build the life you want.

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Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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