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Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Books that Will Make A
Difference in Your Business


These are books that make a difference!  All of them were suggested by readers of our newsletter, TIP's.  "You must learn from the mistakes of others - you can't live long enough to make them all yourself."  Particularly in business, we either learn quickly, or we die slowly.  These books can help you grow your business, achieve your goals, and create the life you really want!

Each book is listed just as our readers sent it in, and they are linked to, where you can safely purchase them on-line, usually at a 20-30% discount!  While we listed only books that are widely available, we do appreciate your puchasing them by clicking on the links here because the small commission from Amazon helps support our newsletter and the resources on this website.  

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Books for Personal Finance and Creating Wealth
Dr Humbert's Personal Recommendations

Visionary Business : An Entrepreneur's Guide to Success, by Marc Allen
Recommended by:  12 TIP's Subscribers
"A wonderful and powerful little story about exactly the kind of mentor every entrepreneur needs.  Full of practical advice, wisdom and encouragement.  Most people CAN be successful in business, but they need someone to show them the ropes and guide the way.  Allen does a marvelous job of packing a year of seminars and trainings into a short, easy-to-read, delightful book.  It should be required reading before they let you open a business checking account!  It's that helpful!" -- P.B.

What's Luck Got to Do With It? : 12 Entrepreneurs Reveal the Secrets Behind Their Success, by Gregory Erickson
Recommended by:  9 TIP's Subscribers
"Each chapter is dedicated to one successful entrepreneur. They come from different cultures, family background and even values BUT they possessed the common attributes that caused them to be succesful: - presistence - risk taking - believe in self and others - patience - Hard working. Overall easy reading. I strongly recommend this book for anyone considering starting their own business or anyone who is ready to expand and take their business forward quickly." -- K.O.

The E-Myth Revisited, by Michael Gerber
Recommended by:  11 TIP's Subscribers
"I can not sing the praises of the book enough. I have recommended this book to many clients all of who have said it was of great benefit.  The point of this book - that most small business people spend too much time on the technical details of their business and not enough on developing a scaleable, repeatable business model - is well presented. Great thoughts on architecting the business so it is "Built To Last" and the idea of franchising to stay focused on the business - is fantastic!." -- A.S.
This book is also available on audio cassette.

The Corporate Mystic : A Guidebook for Visionaries With Their Feet on the Ground, by Gay Hendricks & Kate Ludeman
Recommended by:  11 TIP's Subscribers
"I bought this book because I heard Ken Blanchard recommend it, and he's absolutley right! This extraordinary book is the most ruthlessly on-target review of leadership and communication that I have encountered or expect to. Most of what's here covers not what to do, but who to BE to lead and conduct business most effectively. If you are willing to truly take on what is shared here, your business and your life will not be the same again." -- K.D.

Your First Year in Network Marketing: Overcome Your Fears, Experience Success, and Achieve Your Dreams!, by Yarnell & Yarnell
Recommended by:  9 TIP's Subscribers
"My husband and I struggeld for years to find a business that was right for us.  We looked into many things, even started a few, but they went nowhere.  Then we found [the right MLM for us] and our sponsor gave us this book. It was like someone turned the lights on!  Things suddenly made sense.  We gained confidence, we took action, we called people, we did the right things at the right time, and we've made it!  We owe this little book our lives!  I give it to everyone I know, not just in our business, but anyone who wants more confidence and more success." -- T.Y.

Dare to Dream and Work to Win, by Dr Tom Barrett
Recommended by:  3 TIP's Subscribers
"A MUST read book for new Network Marketing Professionals.  Covers all aspects of starting and running a successful Network Marketing endeavor, but more importantly, it discusses the PSYCHOLOGY of personal success and how to create what you want in your life!  It gets 5-stars at Amazon for good reason!" -- J.U.

Upstart Start-Ups! How 34 Young Enterpreneurs Overcame Youth, Inexperience, and Lack of Money to Create Thriving Businesses, by Ron Lieber
Recommended by:  6 TIP's Subscribers
"Ron has done an amazing job of identifying the problems of starting your own company. He does not waste time with theory, or his own opinions. He tells you what he thinks matters, what the process is, and what other people's experiences were. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, this is the book you need to read. There is no "start your own company in 2 days and make millions in a week" advice, but it sure points you to think about the things that matter... those things that will make you successful." -- S.T.

Marketing Your Services : A Step-By-Step Guide for Small Businesses and Professionals, by Anthony O. Putman
Recommended by:  14 TIP's Subscribers
"This is a goldmine and a god-send!  I would never have bought it if several friends hadn't all talked about it in the same week or so.  I finally decided to check it out, and it is worth every penny, and more!  It's so practical!  I'm making connections, and bringing in more business than ever before.  This stuff works!  I can't believe no one told me this before, but I'm glad I found it now.  And, I recommend it to all your readers.  Small business people, professionals, sales people, and coaches really need this book.  It'll save you a world of grief and get you started on the right path - a profitable path!" -- M.C.

The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino
Recommended by:  13 TIP's Subscribers
"This is NOT the easiest book to read.  But don't dismiss it!  This book has sold millions of copies and you'll find it in the briefcases and on the desks of the world's best salespeople for a reason:  Mandino is RIGHT.  He KNOWS what's important, and he knows about making people and relationships your most important product.  I REQUIRE every new salesperson I hire to read it, and I test them to be sure they did.  The ones who understand and use it are always successful.  The ones who don't, usually don't last long.  A GREAT book!" -- H.H.  
This book is also available on audio cassette.

Swim With the Sharks : Without Being Eaten Alive, by Harvey Mackay
Recommended by:  3 TIP's Subscribers
"Harvey breaks down the sales process into the basic step by step format.  Then for each step he gives actual stories of how to achieve the best results for that step.  I personally have taken the exact sales pitches or techniques he gives in the book and done hundreds of thousands of dollars of sales using them.  He defines selling as the art it is and shows you how to have fun doing it. His other books "
Beware The Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt" & "Pushing The Envelope All The Way To The Top" are just as good." -- L.W.
This book is also available on audio cassette.

Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends, and Friends into Customers, by Seth Godin & Don Pepers
Recommended by:  7 TIP's Subscribers
"An exciting and practical introduction to "marketing by attraction"!  It really helped me understand networking to build allliances and long-term business relationships rather than just schmoozing and wasting my time.  It's full of examples, stories, and illustrations that helped me know what to do next, how to put the ideas into action.  This book has helped me turn my business around in more ways than just making more sales.  A very important book!" -- M.D.

Getting It Printed, by Mark Beach & Eric Kenly
Recommended by:  3 TIP's Subscribers
"This is an incredible resource to help you understand the printing industry.  Now in it's third edition, this book should be required reading for anyone that has materials printed.  Written in easy-to-understand language, this book presents a thorough description of the "magical and mysterious" (or just plain intimidating) world of printing, including explanations and illustrations of mechanical and electronic printing processes, print shop terminology, the paper manufacturing process, all about ink, understanding bindery, and pitfalls and solutions in preparing artwork for your next print job.  This book will give you the confidence to order professionally printed materials with ease." -- M.D.

Marketing with Speeches and Seminars: Your Key to More Clients and Referrals, by Miriam Otte
Recommended by:  2 TIP's Subscribers
"Business experts agree: giving speeches and seminars is a great way for professionals to get new clients and referrals. Finally, a book that tells you exactly HOW to do it. A book that takes you through every step along the way -- from finding good audiences to making them your very next clients.  Plus lots of tips on how to overcome the fear of public speaking.  Also includes a bonus chapter on what to do if you want to make speaking a lucrative profit center.  In one book you have the complete process to start getting more clients and referrals immediately." -- M.O.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership : Follow Them and People Will Follow You, by John Maxwell
Recommended by:  6 TIP's Subscribers

"This book has really helped me "grab hold" of the principals of personal development, leadership abilities and success. Incredible!  I've recently heard Dr Maxwell speak in person and was even more impressed.  This is an essential book for anyone who wants to be a more effective and more inspiring leader." -- S.B.

Wave 4 : Network Marketing in the 21st Century, by Richard Poe & Scott DeGarmo
Recommended by:  8 TIP's Subscribers
"For anyone else who sells or has a business that depends on referrals - professionals, Real Estate or insurance people, or even retailers who need repeat business - this is THE book!  It's about building relationships, creating win-win solutions and working together so everyone achieves greater success.  This is a wonderful book! It's obviously aimed at network marketers, but I found it in a bookstore, picked it up and have put it to work.  I hope you'll encourage TIP's readers to do the same!" -- M.R.

Management Challenges for the 21st Century, by Peter Drucker
Recommended by:  5 TIP's Subscribers
"One of the most powerful ways that we learn is by analogy, and Peter Drucker has done his best job ever at providing those analogies.  For example, he refers to the leadership model of a volunteer organization as the preferred way to lead knowledge workers, as well.  The other great way to learn is to answer questions, and this book is full of them.  In fact, it is almost like getting two books: a book and a workbook.  This book is more than I excpected.  Being as old as Mr. Drucker it's unbelieveable how he looks into the future and tells you what kind of changes there might be.  Must read if in managment." -- C.C.


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