As we near the end of 2023, I have begun thinking about my goals for the new year – personal finance, family, charitable giving, business, and, of course, blogging.  I have also been thinking about books.  I love to read but typically choose my books haphazardly.  However usually, I read what my friends recommend or hear about on a podcast, or I will pick out random books at the bookstore when I’m out with my kids or re-read titles on my shelf.  I am currently working my way through Principles for Dealing with The Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail by Ray Dalio, which I picked out from the business section at the public library.  Just before that, I speed-read the first 5 Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan because my son was reading them, and I wanted to be able to talk to him about them. 

I decided that 2024 should be more organized, so I made a list of the top 10 business books I want to read.  I am looking to these books to fill holes in my knowledge or skillset, provide entertainment, and inspire me.   In the coming year, I plan to read each title and leave a review on Business is the Best Medicine.  This list will provide much-needed structure, although I’m sure I’ll also sneak in a random title here and there.  Linked at the end of each book will be an amazon link to purchase these books. If you purchase a book using the link on the page, we make a small percentage of the purchase as an affiliate of Amazon, at no cost to you.   

  1. Die With Zero – Bill Perkins 

          I have heard a lot about this book lately on a few podcasts.  This is #1 on my list because this book promises to meet me where I am right now.  I’m financially independent but still working, trying to decide what the next chapter of my life will look like. Check it out here.

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  1. Buy Then Build – Walker Deibel 

     Our Urgent Care business is currently expanding, and we are exploring growth through acquisition.  I have looked at several prospects and have made a few offers over the past two years but have yet to close.  I’ve read Strategic Acquisition: A Smarter Way to Grow a Company and hope Buy Not Build will expand on the topic.  Check it out here.

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  1. Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

     I have heard several people mention this as their favorite business book.  While I wonder if I’ll get any actionable information from the book, the story of Nike’s founding and growth should be inspirational.  Check it out here.

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  1. Your Next 5 Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy – Patrick Bet-David

     I have enjoyed some YouTube clips of Patrick Bet-David’s podcast.  I also know he’s a successful businessman in the insurance space, so I will try his book.  A co-writer is listed, so I hope this isn’t just a celebrity fluff piece.  Check it out here.

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  1. The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve – G. Edward Griffin

     A few of my friends have recommended this book.  One is a bit of a conspiracy theorist, and the other is a big believer in Bitcoin.  I’ve also heard this book mentioned on The Real Estate Guys Radio Show to justify investing in gold.  So, I’m going into this book with some skepticism.  However, I try to keep an open mind and want to learn about everything related to money, so I’m looking forward to reading it.  Check it out here.

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  1. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It – Chris Voss 

     I admit that I am not a great negotiator.  In fact, I might not even be a good negotiator.  While I try to be measured in my assessment of a deal and provide a win-win offer, during any verbal negotiation, I naturally tend to become uncomfortable, get angry, and go straight to take it or leave it.  Not very effective, I know.  I read Oren Klaff’s Pitch Anything and Jim Camp’s Start With No, but Never Split the Difference seems more centered on my problems.  As a former FBI negotiator, Voss may have insights into controlling emotions during the process.  I will continue to work on my weaknesses. Check it out here.

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  1. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions – Dan Ariely

     I have read several books that touched on Behavior Finance, flawed human decision-making, and irrationality.  Recently I finished Taleb Nassim’s Fooled By Randomness.  I enjoyed his ideas but not the writing style.  I am hopeful Ariely’s book will organize my thoughts on these topics.  Check it out here.

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  1. Private Practice MBA: A Step-By-Step Guide To Put Your Practice On Autopilot – Dr. Jeremy Pyle & Robbie Poe

     This is a random title from Barnes & Noble that I picked up.  I am always interested in learning how to run a medical practice more efficiently.  It will be worth the read if I can pick up one actionable tip that helps one of our companies. Check it out here.

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  1. The Laws of Human Nature – Robert Greene 

     I have read Greene’s The 48 Laws Of Power and The Art Of Seduction, so I was interested when I heard a reference to this book on the My First Million Podcast.  I believe that people intrinsically follow their own self-interest, so understanding human nature is helpful in business interactions.    Check it out here.

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  1. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke The World – Liaquat Ahamed

     This selection is for my personal enjoyment.  I like reading stories about money and finance.  I enjoy Niall Ferguson, Micheal Lewis, and many others.  Perhaps I’ll make another top 10 list of Books about the history of money and finance.  Check it out here.

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  1. The 100 BEST Business Books of All Time – Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten

     A bonus selection.  I’m not a fan of condensed books or summaries; however, this one caught my eye.  I think this will help me find new books to read (like that is such an issue in my life).  Read the summary of many business books, absorb the main ideas, then read those that seem most interesting – sounds like a good experiment. Check it out here.

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