Reading List

Welcome to my reading list for network marketers page. On this page I will share a list of must read books for network marketers. I have this list broken down by category.

Please keep in mind that most of these are not just network marketing books, but books that will BENEFIT network marketers. They cover a variety of topics such as sales, marketing, lead generation, small business, leadership and entrepreneurship. If you’re looking for a list of the best MLM Books, check out this post.

Before I share my recommended reading list for network marketers with you, I want you to know a few things.

# 1: Leaders are Readers

It’s a proven fact, leaders are readers. Heck, you’ve probably heard that statement before. Study any successful entrepreneur or person in any industry and you will quickly discover that they have a large personal library at home. You must do the same thing. If you can’t afford to buy books, get them from your local library. If you hate to read, learn to love it. Make a commitment to read at least 10-pages every day. Within a year, you will fall in love with reading and you will never stop doing it.

# 2: Invest in Your Business Education

All serious entrepreneurs invest in their business education. They read books, attend seminars, have mentors and join mastermind groups. You must do the same thing. Be willing to spend at least $50 per month on business education, right from day one in business. Learn everything you can about your chosen profession. Be a student of your business.

# 3: Books are the Cheapest & Fastest Way to Learn Something

Books are the cheapest education you can buy. A new book normally costs $10 to $20. If you shop around and buy the book used, you can get it for a fraction of that price. And if you buy the kindle version it’s even cheaper. That’s a small investment for your own future. What I like most is you can read a biography of someone successful, and learn in three to four hours what took them a lifetime to learn.

# 4: You Should Read About a Variety of Topics

One of the best things you can do is educate yourself about a variety of different topics, not just network marketing. I’m not endorsing drama, romance, or fiction, but I do believe you should have a well rounded library with books on a variety of topics such as business, marketing, network marketing, relationships, leadership, wellness, mindset, and more. This gives you perspective, and general knowledge on a large variety of subjects.

My Suggested Reading List for Network Marketers

I have my recommended reading list for network marketers broken down by category. Every book on this page I have read at least once, and probably several times. These are the best of the best as I see it.

Business & Entrepreneurship
Relationships & People Skills
Sales & Marketing
Success, Happiness & Mindset
Network Marketing
Final Thoughts

You might notice that some of these books aren’t network marketing specific. While that might be true, these titles are great for helping teach you success principles that will help you in business and in life. If you’ve already read some of these books, good job!

Now get busy and order the rest of this reading list for network marketers. You will be glad that you did. I will add more to this list whenever I find a good book!

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Chuck Holmes
Network Marketing Professional (since 2002)
Author, Blogger, & Entrepreneur

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29 thoughts on “Reading List”

  1. I agree! Readers are Leaders! I have several of these books in my personal library. Reading how others have succeeded keeps you on top of industry acronyms, lingo, jargon and methods and gives you that competitive edge. Thanks so much for posting this list! I find it so refreshing on how much you are willing to share to help others. Thanks, Chuck!

  2. I have read several of these great books and agree with your assessments. Here’s a few more:

    The Richest Man in Babylon George S. Clayson
    How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie
    Endless Referrals Bob Burg
    Power Multi-Level marketing Yarnell and Yarnell
    Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook Gary Vaynerchuk
    The 45 Second Presentation That Will Change Your Life Don Failla
    How to Become Filthy, Stinking Rich Through Network Marketing
    (Without Alienating Friends and Family) Yarnell, Bates and Hall
    Be a Recruiting Superstar Mary Christensen
    The Four Hour Career Richard Brooke
    The Greatest Salesman in the World Og Mandino
    Making the First Circle Work Randy Gage
    The Magic of Thinking Big David Schwartz

    These are all well written and are extremely informative. Check them out!

  3. Reading this list and the comments has made me want to dust off some of these titles and re-read them and add to my collection! Thanks for the great list. I also like a very old one, Being The Best You Can Be In MLM by John Kalench. First mlm book I ever read about our profession 18 years ago.

    1. I’ve never read “Being the Best You Can Be in MLM” but I will have to order a copy of that book. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad my suggested titles helped you out. Have a great day.

  4. Great list. I love Mary Christensen. She has a couple of books and audios that I currently own. Another great author who is not in network marketing but is a sales guru is Jeffrey Gitomer. I love his “Little Book” series. My first book of his was “The Little Red Book of Selling”. He also has a weekly email training which is great.

  5. Great info, thank you for sharing. I have been involved with direct sales before (party plan type) and was successful, however I burned myself out of doing homeshows. I am not involved with a company that I actually love and use the product and it’s more of an MLM. I am going to be getting my own domain as just about everyone has suggested. I think a big misconception is that being successful with an MLM doesn’t require a lot of work. Thanks again…M

  6. Fabulous reading list! I may have to check some of them out, as I haven’t read all ten before. Mike Dillard is genius; my husband and I belong to The Elevation Group. And you’re right, Chuck–Readers ARE Leaders!
    Another favorite business book of mine is Timothy Ferris’s “Four Hour Work Week.”

      1. Most people in MLM are NOT mniakg any money. Believe me, I’ve been there too. So many end up purchasing products just to keep up with their quota, desperately trying to sell to family and friends and trying to recruit anyone they can, only to find that they quit. The sad reality is that most will fail and that’s mainly because they are not using the power of the internet effectively. You’re right to say that networking has been made easier with social media, but unfortunately most MLM’ers (and that includes party plan/direct sales) don’t use it well, if at all. So my advice would be that yes, you can make money with MLM, but do your homework first, make sure you get the support and training you need to create a successful business which includes online marketing (ie not just relying on contacts, family & friends).

      2. I just read “Go Pro” by Eric Worre and “The Four Year Career” by Richard Bliss Brooke. I think both those books should be added to this list.

  7. Great reading list you got here, Chuck. I’ve read a couple of Don Failla’s books and his are my favorite. His book “The System” tops my list as a must read for any network marketer.

  8. I find Don Failla to be of particular interest, not only because of his success, but because of his ability to motivate. He and his wife have a website that has some great material on it. One of his pages in entitled “9 Reasons to Start a Home-based Business & Begin Owning Your Life Today!” All nine reasons are compelling, but the ones that hit home with me were on a personal level:
    #2 Spend more time with your family
    #7 Be a stay-at-home parent or allow your spouse to stay at home
    Their personal story caught my attention too, particularly when they described being tired of building someone else’s dream.

    I think any of his books would be worth the investment, especially “The System” and “The 45-Second Presentation that Will Change Your Life.” If you are watching your budget closely, they are available used in paperback for just a few dollars each. Both of them provide great how-to information, and they both point out some ideas worth pondering, like how much time we spend getting ready for work, getting to and from work, and how much time we actually have to live. Definitely worth “owning your life!”

    1. I’m a big fan of Don Failla. This guy is a legend in our industry and his books, videos and training are absolutely amazing. I’ve studied all of his materials and learned a lot from him.


        1. Chuck,great titles,I do have quite few of books mentioned here,One of my favorite is an old self help classic titled “A Touch of Greatness”,by my late friend,author, Frank Tibolt.This book was out of print for a while and now is back again,but only in eBook format.It is not book about MLM but about personal development.Personally I believe everybody needs to read this book First,BEFORE they get involved in any business,because it is my belief that one needs First to discover their own hidden talents, and passion Before they get involved in any business.Once you know your strengths and your natural ability and passion only then you can move forward and make best of it!This book is available only from this

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