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 network marketing books, per se, but they are still very helpful.  I have another post on this blog with my top 33 network marketing books of all time.  I suggest you check out that post.

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

# 1 Leaders are Readers

It’s a proven fact, leaders are readers and readers are leaders.  Heck, you’ve probably heard that 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 need to do the same thing.  If you can’t afford to buy books, get them at your local library.  If you hate to read, learn to love it. Read every day for at least 20 minutes.  Within a year, you will fall in love with reading and you will never stop doing it.

# 2 You MUST 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 need to do the same thing.  Be willing to spend at least $50 per month on business education, right from day one.  I suggest you use that money for books, since they are the most affordable things to buy.  I can’t think of any traditional business where the business owners don’t get (or need) a business education.  Even franchises require their franchisees to attend their training camp when they first get started, along with refresher and remedial training.  Investing in yourself is the only investment you can’t lose money on.

# 3 Books are the Cheapest and Fastest Way to Learn Something

As I mentioned earlier, 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.  Plus, it’s tax deductible.

# 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.

My Suggested Reading List for Network Markters

I have my recommended reading 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

  • The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
  • Multiple Streams of Income by Robert Allen

Money

  • The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason
  • The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  • The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton
  • The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
  • The Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki

Relationships & People Skills

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • Personality Plus by Florence Littauer

Sales & Marketing

Success, Happiness & Mindset

Network Marketing

Sales

Leadership

  • Developing the Leaders Around You by John Maxwell
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

Final Thoughts

You might notice that some of these books aren’t network marketing specific.  While that might be true, those 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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  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. Mara – I enjoyed reading your post. I’ve been there and done that, too, with home shows. It is very easy to burn out by showing products every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. The domain name sounds like an excellent idea! I’ve had a lot of success with a domain name, myself.

  6. 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

  7. 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.”

  8. I like “Your First Year in Network Marketing” and “The E-Myth Revisited.” “Think & Grow Rich” is also an awesome book.

      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.

  9. Great reading list, Chuck. My favorite book on your list is Magnetic Sponsoring. That book has really helped me out a lot.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 donandnancy.iownmylife.net 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.

      Chuck

        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 source:www.atouchofgreatness.ca

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