I was checking my 50+ normal blogs this morning and stumbled across an interesting article about the 10 Overrated Business Books (and what to read instead). I chuckled. The title was great, but some of the books were pegged dead on too. Many of the business books I read leave me wondering how anyone would recommend that book to someone else.
Steven Covey and the 7 Habits of whatever has a few good points, but reading the book is torturous. I would rather jump into a ravine filled with broken bottles. It's kept me from reading the 8th habit, because who would jump into the same ravine twice?
Who Moved my Cheese is another interesting one. The book quickly says, change happens, get used to it. What do you need 80 pages of crap for? That's the only message. Change Happens, get used to it.
There have been others that were about the same. Business The Marine Corps way. Business aren't run the way the book suggests so it won't work.
And many of the millionaire style books that I have read were also crap. Start your own business, buy stocks in the great companies, buy property. If I would have done any of that, I would now be broke. Oh wait, I am. The only way those authors got rich was in selling their crappy books.
Currently there are three books that I think everyone should read. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Getting Things Done, and Atlas Shrugged. These three books are the most useful books that I have read. I hope you have a chance to read them and enjoy them.
Buy them from Amazon here if you are interested, or check them out from your local library.