The Producer is the careerist and professional. These are my top picks for books to find careers, build businesses, and produce value in the world. (This was the hardest list to curate since I’ve read hundreds of books on the subject.)
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One by Jenny Blake
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works by Ash Maurya 1
Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want by Alexander Osterwalder 2
Startup Evolution Curve: From Idea To Profitable And Scalable Business by Dr. Donatas Jonikas
Stand Out: Tools To Master The 8 Fundamentals Of Standing Out In Business by Winnie Brignac Hart 6
Kellogg On Marketing by Alice M. Tybout
Unleashing The Idea Virus by Seth Godin 7
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How To Tell Your Story In A Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk 8
Shoe Dog: A Memoir By The Creator Of Nike by Phil Knight 9
Shift: Inside Nissan’s Historic Revival by Carlos Ghosn 10
Entrepreneurship Specialization at Wharton – One of the best business sequences out there. Most Wharton courses can be taken online.
Marketing at Wharton – Take any class taught by Barbara Khan or David Bell.
Management 610: Foundations of Teamwork & Leadership at Wharton – Take this one by the celebrated instructor Adam Grant.
General Assembly – Great source of courses for programmers and designers.
Springboard – This company offers post-grad specialty learning pathways that leave you with highly marketable skill sets. 11