4 Books to Take On Vacation

(Or Put At The Top of Your Reading List)

Published Date: Jul 25, 2018 | Blog Category: eWomenNetwork
Briana Dai

Summer vacations are in full swing and while it's a great time to unplug from your everyday hustle, it is ALSO a great time to get re-inspired by a good read. Sure, you could take your favorite magazine with you and catch up on some gossip, but numerous studies have led to the conclusion that the mega-successful have one thing in common.

They read.  A lot.

In fact, when a broke college student decided to conduct a study on 1,200 wealthy people, he found that the one pastime that they all had in common was that they self-educate by reading.  This broke college student took the advice of the wealthy and went on to become a self-made millionaire.


Even when our very own CEO, Sandra Yanceywas asked how much she felt reading impacted her ability to reach the multi-million dollar mark in her business, she responded, “Someone told me a long time ago that the average NYTimes best-seller business book was based on an average of 15 years’ experience.  I estimate I’ve easily saved 1,000 years of mistakes and capitalized on 1,000 years of others’ experience.”

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But don’t let the generalization fool you.  The mega-successful won’t be found reading novels or tabloids.  The mega-successful are reading biographies, collecting information, education and success strategies for entrepreneurs.


We can’t promise that reading a book will make you rich.  What we CAN promise is that these four reads are PERFECT beach companions to your summer vacation. 

In fact, these are the exact four books that Yancey assigns to her top coaching clients as a result of the tremendous impact she’s experienced from reading these books herself.  Need we say more?

  In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, Tony Alessandra and Michael O'Connor argue that the "Golden Rule" is not always the best way to approach people. Rather, they propose the Platinum Rule: "Do unto others as "they'd" like done unto them". In other words, find out what makes people tick and go from there.  This read will break down the four basic business personalities – and how they can lead you to success.

 An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.

Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.

Return on Influence is the first book to explore how brands are identifying and leveraging the world’s most powerful bloggers, tweeters, and YouTube celebrities to build product awareness, brand buzz, and new sales.

In this revolutionary book, renowned marketing consultant and college educator Mark W. Schaefer shows you how to use the latest breakthroughs in social networking and influence marketing to achieve your goals.

 Millions of readers around the world have improved their lives through the timeless advice David Schwartz offers in The Magic of Thinking Big.   Schwartz proves you don’t need innate talent to become successful, but you do need to understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

 Filled with easy-to-understand advice, this book will put you on the road to changing the way you think, helping you work better, manage smarter, earn more money, achieve your goals, and most importantly, live a fuller, happier life.

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We know, the book descriptions ALONE are inspiring.  The knowledge that each of these four books has to offer is truly unparalleled!  If you're ready to adopt the traits of the super successful and up-level your reading then this is the place to start.  We've linked each of the books above for you via our Amazon Affiliate links and hope that if you're excited to grab one of these reads, you follow our links above (it helps us out when you do that)!  Tell us, which one are you excited to read first?  See any books on our list that you've already read?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.  We can't wait to hear how these books impact you.  

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  • eWomenNetwork Inc. on 07/27/2018 09:31 PM

    Anne ~ Remember Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" book? Well, "Return on Influence" reminds me of that book, only written from a digital marketing perspective. It's filled with all kinds of great supporting interviews and case studies. I wouldn't call it a casual read, but it's definitely worth it! Enjoy!


  • eWomenNetwork Inc. on 07/27/2018 09:20 PM

    Ohhhhhhh, Melissa!!!! Wait til you start reading The Platinum Rule. My friend, Zig Ziglar (may he now rest in peace), always said that "you can get anything you want in life if you are first willing to help other's get what they want." He is right … and The Platinum Rule is the book that taught me how to do it!


  • eWomenNetwork Inc. on 07/27/2018 09:17 PM

    Johnell ~ It's scary how much we are alike! My original copy (yes, I have more than one) of the E-Myth is full of underlines, highlights, comments in the margins and "dog-eared" corners!!! That's a sure sign of a well-read book!


  • eWomenNetwork Inc. on 07/27/2018 09:15 PM

    Great suggestion, Karen! I sometimes love it when a colleague reads the same book as I am reading. It's fun to see which passages or chapters resonate with each of us. And it is sometimes illuminating to notice the differences in how we might interpret different parts of the book. And it sure does help to keep each other accountable to finish it!!


  • eWomenNetwork Inc. on 07/27/2018 09:13 PM

    Kathy ~ So glad you enjoyed the blog. I'll be curious to find out which book you pick up to read next! ;)


  • eWomenNetwork Inc. on 07/27/2018 09:12 PM

    Wow, Lisa, thanks for sharing your connection to The E-Myth! That's so cool. To this day, when I evaluate my own behavior and think about what "I can do" to serve my company better, I often think of the three different roles that Michael talks about in his book, and can often make little shifts that yield big improvements!


  • eWomenNetwork Inc. on 07/27/2018 09:09 PM

    Jean ~ You will love The Magic of Thinking Big. It's soooooo juicy and inspiring! What I really love about this book is that you can read it now, maybe pick it up again over the holidays, and "voila" you will read things in a whole new way! It's just that good!


  • Anne Garland on 07/27/2018 02:27 PM

    Hi Briana, great timing as I am looking for some non fluff beach reading since returning from the very inspiring eWomenNetwork conference in Dallas. I've read the E-Myth and indeed an important read for any entrepreneur. My first choice however is the "Return of Influence". As an influencer myself I am always looking for the latest in social networking and how to build that in tandem with my #1 in person networking. Then onto "The Platinum Rule". Thanks for the inspiration!


  • Melissa Kaye on 07/27/2018 12:42 PM

    Thank you for the recommendations! Two of the books I've read (and am a big fan) but The Platinum Rule and Return on Indluence are new to me! I'll be ordering them now and am excited to dig in and continue adding more tools to my "knowledge bank" so that I can join that "Made it to a Million Club!!!


  • Johnell McCauley on 07/27/2018 12:29 PM

    I love starting my day with at least 30 minutes of reading. Sandra suggested the E Myth to me and I read it in 5 days. My copy if full of notes, ideas and pages I reference often. It helped me get really clear on how and where to spend my time. I am 1/2 way though The Magic of Thinking and it is also full of great ideas that challenge the way you think.


  • Karen M Fisher on 07/27/2018 02:51 AM

    Briana - thank you for this awesome article. It made me feel GREAT after a rather rough day to know that " the mega-successful have one thing in common. They read. A lot." It was just the God-Wink that Sandra talks about and just what I needed today to tell me I AM on the right path as I am a voracious reader already ! Kiki! I've read the eMyth more than once! If you, my Tucson friend, would like to meet up for a mini "book club" session I am all in!!


  • Kathy Keegan on 07/27/2018 12:51 AM

    Loved this article. Thank you for these great suggestions. The eMyth is fantastic. I’ve added the other 3 to my reading list!


  • Lisa Rothstein on 07/27/2018 12:23 AM

    I wrote marketing copy for the EMyth company throughout all of 2017 so I was steeped in their philosophy: that most business owners are really "technicians" who need to train themselves to think like a true entrepreneur and CEO, not as the person who does and makes everything in the business. EMyth coined the phrase "Work ON your business, not just IN it." I helped them sell this idea for a year, but I still need to sell myself on it every day!


  • Jean Tillery on 07/27/2018 12:02 AM

    The E Myth sounds like a great place to start.....but I am drawn to "the Magic of Thinking Big". I have heard Sandra talk about thinking big, but it took me attending the eWomenNetwork International Conference to push me from "I need to think bigger" to "I can think bigger" and this book will push me straight to "I AM thinking bigger"

    Thank you Brianna for the recommendations.

    I am off to Amazon!


  • eWomenNetwork Inc. on 07/26/2018 08:25 PM

    Hi Kiki! It's a great choice anytime, but especially when you are just getting started! It one of my all-time faves!!! Enjoy! Sandra


  • Kiki Simpson on 07/26/2018 06:04 PM

    I'll be starting with the E Myth... Since I am just getting started, I feel this one will be most helpful at this time. I'd love to hear some comments from anyone who has read any of these!


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