8 Favorite Indie Business Books

Let’s get down to business! Check out our recommended 8 Favorite Indie Business Books. These titles can help you discover more ideas and strategies for your life and career.


Game On: Leaders Who Last by Alinka Rutkowska

Many aspire to live the life of an entrepreneur. The world has painted a glamorous picture of the business owner: free, wealthy, and living the dream. The most experienced entrepreneurs know that “living the dream” requires years and years of hard work. It requires overcoming obstacles, and constantly building your skills as a leader, manager, and communicator. Ready to take on the challenge? Game On. This anthology will open your eyes to what it takes as a business leader. Even when the “levels” of ownership become harder and the stakes get higher. The authors have taken on these challenges, “leveling up” throughout their careers.

What People Are Saying: “I really enjoyed how honest the writers in this book are. Their wisdom can be used no matter what industry you’re in.” – Sally2312, B&N Reviewer

Everything Connects by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer

Part philosophy, part business, and part history, this book is a kaleidoscopic view of the way humans. You’ll learn from the wisdom of Eastern philosophies over 2,500 years old. Couple that with Fortune 100 corporate cross pollination for creativity and startup thinking for how to adapt with ease, and you have Everything Connects. This isn’t just a quick fix for your next financial quarter; this is how you succeed in the long run. This updated version includes new content. We can see how it’s essential to reframe the ways we approach how we work, play, and live.

What People Are Saying: “Great philosophical discussion in thinking outside of the box recognizing the powerful synergy that exists in all things relating to each other. A must read for those in a holding pattern in life.” – WittyLox, B&N Reviewer

Gratitude Through Hard Times by Chris Schembra

In this book, he blends ancient stoic philosophy and modern day science to teach how the principles of gratitude can be used to help people get through their hard times. By finding the positive benefits from negative situations, and giving gratitude to them, readers can develop the resilience and optimism needed to get through further trying times. Having used these principles to spark over 500,000 relationships through his workshops and his experiences, this book now aims to educate readers across the world.

What People Are Saying: With so many practical tips for every day life, you’ll learn just how far gratitude can take you.

Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth by Patrick Thean

All growing companies encounter ceilings of complexity. Usually it’s when they hit certain employee or revenue milestones. In order to burst through ceiling after ceiling and innovate with growth, a company must develop a reliable system that prompts leaders to be proactive and pivot when the need arises. You also need to learn simple systems to empower everyone in your company to become and stay focused, aligned, and accountable. Patrick Thean’s process applies to any growing business and ensures that your organization gets into the habit of achieving success, week after week, quarter after quarter, year after year.


What People Are Saying: “Thank You, Patrick, for writing and sharing your experience in this book. Now I understand better how to keep employees focused and happy. We can now start getting ready to accelerate to the next level.” – booth_0213, B&N Reviewer

 Harvard Can’t Teach What You Learn from the Streets by Sam Liebman

There are many paths to becoming successful in real estate. But this is no ordinary real estate investment guide. Liebman has a penchant for taking property from rubble to ritz, and breaks down exactly how even a beginner investor can replicate the process. Harvard Can’t Teach What you Learn from the Streets paves the way for new investors to transform their lives through the power of commercial real estate. And by standing on the shoulders of giants such as Sam Liebman, you’ll be able to reach far beyond where you’ve ever thought possible.

What People Are Saying: Offering practical advice and perspectives from a veteran of the real estate business.

 The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson & John David Mann

The Slight Edge is a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It’s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you. This edition continues to create life-altering dynamics that impact daily choices and lead you to the success and happiness you desire.

What People Are Saying: “This book is a must for anyone who wants to improve their life.” – reader0204, B&N Reviewer

Unlock It by Dan Lok

 In Unlock It, you’ll find new strategies and methods from the leader of the largest virtual closing organization in the world. If you are struggling financially, you’ll learn how to develop skills not taught in schools that will increase your income and Financial Confidence. If you are building or leading an organization, you’ll get an inside look at how Dan Lok strategically scaled his organization through a combination of digital media and Social Capital, High-Ticket Closers, and an unbeatable team culture. Wherever you are, Unlock It will show you how to find your own way to achieving wealth, success, and significance.

What People Are Saying: This is a helpful, foundational must-read for entrepreneurs.

Span Of Control by Carey D. Lohrenz

What can you control? What do you do when you’re under pressure, overwhelmed, and ready to get what you really want? As one of the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilots in the US Navy, as well as a mom, wife, business consultant, Carey Lohrenz knows that the stress we experience can be just as intense as the stress in the cockpit of a fighter jet going Mach 2. But she’s got a secret weapon to prevail: years of training to overcome the specific natures of uncertainty, stress, burnout, anxiety, and pressure. In order to solve the challenges of chaos and make our goals, we have to understand that in order to succeed when the pressure is on, we’ve got to know what we can and cannot control.

What People Are Saying: Full of useful exercises to make you more effective in your daily life.


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