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Beach Reads to 10x Your Thinking - and Your Bottom Line

Romance novels not your speed? While you're digging your toes in the sand, dig into one of these business books that will 10x your thinking - and your business:

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone

The book that popularized the term "10x" in business productivity, The 10X Rule discusses the principle of "Massive Action," the level of action that companies need to operate on in order to reach their goals.

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg

In this book, Duhigg provides no-nonsense talk on the best ways to optimize productivity and delivers it in the form of entertaining and engaging stories.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This book never goes out of style. Since 1989, it has sold over 25 million copies. If you haven't read it yet, pick it up. If you have, it is worth re-reading this summer.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras

This book follows 20 companies as they grow from startup to massive corporations and includes practical concepts that can be applied to your business.

Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares

In this book, the authors argue that traction - the ability to consistently grow and acquire new customers - is more important than even your product. Why? Because without customers, you have no business.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins

Written by the author of Built to Last, this book discusses the main reasons why companies go from good to great: They narrow their focus and stick to what they're good at.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Carol Dweck shows how developing a growth mindset - the belief that abilities can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and mentorship - leads to success in school, work, sports, the arts and more.

The Growth Mindset: A Guide to Professional and Personal Growth by Joshua Moore & Helen Glasgow

This book bridges the gap between personal and professional growth with practical, actionable instruction and concrete plans of action to ensure you are successful.

The Creator's Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkinson

This book identifies six skills that creators of internationally recognized, successful brands have in common based on 200 interviews with top entrepreneurs from major brands.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

In this book, the author tells stories of people who use their determination and drive to move toward their goals. It shows how picking yourself up when you're down makes the difference between failure and success.

Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours by Robert C. Pozen

Extreme Productivity shows how to prioritize efficiency and maximize time at work while leading a full and productive life.

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac

This one is more of a cautionary tale about the meteoric growth and well-publicized cultural failures of Uber under Travis Kalanick. Remember, failures are just as valuable to examine as successes.

Ultralearning by Scott Young and James Clear

This book outlines nine principles to master hard skills quickly. According to Amazon, "this is the essential guide to future-proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage through self-education."

What It Takes by Stephen A. Schwarzman

Written by the founder and CEO of The Blackstone Group, What It Takes explains how to build and lead successful organizations.

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger

This doubles as both a memoir and a business book. Here, the longtime Disney CEO presents his story, weaving in lessons on leadership and creativity.

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