Brian Buffini's Book Club

An avid reader and student at heart, Brian Buffini has spent his career studying the mindsets, motivation and methodologies of success. Here, in Brian Buffini’s Book Club, he shares the books that have been the most influential on his business, and life – those that have helped propel his rags-to-riches journey. Each of these books offers a timeless message, providing a foundation for reaching your goals, achieving success and living the good life.

Suggested Reading

  • Love is the Killer App

    by Tim Sanders | Crown Business
    Business

    Businessman, and former Yahoo! executive, Tim Sanders, believes that what the business world needs is less greed, and more love. In his best-selling book, “Love Is the Killer App,” he argues that the key to business success is to use one's knowledge, network and compassion to support colleagues and encourage their growth. He goes to offer tips for how to learn as much as possible, develop a meaningful network of contacts, and become a more loving, compassionate, and fulfilled individual.

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  • Takin' Care of Business: the Big Idea for Small Business

    by Brian Buffini & Joe Niego | Buffini & Company
    Business

    In "Takin' Care of Business: The BIG IDEA for Small Business," you'll learn the one critical element that determines success or failure for a small business. In addition to strategies and tactics to help you succeed, this book features inspirational stories of ordinary, everyday folks who've turned their businesses around and are now enjoying the good life.

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  • The 12 Week Year

    by Brian Moran & Michael Lennington | Wiley
    Business

    Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, “The 12 Week Year” avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long, which creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.

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  • The Power of Habit

    by Charles Duhigg | Random House
    Business

    In “The Power of Habit,” award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg reveals the scientific explanations for why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument that if you can understand how habits work, you can transform your businesses, your community and your life.

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  • The Power of Positive Leadership

    by Jon Gordon | Wiley
    Business

    The research is clear. Being a positive leader is not just a nice way to lead. It’s the only way to lead if you want to build a great culture, unite your organization in the face of adversity, develop a connected and committed team and achieve excellence and superior results. In this pioneering book Jon Gordon provides a comprehensive framework on positive leadership filled with proven principles, compelling stories, practical ideas and practices that will help anyone become a positive leader.

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  • Automatic Millionaire

    by David Bach | Currency
    Financial

    Author, David Bach, gives you a totally realistic system, based on timeless principles, that’ll put you on track to becoming an Automatic Millionaire from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need willpower, you don’t need a lot of money, and you can set up the plan in an hour! This powerful little book has the potential to secure your financial future.

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  • Smart Women Finish Rich

    by David Bach | Crown Business
    Financial

    Renowned financial advisor, David Bach, shares how women of all ages and backgrounds can take control of their financial future and finish rich. Whether you’re working with a few dollars a week or a significant inheritance, Bach’s nine-step program gives you tools for spending wisely, establishing security, and aligning money with your values. You’ll get investment advice, information on teaching your kids about money, Internet resources, and new ways to attract greater wealth – personal and financial – into your life.

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  • Start Late, Finish Rich

    by David Bach | Crown Business
    Financial

    In “Start Late, Finish Rich,” David Bach takes the “Finish Rich” wisdom that has already helped millions of people and tailors it specifically to all of us who forgot to save, procrastinated, or got sidetracked by life’s unexpected challenges. Whether you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or even older, Bach shows that you really can start late and still finish rich. In a motivating, swift read you’ll get a plan for how to spend less, save more, make more – and most important, LIVE MORE.

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  • The Richest Man in Babylon

    by George Clason | Berkley
    Financial

    "The Richest Man in Babylon," based on "Babylonian parables," has been hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. In simple language, these fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys. A celebrated bestseller, it offers an understanding and a solution to your personal financial problem. Revealed inside are the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and making money earn more money.

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  • Think & Grow Rich

    by Napolean Hill | Sound Wisdom
    Financial

    In “Think and Grow Rich,” author Napoleon Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his “Law of Success” philosophy. This book will teach you the secrets that could bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success.

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  • A Better Way to Live

    by Og Mandino | Bantam
    Personal

    Author Og Mandino describes the redemptive process that turned him from a down-and-out alcoholic into a millionaire and a happy man within 10 years. Og believes you can avoid spending even one more day feeling failure, grief, poverty, shame or self-pity, and outlines 17 “Rules to Live By,” which comprise a sound, wise prescription for inner growth and for a fulfilling everyday life.

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  • Mastery

    by George Leonard | Plume
    Personal

    Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author Gorge Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives. Whether you're seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achieve success in all areas of your life.

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  • Smart Talk

    by Lou Tice | Pacific Institute Publishing
    Personal

    Lou Tice takes you on a step-by-step journey to a more proactive, satisfying life by showing you how to clarify your vision, engage in confident self-talk, set and imprint achievable goals, take effective action, and build up the people and teams around you. Lou discusses the critical concept of self-efficacy and how it works to enable (or disable) success.

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  • The Emigrant Edge

    by Brian Buffini | Howard Books
    Personal

    Immigrants compose 13 percent of the American population and are responsible for a quarter of all new businesses. In fact, Forbes magazine boasts that immigrants dominate most of the Forbes 400 list. So what are the secrets? In "The Emigrant Edge," Brian Buffini shares seven characteristics that he and other successful immigrants have in common that can help anyone reach a higher level of achievement, no matter their vocation. He then challenges readers to pursue these characteristics and achieve the success of their dreams.

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  • What to Say When You Talk to Yourself

    by Shad Helmstetter | Gallery Books
    Personal

    We talk to ourselves all of the time, usually without realizing it. And most of what we tell ourselves is negative, counterproductive, and damaging, preventing us from enjoying a fulfilled and successful life. But with Shad Helmsetter’s Five Levels of Self-Talk, you can learn how to reverse the effects of negative self-talk and embrace a more positive, optimistic outlook on life.

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  • How to Win Friends and Influence People

    by Dale Carnegie | Pocket Books
    Sales & Productivity

    Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, “How to Win Friends & Influence People” will teach you: six ways to make people like you; 12 ways to win people to your way of thinking; nine ways to change people without arousing resentment; and much more.

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  • The Compound Effect

    by Darren Hardy | Vanguard Press
    Sales & Productivity

    Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. In “The Compound Effect,” Darren Hardy presents a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress and achieve any desire.

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  • The Greatest Miracle in the World

    by Og Mandino | Bantam
    Sales & Productivity

    “The Greatest Miracle in the World” – with over 4 million copies sold – offers priceless wisdom to those searching for a higher meaning and purpose in life. Discover Simon Potter, an amazing ragpicker who rescues people after they have quit on themselves, and you will also discover the four simple rules that will allow you to perform a miracle in your own life. This is a narrative that’ll hold you spellbound as it reveals exciting new secrets for your personal happiness and success.

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  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

    by Og Mandino | Bantam
    Sales & Productivity

    First published in 1968, Og Mandino's classic, “The Greatest Salesman in the World,” is a parable weaving mythology with spirituality into a much-needed message of inspiration for a culture of self-promotion. Og believes that to be a good salesperson, you must believe in yourself and the work you are doing. It is a simple but profound spiritual philosophy about how to succeed in the world's marketplace, and is as relevant today as it was when it was written.

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  • Work by Referral...Live the Good Life

    by Brian Buffini & Joe Niego | Buffini & Company
    Sales & Productivity

    You don't have to be an entrepreneur for long before you realize your business and life are interconnected. Naturally, your business can have a positive impact on your personal life, such as offering the potential to earn a significant income and the ability to work flexible hours. But it can also be all consuming, which can quickly rob you of any life outside of work. “Work By Referral. Live the Good Life!” offers a holistic approach to operating your business so that all areas of your life are in balance.

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  • Acres of Diamonds

    by Russell Conwell | Tremendous Life Books
    Spiritual

    Russell Conwell was a lawyer, minister, writer, educator and diplomat who represented the City of Brotherly Love – and he left a legacy that is still changing countless lives today. His famous “Acres of Diamonds” message will challenge you to seek opportunities and find true wealth right in your own backyard. The same principles that transformed Russell Conwell into one of the most charitable millionaires of his time, can also revolutionize your life today.

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  • Healing After Loss

    by Martha Whitmore Hickman | HaprerCollins
    Spiritual

    After suffering the loss of her 16-year-old daughter in a horse-riding accident, Hickman began the long and painful journey through her particular “valley of shadows.” With a heart to help others process their grief, she offers 365 daily meditations, quotes and brief prayers that helped her move with courage down the road to recovery. For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, these are thoughtful words to strengthen, inspire and comfort.

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  • The Greatest Thing in the World

    by Henry Drummond | Revell
    Spiritual

    Based on 1 Corinthians 13, this well-loved classic provides life-changing insight into the nine components of love: patience, kindness, humility, generosity, courtesy, unselfishness, good temper, guilelessness and sincerity. The simple beauty and positive truths of this dynamic message will encourage readers to practice the power and blessing of love in every area of life.

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  • The Kingship of Self-Control

    by William George Jordan | Forgotten Books
    Spiritual

    "Man is never truly great merely for what he is, but ever for what he may become…" In "The Kingship of Self-Control," William George Jordan leads you expertly along the road to personal triumph. He challenges you to cast away those facets of yourself that cause you to be less than what you should be, and points the way to ultimate growth and happiness through self-discipline.

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  • The One Year Bible

    by God | Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
    Spiritual

    "The One Year Bible" makes reading through the Bible achievable with daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs and is today’s #1-selling daily reading Bible. The “One Year Bible” divides the entire text of the New International Version into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year―in as little as 15 minutes a day.

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A voracious openness to learn has done more for me and my success than any zeros accumulated in a bank account.


— Brian Buffini