Finding great books that provide new ways to look at the same problems can be all you need to take your business -- and yourself -- to greater heights.

That means finding books filled with ideas and perspectives that won't just help you make incremental changes but major changes.

The following (in no particular order) will help you do just that.

The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on the Art of Living, by Ryan Holiday

Want to live a more intentional life? Want to improve how you respond (and it is a choice) to events that occur, both big and small?

Start here. 

Guidance, reflection, and inspiration. Can't beat that.

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, by Brian Merchant 

How the most profitable product in the world was developed and manufactured and the cultural impact it has had.

If you're dreaming up a new product -- and want to do more than just dream about it -- The One Device provides valuable perspective. 

Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio 

Want to be a better, more thoughtful leader?

This is the book for you.

Superconsumers: A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior Growth, by Eddie Yoon

The top 10 percent of your customers -- your superconsumers -- could be responsible for as much as 30 to 70 percent of your sales. 

Determine why they love your products or services, and apply those lessons to the rest of your customer base.

Sound too simple? It's not.

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Enemy No. 1, by Cyrus Bozorgmehr

Because sometimes you just want to read an entertaining story. 

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

We all face adversity. We all need to be more resilient.

And we can all use a little more joy.

That's true in business and in life.

Plus: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. In the words of Stan Lee, 'Nuff said.'

High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way, by Brendon Burchard

Why do some people succeed more quickly than others, and maintain that success over the course of decades? And out of that extremely small subset of people, why do some of them seem miserable, while others live happy lives?

Success and happiness: That's the combination we all hope to achieve. But the problem is, how do we become more successful and feel more fulfilled?

Brendon Burchard has spent 20 years answering that question.

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams, by Sam Walker

No one does anything worthwhile alone. Walker determined the 16 most dominant sports teams in history. Then he realized that each team had the same type of captain -- a leader who possessed an unconventional skill set who drove that team to be great.

Read Captain Class and become that kind of leader.

Runnin' With the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen, by Noel E. Monk

A behind-the-scenes look at how the band went from playing backyard parties to selling out stadiums.

Sure, it's sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll -- but it's also the story of how even the best, most focused teams can turn into a collection of individuals with conflicting agendas. And a cool look at how the music business works (or at least used to).

Plus: Van Halen!

Published on: Dec 15, 2017