Grant Cardone’s Top 4 Business Books to Read in 2017

How many books are published each year? According to Wikipedia, over 300,000 books in the US alone. Worldwide there are over 2 ½ million new books each year*. That is a lot of material. Nobody can read everything. Just as you are selective when you look for a spouse, or when you’re choosing a place to work and live, you also need to be selective with what books you make time for.

Earlier this year I published The Millionaire Booklet and at the end of it I put out a list of books that I believe everyone should read to better themselves, to increase knowledge, and to get wealthier. I wanted to give you a quick summary of some of these classics today.

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Classons

The Richest Man in Babylon gives some simple rules of money:
1) Start fattening your purse: save money.
2) Control your expenditures: don’t spend more than you need.
3) Make your gold multiply: invest wisely.
4) Guard your treasures from loss: avoid investments that sound too good to be true.
5) Improve your ability to earn: strive to become wiser and more knowledgeable.

This book emphasized the need to get reliable income streams and to never ever confuse your necessary expenses with the things you want. It’s a timeless classic that every school in America should have in their curriculum.

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

This isn’t philosophy—it’s the pragmatic way to riches. I loved how Wallace talked about how becoming rich is a noble desire. Too many people start saying things like “money isn’t everything” when you claim you want to be rich. You need money to access things in your environment. Your potential can only be reached when you are in full possession of wealth.

This book gives a method for success that is just as certain as mathematical equations. Things come to you when you make them come to you. Some important takeaways from this great read include:

1) It’s is a misconception that wealth is limited.
2) The world is rich, and individuals are only poor because they do not act.
3) Thoughts always find a way into reality.

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Warren Buffet described this book as, “by far the best book ever written on investing”. This is an investment policy book for the ordinary investor. He puts seemingly hard concepts into terms that can be understood and implemented by the average person.

The typical investor “follows the market” and learns bad investment habits trying to beat the market. Graham gives you an alternative from that mistake, teaching you to avoid allowing your emotions to control your investment decisions. A great point from this book I got was that it’s a mistake to forecast the future of stocks exclusively by pulling data from the past. Graham goes into detail on:

1) Risk management
2) Investment vs. Speculation
3) Inflation

This book is a great start for those looking to become millionaires. Don’t get into stocks, but if you do, read through this book carefully first.

Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

President Trump wrote this long before his run to the White house. He says in the book, “My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I’m after.” That’s a lesson we can all be reminded of. Here are some more takeaways you can receive from Mr. President:

1) Aim super high.
2) Others will consider you unreasonable, but keep pushing.
3) Keep a lot of balls in the air to maximize your options.
4) Promote yourself.
5) Rely on your own research rather than consultants, statisticians, or critics.

Trump says, “I prefer to be cooperative and positive, but sometimes it’s necessary to be confrontational when the other side is treating me unfairly or trying to take advantage of me.” Whether you like Trump or not, the reality is you can learn something from him in this book.

Here is the complete list of books I recommend you read in 2017 from my Millionaire Booklet:

  • The 10X Rule
  • The Art of the Deal
  • The Closer’s Survival Guide
  • The Intelligent Investor
  • The Problems of Work
  • The Richest Man in Babylon
  • The Science of Getting Rich
  • Sell of Be Sold
  • The Warren Buffett Way
  • Think and Grow Rich

Be great,


  • rex says:

    i am but a humble hard working farm boy who will one day be financially free. i am determined to apply these laws of wealth and positivity to my life by commited action each and every day for the rest of my life. i may have little money now but i have a raging fire of determination and comitment to never stop reaching for succes and freedom, and to show up early and never stop untill the world cannot deny me.

  • William Ballard says:

    Hey Uncle G!

    Great post!

    Before I go into responding to this post I just wanted to thank you for all that you do. I appreciate all the knowledge and insight you have introduced me to in 2016, and I can’t absorb more wisdom from you in 2017.

    Now, in 2016 I read all of your books, 10X Rule, The Closer Survival Guide, Sell or Be Sold, Be Obsessed or Be Average, and you Millionaire Booklet, and even your Playbook to Millions program. I have even read the Science of Getting Rich and Think and Grow Rich.

    This year, the books I have waiting in my Amazon shopping cart are The Art of the Deal and the Richest Man in Babylon, plus a long list of others.

    What I wanted to say about books and reading, real quick, is this: Leaders are readers. If you are not reading, you are not growing. And to be honest with you, I know that you have a heart for everyone, and so you try to provide your information in many different formats, such as books or audio programs, and I admire you for that.

    But, the truth is, every time I hear someone say, “I don’t like reading,” what I hear is: “I don’t mind being an idoit.” I know that there are many different ways to gather and absorb information, but the fact of the matter is: in my opinion, the fastest way to wealth and prosperity is through the vehicle of books and the habitual practice of reading.

    Thank you for this post, and I look forward to learning and growing with you in 2017!

  • RealChrisWick says:

    Love it. Going to add the ones that I haven’t read to my list. Sell or Be Sold is in my playlist daily on MP3 audio book. Thank you for the wisdom and believing in us. #grateful

  • Thomas G says:

    hey uncle G – I got my note pad and I am writing down goals every morning and every night.

  • Whole Qures says:

    I’ve read those

  • Wim says:

    I love it! GC The Millionaire Booklet is amazing.. aswell as the audio!

  • Grant D Hoekstra says:

    Hey guys, typo in the book title, Sell or Be Sold. The list says Sell of Be Sold.

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