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Best business books for the beach: 2017 edition

Before heading out on summer vacation, be sure to pack one (or more) of these business bestsellers.

It’s that time of year — you’re getting ready to hit the beach or packing up for some R & R at the cottage, and thinking about what to read while you soak up the sun. Vacation time is meant to help you recharge, but you can still learn a thing or two while you work on your tan.

Here’s a list of some of the most talked about business books so far in 2017. They’re sure to provide some inspiration, so when you head back to work you’ll be full of new ideas and hit the pavement running.

Tools of Titans

Author: Tim Ferriss

"Tools Of Titans" by Tim Ferriss

Entrepreneur and strategist Tim Ferriss has interviewed over 200 movers and shakers on his hugely popular business podcast The Tim Ferriss Show — everyone from superstar actors like Jamie Foxx and Seth Rogen, business leaders such as Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, and athletes like former U.S. national team gymnastics coach Christopher Sommer.

Now, Ferriss has distilled his guests’ life lessons and best insights into the “ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools.” But he doesn’t just offer up these super-achievers’ favorite tricks, tactics and business advice. He delves into how they live their lives — from their morning rituals and workout routines to the books they gift, the supplements they take and their philosophies on life.

An experimenter and human guinea pig, Ferriss says he’s tried all these health, wisdom and wealth strategies himself — and they’ve saved him years of wasted effort and made him millions of dollars.


Author: Tony Robbins

"Unshakeable" by Tony Robbins

If there’s one thing to be sure of these days, it’s that the world is a place of uncertainty, economic volatility, and constant change. Rather than let this get you down or make you fearful, life and business coach Tony Robbins’ latest book offers another perspective: if you can maintain peace of mind and become “unshakeable,” not only can you survive tumultuous times, you can profit from them.  

He’s created a playbook (written with advisor and Creative Planning president Peter Mallouk) to help novice entrepreneurs and seasoned veterans alike manage their personal and professional finances, to maximize upside in a tough marketplace.

Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success

Author: Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown

"Hacking Growth" by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown

The explosive success of companies like Facebook, Airbnb, LinkedIn, and Uber didn’t happen just because they had great products — it’s in large part due to “growth hacking."

Growth hacking is a marketing methodology that focuses on attaining, retaining and engaging customers, and motivating them to come back to buy more. This is done while using lower-cost alternatives to traditional marketing in order to drive customer and business growth.

Sean Ellis, the founder of, along with Morgan Brown go behind the scenes of some of the fastest growing companies to show how they dramatically scaled their business. But it’s not just case studies, as they also take readers through the process of creating and executing their own custom-made growth hacking strategies. That's a recipe for major growth and success.

The New Rules of Work

Author: Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew

"The New Rules of Work" by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew

If the modern workplace has you confused, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew, founders of the popular New York-based career website, explore the changing rules of work and the confusion surrounding this constantly evolving environment. 

In light of this new world of work — where technology is creating new positions every day, the hiring process is being transformed and switching careers is often the norm — they’re offering up a handbook to help you choose a work path, land the perfect job, build your personal brand and advance your career. Their premise is that while the modern job landscape can be puzzling, it offers tremendous opportunities once you figure it out.


Author: Angela Duckworth

"Grit" by Angela Duckworth

While this New York Times bestseller came out last summer, it’s still making many “books to read” lists for its research into the secrets of success. Psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that it’s not talent and luck — but rather passion and long-term persistence, or “grit” as she coins it, that is the key to achieving your goals.

Based on studies she conducted as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth says talent alone isn’t enough — it’s what you do when you fall down that makes all the difference. People who have “grit” share four common qualities: they are deeply interested in what they do, they practice, they have a sense of purpose, and they’re resilient and hopeful in the face of setbacks.

And the good news is that while genius is innate, grit can be learned.

Up Next: For more great recommendations, check out our 2016 summer reading list and head back to our 2015 summer reading list for more inspiration.

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Cheryl Binning

Cheryl Binning is a Vancouver-based writer and factual TV producer, who’s credits include the hit History TV show Yukon Gold, the true crime series Very Bad Men, and Discovery Channel’s long-running series Highway Thru Hell. Cheryl holds a Graduate Degree in Journalism from Ryerson, and has written for The Winnipeg Free Press, and edited the entertainment magazines Playback and Reel West.

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