Business books and podcasts are a great way for business leaders to stay on top of their industry and find additional inspiration. American Bank & Trust helps customers with business banking. But we’d also like to share the following recommendations.


Business books to consider

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

While this book has been around since the 1930’s, it’s just as powerful today. It explores how harnessing the psychological power of the mind helps in business and in life.

How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

One of the most popular books of all time, Dale Carnegie highlights how to genuinely work with people. Listening, showing interest, complimenting and smiling are core to the practices he encourages.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

Long before the internet pulled us in with “5 ways to do this” or “The 10 best of that,” Stephen Covey popularized this book. In it, he goes into great detail about habits in the way you think and act to maximize production.

Start with Why – Simon Sinek

Simon’s popular book is a more recent entry to our list. In it, he seeks to find out why leaders who have little in common succeed. When you start with why,’ you can find the power to motivate and inspire others.


Take a listen to these podcasts

Podcasts are a good way to get great information when you’re busy. They’re ideal for that commute to or from work, at the gym or doing some behind the scenes task. Successful people make time to add to their skills and learn from others. So, explore adding these weekly podcasts to your playlist.

Entrepreneurs on Fire

Often the best way to learn is from the experiences of others. John Lee Dumas interviews successful entrepreneurs and draws on their experiences in this highly popular podcast.


Best selling author Rachel Hollis discusses everything from business to personal growth and development. She emphasizes practical, tangible advice in fun conversations.

Smart Passive Income

What is passive income? If you don’t know, you better tune in. Learn the smart ways to earn additional income without always working on the business. E-publishing and affiliate marketing are just some of the topics.

Online Marketing Made Easy

Amy Porterfield tackles the rocky transition from corporate exec to entrepreneur. She highlights how she learned to start strong, scale fast and sell more.


In addition to these great recommendations above, you can also find helpful business blogs on the following topics:

  • Behind the scenes in business
  • Lessons learned from customers
  • Mom start ups
  • Work life balance
  • Commitment to philanthropy


Great leaders in business are always learning

Our team meets with business leaders and new business owners daily. If there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s curiosity. That means they are always striving to learn more, add to their skills and look for new ways to succeed. Commit to the same mentality and you’ll likely go far.

Are you looking to start or grow your business? Ask American Bank & Trust how we may help.

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