Between math, English, and science, many high schools don’t have the time, nor the resources, to offer a business course for their students. Nonetheless, many high school students are interested in business. YouTube and Google can provide unlimited insight, but it’s nice to be given direction from an expert in the field.
Here, 10 business professionals recommend their favorite business books for high school students.
Leading At The Edge
Leading At The Edge by Dennis N. T. Perkins. This book is about leadership in a time of chaos. The story is about the Antarctic adventure that Sir Ernest Shackelton took with twenty-seven polar explorers. Spoiler alert: their ship gets stuck in a pack of ice and the crew has to pivot into survival mode for 497 days. This is a great read given the chaotic environment we find ourselves in today.
Jon Schneider, Recruiterie
The E Myth Revisited
The E Myth Revisited is a great business book for High School Students, or for anyone. This book drives home the point that you need to work on your business, not in your business. This lesson is the key to both business success and happiness with your life as a business owner. It’s also a fun book to read.
Eric Blumenthal, The Print Authority
The Hands-Off Manager
The Hands-Off Manager by Steve Chandler and Duane Black. It’s a book on mentoring, which I know is a bit beyond where a high-school student is in their career. However, I think if you want to be a leader you need to know what leadership looks like. This book does a great job of showing how to appreciate everyone. There is no wrong employee, just sometimes the wrong role for an employee. If someone is passionate about what they do, you will get the very best of them. It also shows younger people how to stay happy in their role, how to identify what it is they’re really after… things like that.
Meagan DeMenna, Validity
How To Win Friends And Influence People
How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Janelle Amos, Marketing Manager
Grit by Angela Duckworth. She shares multiple real-life examples of what really drives success and peak performance in all aspects of life..turns out it is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance!
Mark E Christensen, A Few Trusted Resources
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Rich Dad, Poor Dad. It’s a must-read!
Vanessa Molica, The Lash Professional
So You Want To Be A Dentist? What You Must Know To Succeed In Dentistry
Well, since we are a full-service dental lab, we would recommend a dental book. So You Want To Be A Dentist? What You Must Know To Succeed In Dentistry gives high school students a unique look at what it’s really like to be a dentist. From running a dental practice to managing a full staff and patients, this book gives an honest assessment for any high school student considering dentistry as a career path.
Henry Babich, Stomadent Dental Laboratory
The 4-Hour Workweek
Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek is a book I would recommend to high school students because it shakes up their pre-conceived notion (fear) that there is only one path in life to success. It also gives them some practical tips they could start using right away and would speak to that part of them that likes to experiment.
Stephanie Schull, PhD, Kegelbell
Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich. It teaches that having a goal will get you where you ultimately want to be, that the path isn’t always a straight one, and that Law of Attraction – what you manifest for your life and your actions come back 10-fold.
Tracy L. Bullock, Bullock Training & Development
Lost & Founder
Lost & Founder by Rand Fishkin is an excellent story about the ups & downs of being an entrepreneur. It shows all sides from a human perspective rather than only showcasing business theory.
Michael Norris, Youtech