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While counting my books I was surprised at how many of the ones I read were stories instead of business texts. I shouldn’t have been. Stories have taught me more about business than I ever learned in school.

Here’s a few that impacted the most and a tiny description of what they teach:

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card — Teaches the power and responsibility of rhetoric.

The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White — Teaches perspective and the importance of creativity in learning.

The Foundation Series by Issac Asimov — Reveals the subtle seduction of mystery.

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane — Teaches the importance of translating across mediums. Crane took a few new principles of art and applied them deliberately to his writing.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain — Be frank.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahme — Sophisticated doesn’t mean better and simplicity is charming.

The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand — Teaches the value individuality.

Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchel — Captures the senses by story — a great goal.

A few others are non-fiction but also non-business:

The Complete Book of Etiquette by Amy Vanderbilt (1967) — Manners are important. So is the timeless value of creative wit.

The Mavericks by Paul Grescoe — Learn to tell business stories.

Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau — Highlights the rare capacity to look inside for understanding of what’s in front of us and to look outside to understand what is inside of us.

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