Reading for Leaders, Entrepreneurs, & Professional Development - The My Ascent Library

Updated: Feb 10

We know that reading is one of the fastest ways to get ahead because it helps us expand our perspective and knowledge. But finding good books can be a chore! So, to help you in your search for works on business, leadership, teamwork, culture, strategy, and more, we present The My Ascent Library.


If you struggle to find time to read, here's a tip: consider adding audiobooks into your daily routine. Washing dishes or cleaning the house? Great time for an audiobook. Taking the dog to the park or doing cardio in the gym? Audiobook.


Without further delay, the current version of the My Ascent Library, February 2021.


Culture Code – Why your company culture matters, and what you can do to establish and maintain a healthy, productive one.


Range – The Power of Perspective! Why being a generalist in a world over overly-specialized individuals is a superpower.


Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins provides anecdotes from his own extraordinary life journey to inspire you and keep you motivated to reach even your loftiest goals.


The 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris shares the tips and tricks he’s picked up creating the life that he envisioned.


The E-Myth, Revisited – A seminal work for any small business owner or aspiring entrepreneur.


The Obstacle is the Way – A good introduction to the philosophy of stoicism, and how you can incorporate its teachings into your life for more happiness and fulfillment, as well as better leadership skills.


How to Win Friends and Influence People – One of the best-selling business books of all time, and for good reason. Learn how to be a better team member, coworker, boss, and person with the time-tested principles of this book.

Unf*ck Yourself – Get out of your own head, and start living the life you really want. Solid, sometimes hilarious, advice on discarding self-limiting beliefs.


Radical CandorAn absolute must-read for any current or aspiring leader. Learn about the elements of great communication and how to build the habits into your own life that will make you a better communicator and, by extension, a better leader and boss.


Antifragile – Nassim Taleb provides a detailed overview of his titular philosophy and how to achieve it. The narrative distinguishes it from resiliency and contrasts it with those theories, systems, and organizations that the author believes contribute to “fragility”.


Barbarians at the Gate – A riveting narrative about one of the biggest business deals of all time.


Linchpin – Seth Godin provides advice on how to make yourself indispensable.


The Courage to Be Disliked – You can’t please everyone, all the time. So as a leader, now or in the future, you need to find the courage the title calls for.



Good Strategy, Bad Strategy - Richard Rumelt's marvelous work on the subject of strategy. Rumelt cuts straight to the heart of the matter, differentiating the key elements of a good strategy from everything else. An absolute must-read for any current or aspiring entrepreneur or executive.


The War of Art - Stephen Pressfield provides readers with an anthology of tips to overcoming "Resistance". Motivational content, handy reminders, and some tips for better structure and organization.


Man's Search for Meaning - Dr. Viktor Frankl's seminal work on purpose, and the byproducts of purpose: Self-actualization, happiness, success, fulfillment.


Team of Rivals - The story of President Abraham Lincoln compiled from historical documents, personal diaries, letters, and more material providing an in-depth and powerful exposition about the challenges and trials of leadership.




About the Author:



Matt Beckmann is the Founder & Managing Director of Ascent Consultants. In addition to experience as a former Chief of Staff to the Missouri Auditor and as a Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, he has advanced training and certifications in law, business, coaching, athletics, and other disciplines. His blog content, inspired by his deep passion for unlocking his reader's best potential, consistently equips business owners and individuals with the knowledge and resources to overcome obstacles that may be hindering growth.



Ascent Consultants provides business and project management consulting, as well as executive and leadership coaching. By converting client growth goals into an actionable "game plan," we lead companies and individuals to extraordinary outcomes.


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