Leaders are readers: my top book picks for practice owners

Confession: I didn’t used to be much of a reader. I made it all the way through college and into Physical Therapy school without reading more than a couple of books.

That changed when I became a practice owner. The stakes were suddenly WAY higher than when I was in school. I was a business owner learning to be an entrepreneur, working to build a thriving, profitable practice and support my family. I had a much bigger WHY sending me to books, looking for guidance and insight.

Becoming a reader changed everything for me as a business owner. There is no better, faster way to learn the insights, wisdom and experiences of other people, and apply them to your own circumstances, for your own benefit and growth.

I now agree completely with Harry Truman: “Not all readers are leaders. But all leaders are readers.”

Here are some of my must-read books for practice owners:

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About it

Michael E. Gerber

This book completely transformed my thinking about business ownership, just when I needed it most. The E-Myth illuminates the essential differences between working on your business and working in it, and why it matters so much to long-term success.

Rich Dad’s Cash-Flow Quadrant: Guide to Financial Freedom

Robert Kiyosaki

For as long as our Physical Therapy practices can’t make money without us there, on-site and involved in daily operations, we aren’t really business owners—we’re just self-employed. When I started my practice all those years ago, I didn’t know the difference between running a business and running a job. This book set me straight, and utterly changed my understanding about generating wealth.

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

The Arbinger Institute

Instrumental in my own leadership development, this book also helped shape the leadership approach I now teach other practice owners: real leadership isn’t a zero-sum game. There aren’t winners and losers. When owners focus on their teams, teams focus on creating a better patient experience. Everybody wins, including your patients, your community, and your bottom line.

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek

The mission-driven business is what we’re all about at The Practice Freedom Method (and soon, Practice Freedom U!) This is the book to read to start getting a handle on the WHY behind what you do, and how to communicate it effectively.

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill

An oldie but a goodie! First published in 1937, it’s brimming with powerful lessons entirely relevant for today’s entrepreneurs. Hill was a pioneer in seeing the power of intention for success.

The Laws of Lifetime Growth: Always Make Your Future Bigger Than Your Past

Dan Sullivan & Catherine Nomura

The title just about says it all. Want to be deeply fulfilled and take advantage of all the opportunities available to you—including the ones you can’t see today? Read this book for some powerful inspiration and guidance.

The Practice Freedom Method: The Practice Owner’s Guide to Work Less, Earn More, and Live Your Passion

This my story of how I transformed my practice, salvaging my business out of the wreckage of an actual fire, and turning it into a multi-location, million-plus-dollar enterprise that ran without my daily presence. I don’t pull any punches here. You’ll learn about the mistakes I made. You’ll also learn the systems, habits, tools, and mindset that helped me turn everything around: becoming exceptionally profitable, connecting with my passion, and finally achieving freedom of time.

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