In today’s roundup, we have Inc.com's picks for the top 10 motivational books of all time, tips for beating your competitors, and a look at small business optimism this year. Plus, a look at the necessary ingredients for a world-class startup community.

Pessimism doesn’t affect plans: Despite a dip in small business optimism, the Wall Street Journal reports that 40% of owners plan to invest in new property and equipment. Are you planning to make any big purchases this year?

Meet your neighbors: The New York Times explores exactly what it takes to build a successful startup community.

Get competitive: Want to stay on top? Forbes has five tips for consistently outselling your competitors.  

Make your summer reading list: Inc.com says these are the top 10 motivational books of all time. What’s on top of your list?

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