To start and grow a healthy, thriving small business, as an Entrepreneur, you need to make reading books a regular part of your diet.
Being an entrepreneur is all fun until you realize that you’re not as experienced as others. Your knowledge might not be at the same level as those who’ve been in the business for twenty years, and that scares you. No need to worry though, if you have a high teachability index, you will be fine!
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Here are some of the best business books that should be on your reading list as an entrepreneur’s
The following books will help you grow both in life and in business to become a successful entrepreneur.
Talent is Never Enough by John Maxwell
Hiring has always been difficult, but acquiring the right talent will become an even more significant challenge with our world moving away from the brick-and-mortar model and into either a hybrid system or the work-from-home model. This book, though, asks the question of whether talent is the key to being successful.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is guaranteed to change your life forever. Not only will it teach you all the dos and don’ts of social life, but it will also teach you how to be a better entrepreneur.
We all know that the digital age has made it harder to be influential outside of the Internet, which is just as important as web influence, but Dale Carnegie breaks down all the steps you need to take to make friends with everyone you meet. In addition, it teaches you the etiquette of how to overcome competition or how to win over people who are close-minded or simply not interested in your pitch.
This classic is a playbook for making people like you and then win them over to your way of thinking without causing resentment. Carnegie breaks things down into thirty principles and shares numerous examples to back his claims. Considering that it has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, it has earned its place on this list.
Every entrepreneur needs to read this book at least once a year. It’s a business classic!
Business Adventures by John Brooks
When not just one billionaire but two recommend a book, you should be intrigued. Bill Gates was introduced to Brooks’s classic soon after meeting Warren Buffet back in 1991. Buffet even sent him his copy. However, since Gates talked about his admiration for this book on his blog back in 2013, Business Adventures has been a hard book to track down.
Blue Ocean Strategy by Renee Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim
Look around the majority of businesses in your sector. Do you think it’s fair to say pretty much all sell the same products, to the same target audience, via the same distribution channels?
What if you could innovate your business and become a black sheep among the sea of white? What if you could find a way to stand out? To truly differentiate in areas other than price point and quality? Well, that’s exactly what Renee Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim thought.
They were so taken by the idea they wrote a book on it – Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant.
The book gets you to rethink not just how your company works but the industry as a whole. It does this by placing the customer at the center of everything. This forces you to rethink the entire value innovation concept: “Value innovation is about creating more value for customers while simultaneously reducing costs.”
After reading the book, you’ll find that after using the tools provided, you’ll be able to approach the customer problem from a completely different angle.vAn angle that none of your competitors have even thought about.
The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
Every entrepreneur knows that the key to a good business is a good sales technique. Not only do you have to sell your product, but you also have to sell yourself and your idea. Having a great product doesn’t do anything if you don’t know how to approach the person and make them fall in love with you and the product.
This book by Brian Tracy gives you valuable information and strategies about making more selling by focusing on one thing – the person. Sometimes entrepreneurs forget the basics of selling and jump right over to get results, but you need to know the basics to get results. Brian Tracy goes over those major points thoroughly.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
Another excellent read for every entrepreneur.
When you are younger, financial education might not be as high as the older competition, making you invulnerable. Robert Kiyosaki’s book breaks down everything you need to know about financial education without giving you a headache.
The book will shine a light on the 9-5 job and the rat race that keeps you in that job you hate to pay the debts. He teaches you how to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true by giving you the cold, hard truth about wealth – it’s not found by going to school, getting good grades, graduating with a diploma, and working for a security company.
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Daniel Kahneman goes over the two systems found in our mind that can make or break our ability to move forward and succeed in life in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow.
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He talks about the fast and emotional system and the slow, more logical system that makes up our whole mind. Then, he breaks down the various effects of each scenario on our success, mentality, confidence, and teachability index.
This book is a must-read for everyone who wants to get to the top of the tower without actually killing the dragon.
Start with Why, by Simon Sinek
Why do you think some organizations can inspire, lead, and transform industries and sectors where others don’t? Is it about funding? Luck? Or just sheer determination?
Simon Sinek has an alternative theory. In his book Start With Why, Sinek argues that inspired leaders (regardless of background, industry, or funding) always think from the inside out. They understand WHY they exist, what’s their purpose, what’s their core mission, and place this at the center of everything they do.
He argues that most companies have got it backward, focusing too much on the WHAT they sell and HOW it works. But in reality, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it” – Simon Sinek
It’s a fantastic read for entrepreneurs as it forces you to rethink your messaging, and teaches you to put the core values, beliefs, purpose at the center of everything.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Who hasn’t heard of Timothy Ferriss? His name has been everywhere since he launched his book, The 4-Hour Workweek.
Nowadays, everyone is looking for that easy fix, and becoming an entrepreneur is all about enjoying the wonders of life without having to work 40 hours a week. Timothy knows that and therefore puts you in the right mindset to start building a business that will allow you to work not 20, not 10, but 4 hours a week and still make a fortune.
He describes “lifestyle design” hacks and reframes to help you eliminate 50 percent of your work, make more money, and live the life you want.
The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson
Everything starts in mind. So if you have negative thoughts all day, it’s pretty confident that your day will not end on a good note.
Kevin D. Johnson knows that and wants to help entrepreneurs worldwide change their mindset to be successful. In his book, The Entrepreneur Mind, Kevin D. Johnson talks about the different ways to change your way of thinking to start a business, make it grow, and make it last.
By the end of the book, he makes sure you know when to keep going and when it’s time to let go and start again.
Being an entrepreneur means getting back up, and this book will teach you how to get back up without too many scars.
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
Ferriss sent out a list of questions to hundreds of successful people in their perspective fields. Of course, not everyone replied, but many did. This book is a compilation of those who answered. It distills critical habits and offers advice from some of the most brilliant people in the world, giving us a peek into the minds of those people who have achieved success.
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