Top 12 Entrepreneurial books to read before starting your business
Top 12 Entrepreneurial books to read before starting your business
If you are reading this, chances are – you are one of the people who want to be a successful entrepreneur, to take control of your life and ultimately, live the life of your dreams.
However, being an entrepreneur is not a walk in the park like many people believe so. Like any other successful entrepreneurs, you have to be willing to do the sacrifice: endless work hours, sleepless nights, skipped meals, and never-ending failures. The good news is that there's a lot of literature available to help you every step of the way in your entrepreneurial journey.
In this blog, we list the best books for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners so read on below:
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
One of the all-time best-selling books, Dale Carnegie’s classic is still considered one of the most influential books in American history. Its relevance is still evident up until today. This book is a must-have to help you deal with and build relationships with other people. A worthwhile read for any entrepreneur.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This 400-pager book will essentially turn your perspective on life as it is. Covey’s book illustrates a holistic and principle-centered approach in solving problems both in your personal and professional life. In this book, he reveals a step-by-step process on how you can live your life with integrity, fairness, service and human-centric principles that will certainly give you a better sense of fulfillment.
The Elements of Style by E.B. White and William Strunk Jr.
Your communication style is one of the most critical parts of entrepreneurship. You might have the best product in your niche but the way you communicate it may deliver otherwise. The main principle of this book is to “Omit Needless Words”. So if you want to deliver killer content for your business, this book is a good tool.
The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber
This book is a must-have for every entrepreneur out there. The E-myth will walk you through the life cycle of any business, from infancy to business growth. With his vast business experience, Gerber describes how common assumptions and expertise can get in the way of building a successful business. This book will also teach you the difference between working on your business and in your business.
Grit by Angela Duckworth
This book talks about the most important thing you need to have when starting your own business, grit. The author will teach you that to be a successful entrepreneur, you not only need talent, skills, and passion but also grit. Without this important factor, your business might never thrive.
Leaders by General Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, and Jason Mangone
This book was written to direct a path for all aspiring leaders out there. Leaders illustrate the work of some of the world’s greatest leaders and attempt to answer the question “What makes a great leader?”. Authored by Stan McChrystal who served for thirty-four years in the US Army and led American troops and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
Everything in life is about negotiation, this is why Robert Cialdini's 1984 masterpiece is still relevant until now. In business, your persuasion and negotiation skills have to be exceptional to be able to win customers, keep costs at a minimum and make your employees fulfilled. Based on his 35 years of experience, Cialdini tackles different aspects of persuasion that include armor of influence, the value of reciprocation, commitment, consistency, social proof, likeability, scarcity and authority and how to make them work harmoniously together.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” is a story of two fathers, one who was the superintendent of education in Hawaii (Author’s father) who ended up dying penniless and one who dropped out of school at age 13 and went on to become one of the richest men in Hawaii (Author’s mentor). The author describes the difference between two fathers and their varying financial strategies that will teach you how to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, exposes the secret of how Silicon Valley's "wisdom" leads far too many startups off track. Every cool kid wants to be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. Problem is, they believe in this process - they come up with a brilliant idea (at least they think so), drops out of college, start building their empire, defy the odds and be the next entrepreneur billionaire – familiar story? Well, this book is not about that. Fishkin exposes the ups and downs of startup life which many CEOs wouldn’t dare to talk about. His lessons in his multi-million startup will change the way you see entrepreneurship with hopes that you’ll be better equipped once you finish the book.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
In this international bestseller, “Thinking, Fast and Slow” will bring you on a revolutionary tour of the mind and delves deep into the two systems that drive the way our brains work. System 1 is intuitive, fast and emotional; System 2 is slower, more purposeful, and more logical. The book offers valuable insights on how choices are made and how we can use other strategies in making good decisions that will guard us against committing the wrong result.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
In this book, Gladwell asks the questions “What makes high-achievers different?”. He delves deep into the nature of the world’s outliers – the best, brightest, and most successful – how they were harnessed by their culture, family, generation and all their experiences in their lifetime. Outliers will widen your perspective on what constitutes an individual’s success.
The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
Interested in doubling or tripling your sales? That is the main goal of this book – to help you increase your sales by giving you strategies, methods, and techniques. Trusted by many millionaires, Tracy will provide you better insights on how to make your sales faster and easier than before.
All the books listed above will help you become a successful entrepreneur. While these entrepreneurial books aim to bring out the best in you, the real deal will fall on how you’ll act towards your goals. Have you read any of these? Comment below!
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