Reading is the most effective manner to learn and retain knowledge. Losing yourself in a book makes the rest of the world pause and all that matters is the material in front of you. Being an entrepreneur, for example, is a profession that requires skill learned from a strong foundation of knowledge of the business industry. Below are ten books that all entrepreneurs should read.
This book strictly engulfs the passionate soul of entrepreneurs. Strongly focusing on an attitude that exclaims it is not about who will let someone do something, but rather who can stop them. This read will instill a drive in future entrepreneurs that is essential for maintaining a successful career.
Business Adventures by John Brooks
Bill Gates has labeled this book as being one of his favorite reads. Focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of all leaders, this book is essential to read for not only a confidence boost, but as a means to remain humble, as well.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Goal-setting is essential in the business world. Goal-setting correctly is even more important. Setting specific goals not only highlights what you want to accomplish, but how you will be able to go about doing so. Think and Grow Rich will make anyone a master at setting goals.
Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World by Rene Girard
Girard discusses that being obsessed with competition ruins your own goals. Essentially, being so concerned with a rival will only blur your own success and how to maintain it. In this book, she states that “people compete for things that do not matter.”
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
The author heavily emphasizes the importance of accepting the things that you cannot control as being a part of the business. Aurelius also discusses the importance of controlling your emotions in a healthy manner. Failure to balance your emotions and to let go of the uncontrollable can and will destroy a business.
The decision-making process is described as having an intricate science behind it, as discussed by Gladwell in this book. The author discusses the importance of trusting your gut–something that leaders rarely do. Intuition is distilled in people for a reason, after all.
Deterring the reader from stagnation and remaining comfortable in their businesses, Zero to One highlights the importance of building a business for the future. The world changes each day and it is essential to build companies that are easily ready to make the same transition. This book discusses the significance of regularly updating technology, as well.
The consumers are the only factors that result in the success or failure of a business. Moonshot focuses on the minds of the consumers and the ways that businesses should surround consumer satisfaction.
The step to make a change is hard enough to take. However, the fact that making a change stick is seemingly impossible deters business owners from ever making critical changes again. Switch discusses why everlasting change is hard to come by and how to make changes that will stick.
Out of the Crisis by W. Edwards Deming
Employees are just as important as the owners and leaders. This book discusses the importance of respecting your employees. It also discusses basic business processes and how to perform them flawlessly. Additionally, the importance of data analysis within a business is mentioned in Out of the Crisis.
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