Books can give new ideas and solutions to problems we commonly encounter. A good book can is a self-help guide. Book meant for entrepreneurs benefit their self and the whole organization by applying them. Following are ten books worth reading for entrepreneurs.
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! – Robert T. Kiyosaki
The ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ is one of the best personal finance books of all times. It tells the story of the author. his two fathers, real dad and the father of his best friend, the ways in which they evolved his thinking on money and investing it.
The book points out the difference between having your money work for you and working for money.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss
This book will make you think different. The author explains in this book about the benefits when focusing on the most important things and not wasting the time on social media, email and phone checking. Timothy explains how he outsourced the work to virtual assistants overseas as well as to employees. Minimizing of distractions and outsourcing has enabled Timothy to become much more effective and efficient. The author gives a great advice that is helpful to all entrepreneurs.
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
How to win friends and influence people is a self-help book. It is necessary to know that the it is essential to win people over to your way of thinking. For this, you need to know how to make good conversation and to get people to like you. In other words, the book explains what you need to do to succeed in your business.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen
Getting things done is one of the best books on improving productivity. It is a guide on how to use your time most efficiently. David Allen says the more we are relaxed, the more we are productive. This is because, when the mind is in a relaxed mode, the thoughts get organized effectively, which leads to higher productivity. David Allen explains in the book the method of enhancing productivity.
Predictably Irrational the Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions – Dan Ariely
This book looks deep into consumer habits and human behavior. It focuses on the revelation that wired to be irrational of humans. Dan Ariely goes deeper using plenty of experiments to show fuzzier than economists would like it to be.
Delivering Happiness a Path to Profits Passion and Purpose – Tony Hsieh
The author is the master in building company culture that is second to none. He created a rapid consumer base for Zappos as CEO by molding the company’s corporate culture. The book is all about Zappos, but there are many applicable concepts and ideas which can help in your business looking for loyal customers.
Tony Hsieh focuses on creating a positive and rewarding environment for all customers and employees. Not only is his company highly successful, but they look for changing the world and focusing on company culture as their first priority. Tony Hsieh talks about the failures he had, how he started the business, and the journey he has gone through to get the company today’s position.
Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way – Richard Branson
The author shared his story how he made eight companies from 0 to billion dollar companies. He mentions the ups and downs in his life journey.
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days – Jessica Livingston
Jessica Livingston takes a look at the early days of software start-ups. The book has some very experienced entrepreneurs’ advice. The book is a series of interviews with successful entrepreneurs in 1980s and 1990s. Although there is a small amount of newer blood, the entrepreneurs give you their own details of how they started the business, the lessons they learned along the way, the deals they won and lost, the arguments they had, how they overcome challenges and how they went out of business.
First Things First – Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
Time is the most valuable asset for an entrepreneur. Most entrepreneurs do not know the proper utilization of time. With the first impression, the book ‘First Things First’ is another book on how to enhance productivity. Generally, most other books say that getting more productive is all about getting more things done in less time. But the author explains in this book as doing things within the time you have.
The Four Steps to the Epiphany – Steve Blank
This book is considered by many people as the Bible of software start-up. If you plan to start a business or already own one, just put it to the four steps test. This book is tells all about letting customers tell you how to build your service or product or customer development.
Rather than spending some time on development, develop or create a stripped down version of the product that you are embarrassed to show anyone. Then release it into the market. Then take the feedback from the consumers. According to their suggestions, change the product. Then get feedback and do modifications according to the feedback. Keep maintaining the cycle. It is very helpful for web based businesses.
The business environment keeps on changing. Books keep you up-to-date and the strategies, policies, principles and values stay unchanged. They will guide to solve the problems quickly.