Are you a struggling entrepreneur who is finding it hard to make ends meet in your business? Or perhaps, you just want to get into business but you don’t know how to successfully build, manage, and gainfully grow a business of your own from scratch? I would like to believe that – that’s the reason for being here.
The problem most of us have is that we lack reading culture which is bad.
…especially those of us in this part of the country; Most young guys/girls of our society are only looking after quick money or shortcut to make money and that’s the reason you see many of them going into fraud (yahoo yahoo) because it looks promising. Now, I believe you also have that problem of not being able to sit down and read. To be honest, this is the reason you are having challenges in your business.
I for one… I read a lot. It has become a part of me, and to some extent – it has seriously helped me to a great deal; because, 98% of what I know today were things I learnt from books, and video courses. Today, if you start to develop your reading culture, you will start to see changes in the way you do business and you’ll also see improvement in your relationship.
Because, your level of thinking and the way you handle issues will start to become mature and you will definitely be exposed to different investment strategies that can propel your business for success.
I want you to take a close look at these questions: What is the best book for entrepreneurs? How do you become an entrepreneur? How do you start a business book? How do you win a business? Does any of these question sound familiar to you?
Below, I have compiled books that will help you in your entrepreneurial journey… please find details below.
- Automatic millionaire David Bach
David Bach in his book the “automatic millionaire” reveals actionable ways on how you can start making money immediately. He teaches you how to stay off debt whilst building your own business and at the same time while cutting down cost; if you truly want to know more about money management, investment, priotizing, and above all discipline, then, I would gladly recommend this book to you. In fact, it’s a must have for every entrepreneur and startups.
- The Millionaire Mind Thomas J. Stanley
This is something else. If you truly want to become a better entrepreneur, this is another collection of book you should have in your book shelved. Why? This book reveals how the wealthy people of our time think, spend money and invest. Another interesting point you should note is how these people don’t really score high in IQ test! How then where they able to get to this state of mind? Simply put – discipline, hard work, and creativity. They are marriage oriented and a lot less orgies, they look for deals and don’t waste cash on frivolities. Get this book if you want to be a successful entrepreneur.
- The Richest Man In Babylon George Samuel Clason
George Samuel Clason wrote this book for over 8 decades now and yet this book is still relevant in our time. This is one book I have reader over and over again. There is loads of information you can find from the richest man in Babylon.
The book is interesting, and you are taught techniques, strategies on how you can get free from debt, how you can invest in yourself, how to spot opportunities, and how you can manage money. The most important lesson of all is when he talks about the importance of work. This is definitely one guide you must have as an entrepreneur or startup.
- The Millionaire Next Door Thomas J. Stanley
The millionaire next door is one book I can’t stop reading over and again. This book explores the lives of millionaires. The beauty is most of us admiring these people without knowing who they are and how they got to where they are now. Most admire them and make them their role model.
The millionaire next door delve deeper and reveals insights about their marriages, pastimes. In addition, one thing I liked about this guide is where he talked about hard work and creativity… which I seem to agree with him. There are a whole lot that was revealed in this book take for instance, he talked about social skills vs. academic skills, career, business and wealth-building. Definitely, you wouldn’t want to miss this guide in your library.
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
The lean start-up is one book every aspiring entrepreneur should read before even thinking of setting up a business. Eric Ries reveals lots of information that would save you from losing your money and wasting your time. Eric shows you reasons why most startups fail, and how these failures can be prevented. It doesn’t end there… he further went on to show you how to capitalize on the human creative power. His strategies relies heavily on validated learning, rapid experimentation and practices that otherwise shorten your development cycles.
- The Non-Technical Founder by Josh MacDonald
I love this. The non-technical founder by Josh MacDonald, reveals how you can build an IT business even if you don’t know how to code. His teachings came from the interviews he did with 20 -plus founders of multi-million dollar software companies who gives advices to non-techie guys.
- Dear Millennial by Chelann AR Gienger
Dear millennial is another interesting book every entrepreneur or startups should have in their libraries. In this guide, Chelann will show you how to discover your passion. This is great for those who are finding it difficult to identify their passion.
- Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk
Have you being looking for a way to get into internet business and you are finding it difficult to get started? Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk is that book you would want to read. Why? Because, Gary uncovers secrets on how you can create your own personal irresistible brand by giving you a step by step approach on how to actualize your dream of becoming an entrepreneur by using the power of the internet to turn your hobbies and passion into a thriving and successful business.
- Rise of the Millennial Entrepreneur by Joey Wilkes
As you know, people don’t celebrate hard work they only celebrate and reference success. The author of the rise of the millennial shows you how he built, and bootstraps his business and also teaches you how to survive in difficult times.
- Make Trouble by John Waters
John Waters in his book uncover ways you can stay creative and fearless especially for those who are already established. Water’s advise is for one to be pragmatic and learning how to handle rejections even in the face of difficulty.
- Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel shows you creative ways on how to create an innovative business just from ideas instead of trying to build it based on what is already there. This is my recommended book for creative and innovative leaders or entrepreneurs.
- Now What?! by Ari King
For those who are yet to figure out there passion… Now What? is the right guide for you. It takes out all the hard work and guess-work for you. Ari King shows you how the part of success and discovery of one’s potential or passion isn’t easy to come by.
- Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Catmull happened to be a co-founder at Pixar animation studios. Catmull shares exactly how he developed of the most creative companies in the world by using insightful management style. He gave insights on how to create a safe environment for people to take risks. Many organizations out there are always afraid of taking risk, if you are bold enough, then your business will prosper because you will take advantage of opportunities others are avoiding.
- Grit, by Angela Duckworth
Grit is one book you can’t afford to miss. Written by Duckworth… happened to be a psychologist who discovers that genius doesn’t determine success. What then drives success? According to her success can be achieved by both the combination of passion and perseverance over a period of time. This book is insightful and filled with lesson you would love. In fact, I can relate with her stories being someone who has run my own business for years and I’ve seen the ups and down of owning a business of your own.
- The 4-Hour Workweek
The 4-hour work week is yet another informational guide that teaches you how to live life in your own term. Tim shows you how you can make use of the 80/20 principles to achieve anything you want… with these principles, you will be able to escape 9-5 job and live the kind of lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
I’ve read this book and I must say this book gives you actionable strategies on how to build your business on automation. To me, business is all about system and that’s what Tim Ferriss showed you in his book the 4-Hour Workweek.
- Good to Great, by Jim Collins
How is it that some companies thrive in an economy that’s harsh and unfriendly for business operation and others ended up folding up? Read “good to great” by Collins who identifies and evaluate factors that enables these top companies to prosper irrespective of the economic condition they find themselves. Collins and his team identified companies that meet their requirement and he went on to analyze how they could achieved success.
- The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton M. Christensen
This is one classic book you should have. Clayton described how innovation takes place and also shows you reasons why market leaders often fail. Knowing this as a startup or mom-and-pop shop or startup will enable you to be able to spot opportunities. All you need is to follow the instructions given in this book, with that you will be able to ride on the wave of innovation
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie is one of those books I would gladly recommend to anyone who wants to learn public speaking. I consider this book to be timeless… and yet the principles found in this book are still applicable to our daily lives. You will discover advice on how to win people over to your side and make them like you. Here is what you will learn from this book. 6 ways to make people like you, you will get to uncover 12 ways to win people over to your way of thinking and 9 ways to change people’s perception without arousing resentment.
These are the books I recommend to you, from this moment onward I want you to go out there and purchase at least 2 of the books listed above and start immersing yourself into them. Because in books lies secrets that can make you transform your life for the best. As I’m writing this, I can tell you without any iota of doubt that I read a lot.
As a matter of fact, I spend a lot of money on books… at times; I go to the extent of spending half of my salaries on books. I am not in any way insinuating that you should do the same. All I’m saying is that you have to develop that reading culture if you really want to grow generally in life and not just in your business now.
Because of our lack of reading culture… this is why it is said that if you want to hide a secret from a black man you should hide it in a book. This is seriously sad. Because, I see men and women who are supposed to be successful in their business and they are not, despite the level of investment they have. At the end of it all, they’ll term it to be spiritual problem which is not. They simply lack knowledge and instead of them to accept their challenges, they put it on spiritual curse.
Do you find this post useful? If you do, please kindly share your experiences with me and also if you know any good book(s) in business and entrepreneurship that are not here, please kindly share them with me so that others can learn from you as well by leaving a comment using the comment box below.
Cheers to your business success.