“How can you become a better entrepreneur?” There are many answers to this question, but one of the best is to read a book. True, you can’t learn everything from reading; you still have to go out, put what you’ve learned into practice, and get valuable real-world experience. Still, it cannot be denied that you can learn a lot from books and use them to fill your knowledge tank.
Whether you’re planning to start a venture or are already running one, you need to read books that talk about entrepreneurship and business management and are written by people who know what they’re talking about. We’ve listed some of the titles that should be on your reading list:
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This classic always makes it to the list of the best business books. This isn’t really surprising, though, since it’s basically a handbook for new entrepreneurs who are not natural salesmen and leaders. Through this, you’ll learn how to convince people to think the way you do and attract new customers and clients — without sounding too “salesy”. You’ll also know how to properly handle complaints, keep arguments to a minimum, and manage the people around you without making them feel like they’re being manipulated.
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Corcoran has become famous as a Shark Tank investor, but this isn’t her only achievement. Rather, it’s just a tip of the iceberg, considering that Corcoran started out with a small real estate business and worked her way up to the top of the ladder. In “Shark Tales”, she shares her personal experiences and the entrepreneurial lessons she learned from them. She also gives practical advice for those who want to become successful entrepreneurs and, with her uplifting storytelling style, inspires them to achieve their dreams.
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
Money and power are not the only keys to success. In “Thrive”, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington points out that, to become fully successful, people should also take their wellbeing and happiness into account. This is a good reminder for entrepreneurs who work hard to grow their business but are putting their physical, emotional, and mental health at stake. It’s also a great read for those who are still starting their venture since it helps them figure out what their priorities should be.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
It’s a commonly accepted fact that starting a business is time-intensive. But, while you do have to spend time thinking about what you want to do and how to achieve it, you don’t necessarily have to waste months and years making elaborate plans. This is what Eric Ries makes readers realize in The Lean Startup: he outlines techniques that entrepreneurs can use (such as rapid scientific experimentation) to get their business off the ground while improving it along the way. This way, they can establish their brand, cater to their customers’ needs, and start earning a profit without getting stuck in unnecessary tasks.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Why are there so few women in leadership positions? What’s stopping them from achieving their dreams? Sheryl Sandberg answers these questions in “Lean In”, which outlines the external challenges that women face at work as well as the internal hurdles they need to deal with. She also provides helpful and practical tips on how women can reach their career goals and how men can help create a fairer and more equal society.
Add these books to your library and benefit from the nuggets of wisdom they offer!